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March 21st, 2014

PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION: ETA used as example for local university

March 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Eagle Tech Academy’s (ETA) approach to student-education, which includes project-based learning (PBL) and other technology, is beginning to draw the notice of higher education institutions.

ETA math teacher Brett Eberly recently spoke with faculty at St. Francis University (SFU) about project-based learning.

SFU desires to become a hub for students at New Tech Schools. ETA Principal Brady Mullet said there are seven tech schools in Northeast Indiana, and he said SFU is attempting to draw students from these schools to pursue higher education at its campus.

ONLY MEMORIES REMAIN: Former Thorncreek School in process of demolition

March 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While Thorncreek Township School may have looked the same on the outside as it did 20 years ago, the inside looked like a scene from a scary movie.

Walls were knocked down, copper wire was stripped, graffiti covered the walls and many items inside were looted.

When David Meinika purchased the old school in 2012, his goal was to clean up the property, which was becoming an eyesore and safety issue to the Thorncreek community. This month, crews began tearing down the building.

Cooking class

March 21, 2014

Whole Health Wellness Center offered a free educational workshop Tuesday at the Whitley County YMCA. Hamish Matousek (pictured) taught how to cook with organic vegetables, and the risks and concerns associated with toxins in and around foods. Matousek also demonstrated cooking with greens. Whole Health Wellness Center’s next workshop will be Tuesday, April 29. At this event, the group will be showing a documentary film about nutrition entitled, “Food Matters.” Healthy snacks will be served.

U.S. 30 BRIDGE MAINTENANCE BEGINS: 7-month project will restrict traffic on highway

March 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A bridge maintenance project on U.S. 30 may cause congestion on the highway, as well as in Morsches Park this summer.
The project began Monday and is expected to be wrapped up by Oct. 31.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will be working to maintain and repair the U.S. 30 bridge that carries the highway over Morsches Park in Columbia City.

While those passing over the bridge aren’t currently affected, the work has already begun to block the roadway in the park.

BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION: Morsches Park to revise weekdays schedule

March 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY (March 21, 2014) — The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that work will begin as weather permits for the bridge project on U.S. 30 over Blue River at Morsches Park Drive in Columbia City. The project will consist of superstructure and sub structure improvements of the Dean Brenneman Bridge on U.S. 30 in Whitley County.

SECOND DAY OF SPRING BRINGS SNOW

March 21, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 21, 2014) -- It's the second day of spring, but that isn't keeping the snow away. Flakes starting falling in the early hours this morning as temperatures dipped into the 30s. But the snow won't stick around for long. Forecasters are anticipating a high of 57 this afternoon.

Morning: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain or snow showers.

Low: 30°

Winds: E 5-10 mph

Today: Becoming mostly sunny and very mild.

High: 57°

Winds: S 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph

Tonight: Showers possible through late evening.

Low: 34°

Winds: W 10-15 mph

March 20th

Award-winning efforts

March 20, 2014

Through the Cultural Resource Management Award, Property Manager Sam Boggs and the staff at Chain O’Lakes State Park, were honored for restoration of the interior of the Stanley Schoolhouse, built in 1915 and located inside the park. The structure previously housed the park’s nature center, which has been moved to a facility near the beach. Pictured, from left, are Property Manager Sam Boggs, Office Manager Ginny Skiles, Assistant Property Manager John Pankop and Administrative Assistant Stacy Foote.

CCHS choirs garner several awards: Schaefer continues winning streak for 5th week

March 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia Cityt High School’s two show choirs competed Saturday in Shelbyville.

The groups competed against 15 other show choirs from Indiana and Ohio.
City Lights won 2nd runner-up in the Women’s Division.

City Lights placed third with Bridgette Hinen winning best performer.
City Heat placed fourth with Darrik Brower winning best performer.

Meetings

March 20, 2014

Board of Zoning
The Whitley County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a meeting Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Whitley County Government Center.
Items on the agenda include a request from Jason Hoffman for a special exception to allow for a Home Occupation Alternative Fuel business. The property is currently zoned as an Agricultural District.

Redevelopment Commission
The Whitley County Redevelopment Commission will meet Friday at 9:30 a.m. Items on the agenda include EDC updates, Swinford Properties and Engineering Services, Inc.

City Zoning

Elswick sentenced to home detention in meth case

March 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After a six-month wait, a woman who already received an eight-year sentence for dealing methamphetamine learned how she would spend it Monday.

Rita R. Elswick, 20, was given an eight-year sentence in September by Judge James Heuer. Four of those years are to be suspended, but the executed portion will be spent on home detention in a decision reached by Heuer Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

In September, Heuer said he would wait to decide how and where Elswick would serve her executed sentence until March 17.

 

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