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April 30th, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” A legislative plan that would "pause" Indiana's adoption of a national set of reading and math education standards has the backing of Republican Gov. Mike Pence, although many questions surround what that step would mean for the state's classrooms.
Pence said he was waiting to review the bill approved by legislators last week that would suspend implementation of Common Core State Standards in more grades for a year while new state reviews are conducted.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” A teachers union wants proof from Indiana officials that problems with the online portion of the ISTEP+ exam won't hurt teachers economically because their pay is linked to students' success.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz ordered testing stopped Tuesday after some schools reported a second straight day of issues accessing the exam's online portion.
ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) â€” A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on vehicles traveling along a northeastern Indiana highway was sentenced to 120 years in prison after telling a judge he would "kind of like to go home."
Donald William Myers III, 35, was sentenced Monday, nine years to the day after the April 29, 2004, shootings terrified motorists along U.S. 20 in far northeastern Indiana.
Purdue experts advising patience for corn farmers
(AP) â€” Purdue University agricultural experts are advising farmers to be patient as they wait for their fields to dry so they can begin planting.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports farmers in Indiana have planted just 1 percent of the corn crop, compared with the five-year average of 30 percent by the end of April. A year ago, farmers reported they had planted 67 percent of the state's corn crop by now.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City leaders are making plans for its annual trash day. The 2013 Columbia City trash pick up will be divided up into two weekends this year.
The city will be divided down Main Street. The west side of the city will be picked up Saturday, June 8 starting at 6 a.m. The east side of the city will be picked up Saturday, June 15 starting at 6 a.m. All trash will be picked up at curb side or alley.
The Whitley County Board of Commissioners will hold a
special meeting Wednesday at 9 a.m. to review a Township Assistance appeal request. The public is welcome to attend.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Debates regarding rules and regulations for legalizing fenced hunting have come to a standstill with Indiana legislators.
Indianaâ€™s House of Representatives voted 52 to 39 to approve a bill to legalize five fenced deer-hunting preserves in Indiana, however the measure was halted in the Senate within days.
Those legislators who voted in favor of the bill cite support for business, small farms and breeders as reason to OK the measure.
In 2005, Indiana Department of Natural Resources ruled fenced hunting illegal.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A potential need for a new high school in the Whitley County Consolidated School district (WCCS) does not necessarily mean that the academic performance of the current students is not to be overlooked.
U.S. News recently released its list of the best high schools in the nation and also gave honors state-by-state. While Columbia City High School was not one of the three schools in the state given a gold medal by the publication, it did perform well in some of the metrics used in the study.
Approximately 250 feeder calves went through 4-H weigh-in Saturday at the Whitley County Fairgrounds. 4-Hers also had the opportunity to put their animals through dehorning, castration and vaccinations â€” all necessary before the 4-H fair in July. Pictured above is Courtney Johnson, 10, a second year 4-H member, with her two feeder calves, Mike (left) and Spot. â€śTheyâ€™re going to be mad at me after today,â€ť Johnson said, after her animals were dehorned.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Medical records were ordered to be released in a pending sex abuse case in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Judge James Heuer said a guardian for an alleged victim in a sex abuse case can sign off the medical records. The girlâ€™s mother is out of state and could not be located.
The alleged victim, a 17-year-old girl, is alleged to have had two children with the defendant, Dean Pressler, age 39.