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November 2nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Selected from a pool of more than 250 applications, Whitko High School senior Tiffany Schuman, 18, was chosen as the only Indiana student to take the stage at the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo, using her soprano voice to sing as a National FFA Chorus member. Approximately 55,000 FFA members and guests attend the convention each year as they come together ‚Äúto learn about careers in the agriculture industry, compete for scholarships, volunteer in the community and shape the future of the National FFA Organization.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As technology continues to advance, many people are keeping up with current news and events through notifications that come directly to their cellular phones in the form of a text message. Whitley County has announced that as of Nov. 1, a partnership with the Nixle Community Information Service (Nixle) will allow residents to do that and more.
See Thursday's edition of the post and mail for a list of local, state and national candidates.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Tuesday morning brought the first sign of snowflakes. Blowing snow and sleet rode in on the northeast winds of Hurricane Sandy.
Columbia City‚Äôs Street Department already has snow in its sights. Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh said the city‚Äôs mechanic is currently checking the plows to ensure all is in working order before the blades are hooked onto city trucks.
‚ÄúRight now we are still in leaf season,‚ÄĚsaid Cearbaugh. ‚ÄúBut once we are out of that, our box trucks will start making the transition from leaves to salt.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď Grade A. That was the mark for three Whitley County Schools. Churubusco Elementary School, Coesse Elementary School and Columbia City High School all received an A ranking based on the Indiana Department of Education‚Äôs (IDOE) annual evaluation.
According to the IDOE, more than 40 percent of Indiana‚Äôs schools received an A for the 2011-12 school year. The state‚Äôs education department released the grading report Tuesday.
Columbia City High School saw an improvement from last year‚Äôs mediocre rating of C and the year before when the school received a D grade.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy and its winter storm has left several states in need of assistance. While many Indiana districts have deployed teams to these states, Whitley County responders are waiting to help.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been on standby as of last week,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball Tuesday morning. ‚ÄúThe storm is bringing a lot of water and snow with it. It‚Äôs not moving the way they thought it would so a lot of things could change.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Hurricane Sandy left a soggy campaign trail in the aftermath of her wake. Presidential hopefuls wanting to utilize one more week of pressing flesh had their plans doused by the storm. Gaining votes is no longer the concern, but rather getting voters to the polls.
Campaign analysts are weighing the impact of the storm on potential votes. Their concerns are for the many voters who won‚Äôt make it to the polls because of power outages, damaged homes or cleanup duties ‚ÄĒ not to mention the physical damage seen to polling locations and equipment.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Farmers in Whitley County are nearing the end of fall harvest season despite the recent rain.
‚ÄúWe are slightly ahead of normal on corn and a few days ahead on soybeans, but not on record pace with either one,‚ÄĚ said Dave Addison, with the Whitley County 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture and Natural Resources.
‚ÄúMost of the farmers have been diligently working on harvesting corn and planting wheat for next year.‚ÄĚ
Addison estimated Whitley County farmers have completed approximately 70 percent of soybeans and 40 percent of the corn harvest.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Indiana‚Äôs Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that Ind. 205 will be closed next week.
Crews will be working to replace a culvert pipe, shutting down Ind. 205 between CR 200 E. and Old Trail Road.
The detour is U.S. 30 to Ind. 9 to U.S. 33.
Weather permitting, the closure is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.
INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone.
For up-to-date information about traffic restrictions, visit www.trafficwise.IN.gov