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December 19th

FLOOD HELP: WCCS approves Columbia City High School flood solution

December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School District’s board of school trustees approved a measure at Monday’s meeting to look into a solution to the flooding difficulties at Columbia City High School.

The board approved, by unanimous vote, to build a conventional, closed-pipe storm sewer system. Business Manager Tony Zickgraf said he had looked into an open-ditch option, but the it would cost between $353,000 and $413,000, while the closed-pipe method was estimated at $337,000.

December 18th

T.L.C.: South Whitley Elementary students greeted with care

December 18, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY ­— “We offered our kids a lot of T.L.C.,” said South Whitley Elementary School Principal Bruce Hansen at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Hansen shared with Whitko Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees that after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, faculty at SWES was briefed and a safety drill, which was already planned, was held.

“We worked hard to reassure the kids that they are safe,” said Hansen. “We gave out a lot of hugs.”

CAR VS. PEDESTRIAN: Six-year-old struck by car in city

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A six-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries Monday night after she was struck by a car. According to police, the girl was walking home from her neighbor’s house on W. Ellsworth Street in Columbia City at approximately 5:45 p.m. The girl was crossing from the south side of the road to her house at 614 W. Ellsworth St. as a car backed out and headed east.

A westbound vehicle didn’t see the girl, who was “just a few steps away from her driveway,” according to Columbia City Police Sergeant Trey Insley.

NOT GUILTY: Man accused of attempted escape appears in court

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of two felonies pleaded not guilty in the Whitley County Circuit Court Monday morning.Charles Norris, 29, of Cromwell, was accused of attempted escape, a Class B Felony, and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class C Felony.

The Class B felony carries a sentence of six to 20 years in prison, with 10 years being the advisory sentence. The Class C felony carries a sentence of two to eight years, with four being the advisory sentence.
Both crimes also have a maximum fine of $10,000 each.

ON THE JOB: CCHS students get an indepth look at careers

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For high school juniors and seniors, this is a daunting question. With graduation looming in the near future, college and career choices become critical for students. But trying to make a decision with little to no real-life experience in a particular field of interest can make the selection stressful.
Laying the ground work
Judy Moore, Columbia City High School’s director of Career Development and Internships saw the need for students to get first hand experience in certain careers.

December 17th

LIGHTING UP: Col. City awards best-lit homes

December 17, 2012

By NICOLE OTT
The Post & Mail
COLUMBIA CITY — The results are in. The City of Columbia City held its annual Christmas lighting contest again this season, giving top honors to Mike and Amy Cook of 318 Shorewood Court in Northeast Columbia City.

The city also handed out awards for all four districts.

HOT LUNCH: Local schools deal with changes to lunch programs

December 17, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — An apple a day does keep the doctor away, but area school students are also having a spoonful of change to improve nutrition in their lives.

New federal regulations have created changes with lunch programs at education centers nation-wide, and local schools have also had to adjust.
Some of the new requirements include calorie limits for students by age, larger servings of vegetables and less sodium, among others.

December 16th

WINTER CONCERT

December 16, 2012

Columbia City High School’s bands and choirs played and sang for two concerts Thursday night. The Winter Concert featured both instrumental and vocal solos as well as a holiday sing-along with audience participation. Pictured left is the Wind Ensemble.

BALANCED BUDGET: S. Whitley Town Council ends meeting on balanced note

December 16, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY ­— As Tuesday’s South Whitley Town Council meeting came to a close a sigh of relief was had by many when numbers added up where they once did not.

Forms were signed by council members to move necessary funds to balance the 2012 budget just weeks before the year’s end.
After weeks of wrestling with appropriations and budget numbers, Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould, with the help of Retha Hicks from HR Resources, was able to answer the questions asked by council members regarding the budget numbers.

STRETCHING THE BUCKS: Local United Way awarded a $18K matching grant

December 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Donations are being doubled for the United Way of Whitley County. After being approved for a matching grant, the United Way is on a mission to not only raise funds for the Live United campaign, but meet a maximum matching dollar amount of $18,000 by the end of 2013.

New donors giving in increments of $100, as well as new businesses giving in increments of $500 will be matched dollar for dollar in partnership with the Indiana Association of United Ways INVest 1213.

 

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