June 5th, 2013
FORT WAYNE (AP) â The Fort Wayne Childrenâs Zoo has a new addition.
The zooâs three-year-old female red panda, Xiao, has given birth to a cub, and zoo officials are carefully monitoring its progress.
Zoo officials who announced the birth Tuesday said the next few weeks are critical to the cubâs survival. Xiao gave birth to two cubs in 2012, but neither survived.
About half of all red panda cubs born in captivity die within 30 days of their birth.
The zoo has closed the pathway in front of the red panda exhibit to guests to minimize stress on the animals.
COLUMBIA CITY â Peabody Public Libraryâs staff is fortunate to have the opportunity to help people in the community pursue their dreams every day.
âOur dream is to make your library an even better place for you, your children and grandchildren,â said one staff person.
Visit the libraryâs website at http://ppl.lib.in.us and check out the new online Library WishList. There, people may choose an item theyâd like to see at the library, make a contribution towards the purchase or sponsor an item in memory of a loved one.
Coesse Elementary School presented awards for their Lifeline Leader program Wednesday.
The lifeline of flexibility was recognized this month.
Students awarded for flexibility include Jadyn Smith, Blair Hennessy, Monroe Hyde, Collin Ream, Evelyn Culp, Brant Pettigrew, Starr Maley, Michael Holtzman, Clay Ousley, Lyle Baron, Mitchell Pattee, Hannah Swoverland, Hailee Steele, Madison Hull, Annamarie Yager, Lauren Lee, Showlyn Patee, Alexis Pletcher and Maxwell Joseph.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel is hosting another Mayorâs Night In Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
This is a chance for residents to schedule a time to talk with the mayor, ask questions or learn more about what is going on in the city.
To sign up for a time slot, residents can contact Martha Acres at 248-5111. Mayorâs Night In is held at his office in City Hall.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man admitted to his role in a meth-dealing arrest in April.
Warren Goodman, Jr., 41, pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
Goodman will be sentenced next month.
His plea agreement stated that, regardless of the total sentence length, he would not serve more than eight years in jail or prison.
Three other charges against Goodman were dropped upon the acceptance of the plea agreement.
COLUMBIA CITY â Itâs not enough, according to Joy Gilraine of Columbia City, to simply write a check to donate money to those in need.
She is set to see the need up close and in person â in Haiti.
âHaiti is one of the poorest countries,â Gilraine said. âThey are still trying to deal with a massive amount of devastation. It seems like a hopeless situation to them, I am sure.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Elementary students all around Indiana recently had to deal with problems related to the ISTEP+ testing.
It was no different for students at Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS). WCCS Superintendent Dr. Pat OâConnor updated the Board of School Trustees of the difficulties local students faced during the examinations.
Among the hurdles students had to overcome were slow web connections, as well as the network kicking children out of the test at random intervals.
Every time there was an interruption or distraction, it had to be documented.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Council voted unanimously to not raise the wheel tax rate for the coming year.
Currently, plated vehicles are charged $10 as part of that surtax. The maximum allowed in Indiana is a $25 charge.
The council was examining making the change because additional state funding was going to be distributed based on the wheel tax rate.
However, that language was changed in the Senate bill.
Rejecting the tax increase was unanimous.
âAt some point, we need to tighten our belts and not expand our waistline,â said Councilman Paula Reimers.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High Schoolâs band program received recognition from the Indiana State School Music Association â the first time in the programâs history.
âThis is a very big deal,â said Helen Hockemeyer, the band programâs director. âThese kids have worked since the beginning of the school year to earn this.â
CCHS was named an All-Music School by ISSMA, which means students had to earn gold medals in five categories during 2012-13.
Columbia Cityâs boys track and field team named its award winners for the 2013 year.
Award winners from left, with their awards: Wyatt Larkey was named Most Valuable Thrower; Garrett Vandersaul won the Coachesâ Award; Seth Kissinger won Most Improved Athlete; Evan Harney was named Most Valuable Runner and Most Valuable Participant; Mitchell Maloney was named Most Valuable Jumper and Andrew McFarland won Rookie of the Year.