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April 24th, 2013

WEATHER UPDATE

April 24, 2013

Light snow is falling in parts of Whitley County.

Citizens should act accordingly in the unusual weather pattern.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

April 24, 2013

Whitko High School will present, “The Wizard of Oz,” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. More than 50 students have worked for months to bring the show to South Whitley. The production features students from elementary and middle schools as well.

Tickets are available at the door and prices are $6 for adults and $5 for students. Doors will open one hour prior to the show. Pictured is Jasmine Gregory (Center) as Dorothy Gale and Michael Thompson (right) as Tin Man, along with the rest of the cast at a rehearsal recently.

UTILITY PULLOUT: City finalizes IURC withdrawal

April 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council held its third and final reading to withdraw the city’s water and electric utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) Tuesday.

This was the final step for the city to take. A formal letter will still be sent to the IURC and there will be a waiting period before the move becomes official.

Before voting on the measures, which both passed unanimously, the council heard public comment.

BACKING UP: Sewers raise a stink in S. Whitley

April 24, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Sewer discussions left a sour taste in some residents’ mouths at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Two residents came to members of the council with costly concerns, centering around sewer back ups in their homes.

David and Judy Richards confronted the council after returning home from a four-month stay in Florida to find the sewer line servicing their home had backed up into their basement.

“My son came and talked to you already,” David said. “I know you made a decision to not help cover the bill, but I wanted to know if you could explain it to me.”

EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS: Whitko leaders report positive progress

April 24, 2013

PIERCETON — Acknowledging strengths and weaknesses have been a common theme at Whitko Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustee meetings.

Each month, principals from the district’s schools give a report as to the progress being made on campus.

Some of those reports are positive and some point out areas needing improvement, but regardless, administrators are not skirting away from the reality at their respective school.

April 23rd

LUCKEY'S LEGACY: Museum makes most of hospital memories

April 23, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second part of a two-part series on The Luckey Hospital Museum.

WOLF LAKE — The Luckey Hospital, built in 1929, is now a one-of-a-kind museum at the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 109.

Dr. James E. Luckey, founded the hospital, which began operations in 1931.

Today the Luckey Hospital Museum is run by Luckey’s great-niece Sue Johnson and “the adopted Luckey” Sandy Huntsman, who is also the acting president of the museum’s board.

WATER HAZARD: Area golf courses still suffer effects from storms

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — From U.S. 30, it may appear that Eagle Glen Golf Course had an extreme makeover, but in fact, Mother Nature decided to do its own remodeling, turning the back half of the course into a giant water hazard.

Storms from nearly one week ago dumped several inches of rain in the county, flooding yards, parks and roads.

Eagle Glen wasn’t the only course to go underwater.

The front nine of Eel River remains closed to flooding, and many other courses in the area are feeling the effects of the rain.

CIRCUIT COURT: Alleged meth dealers have first hearing

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair charged with dealing methamphetamine had their first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Warren Goodman Jr., 41, Pierceton, and Rita Elswick, 19, Columbia City, were arrested Thursday and charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to ma-nufacture and possession of paraphernalia.

Dealing methamphetam-ine is a Class B felony.

Both individuals pleaded not guilty to the charges and will have public defenders.

Elswick will be represented by Brad Voelz and Goodman by Brad Baber.

SCHOOL GADGET: WCCS outlines tech plan

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) Board of School Trustees heard an update on its technology plan recently.

WCCS Technology Director Anne Plunkett presented a plan to the board communicating the vision, mission and goals for her department.

The vision for the department is to provide technology resources that enhance communication, instruction, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to inspire excellence.

To that end, Plunkett has steps in mind.

EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION: Whitko schools garner DOE nod

April 23, 2013

PIERCETON — School administrators have been exploring ways to better the education offered to Whitko Community School students.

At last week’s school board meeting, principals with each school reported a number of academic success stories, but a visit from the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) ruled positive for Pierceton Elementary School.

An evaluation for the state’s Title I program was conducted at the elementary school after PES received a low grade from the DOE earlier in the school year.

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