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May 7th, 2013

EDUCATIONAL RANKINGS: Schools leery of grading changes

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Lawmakers had a list of items to tackle on their legislative agenda this session.

One of those being the state’s A-F accountability ranking for schools.

When grades were awarded to schools earlier in the year, the results were criticized by school leaders across the state.

In the end, the House and Senate agreed to a letter ranking based on a measurement of individual student academic performance and growth or improvement. It cannot, however, compare student performance with peers.

DRUNK DRIVING: Temperature, OWIs on the rise

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In the eyes of many third-shift law enforcement officers — as the temperature rises, so does the number of drunk drivers.

“There’s a definite difference between summer and winter on third shift,” Whitley County Sheriff’s Sergeant Todd Cook said. “If it’s nice out, people are going to be out doing things, and around here, that tends to involve alcohol.”

The question many people have to ask themselves is — how much is too much?

Most kegs of beer don’t come with a complimentary portable breath test, so how can a responsible person know when to quit?

May 6th

SGCS names new Athletic Director

May 6, 2013

Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees named a new athletic director, beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

Jeremy Dexter, currently at Eastern High School in Greentown, will take the reins as athletic and extra curricular director at SGCS effective Aug. 1.

Dexter will make his way to Churubusco following his tenure as assistant athletic director, girls basketball coach and social studies teacher at Eastern High School

Indy officer in '10 fatal crash moved to Allen Co.

May 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A suspended Indianapolis police officer facing reckless homicide and other charges for a 2010 crash that killed a motorcyclist and injured two others has been moved to a jail in Fort Wayne.

Officer David Bisard was moved Monday to the Allen County Jail from the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis. He's due to go before an Allen County judge Thursday for a bond revocation hearing following a recent drunken driving arrest in Indianapolis.

Women gets maximum term in NE Ind. police shooting

May 6, 2013

AUBURN (AP) — A judge sentenced a woman to 38 years in prison Monday for her guilty plea in connection with her boyfriend's shooting of a northeastern Indiana deputy town marshal.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Monte Brown sentenced Julie King, 34, of Auburn to 45 years in prison with seven years suspended — the maximum sentence allowed under terms of a plea agreement. King pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding in attempted murder, and prosecutors agreed to drop charges of felony murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Man whose body found in river in Fort Wayne IDed

May 6, 2013

FORT WAYNE(AP) — A Fort Wayne man who drowned in the St. Joseph River in that city has been identified.

Allen County Coroner's Office and police reports say the body of 58-year-old Jeffery Bultemeier was found in the river at Shoaff Park on Sunday.

Bultemeier's family reported him missing early last week, and his car was found by a boat ramp at Shoaff Park.

Police said Sunday that foul play was not suspected.

An area newspaper reported Monday that the death remains under investigation by police, coroners and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Friendly squirrel

May 6, 2013

A black fox squirrel appeared on Columbia Street, South Whitley, and was rather friendly. A few residents were not fearful of holding them.

Drew Christman, pictured, and his stepfather, Jim Hixson, were holding the squirrels Sunday in their backyard which captured the attention of neighbors.

PBS Kids GO! awards writers

May 6, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Three Columbia City students were named winners for the 2013 edition of the PBS Kids GO! Young Writers Contest for the Fort Wayne Region.

In the first-grade category, Amelia Porter, of Columbia City, took third place for her submission entitled, “Jonathan’s Pancake Party.”

Taking second place in the in the second-grade category was “Rosabell’s Orphanage Surprise,” written by McKayla Adair, of Columbia City.

In the third-grade category, Emily Mullett, of Columbia City, took second place for her story, “The Sleepover.”

Kickin’ it at the ‘Y’

May 6, 2013

Soccer fields at Whitley County’s YMCA were teeming with young athletes Saturday morning for youth leagues.

Above, Gerik Petrosky (yellow) kicks the ball while Brody Borries (kneeling) defends him.

From left: Sean LeBlanc, Petrosky, Borries and Alexander Rongos (back).

EDUCATION LEGISLATION: Lawmakers leave local schools in a lurch

May 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As Indiana’s legislative session wrapped up last week, decisions regarding the state’s education system has local school leaders holding their breaths.

In recent months, Steve Clason, Whitko Community Schools superintendent, has kept board members abreast of pending legislation. With each update, Clason has been faithful to end with his cautious, wait-and-see philosophy.

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