April 16th, 2014
SOUTH WHITELY â€” Whitko High School has named its two top students for the Class of 2014.
Valedictorian is Christina Marie Baughman.
Salutatorian is Michael Dakota Thompson.
See an upcoming issue of the Post & Mail for more on these top students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” County leaders were dealt the hard reality of just what the estimated costs are to restore the County Government Centerâ€™s basement after a flood.
When sump pumps failed to keep up with winter weather in February, water backed up into the basement, resulting in hefty expenses for clean up and repairs.
At last weekâ€™s County Council meeting, estimates were presented, and discussion was held to determine how to cover the costs.
Total flood clean up will cost the county $31,205.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Officials with H.J.Umbaugh & Associates, an accounting firm in Mishawaka, recently advised South Whitley Town Council members to raise electric and water rates.
At the April 8 meeting, town leaders were advised that a tracking fee, assessed by electrical provider Indiana Municipal Power Agency, was not being passed on to consumers.
â€śThe town has been absorbing this cost,â€ť said Councilman Tony Starkey. â€śWe arenâ€™t making any extra money on this, we are just covering the charge IMPA is charging us.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After months of being in limbo, Testworth Laboratories is expected to finally come down this month.
According to Whitley County Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner, the owner of the building has scheduled demolition to restart in the next week.
Demolition on the building began last fall, and was stopped for undisclosed reasons. After a long winter, the building remains half-demolished, and what many city officials have deemed as an â€śeyesoreâ€ť in recent City Council meetings.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Department of Education has released the final draft of the new academic standards for Indiana schools.
The new standards for Math and English/Language Arts will be replacing the national Common Core standards that Indiana dropped earlier this year.
According to WTHR, the new standards took more than 150 educators and thousands of hours to determine what should comprise the new standards. The authors say that the new standards exceed the common core standards in areas like math, where they will now have standards for trigonometry and calculus.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mary Hartman, director of The Peabody Public Library, updated Whitley County Commissioners on the programming at the Columbia City facility.
â€śWe have some exciting things going on at the library,â€ť Hartman said. â€śI wanted to bring you up to date.â€ť
According to the libraryâ€™s annual report, more than $155,000 people visited the library in the last year.
Columbia City officials tested out a large speaker made by Ultra Electronics last week, playing tunes throughout the downtown area. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said if purchased, the speaker could help city officials make announcements during downtown events such as Old Settlers Days and Autumn Art Festival. The speaker could also be used to play music during Christmas time. Pictured, Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey takes the speaker down from the roof of City Hall.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An annual event will combine remembering those lost with steps to prevent abuse.
Light The Way is an evening planed for Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at First Church of God in Columbia City. Whitley Countyâ€™s Salvation Army organizers sponsor the event, describing it as an evening of awareness and hope.
OLUMBIA CITY â€” A nonprofit is considering moving into Columbia City.
Members from Giving Gardens of Indiana were present at a recent Columbia City Board of Works meeting to discuss its options with city officials on putting in a community garden within the city limits.
The program would provide citizens and other groups with food and/or seedlings.
Zach Arnold, president of the group, requested use of one of the cityâ€™s properties, located at the corner of Towerview Drive and Hannah Street.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Republicans gathered for a candidate forum Saturday at Columbia Cityâ€™s Church of the Nazarene.
A packed fellowship hall was a reflection of Republican Party leader Matt Boydâ€™s description of the upcoming primary election Ââ€” crucial.
â€śThis is a great turnout,â€ť Boyd said. â€śI am pleased to see so many Republicans here to learn about those vying for the election.â€ť
Primary election day is May 6 and will offer Republicans several contested races.