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November 5th, 2010
Newly-elected Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf said that a desire to win, diligent campaigning and a changing political climate made for the ideal conditions for his Tuesday win over Commission Chairman Mike Schrader.
â€śI think it was just a perfect storm,â€ť said Schrumpf, 58, who ousted Schrader 5,438-4,934 for the lone seat up for grabs on the commission.
â€śIt was a combination of things, but the whole Republican thing...â€ť
Schrumpf refers to a nationwide ouster of Democrats in the wake of growing dissent over the economy and the current administration in the White House.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Council attorney, Dan Sigler, suggested the recent lawsuit brought by several Whitko residents is â€śnot well-motivatedâ€ť and will ask that it be dismissed.
The suit stems from what the plaintiffs in the suit say is violation of the Indiana Open Door Law. A scheduled county council meeting on July 28 was conducted with members of the council voting on the issue to put a tax referendum for Whitko school district on the general election ballot. The council denied the request and the meeting adjourned. An hour later the council reconvened and changed its vote.
Eleven-year-old Payton Jagger will get her wish of a trip to a Florida theme park in December, but the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana is allowing her community to be a part of passing it on.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Rotarians and Sherri Grim from Sherriâ€™s Place Restaurant in Columbia City are talking turkey.
Thanksgiving turkey, that is.
The Rotary Club is joining forces with Sherriâ€™s Place to offer a community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, for anyone in the community, including those who canâ€™t travel to Sherriâ€™s Place for the meal.
â€śSome have money, but donâ€™t have family,â€ť said Grim, and gave the invitation to â€ścome and eat!â€ť
The meals are free, but those who can may give a donation which will be given to a local food bank.
A childâ€™s first introduction into a classroom is often the first day of kindergarten and teachers in Whitley County Consolidated Schools are beefing up the way these youngsters are evaluated.
Mary Raber Elementary School Principal Julie Turpin presented a new kindergarten report card to the school corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees during the panelâ€™s Monday work session.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The overwhelming shock of entering a classroom as the one in charge of student learning is being lessened thanks to a program in Columbia Cityâ€™s schools.
On Monday, at a work session of the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees, Michelle Urban, an eighth-grade science teacher at Indian Springs Middle School explained a program designed to help rookie teachers.
The Beginning Teacher Program, headed by Urban, was presented to the board Monday night.
A strong turnout by Whitley County voters put Republican candidates into nearly every office up for election Tuesday.
With the exception of four Democrats who hold positions on township advisory boards, every other seat went to the GOP. Even the Democrats who were elected were uncontested, as in Kevin Bollinger as Washington Township trustee, and the advisory board for Jefferson Township. The lone Republican running for Washington Townshipâ€™s advisory board had the most votes of the four candidates for the three-person board.
The voters from precincts in both Whitley and Kosciusko counties who live in the Whitko school district spoke loud and clear Tuesday about a property tax proposed by the school corporation.
In the Whitley County precincts, the referendum was defeated 1,154-486 a percentage spread of 70-30.
The referendum didnâ€™t fare much better in Kosciusko County where 1,038 voters squelched the proposed tax and 384 residents gave the referendum a thumbs up.
The total no-yes count for Whitkoâ€™s proposed tax was 2,192-870.
The school corporation decided to add the referendum to the ballot back in July.
A Columbia City woman grabbed the Indiana House of Representatives spot vacated by former District 83 Representative Matt Bell.
Former Columbia City Common Council member Kathy Heuer routed her Democrat opponent and fellow county resident Wray McCalester with 77 percent of the vote (2,147-626) and will represent the county and the rest of the district beginning in January.
â€śI am honored to have the support of the voters of District 83 and will be privileged to serve everyone in the district, regardless of their political affiliation,â€ť said Heuer.
How important is education?
Consider these facts:
â€˘ According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 90 percent of high-growth, high-wage jobs will require at least some postsecondary education.
â€˘ Indiana ranks 43rd in the state in percentage of adults with a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher. In Whitley County, 18 percent of adults have a bachelorâ€™s degree or higher. Slightly more than 19 percent of adults statewide have postsecondary degrees.