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July 29th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Could extra-weighted grades for students who take Advanced Placement classes be eliminated?
That was the question Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor proposed to the Board of School Trustees at the previous meeting.
Currently, if a student receives an A in an AP class, that counts as five points toward their grade point average, whereas an A in any other course counts as just four points.
â€śWe have created an unequal grading system,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man under a 10-year sentence had his incarceration time modified in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
William Mullins, 21, was sentenced to 10 years in 2010 for two counts of burglary, one charge of theft and one charge of robbery.
Mullins has been on work release for more than a year.
He had his sentence modified once already, having six months taken off, for completing his GED while incarcerated.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Community school board members and administration breathed a sigh of relief as the date of July 18 came and went.
That was the deadline in a 30-day window in which objections to the $22 million projected construction plan could be voiced.
Whitko Community School Corporation held a 1028 hearing June 17 to explain in detail the desire of the district to build a new Pierceton Elementary School and extensively renovate South Whitley Elementary School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Lake living might be the life for residents in the Tri-Lakes area, but over-grown channels and mucky canals are making waterway travel impossible.
Recently, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a project to dredge specific channels around Little Cedar, Big Cedar, and Round Lakes.
As part of the dredging work at Round Lake, a hole was needed to pump the channel water into in order to allow for DNR officials to access the sites.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools will soon go about the task of selecting a new school board member.
Chris Bechtold was elected in 2010 and took office in 2011. He announced his resignation, effective Aug. 5, because he will be taking a teaching position at Eagle Tech Academy. Board members are not permitted to hold teaching positions.
To fill the vacancy, the school board has asked for those interested to submit their interest, in writing, to the superintendent.
Children at the Peabody Public Library celebrated J.R.R. Tolkienâ€™s â€śThe Hobbitâ€ť Tuesday with a party.
Four teams participated in a scavenger hunt, following clues throughout the library in search of their own â€śring.â€ť Party goers dug in a wading pool full of sand to search for â€śtreasure.â€ť
Pictured, from left, are Kiylin Gaff (10), Georgia Lieb (14), Katie Thompson (14), Daryan Austin (9), Anakha Austin (13), Aeris Austin (11) and Daniel Thompson (11).
Choleene Leinker, of Columbia City, is the proud owner of a 4-year-old Shih Tzu named Scooter, pictured.
â€śScooter is the love of my life,â€ť said Leinker. â€śI spoil him rotten, but he is worth it.â€ť
Leinkerâ€™s pup was featured in a nationwide column, Ask Heloise.
The Columbia City native had her pooch photographed for the columnâ€™s weekly pets feature.
â€śI just had him groomed. Kelley with Precious Pets does a great job with him,â€ť Leinker said. â€śI think heâ€™s the cutest little dog ever.â€ť
See more loveable pets on pages B6-B8 of the July 26 issue of The Post and Mail.
Concerning my ability to stay afloat in 10 feet of water:
- I'm a fish, not a problem.
- I think I could stay afloat awhile.
- I'd sink like a rock.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several of Whitley County's youngest leaders received a boost recently thanks to the support of Operation RoundUP and Northeastern REMC.
Leadership Whitley County's Young Adult Inititaive was awarded $900 in grant funds to provide partial scholarships for each of the Whitley County High School students participating in the program.
Full tuition to the program is $600. Since incorporating students in the program two years ago, LWC has worked to partner with local supporters in an effort to offset the cost of tuition to the students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A company that received financial incentives from Columbia City has been permitted to move out of city limits without penalty.
Warner Electric received city CEDIT money to help finance growth in 2009.
A provision of that agreement was to keep the company within the city limits.
Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, along with a representative of the company, were on hand at Tuesdayâ€™s Common Council meeting, informing city leaders that Warner Electric would be moving to the former USSI Building, just outside of Columbia City.