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May 1st, 2013

LONGER SENTENCES: Justice overhaul may have local impact

May 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A proposed Indiana House bill could have major effects on local law enforcement.

House Bill 1006, which is set to take effect in the summer of 2014, includes many overhauls to the current criminal justice system.

This includes changing the felony system, which currently has four types of charges based on severity, from Class A to Class D, to a level system, where there will be six levels of felony charges.

Gilbert family continues 4-H tradition

May 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Third-grader Jaidyn Gilbert is no stranger to the 4-H program. The daughter of Todd and Margaret Gilbert, Jaidyn has watched her two older brothers, Jordan and Trevor, go through the 4-H program.

Jordan has already completed 10 years, while Jaidyn will spend two years in the program with Trevor. Margaret is the leader of the Whitley County Dairy Beef/Feeder Calf Club.

Jaidyn attends South Whitley Elementary School. Her projects this year include bicycle, sewing, dairy beef, feeder calves and a beef heifer.

Mother's Day tea planned at museum

May 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City will host a Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. Come for an “Afternoon” style tea as Mother’s Day is celebrated at the museum.

Learn about tea, etiquette, and women’s domestic life through history. The menu will include a sampling of sweet and savory items, as well as a spot of tea.

Admission to the tea is $8. Reservations may be made by calling 244-6372. The Whitley County Historical Museum, housed in the home of Thomas Riley Marshall, is dedicated to preserving the history of Whitley County.

LWC seeks applicants for next class

May 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The opportunity to be of a part of Leadership Whitley County Class 13 is here. In 2001, Whitley County’s unique servant-leadership program embarked with its inaugural class.

Twelve years later, more than 225 alumni are actively practicing key servant-leadership skills in their work, personal and community lives.
“Now is the time to apply and become a part of this community's amazing and impactful leadership experience,” said LWC leaders.

Local children take PBS Kids Go! awards

May 1, 2013

PBS’s Kids Go! winners were announced at Peabody Public Library. Pictured are those students recognized. Front row, from left: Mayci Helvie, Ava Ward and Alexander Eberly. Back row, from left: Cole Shafer, Amelia Porter, McKayla Adair, Grace Hill, Emily Mullett, Rebecca Cupp, Karris Sigler, Colt Kirkpatrick and Gavin Good.

Library contest winners

May 1, 2013

Peabody Public Library recently announced the winners of its writing contest. Pictured, from left, are Zachary Lewark, 3rd place; Dillion Sheiss, 1st place; Addy Bishop, 2nd place; Drew Sigler, 3rd place and Alyssa Beck, 1st place in Fourth-grade division. Not pictured: Caroline Shelton, 2nd place in Fourth-grade division.

April 30th

Fate of new Indiana school standards unclear

April 30, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A legislative plan that would "pause" Indiana's adoption of a national set of reading and math education standards has the backing of Republican Gov. Mike Pence, although many questions surround what that step would mean for the state's classrooms.

Pence said he was waiting to review the bill approved by legislators last week that would suspend implementation of Common Core State Standards in more grades for a year while new state reviews are conducted.

Teachers union wants assurances over ISTEP woes

April 30, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A teachers union wants proof from Indiana officials that problems with the online portion of the ISTEP+ exam won't hurt teachers economically because their pay is linked to students' success.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz ordered testing stopped Tuesday after some schools reported a second straight day of issues accessing the exam's online portion.

Angola man gets 120 years for 2004 highway shootings

April 30, 2013

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on vehicles traveling along a northeastern Indiana highway was sentenced to 120 years in prison after telling a judge he would "kind of like to go home."

Donald William Myers III, 35, was sentenced Monday, nine years to the day after the April 29, 2004, shootings terrified motorists along U.S. 20 in far northeastern Indiana.

Purdue experts advising patience for corn farmers

April 30, 2013

Purdue experts advising patience for corn farmers

(AP) — Purdue University agricultural experts are advising farmers to be patient as they wait for their fields to dry so they can begin planting.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports farmers in Indiana have planted just 1 percent of the corn crop, compared with the five-year average of 30 percent by the end of April. A year ago, farmers reported they had planted 67 percent of the state's corn crop by now.

 

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