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March 27th, 2014

TROY Center now enrolling for 2014-15

March 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Not every person learns in the same way. Not every person thrives in the same type of environment. Not every person fits within the typical classroom mold.
At TROY Center Alternative School, staff understands that students have different needs.
That’s why the flexible environment and alternative curriculum aims to help each person find their own path to success.

Whether a student’s struggles have involved problems with peers, academic problems, or behavioral issues, TROY Center is working to help them find their way to a successful education.

Progress of Whitley County

March 27, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Post & Mail’s annual three-part Progress special publication began yesterday, today, and continues the rest of this week.

Beginning with “Giving,” this year’s Progress theme is “Whitley County Pride,” and features several community members, events and successes that should swell the chest of Whitley County residents.

Great perspective is gained when looking back at the journey traveled. Sometimes discouragement can settle in when it feels as if momentum is lagging. However, perspective can reveal that progress is being made.

Ending on a high note

March 27, 2014

Columbia City High School’s City Lights show choir members, (from left) Haleigh Stiverson, Hannah Schaefer and Lindsey Dice hold the 5th place trophy the choir earned at the state ISSMA competition in Plainfield Saturday. City Heat, CCHS’s mixed choir, also earned a 5th place trophy.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Smith-Green schools updates bullying policies

March 27, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Principals from both schools in the Smith-Green Community School District (SGCS) updated the Board of Trustees on bullying policies in their buildings.

Churubusco Junior-Senior High School Principal Jim Folland said a law passed in July of 2013 required schools to have policies in place by October of 2013.

“Our mission at CJSHS is to have a safe, respectful and inclusive learning environment,” he said.

Folland said he and Assistant Principal Dan Hile have been working with students and parents when they see a problem, and it has improved the school’s environment.

CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDING: City RDC elects to demolish building

March 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The building at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets is expected to be a parking lot by June, officials say.

Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) purchased the building located at 306 W. Van Buren St. from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which has since relocated to a building on South Main Street.

While the RDC hoped to utilize the building until the property was sold to a developer, plans were changed.

COUNCIL TWEAKS GIS POSITION FOR NEW HIRE: ‘Brad has made so much progress in this department’

March 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Recently, Columbia City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator Brad Smith announced he would be leaving his position at the city.

After several years, and what officials called “great strides” in the city’s GIS program, Smith is moving on to a job in the private sector.
Preparing for the hiring process, city officials voted to fine-tune the position’s job description before replacing Smith.

High waters, more rain to come

March 27, 2014

The Blue River had higher water levels 10 days ago, as the banks were swelling in Morsches Park. More high water levels could be coming this weekend. Whitley County is expected to receive up to half of an inch of rain. The added rain, combined with already swollen creeks and rivers, flooding in different areas throughout the county is a possibility.

March 26th

CES principal faced with sweet treat

March 26, 2014

Churubusco Elementary School kindergarten students Jillian Wright, left, and Luke Hile, right, throw pies in the face of Principal Scott Fudge. The elementary students raised more than $1,900 for the Lymphoma Society, and Fudge said that, for every $100 raised, he would be hit with a pie in the face.

Extension educator clarifies: Not moles — voles

March 26, 2014

After the snow has melted, have you noticed mole-like "runs" in your yard, except that they appear to be well-traveled above ground runs, rather than the more familiar burrowing damage created by moles? If that is the case, change the 'm' to a 'v' – you probably have voles, not moles.

I recently got my first vole question of the year, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. Voles are a fairly common rodent in Indiana landscapes, except that they don’t get the same attention that the subterranean burrowing mole gets.

S. Whitley library announces April activities

March 26, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY —South Whitley Community Public Library recently announced events and activities slated for the month of April.
Cooking & Culture

•Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The group will be making a treat from the Netherlands this month – Jan Hagel Cookies. The group will be learning about a Scandinavian country and eating cookies. Those wanting to participate should register in the children’s room.

Teen screen
•Tuesday at 6 p.m. —Teens are going to finish costumes and start shooting a movie.


Whitko's 10-and-under baseball travel team advanced to the second round of semi-state play where...
Columbia City's volleyball team competed in the Hoosier Open Thursday and Friday at Bishop Dwenger....
Columbia City's Avery Sparks works on setting skills during the Lady Eagles' volleyball open gym....


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