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October 3rd, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS â No need to worry, Hoosier outdoor lovers.
Although national parks and national wildlife refuges are closed because of the federal government shutdown, Indianaâs 24 state parks and eight reservoir properties remain open for business as usual â if you call the burst of fall colors usual.
There is an Indiana state park or reservoir property within a one-hour drive of every Hoosier.
The properties offer an array of recreational activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, boating, canoe and kayaking, mountain biking, picnicking and wildlife watching.
COLUMBIA CITY â The food pantry at Victory Christian Fellowship Church, located at 1330 W. Business 30 in Columbia City, is temporarily closed due to a shortage in food.
According to organizers, the pantry, which is typically open Mondays 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays noon to 2 p.m., has run out of food items to give away to those in need.
During the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly was presented with House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1427 which paused the implementation of Common Core State Standards for further study.
I had the opportunity to talk with all of the superintendents in my district, and a few outside my district, to hear their thoughts on this issue.
The superintendents I spoke with suggested that we not pause the implementation.
COLUMBIA CITY â Giving back to the community where sheâs grown up is what propelled Cari Wells, of Columbia City, to be the 2013-14 campaign chair for the United Way of Whitley County.
âI care about this community and want to see it continue to be great,â Wells said. âThe United Way does so much to improve the lives of those in our county. It seemed like a logical way for me to serve the community.â
CHURUBUSCO â When municipalities propose a change in policy, a public hearing is held before the ordinance update is instituted.
It is at this time public comment is heard on the issue and council members can choose to address the concerns. Churubusco residents have not been silent when it comes to changes in town policy.
When a change to a garage sale ordinance was proposed, residents created such a noise that Town Council members decided to table the issue.
COLUMBIA CITY â A popular hobby around the country has taken track locally in Columbia City.
Slot car racing has been happening at AllPro Raceway, which is adjacent to AllPro Towing on Fridays for almost six years. Jeff Hull works at AllPro Towing during the day and helps run the racing league in the evenings.
Hull said competition is open to the public, and the season, which runs from November to April, is set to begin soon.
COLUMBIA CITY â Thieves used Sunday nightâs fog to their advantage, stealing from and rummaging through at least nine properties, according to the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department.
Most of the homes affected were on Colony and Crescent Avenues in the Tri-Lakes area.
Many items were stolen, including a motorcycle.
The thieves didnât get far with the bike, though, as it didnât have any oil in it, causing the engine to seize by the time it got to the Lions Club, located less than a half-mile from where the thefts occurred on Colony Avenue.
Students at Coesse Elementary School were encouraged to create a pumpkin that looked like a character from their favorite book.
The project was done in conjunction with the Parent Teacher Organizationâs annual read-a-thon.
More than 50 decorated pumpkins will be on display through parent-teacher conferences this week.
Pictured, âFly Guy,â created by Carter Copeland, is one of many pumpkins at CES. The projects mimicked characters from studentsâ favorite books.
WARSAW â The skeletal remains located in Kosciusko County Sunday have been identified.
The Kosciusko County Coronerâs Office determeind that the remains belonged to a missing 18-year-old girl from a near-by mobile home park â Aurora Shoemaker.
Shoemaker went missing Aug. 16 of last year. Official determination of the remains was conducted by Stephen P. Nawrocki, Ph.D., DABFA, Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist with the University of Indianapolis and Dr. Craig Nelson, DDS, Forensic Dentist with the Allen County Coronerâs Office.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Patriots gathered with Ind. Representatives to discuss the impact of educations standards in public schools Tuesday night.
Ind. Representatives Kathy Heuer and Dave Ober addressed questions and comments from those in attendance in regards to the stateâs implementation of Common Core standards.
âThis will be a lesson well-learned,â Heuer said about her research into Common Core. âIt was a good wake up call.â