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August 29th, 2011

WCCS boasts stellar report card

August 29, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools received its second consecutive “A” for the 2010-2011 school year.
All elementary schools in the country are graded by the “No Child Left Behind” federal law. WCCS elementary schools: Mary Raber, Northern Heights, Coesse and Little Turtle all got an “A” for their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
There are no signs posted in the hallways, but Julie Turpin, principal of Mary Raber Elementary School is celebrating.
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August 24th

Mayoral hopefuls square off

August 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s three candidates for the town’s top elected position shared the stage Tuesday night and gave their views on everything from economic development to what should be done with the aging city swimming pool.
The event, the first debate involving the final three candidates for Columbia City mayor, was hosted by the Columbia City Kiwanis and packed a meeting room of the Peabody Public Library with more than 100 potential voters.
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YMCA gives swim lessons to 3rd-graders

August 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — When third-graders from throughout Whitley County line up at the local YMCA for free swimming lessons, they will reap the benefits of a contingent of veteran swim instructors.
The most seasoned of these aquatic experts is George Roth, who’s been teaching the finer points of treading water for the better part of four decades.
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August 22nd

Smith-Green board hears patron concerns

August 22, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — When the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees met last week there was a room full of people who wanted to share their concerns about several issues including higher textbook fees, the possible dismissal of a long-time coach and the ruling of a case involving two students who posted pictures to social networking sites.
With no formal notice of fee increases for textbooks, materials and programs, many parents where dismayed and shocked to receive fee statements on registration night at SGCS.
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Firemen hurt in Saturday house fire

August 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Two firefighters were injured during the aftermath of a fire at an abandoned house Saturday night.
Chad Jahn and Carl Freewalt, both assigned to the Thorncreek Township Fire Department, were dismantling the ceiling of the fire-damaged house on Etna Road when the ceiling collapsed, injuring both firefighters, according to Township Fire Chief Adam Hurley.
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Cougars on the loose? Local sightings increase

August 22, 2011

While Indiana conservation personnel remain skeptical, sightings locally of cougars, or mountain lions, continue to occur.
One of the most compelling sightings in Whitley County happened one year ago today when Max and Linda Zimmerman of Round Lake claim to have seen one of the big cats drinking from the shore of Big Cedar Lake.
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Coy ‘Sweeps’ up honor at Indiana State Fair

August 22, 2011

Mollie Coy has baked up some Whitley County history at the Indiana State Fair.
Coy, a senior at Columbia City High School, is the first Whitley County 4-Her to win the prestigious Sweepstakes Award at the Indiana State Fair for her decorated cake.
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Johnson wins ’Busco’s GOP nod

August 22, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Geri Johnson will represent the Republican party for the position of clerk-treasurer in Churubusco following a town convention held this week.
Johnson, the incumbent, defeated fellow Republican Melissa Tigner 19-10 in the caucus to advance to the November election where she will face Democrat challenger Madalyn Sade-Bartl.
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WCSD crash damages fifth vehicle

August 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department had its fifth department vehicle accident of the year this week.
Tuesday, a mishap at an intersection in downtown Columbia City caused Sgt. Mike Engle to rear-end the car in front of him with the WCSD sport utility vehicle he was driving.

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August 17th

Personnel issues abundant for Whitko board

August 17, 2011

PIERCETON — Personnel issues were addressed by Whitko Community School Corporation’s (WCSC) board of trustees this week, recognizing new staff members, along with employee transfers, discontinuations and resignations for the upcoming school year.
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