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COLUMBIA CITY â Jackie Hakeâs final day as the executive director for the Whitley County Council on Aging is quickly approaching.
After 18 years of service, Hake will retire officially at the end of December. Itâs been a bittersweet announcement, as Hake leaves with numerous fond memories of her years spent with the senior center.
âI have had the chance to sit in my position and watch so many great things happen here,â Hake said. âThis has been my life. Although I am ready to retire, itâs hard to say goodbye.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools took steps to complete its end-of-year financials at last weekâs meeting.
WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf approached the Board of Trustees last Monday, requesting its approval of several financial projects to end the year.
The board first approved a reduction-resolution for the 2014 budget.
COLUMBIA CITY â What began as a violation of the county junk ordinance has evolved into court-ordered clean up with additional investigations pending.
Whitley County Commissioners worked with health and safety officials to declare the property of Thomas Ebetino, located at County Road 400 South, in violation of the junk ordinance and the home was deemed unsafe for several reasons.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City woman admitted Monday she violated her probation.
Heather Burns, 28, was on probation for multiple drug-related charges.
Her probation officer, Ed Beber, had made a petition alleging a probation violation. The petition stated Burns had tested positive for a controlled substance.
Monday, by the counsel of her attorney, Brad Voelz, Burns admitted her violation.
Voelz said he advised Burns to admit the violation and try to get on work release or home detention.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Commissioners and county officials took center stage at Columbia City High School Monday.
High school government students were brought to the auditorium to observe the Commissionersâ meeting in order to learn how local government operates.
âI think itâs good for us to get out to the schools,â said Commissioner Don Amber at a previous meeting. âSometimes they have really good comments and suggestions. It never hurts to introduce teenagers to their local government.â
PIERECTON Ââ Architectural renderings and floor plans were unveiled for Pierceton Elementary School at Mondayâs meeting of Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.
Earlier in the year, board members and school leaders decided to move forward on two construction projects â remodeling and expansion of South Whitley Elementary School and reconstructing Pierceton Elementary School.
(DEC. 20,2013) â The Indiana Department of Education released the most recent A-F grading report for that state's schools. See Saturday's edition of The Post and Mail to learn how schools in Whitley County were graded.
COLUMBIA CITY â Traditionally, people circle Jan. 1 on their calendars as the day they will implement a healthier lifestyle.
Barb Ward, of Churubusco, has turned tradition on its head by beginning early.
Ward started working out at Anytime Fitness in September of this year, when she began Care2BFit, a health class that targets women.
Since that time, Ward is down four pants sizes and has seen other remarkable changes.
âI was getting out of breath coming up and down the stairs, it was going from bad to worse,â she said of her health before she started the class.
COLUMBIA CITY â As many people are wrapping up their Christmas shopping this week, Whitley Countyâs Sheriffâs Department lent a helping hand to local children.
Eighteen children spent the evening with WCSD staff, first having dinner at the Whitley County Government Center, before heading to Walmart to go shopping.
Each child received a $100 gift card to spend on toys, clothing and other necessities.
Children were chosen by guidance counselors from all three Whitley County school districts.
The event was coordinated by Tim Johnson, of the WCSD reserves.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools officials are seeking input from the community on the long-term plans for the district.
In September, officials conducted an online and telephone survey in reference to the possibility of a new high school.
âFor several years, the school districtâs long-range planning committee has considered options for replacing the current Columbia City High School,â WCCS Superintendent Pat OâConnor said.