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March 2nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â The Indiana State Department of Education now requires third graders to take the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (I-READ3) test. This is the first year Indiana third graders have been faced with I-READ3, and they are specifically required to pass it before proceeding to fourth grade reading instruction.
If a student fails I-READ3, a window of remediation opens, and students are given the opportunity to take it again over the summer. If a third grader fails the test a second time, they cannot continue to fourth grade reading.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Empty buildings in the heart of South Whitley continues to be a concern for South Whitley Town Council members as Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer addressed the board regarding issues of blight in downtown areas.
Hockemeyer gave the board information this week on the Redevelopment Commission which is responsible for developing plans and managing tools used to address conditions of blight and underutilized land of economic significance (economic development areas).
Severe storms move into southwest Indiana
Severe storms are moving into Indiana as the National Weather Service issues tornado warnings in the southwestern part of the state.
Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth says a powerful storm damaged a house and several other structures near Wadesville about 1:45 p.m. Friday. No injuries were reported.
Sheriff's deputies reported several funnel clouds aloft, but Oath says officials believe the damage was from strong straight-line winds.
WFIE-TV in Evansville says weather spotters reported tennis ball-sized hail in the area.
Fort Wayneâs Home/Garden Show
is HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND
FORT WAYNE â The 39th annual Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show, the largest consumer event in Indianaâs Tri-State area, is the perfect place to find the latest home and garden ideas and products to make your home springtime ready.
This yearâs show takes place Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, March 4 at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Avenue. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
FORT WAYNE â A Columbia City man was arrested in Fort Wayne Thursday on charges of robbery in connection with the holdup of a Walgreens pharmacy on Wednesday.
Vincen Velez, 34, was booked in the Allen County Jail Thursday with bail set at $25,000. Velez is accused of demanding Opana from the Walgreens pharmacist at the chain store located on Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne.
Police say Velez implied to the pharmacist that he was armed.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel spent Monday morning reading to students at Little Turtle Elementary School as part of Read Across America Week. Both kindergartners and fifth graders listened to Daniel read Dr. Seussâ âThe Lorax.â After reading the story, Daniel also answered questions from the students concerning his role as mayor. Fifth-graders at Little Turtle Elementary School with Mayor Daniel are, in the back, Treyten Nicolai and Raylynn Johnson. In the front, left to right are Cierra Troyer, Brooke Ebersole, Maddie Crawford, Brittnie Hendren, Ava Winters and Kyle Reust.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Board of Commissioners is seeking a volunteer interested in the conservation of natural resources to serve as the Whitley County representative on the Wood-Land-Lakes council.
âWeâve tried to get someone interested in that,â said Commissioner Tom Rethlake. âIf thereâs anyone in the community, weâd really like them to let us know.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Expenses for the Burnworth Memorial Pool continue to exceed revenues and major repairs are an ongoing concern among Columbia City park board members. Currently, the park board is losing approximately $30,000 for the three-month pool season, which is June, July and August.
In Monday eveningâs park board meeting, Park Director Mark Green presented a proposal from engineers he has spoken to in the past two weeks.
COLUMBIA CITY â Two Columbia City High School students are going to get a taste of geography and engineering in the coming months. The students will intern at the Whitley County Government Center, one with County Engineer Brandon Forrester and the other with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator Dan Weigold.
One of the students will intern with the Engineer and Surveyors office from March 5 through May 25, for two hours in the afternoon. Forrester said this is the departmentâs second internship, the first coming in the 2009-2010 school year.
COLUMBIA CITY â It only took 70 minutes for Joel Froomkin to tell the story of Robert Louis Stevensonâs âTreasure Island.â
The students at Mary Raber Elementary School appeared to be under a spell as they listened to the exciting sound effects, the different characters of the beloved childrenâs book and the adventures of the various pirates.
All of it came alive with the talents of Huntingtonâs Joel Froomkin.
Using music, sound effects and nothing but the authorâs own words, Froomkin of Page on Stage presented this exciting swashbuckling tale of pirates searching for hidden treasure.