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January 21st, 2013
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools started classes Monday morning with a new superintendent, Galen Mast. Before the transition, SGCS took the time to honor its departing district leader and long-time servant of public education, Ralph Bailey.
Bailey had been with SGCS since July 2012, serving as interim superintendent.
Administrators, Baileyâ€™s family and other well-wishers were on hand for the reception. Among Baileyâ€™s visitors were two Indiana State Representatives, Rep. David Ober and Rep. Kathy Heuer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s the middle of winter, but vendors are already preparing for Whitley Countyâ€™s Farmers Market that will open in the spring.
With fresh produce, baked good and crafts, the market is preparing for some possible new features to draw in larger crowds.
Chris Lilly, the market master, will be attending a conference in February centered on preparing markets to accept SNAP Benefits.
The government food assistance program would allow market shoppers to purchase foods from vendors using their SNAP Benefits.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Homestead verification work has been keeping the Whitley County Auditorâ€™s Office busy.
The deadline to file for homestead tax credits has come and gone. Now, those homeowners who did not file a verification will have to answer to the auditorâ€™s office or pay a higher tax bill.
Jenny McGuire, Whitley County auditor, said she has been working with individuals who filed past the Dec. 31 deadline.
â€śWe were keeping them on up to Jan. 15,â€ť she said.
Here are the headlines in Monday's Post & Mail:
Whitko athletics loses a devotee
Farmers market preps for 2013
SGCS bids farewell to Bailey
Homestead verification update
Indiana to reward teachers with grants
President Obama swears in for second term
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s new coroner will get to spend his retirement doing what he loves. Randy Dellinger, who was elected in November as county coroner, has been interested in crime scene investigation for many years.
The passion was born from 28 years as a law enforcement officer, it was nurtured during his eight years as deputy coroner under Scott Smith and grew while taking a crime scene investigation class at the Indiana State Police Academy.
â€śIt was meaningful work and I liked it,â€ť Dellinger said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One challenge associated with changes in technology is using it responsibly. Whitley County Consolidated School District (WCCS) has approached this issue from both sides of the coin. The first wrinkle involved is related to students using the technology in compliance with school rules. The second consideration is ensuring that teachers, while they are using technology, do not interact with students in an inappropriate fashion.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” By most measures, 2012 was a heavy year for the court systems in Whitley County. Whitley County Circuit Court had more criminal cases last year than in 2011. The court heard 314 total cases in 2012, up from 250 the year before that. In one respect, though, 2012 was lighter than 2011. Last year, there were no jury trials, as opposed to the two in 2011.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s show choirs presented their competition shows for parents and choral supporters Thursday night.
City Lights, an all female choir, is accompanied by City Soul, an instrumental back-up band. City Heat is a mixed choir of boys and girls and is also supported by City Soul. Both groups are assisted by City Crew, a stage crew.
The choirs are under the direction of Rosalie Geller and choreographed by Jason Johnson. City Soul is directed by Carolyn Hindbaugh. Saturday, the groups will compete at Eastside High School in Butler.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While some people in the country might feel they are still digging out of the Great Recession, some economic indicators show Whitley County might be back to normal.
The Community Research Institute (CRI) at IPFW released its 2012 document of business dynamics in Whitley County. Most of the findings showed growth in the county, with expansion in job numbers and dollars invested locally.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Changes in technology have affected almost every sphere of life, with education being no exception.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) has looked at changes in how it purchases curriculum. The district, as it examines textbooks, also examines the software present. This has led to conversations regarding the future of technology for WCCS.
â€śYou can look at things and say this is fabulous, and think you can do great things, but applied to larger scale it does not work with our hardware,â€ť said Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor, WCCS superintendent.