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August 27th, 2012

WAIT AND SEE: Bailey advises caution on SGCS construction bids

August 27, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — The construction bids have come in for Smith-Green Community Schools and the board of trustees took a look at them — then had a public work session Aug. 16.
But during Monday night’s board meeting Ralph Bailey, interim superintendent, advised the board to continue to ask questions and table the decision until the next board meeting Sept. 4.

LIBRARIAN CHANGE: Eyermann takes over for retiring Scherer

August 27, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — It’s an end of an era at Churubusco Public Library. After more than 14 years Carol Scherer is retiring from her position as librarian.
Good news is long-time CPL employee, Rachel Eyermann, is taking over the reigns at the library that has 28,000 items for patrons to choose from.
An open house is planned today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CPL located at 116 N. Mulberry St., Churubusco.
“June 1, 1998 seems like such a short time ago and yet lo and behold it’s been 14-plus years,” said Scherer.
That date began a very big change for Scherer.

END OF AN ERA: New tests to replace ISTEP

August 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools is preparing for a smooth transition as the state expects the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment to begin in the 2014-15 school year, replacing ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress).
Julie Turpin, principal of Mary Raber Elementary School, told the school board Monday she met with teachers over the past two summers to come up with a plan for the students to make a smooth transition.
Turpin said 45 states and three territories have adopted the Common Core Curriculum.

TRIUMPHANT RETURN: Columbia City Youth Council reconvenes

August 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Nine students from Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy toured City Hall before beginning a brainstorming and planning session Thursday for the inaugural meeting of the Columbia City Youth Council.
“The youth council was kind of an idea I wanted to incorporate into our government to get more of the youth voice into the planning for our future,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel. “As we’ve met today, it’s clear to me that these youths want to do more than just give a voice to their age group. It’s clear that they really want to give back in some way to the community.”

August 24th

DROUGHT UPDATE: Whitley Co. moves from extreme to severe

August 24, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — While the grass is a vibrant green, and it has even become long enough for Whitley County residents to use their lawn mowers, the drought is still far from over according to experts.
“It’s eased a little bit,” said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. “We went from being in an extreme drought to being in a severe drought.”
The four levels of drought are moderate, severe, extreme and exceptional.

WGU, SDI embark on partnership

August 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Western Governors University Indiana has selected Steel Dynamics, Inc. as the first northern Indiana employer to promote bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the state’s nonprofit, online university.
The announcement pairs Indiana’s eighth state university with the nation’s fifth-largest steel company, which has a division in Columbia City.
“Steel Dynamics is home to 6,500-plus associates, many of whom will be served by our partnership with WGU Indiana,” said Steel Dynamics President and CEO Mark Millett.

Squawbuck Days starts Friday

August 24, 2012

LARWILL — A tenderloin fry at the fire department’s headquarters in Larwill today, which begins at 4 p.m., will mark the official beginning of Larwill’s annual festival, Squawbuck Days, which runs until the 11 a.m. carry-in lunch on Sunday.
The 158th anniversary of the town-wide festival is sponsored by the Larwill Fire Department, Lions Club and Richland Township Community Association.
A town-wide garage sale will take place during the weekend as well as a car show.

FATAL ATV CRASH UPDATE: Accident kills Ft. Wayne woman

August 24, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Officials from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are saying alcohol maybe have been a factor in an all-terrain vehicle accident Thursday night which killed a Fort Wayne woman and critically injured a Fort Wayne man, according to area news reports.
Killed in the accident was Jodie Deck, 38. Caleb Ball, 37 was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital and was listed in critical condition.

POLL RESULTS: Respondents agree with Ryan pick by Romney

August 24, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Respondents to the most recent www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll concerning Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate will result in:
• A victory for Republicans 60%
• A victory for Democrats 26%
• Don't know, don't care 11%
• Makes no difference to me 4%

Take part in this week's new poll, found on the home page of www.thepostandmail.com, concerning Whitley County high school football.

August 23rd

A POOL OF IDEAS: Members of public share opinions concerning Burnworth

August 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The first forum concerning the future of the Burnworth Memorial Pool took place Wednesday, giving members of the public an opportunity to listen to the assessment, ask questions and give opinions.
Sam Blake, with Spear Corporation, said the 52-year-old pool, which was renovated in 1991, has a number of conditions which need, or will need, to be addressed in the near future, including the pvc membrane (liner), the filtration system and the pool heater.

ANGOLA — Columbia City’s volleyball team held on for a five-game win Wednesday night at Angola....
WHITLEY COUNTY — Area football teams are taking a final day of preparation before the season opens...
The Columbia City Church of the Nazarene Alpha team won the Church League Softball championship...

 

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