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August 30th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the ever-changing technology, social media sites and smart phone apps, parents are finding it hard to stay smarter than the smart phone.
While all parents want to trust their children, Columbia City Police Detective Chip Stephenson said its the parentsâ€™ job to protect kids from the social media world.
â€śKids are kids. They donâ€™t have all of the knowledge we do,â€ť Stephenson said. â€śItâ€™s not that we donâ€™t trust our kids. With all of the information out there, we just need to help them.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Historical Museum will be hosting a program about local past Hollywood movie star, Dean Jagger.
The program will take place Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. The community is invited to come for an afternoon of stories, photos, movie clips and more on the life of Dean Jagger. Admission is free.
PIERCETON â€” The public is invited to attend a special presentation by the Bob Jones University Drama Ministry Team at First Baptist Church of Pierceton Thursday at 7 p.m.
The program will feature an original drama, â€śInstant Message.â€ť
The Drama Ministry Team is touring the Midwest this fall.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Projected enrollment numbers for Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) could be higher than originally believed.
SGCS Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the districtâ€™s numbers, which were expected to decline for the 2013-14 school year, have actually ticked up.
â€śOur enrollment is up, and itâ€™s a great thing,â€ť he said.
So far, Fleetwood said the district had 18 more than expected in the elementary school, and were down approximately nine students in the junior-senior high school.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Community School Corporation continues to move forward on its plans to renovate South Whitley Elementary School and construct a new Pierceton Elementary School.
At a recent meeting of the corporationâ€™s Board of Trustees, Superintendent Steve Clason gave an update on the timeline in which work will commence during the following months.
â€śWe are definitely in the design phase,â€ť Clason said. â€śWe are working on obtaining feedback from community members as well as faculty.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works approved the final step of an agreement between the city and Whitley County Consolidated Schools for a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting.
The board approved a memo of understanding that clarifies the responsibilities of each party if an SRO is hired by WCCS.
The memo of understanding (MOU) was approved by the WCCS Board of School Trustees at its Aug. 19 meeting.
With the MOU approved by both parties, WCCS can now apply for a grant that would help fund the officer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works made an exception to the fireworks ordinance for this weekend.
According to the ordinance, on this holiday weekend fireworks are only allowed on Labor Day and the Sunday before.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said a citizen requested that an exemption be made for Saturday as well.
The Board of Works agreed, and an exception was made for Saturday until midnight.
â€śIt just makes a lot of sense,â€ť Daniel said. â€śWe may possibly permanently change the ordinance as well.â€ť
Water pressure is expected to be low in the Eagle Glen and Irish Glen areas due to a water main break on Ind. 205 near Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Crews are currently working to repair the water main, and city employees said work may take most of the day.
Traffic is slowed on Ind. 205, as the break was directly under the road.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man arrested in a traffic stop-turned drug bust in the spring requested to reschedule his jury trial in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Michael Yoha, 34, of Mansfield, Ohio, was scheduled to stand trial Sept. 10 for possession of cocaine and dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
Yohaâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a pretrial conference for Oct. 14. At that time, he said he would work on establishing a new trial date for his client.
The motion to continue the pretrial conference and vacate the trial date was approved by Judge James Heuer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After two years, United Auto Workers Local 2049 strikers left their site near Coupled Products, LLC. in Columbia City.
UAW officials said they got a call Friday night from the International UAW and the strikers packed up shortly after that.
It is unknown why the strikers decided to leave.
Twenty-nine members of UAW Local 2049 started picketing the manufacturer in June 2011. Claims of unfair labor practices after contract negotiations fell a part had kept 21 of the 29 picketers active.