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April 26th, 2013
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SOUTH WHITLEY â With a multi-million dollar focus on the townâs waste water utility, South Whitley Town Council members are weighing the possibility of selling the townâs water utility.
At Tuesdayâs 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 townâs water utility.
COLUMBIA CITY â âThe weather needs to change.â
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 areaâs wicked weather conditions.
âThe 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,â Hoffman said.
This is a totally different story than last planting season, when temperatures began to warm up in February.
COLUMBIA CITY â It may not feel like it outside, but some individuals are beginning to anticipate warmer months.
PIERCETON â 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
âI donât see that itâs that big of a deal,â he said. âMost people around me donât care. Itâs my life and my livelihood.â
Columbia City High School students will present âCurtains, the Musical,â 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â More details could emerge soon on whether the Republicans who control the Indiana Legislature can agree with GOP Gov. Mike Pence on the size of a possible cut in the state's individual income tax rate.
Pence has been pushing for a 10 percent cut, while legislative leaders have hesitated to go along as they look to increase state spending on schools and road projects.
House and Senate negotiators said Wednesday they were close to a budget deal ahead of Friday's expected adjournment of this year's legislative session.