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September 3rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Internal needs of the city could result in an exciting feature for Columbia City residents.
The city is working to install a fiber network to help provide more fluid communications between its buildings â City Hall, the Municipal Service Facility, Wastewater Facility, Water Treatment Plant and Parks Department (Morsches Park).
Putting in a fiber network also give officials the option of providing public wireless internet, WiFi, in the downtown area and parks.
Communications Director Terry Wherry said the public WiFi could cover three blocks of the downtown area.
INDIANAPOLIS â The Schinbeckler sisters, Eryn and Kyra, had a strong showing at the Indiana State Fair in early August.
Eryn, 17, and Kyra, 11, took home several championship banners against the top animals in the state.
Their showmanship skills come as no surprise, as Eryn was the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Sheep Showman of Showmen.
On Aug. 4, after two days of competing against more than 800 head of sheep at the state fair, the sisters brought home four grand champion/reserve grand champion awards.
COLUMBIA CITY â After having some problems with grease buildup in some of the lift stations in Columbia City, the Wastewater Department is inspecting its lift stations for grease accumulation.
âIf we get a grease buildup in them, they donât operate properly,â Wastewater Superintendent Mike Cook.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Fire Department is in the process of purchasing a new truck, and a pair of firemen was touted by many at a recent Columbia City Board of Works meeting for their extra effort.
Kyle Francis and Mike McGregor, two full-time firemen for the city, have been working for the past several months to put together the specs for the new truck.
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.
âKids are kids. They donât have all of the knowledge we do,â Stephenson said. âItâs not that we donât trust our kids. With all of the information out there, we just need to help them.â
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, âInstant Message.â
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 districtâs numbers, which were expected to decline for the 2013-14 school year, have actually ticked up.
âOur enrollment is up, and itâs a great thing,â 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 corporationâs Board of Trustees, Superintendent Steve Clason gave an update on the timeline in which work will commence during the following months.
âWe are definitely in the design phase,â Clason said. âWe are working on obtaining feedback from community members as well as faculty.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs 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 nightâs 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.