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October 25th, 2013

INDUSTRIAL TECH: Upgraded machine sculpts sharper minds

October 25, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Offering students the chance to gain real-world trade skills is a mission of Jay Ocken, a vocational instructor for Whitko High School’s Industrial Technology program.

A new machine, donated by a local manufacturing company, will take Ocken one step closer to his goal.

“We are helping students become work ready,” said Ocken at a May school board meeting. “A lot of these students will have earned credit to help them further their education in college. Some of them will have learned enough here that they can start working right after to school and make a decent wage.”

MAYOR'S RAISE: Council desires more dollars for Daniel

October 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— The title “mayor” can mean a variety of roles and responsibilities, dependent on who sits behind the desk and what city that desk is in.

Several of Columbia City’s Councilmen agreed that the city’s mayor’s position is worth more than its current salary — $56,600.

“I want to come up with a plan to pay our mayor more,” Councilman Dan Weigold said. “When you look at what all Columbia City’s mayor is responsible for, it’s quite extensive — he’s running a multi-million dollar operation.”

October 24th

CALLING ALL FANS: The Post & Mail seeking Whitley County’s best

October 24, 2013

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UTILITY SALE: South Whitley’s water valued at $1.4M

October 24, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Town officials reviewed appraisals on South Whitley’s water and infrastructure at Tuesday’s council meeting.

An average value of $1.4 million was derived from two appraisals.

The assessment was conducted when town leaders started to entertain the idea of selling the town’s water utility to American Water, a company that services 1.2 million people in 126 communities throughout Indiana.

Town Council member Steve Smith wanted clarification that the bid for sale might differ from the appraised value.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: Pierceton will still be locale for WCSC

October 24, 2013

PIERCETON — A vote to reconstruct Whitko Community School Corporation’s administrative office in Pierceton passed 4 to 1.

As construction plans and designs are beginning for a new Pierceton Elementary School, the district had the opportunity to revisit where the administrative offices should be located.

Currently the offices are attached to Pierceton Elementary School, but with the current structure slated to be demolished and replaced with a new elementary school, board members discussed in September the possibility of moving the corporation’s offices to a more central locale.

PERFECT SCORE: Brown achieves ISTEP+ perfection

October 24, 2013

PIERCETON — Numerous negative comments encircled Indiana’s ISTEP+ testing process when computer malfunctions upset the online assessment.

However, at Pierceton Elementary School, faculty and students celebrated some good news that came from the standardized test.

Ryan Brown, now a fourth grader at PES, achieved a perfect score on the test in the spring.

At Monday’s school board meeting, much applause was given to the boy for his academic success.

DOLLAR DISCUSSIONS: County makes 2-year CEDIT plan

October 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioners discussed a two-year plan for spending CEDIT funds.

Commissioners agreed to not “skimp” on maintenance for the Community Corrections Work Release building.

When air conditioning units leaked into the walls and insulation, costly repairs started accumulating.

“This is a jewel of the community,” Commissioner Don Amber said. “I don’t want to short the building.”

Courthouse maintenance was on the list and included plans to make roof repairs and install carpeting.

October 23rd

NUMBERS ARE GOOD: SGCS approves budget for 2014

October 23, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A decline in enrollment turned out to not be as grim as initially forecasted.

Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) adopted its 2014 budget officially Monday. A total general fund of $7,498,714 was passed 4-0.

The situation is assisted by transfer numbers, which boosted enrollment. For the district, Fleetwood projected a decline of 12 students. It ended up being just a decline of five from last year.

Superintendent Galen Mast said that approximately 100 students in the school system have transferred in from outside the district.

IN COURT: Probation violation to be settled in November

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A woman accused of violating the terms of her probation will have the matter resolved next month.

Rita Elswick,19, was sentenced to eight years, with four to serve and four on suspended sentence, for dealing in methamphetamine.

She received this sentence in September. However, Judge James Heuer placed her on suspended sentence until March 17, 2014.

There were several reasons for this decision. Elswick is expecting a child in February.

Heuer also wished for Elswick to complete her high school education at the T.R.O.Y. Center.

AWARDS: Chamber honors Whitley County’s best

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— “I was just here to serve dinner.”

Jill Daniel, owner of Daniel Menu & Party Consulting, expressed her surprise at receiving the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award Tuesday night.

So many local merchants were nominated, that Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown said there was not time to name them all.

He cited Daniel for the hard work of her local business, and read notes of congratulations to her from her sons — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Jeff Daniel.

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