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February 28th, 2014

TECHNOLOGY: To iPad or not to iPad?

February 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — As technology is becoming more and more prominent in the world, school officials are questioning how that technology will fit into the classroom.

Some school districts have moved into the world of technology through 1:1 programs — each student receives a device.

Whitko Community School Corporation successfully began its 1:1 program this school year, and Smith-Green Community School District is also working to incorporate technology into the classroom, using iPads in the elementary classrooms.

BYPASS BANTER: County, city officials stand as a cohesive unit

February 28, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the third installment of the three-part series on the proposed U.S. 30 bypass

COLUMBIA CITY — Teamwork is nothing new for Columbia City and Whitley County leaders.

When Gov. Mike Pence proposed eliminating a business tax without a clear way to replace the revenue, municipalities across Whitley County came together to speak up and be heard.

As state leaders discuss road work and projects throughout Indiana, a bypass from Fort Wayne to Valparaiso is on the agenda.

Tiger Den tours The Post & Mail

February 28, 2014

The Tiger Den from Cub Scout Pack No. 3085, from South Whitley, toured The Post & Mail Thursday night. Pictured are the group of first graders, surrounded by large rolls of paper, used for printing newspapers. From left: Jacob Jones, Braden Weirick, Ethan Gaff and John Morgan.

February 27th

Insect pest: Will emerald ash borer survive the winter?

February 27, 2014

A pest decimating ash tree populations in northeast Indiana has been the emerald ash borer (EAB).

Will the harsh winter kill this menacing pest? Will Mother Nature finally aid us in wiping out this threat?

As I have said in recent articles, let’s not be quick to assume that a harsh winter means the end of all the insect pests we deal with.

Some mortality has probably occurred in some insect populations, but certainly not in all.

’Busco elementary vocalists join state choir

February 27, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Sixteen Churubusco Elementary School students participated in the Circle the State with Song Festival for Area 2 Feb. 15, at IPFW.

Circle the State With Song is a program sponsored by the Indiana Music Educators Association, which takes place at various venues throughout the state during the month of February.

Students, who are nominated by their music teacher, learn six songs prior to the Festival.

They then spend the day at the festival site rehearsing with students from other schools under the direction of a guest conductor.

Self-defense builds survivors, not fighters

February 27, 2014

Dean Houser (right), martial arts and self-defense instructor, works with Falicitie Browning, a teen from Prairie Heights, on tactics that could protect her in an violent situation. Dressed in protective gear, Steve Zorn, of Personal Safety Unlimited in Warsaw, portrays an attacker for the benefit of a workshop held Saturday.

Cheer campers perform

February 27, 2014

Participants in the 2014 Churubusco Cheerleading Camp recently had a chance to show their accomplishments to the community. The campers joined the Churubusco High School’s cheerleading squad in a performance at halftime of the recent boys basketball game between Churubusco and Fairfield. The campers had just one practice to prepare for the performance.

ALLEN COUNTY: Restaurant woes don’t translate locally

February 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — It seems as though every week another Fort Wayne restaurant is being closed by the health department, whether it be from cockroaches, rodents or reports of illness.

According to Whitley County Environmental Health Food Specialist Mary Ann McClusky, there haven’t been near as many issues locally as other areas have reported.

Wednesday, Duff’s Bar in Columbia City was closed by the Health Department, in need of extra cleaning.

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE: Self-defense builds survivors, not fighters

February 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — As Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, members of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force do not want violence awareness to stop.

“February is our time to focus on dating violence, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do what we can to help teens all year long,” said Natalie Lewis, WCDVTF president. “Domestic and dating violence happen in our area in every month, in every season. It’s something we should be aware of all the time.”

LONGER SCHOOL DAYS: SGCS announces snow make-up plans

February 27, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — An extra half hour of school and two Saturdays are part of the plan for Smith-Green Community Schools to make up missed snow days for the 2013-14 calendar year.

Superintendent Galen Mast said the proposed plan came from the Discussion Team, which sought feedback from the SGCS community through surveys.
A total of 529 surveys were completed, and Mast said they were influential in the final decisions made.


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