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May 24th, 2013

GOING THE DISTANCE: For some, walking makes a world of difference

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Betty Nelson has run enough miles to have circled the earth almost three times.

At approximately age 35, this Columbia City woman started taking her first steps to lead her on a 30-year journey including 40 marathons and more than 70,000 miles under her sneakers.

Now at age 67, she is lending her expertise and experience to Whitley County residents who want to accomplish a goal – one step at a time.

TESTING TESTS: ISTEP+ results probed

May 24, 2013

PIERCETON — With computer malfunctions and online disconnects, ISTEP+ testing was deemed “a mess” by Indiana lawmakers.

The state-mandated test experienced technical difficulties when testing contractor, McGraw-Hill, was unable to keep up on the demand.

Testing results have a determination on overall school performance, as well as student and teacher evaluations. With the lack of testing consistency, concerns are rising across the state on how integral the testing results can be.

GARBAGE PICKUP: Local ties not enough for trash contract

May 24, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Bids for trash contracts were discussed in a special meeting of the Churubusco Town Council last night.

Four bids were submitted to the council and were opened for the initial review at the last council meeting.

Among the four bidders was current contract holder National Serv-All and Whitley Environmental, current recycling contractor for the county.

Only Steve Smith, of Whitley Environmental, was present for the special meeting.

Each proposal included a three-year and a five-year option. However, Whitley Environmental offered a third choice.

VOGELY'S VACANCY: Spencer named new WCSD detective

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the recent conviction of former Whitley County Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Vogely for operating while intoxicated, some changes have been made in the department.

Second-shift Sergeant Jason Spencer is taking over Vogely’s position as detective.

On April 13, Vogely was arrested for drunk driving, and the sheriff’s department has made a decision on the future of his career.

Vogely pleaded guilty to OWI April 15, and WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said after the court proceedings, disciplinary actions moved forward by the department.

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May 23rd

College athlete sentenced in rape

May 23, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — A former University of Saint Francis athlete has been sentenced to a year in prison for his role in the rape of an incapacitated woman at a party.

Twenty-three-year-old Troy Turner apologized during an Allen County court hearing Wednesday during which he was sentenced on a sexual battery charge. An area newspaper reported Turner is the second of three men to be sentenced for the attack that happened after an alcohol-fueled house party in October 2011.

Former St. Francis football players Austin Bower and Alexander Beierwalter pleaded guilty to rape charges.

Whitko Class of 2022

May 23, 2013

The Whitko High School Class of 2022 met for the first time Friday for the Pen Pal Picnic at Pierceton Park for the annual event.

Pictured are third graders from Mrs. Gawthrop’s class, Mrs. Kinney’s class and Mrs. Mohr’s class at South Whitley Elementary School and Mr. Fitzsimmons’ class, Mrs. Garber’s class and Mrs. Underhill’s class at Pierceton Elementary School.

The students have been writing to each other all school year. They started with an introductory letter, then wrote a three-paragraph letter about what they had been doing, and ended with a postcard.

New officers

May 23, 2013

New officers were installed for the 2013-14 Whitley County Extension Homemakers May 14 at the Homemakers Spring Fling.

An apron theme was used to install the officers.

Pictured, from left, are Treasurer Sharon Hesting, Vice President Ema Lou Rose, Secretary Shelia Schilling and President Barbara Overdeer.

Sigma Eta Fine Arts undergoes inspection

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority welcomed National Vice President Norma Roth, Zeta Chapter, to its May meeting.

The meeting was held in the home of Jerilyn Geiger.

Roth conducted inspection of the chapter. She distributed paper and pencils and asked members to write about three things.

First, she asked the group to think about the art that brought them into Sigma Eta. Second, she asked the group share its history or activity with that art.

Finally, she asked what experience has stood out concerning that art.

Mary Raber Elementary recognizes Arbor Day

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Mary Raber Elementary School’s second-grade students invited first graders and kindergarteners to attend an Arbor Day program held recently at the school.

Parents and grandparents were invited to attend the celebration as well.

The event began with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel reading a proclamation declaring Arbor Day in Columbia City.

The second-grade students entertained the crowd with songs, poems and jokes concerning trees.

 

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