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April 21st, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Leadership Whitley County, in its 10th year in existence, celebrated this milestone at the graduation dinner Tuesday evening at Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center.
Director Kelley Sheiss has led the servant leadership program throughout its existence with eight-month-long journeys for participants to develop a spirit of servanthood, while finding their place to contribute to their community in leadership roles.
â€śWeâ€™re the lowest overhead non-profit in Whitley County,â€ť said Sheiss, describing their lack of a building or office but adding how they are â€śmighty in people.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor spoke Monday at the regular board meeting about criteria for a teacher having a full-time contract.
Oâ€™Connor was addressing the school board and the audience in response to continued pressure from patrons either directly involved with or affiliated with the school corporationâ€™s band program.
At issue with band members and parents is the part-time status of corporation band director Helen Foster.
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.