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February 18th, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS â House Republicans tossed out Indiana Governor Mike Penceâs call for a tax cut Friday.
Indiana has an approximate $500 million annual surplus that Pence proposed could benefit Hoosiers if that money was turned back to the people.
However, House Representatives would rather see those funds used for education and transportation.
âWeâre continuing fiscal integrity, we will have a balanced budget, weâre making priority investments in education and priority investments in transportation,â House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs show choir, City Stars, held its 5th annual Sounds of the City Invitational.
Seven different middle school choirs competed Friday night, with Norwell Middle School taking the top honors. The choir also won Best Vocals and Best Choreography awards. As the night came to an end, City Stars entertained the crowd with its competition show, performing in an exhibition status.
âThe invitational ran very smoothly thanks to all the hard work from parents and supporters of the choir,â said Karyle Genth, City Starsâ director.
SOUTH WHITLEY â After a sticker shock of close to $500,000 to stabilize the Eel River bank, South Whitley Town Council members researched ways to cut costs and has found some viable solutions.
With erosion running rampant along the riverbank, it is only a matter of time before the Eel River uncovers newly laid wastewater lines.
Project engineers advised council members that the erosion could cause pipes to be exposed creating a possible threat to the wastewater lines.
But the council received some good news at Tuesdayâs meeting when alternatives were suggested to fund the project.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Parents and teachers gathered for a chance to discuss the academic well-being of Whitko High School students recently.
The second round of parent-teacher conferences was held Wednesday evening to touch base on studentsâ educational progress.
With a 30 percent attendance, the amount of parents choosing to take part in the evening was up approximately four percent from last year.
Parents had the chance to talk to faculty members and receive progress reports, as well as updated balances on book fees.
Editorâs note: The following is the final installment of a two-part series on the special education services offered at Whitko High School.
PIERCETON â Developing students into contributing community members is one of the many goals for Whitko Community School Corporation. However, when those students are faced with certain challenges that threaten their education, that goal can appear to be impossible to reach.
Donna Lehman, director of Special Services for WCSC, works with a group of teachers and administrators to remove those obstacles.
COLUMBIA CITY â Looks may have been deceiving for students leaving Columbia City High School Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to North Whitley Street for a domestic dispute between a man, Cody Miller, of Columbia City, and his girlfriend who was dismissed from school at 3:20 p.m.
While the scene wasnât an uncommon setting for police, many students believed they witnessed a handgun being apprehended from the man â but Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said the threat wasnât what it seemed.
âAfter a pat-down the officer found a BB gun,â Longenbaugh said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs law enforcement officers are getting more than the average training this week. Whitley Countyâs Sheriffâs Department rented a F.A.T.S (firearms training simulator) and every officer in the county is scheduled to use it this week.
WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said the simulator brings real-life experience to training.
âThe F.A.T.S machine sharpens us up and keeps us from becoming complacent,â Gatton said. âWith all of the different environmental settings it gave us, we could never duplicate that in a shooting range setting.â
COLUMBIA CITY â âThe government that is closest to the people is what is best for the people.â
That was a phrase spoken near the end of Columbia City Mayor Ryan Danielâs State of the City address Friday. The mayor said it is an expression he often quotes and one he sincerely believes.
It is with this mentality that the city must tackle coming issues. There is optimism; as Daniel noted, the city had a better year than many in 2012, but there are also difficulties to come.
COLUMBIA CITY â A South Whitley man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor has entered an alibi defense.
Timothy J. Swihart, 19, is accused of having sex on two occasions with a 14-year-old girl. His attorney, Jeff Arnold, entered an alibi defense for Swihart in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
A continuance was also granted, with pre-trial proceedings set to resume March 11.
Swihart was accused of having sex with the alleged victim Oct. 31 and Nov. 22.
Columbia City High Schoolâs Science Olympiad team recently finished its season at the regional competition at Goshen College. The team competed in 23 different events and placed fifth overall.
Pictured working with a Bunsen burner are, from left, Aakash Patel, Richelle Menzie and Tanner Daniel, all seniors on the team.
The squad is led by CCHS science teacher Andy Weaver. For a photo of the entire team, see Page A3 of today's paper.