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April 26th, 2013

Events for Saturday

April 26, 2013

Red Cross course
The Red Cross is offering three courses to train those wishing to volunteer in disaster relief shelters in Whitley County. The courses will be Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Church of God, Columbia City.
The training is free. Snacks and drink will be provided. There will be a 45 minute lunch break.
Registration is required by Saturday, April 20 and can be done by calling First Church at 244-5959 or emailing heather@firstchurchconnect.com.

Class reunion-9 a.m.

ONLINE POLL RESULTS

April 26, 2013

In light of the atrocity at the Boston Marathon, are you willing to sacrifice freedoms in the interest of public safety?

S. WHITLEY UTILITIES: Water works could wash out rate hike

April 26, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With a multi-million dollar focus on the town’s waste water utility, South Whitley Town Council members are weighing the possibility of selling the town’s water utility.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, town leaders entertained an updated proposal from Indiana American Water Company.

Company representatives had previously brought information to the council on the possibility of IAW purchasing the town’s water utility.

UNLIKE LAST YEAR: Farmers face flooding, wicked weather

April 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “The weather needs to change.”

Kent Hoffman expressed a mutual feeling of most of his fellow crop growers after a week of flooding and cool temperatures.

Hoffman, a Whitley County farmer of 2,800 acres, is suffering the effects of the area’s wicked weather conditions.

“The large amount of water has caused erosion, which means extra field work is going to have to be done to get them ready to plant,” Hoffman said.

This is a totally different story than last planting season, when temperatures began to warm up in February.

DETOUR AHEAD: Board approves street closings

April 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It may not feel like it outside, but some individuals are beginning to anticipate warmer months.

SCHOOL GIZMOS: Survey says tech welcome at Whitko

April 26, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko Community School Corporation has been evaluating the possibility of utilizing more technology in its classrooms.

One-to-One Technology is a plan to incorporate more devices in classrooms to enhance student learning and interaction, as well as equipping teachers with data in a digital format to assess student progress.

The district has been cautious in its movement toward more technology.
Concerns have centered around teacher preparedness and their ability to know the technology in a way that can be taught to students.

April 25th

CIRCUIT COURT: Powell pleads guilty to I.D. deception

April 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Florida woman who once lived in Whitley County pleaded guilty to identity deception in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Rachelle Powell, who formerly resided in Larwill, pleaded guilty as part of a plea arrangement.

The deal included a suspended sentence of 1.5 years for the Class D felony charge.

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said the Class D felony could be changed to a Class A misdemeanor if Powell served her probation well.

A count of forgery, a Class C felony, was dismissed.

JUNK CLEAN UP: Ordinance violation extension request granted

April 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A requested extension for a home in violation of a city ordinance was granted at the meeting of the Columbia City Board of Works and Public Safety Tuesday.

Larry Jacobs, who lives at 980 S. CR 50 E., appeared before the board because his home was in violation of the junk ordinance. Jacobs was eventually granted an extension until July 31 to clean up the area around his residence. He hoped for a different outcome.

“I don’t see that it’s that big of a deal,” he said. “Most people around me don’t care. It’s my life and my livelihood.”

‘Curtains’ comes to CCHS

April 25, 2013

Columbia City High School students will present “Curtains, the Musical,” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $8.

The whodunit musical comedy features entertaining dance numbers as well as two developing love stories. Pictured is Kirstie Crisp (left), Dan Yingst and Brooke Alexander.

SCHOOL MARKETING: WCCS to partner with Big Idea Company

April 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS) approved an agreement with a marketing company Monday.

Big Idea Company will partner with the district to provide professional services for community outreach and communication. The agreement passed by a 7-0 vote.

WCCS hopes the company can be a positive influence for the district in this period of educational choice.

 

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