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April 20th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” School board member Tim Bloom peered over his glasses Monday night at a collection of local teachers who attended the regular meeting of the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees.
The board, minus two members, was preparing to vote on the elimination of 27 positions from the school systemâ€™s payroll, a move sparked by a slumping economy and the subsequent budget shortfalls at public schools statewide.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Michelle Ball, a teacher at Pierceton Elementary School, retraced the footsteps of Anne Frank and her family, thanks to a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant that she received last year.
Ball spent 47 days in Europe last summer. She traveled throughout Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, visiting places where Frank spent her life, and learning Jewish history dating back to the 12th century. She deepened her experiences there to further understand what makes the Holocaust such a tragic human event, as well as a distinct genocide.
Spring cleanup dates in Columbia City are June 11 and 18, according to clerk-treasurer Rosie Coyle. West side cleanup will be on June 11 and east side on June 18.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A longtime problem with waste disposal in the tiny unincorporated town of Coesse is one step closer to a solution after having recently taken a tiny step backward.
For the second time since late last year, the Whitley County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a grant application for community development.
â€śWe had a technicality that we had to address with our procurement process,â€ť said consultant Lori Shipman Monday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The aprons were on. The serving tongs were drawn, but something was missing.
Where was the three-year reigning champion cook-off team lead by the fearless Sen. Gary â€śDocâ€ť Dillon?
They were seated in the Church of God auditorium, with nary a drop of sweat on their brows, enjoying the meal with the 400 other The Center for Whitley County Youth Benefit Cook-off feasters.
â€śWe coulda wupped them this year,â€ť said Bob Addison, the master chef behind their previous successes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Excessive wetness is an issue thatâ€™s been at the top of the Columbia City â€śto-doâ€ť list for years.
Last week the townâ€™s Board of Works and Safety heard a presentation from GAI Consultants about a study to help combat at least some of the townâ€™s drainage problem.
â€śThat area has a history of surface flooding problems,â€ť said Columbia City Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker about an area outlined in what the consulting firm identifies in the South Side Stormwater Study.
â€śItâ€™s a pretty large watershed area.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When contaminated soil was found under railroad tracks in Columbia City earlier this year, it brought to a grinding halt, progress on a sewer extension project planned by the city for some time.
The bureaucratic red tape involved with contacting the Indiana Department of Environmental Management was relatively painless, as government-involved procedures go.
Itâ€™s the delay and its effect on the contractor hired to do some of the work that may prove the most costly to local government entities.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Auditors offices around the area are being inundated with phone calls lately because of taxpayer confusion surrounding the word â€śHomestead.â€ť
â€śWe had 94 calls in two days,â€ť said Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire.
She said that number is low because itâ€™s just the number of callers who talked to one employee in her office.
â€śHe kept track,â€ť she said.
The confusion â€” the elimination of a three-year homestead credit on Indiana tax bills.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” After months of penny-pinching and budget-hacking, and following a heated debate where proposed state legislation drew the ire of Indiana teachers, Gov. Mitch Daniels and both branches of the state government are declaring some good news on the education front.
In what state lawmakers say is a rare joint announcement, House Speaker Brian Bosma R-Indianapolis along with Senate President Pro Tempore David Long R-Fort Wayne and Daniels announced their support for an additional $150 million investment in K-12 education, emphasizing early learning