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September 4th, 2012

MAKING CENTS: School officials weigh the costs

September 4, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a four-part series on public school funding and how money is dispersed within a school system.

Ask the average Whitley County resident about any of the county’s three school systems and they might mention the score of Friday night’s football game, which teachers are the most popular with their children or what school was like in years past when they attended.
Not many residents could speak with authority about the costs to maintain the county’s public schools.
The Capital Projects Fund is fueled by county property taxes.

BREAK-INS: Vehicle break-ins on decline in Col. City

September 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — While vehicle break-ins in Fort Wayne are on the rise, Columbia City’s vehicle break-ins are on the decline, but still a continual problem.
“This seems to be a common problem for us,” said Longenbaugh.
“With this we often see where we get a group of juveniles who wander around town and get into unlocked vehicles.”
In 2010, 18 break-ins occurred from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31.
In 2011, the number increased to 37 from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, but this year’s report has seen a decline to 27 break-ins.

September 3rd

BREAKING NEWS: Kos. County robbery suspects nabbed in S. Whitley

September 3, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A Warsaw couple was arrested Friday night near South Whitley and booked in the Whitley County jail, but were soon requested by officials in Kosciusko County for a Leesburg armed robbery earlier in the day.
According to a press release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Christopher Alan Gressley, 30, and Anita Lynn Moore, 28, both of Warsaw, were wanted for a Friday afternoon holdup of the Leesburg Freedom Express, which police allege was held up at knife-point.

August 31st

Green with toxins: Algae overwhelms local ponds

September 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Green scum blankets Phil and Dorothy Stevens pond. A particularly manicured lawn stands as evidence that the Stevens take care of their property, located just off Old Trail Rd. in Columbia City. The green film covering the face of their pond, isn’t due to neglect, but to blooming blue-green algae.

“We don’t know what is causing it,” said Dorothy.

MAKING CENTS: Transportation costs create a pinch

August 31, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the third of a four-part series that will explain school funding cuts against decisions to maintain, renovate and grow schools in Whitley County.

Tug of war. That is the game school administrations are playing with the state. No area has been affected more than in the category of transportation. In recent years, fuel costs have skyrocketed and left schools with little-to-no way of covering the added expense.

MAKING CENTS: School officials cut when needed

August 31, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the second of a four-part series that will explain school funding cuts against decisions to maintain, renovate and grow schools in Whitley County.

Cuts, reduction in force, layoffs — no matter how it is said, the results are the same. Schools are minimizing the number of staff on the payroll. Why? In 2010, after the state decided to cover staff salaries, the money stopped coming in.

WEB BASED PROGRAM: Deadline to attend demonstration is today

August 31, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Today is the deadline for organizations to RSVP for a formal demonstration of the city’s new web-based load profiling service.
The service is intended to help businesses conserve energy costs with a program that allows them to analyze electric consumption through hard data.
“The Commercial Load Profiler enables businesses and industries to evaluate their energy usage and look for areas of improvement,” said AEI Sales Manager Erick Rheam, in a press release.

August 30th

POLL RESULTS: Bet on 'Busco for best pigskin skein

August 30, 2012

Poll respondents on the home page of www.thepostandmail.com have predicted Churubusco High School's football team "to have the best won-loss record" in the county by the end of the football season. Churubusco received 55% of the votes, Columbia City High School 35% and Whitko High School 10%.

Be sure to participate in this week's poll, located on the right side of the home page of www.thepostandmail.com

MAKING CENTS: School spending, funding no longer a mystery

August 30, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part series that will explain school funding cuts against decisions to maintain, renovate and grow schools in Whitley County.

School has started for Whitley County’s three school districts — Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Smith-Green Community Schools and Whitko Community Schools. As the battle for the best deal on back-to-school items plays out for parents in retail establishments, school administrators are waging war each day to fight for education dollars.

DRUG TASK FORCE: Meth is a 'big problem'

August 30, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Drug Task Force made a presentation at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday on the dangers of methamphetamine, its origins, how it is made and why it has become a big problem.

 

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