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August 27th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools is preparing for a smooth transition as the state expects the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment to begin in the 2014-15 school year, replacing ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress).
Julie Turpin, principal of Mary Raber Elementary School, told the school board Monday she met with teachers over the past two summers to come up with a plan for the students to make a smooth transition.
Turpin said 45 states and three territories have adopted the Common Core Curriculum.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nine students from Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy toured City Hall before beginning a brainstorming and planning session Thursday for the inaugural meeting of the Columbia City Youth Council.
â€śThe youth council was kind of an idea I wanted to incorporate into our government to get more of the youth voice into the planning for our future,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel. â€śAs weâ€™ve met today, itâ€™s clear to me that these youths want to do more than just give a voice to their age group. Itâ€™s clear that they really want to give back in some way to the community.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the grass is a vibrant green, and it has even become long enough for Whitley County residents to use their lawn mowers, the drought is still far from over according to experts.
â€śItâ€™s eased a little bit,â€ť said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. â€śWe went from being in an extreme drought to being in a severe drought.â€ť
The four levels of drought are moderate, severe, extreme and exceptional.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Western Governors University Indiana has selected Steel Dynamics, Inc. as the first northern Indiana employer to promote bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees from the stateâ€™s nonprofit, online university.
The announcement pairs Indianaâ€™s eighth state university with the nationâ€™s fifth-largest steel company, which has a division in Columbia City.
â€śSteel Dynamics is home to 6,500-plus associates, many of whom will be served by our partnership with WGU Indiana,â€ť said Steel Dynamics President and CEO Mark Millett.
LARWILL â€” A tenderloin fry at the fire departmentâ€™s headquarters in Larwill today, which begins at 4 p.m., will mark the official beginning of Larwillâ€™s annual festival, Squawbuck Days, which runs until the 11 a.m. carry-in lunch on Sunday.
The 158th anniversary of the town-wide festival is sponsored by the Larwill Fire Department, Lions Club and Richland Township Community Association.
A town-wide garage sale will take place during the weekend as well as a car show.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Officials from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are saying alcohol maybe have been a factor in an all-terrain vehicle accident Thursday night which killed a Fort Wayne woman and critically injured a Fort Wayne man, according to area news reports.
Killed in the accident was Jodie Deck, 38. Caleb Ball, 37 was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital and was listed in critical condition.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Respondents to the most recent www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll concerning Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate will result in:
â€˘ A victory for Republicans 60%
â€˘ A victory for Democrats 26%
â€˘ Don't know, don't care 11%
â€˘ Makes no difference to me 4%
Take part in this week's new poll, found on the home page of www.thepostandmail.com, concerning Whitley County high school football.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The first forum concerning the future of the Burnworth Memorial Pool took place Wednesday, giving members of the public an opportunity to listen to the assessment, ask questions and give opinions.
Sam Blake, with Spear Corporation, said the 52-year-old pool, which was renovated in 1991, has a number of conditions which need, or will need, to be addressed in the near future, including the pvc membrane (liner), the filtration system and the pool heater.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jackie Leeuw, 18, is used to being named champion in poultry competition at the Whitley County 4-H Fair and is getting honors at the Indiana State Fair as well.
Recently she won ISFâ€™s Grand Champion Roasters and Meat Type Overall and Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Overall.
There were 30 other cages of chickens in the meat division and 50 cages of chickens in the overall round.
Leeuw had two chickens in the Sale Of Champ-ions at the 2012 ISF.
â€śThis was my second time in the Sale of Champions and it was really cool,â€ť said Leeuw.