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July 29th, 2013

GPA: Weighing in on weighted grades

July 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Could extra-weighted grades for students who take Advanced Placement classes be eliminated?

That was the question Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor proposed to the Board of School Trustees at the previous meeting.

Currently, if a student receives an A in an AP class, that counts as five points toward their grade point average, whereas an A in any other course counts as just four points.

“We have created an unequal grading system,” O’Connor said.

TOP ATHLETES: Whitley County's best celebrated

July 29, 2013

On Friday, The Post & Mail announced its 2012-13 Players of the Year — Derek Hinen and Kalisha Goree — both of Columbia City High School. Stop by The Post & Mail’s office at 927 W. Connexion Way, Columbia City, to pick up a copy of this year’s Athletes of the Year, a special section.

July 26th

SWIM CHAMPS: Successful Stingrays

July 26, 2013

Columbia City’s club swim team, the Stingrays, won the 2013 League II Championships at Pine Valley Country Club last week.

High-point winners for the Stingrays were: Hadley Snell, Sammy Varga, Caroline Klimek, Zachary Young, Caden Ferguson, Shauna Jo Young, Telly Varga, Ryan Devito, Josh Butts, Alyssa Koch, Megan Cummings, Matt Webber, Doug Hinen, Josh Shawver, Cassie Bosselman, Taylor Hartsock and Jared Mertz.

SENTENCE MODIFIED: Mullins on home detention

July 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man under a 10-year sentence had his incarceration time modified in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

William Mullins, 21, was sentenced to 10 years in 2010 for two counts of burglary, one charge of theft and one charge of robbery.

Mullins has been on work release for more than a year.

He had his sentence modified once already, having six months taken off, for completing his GED while incarcerated.

WHITKO CONSTRUCTION: District moves ahead with plans

July 26, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko Community school board members and administration breathed a sigh of relief as the date of July 18 came and went.

That was the deadline in a 30-day window in which objections to the $22 million projected construction plan could be voiced.

Whitko Community School Corporation held a 1028 hearing June 17 to explain in detail the desire of the district to build a new Pierceton Elementary School and extensively renovate South Whitley Elementary School.

DIGGING HOLES: DNR leans on resident support for lake project

July 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Lake living might be the life for residents in the Tri-Lakes area, but over-grown channels and mucky canals are making waterway travel impossible.

Recently, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a project to dredge specific channels around Little Cedar, Big Cedar, and Round Lakes.

As part of the dredging work at Round Lake, a hole was needed to pump the channel water into in order to allow for DNR officials to access the sites.

CANDIDATE CONSIDERATION: WCCS board reviewing replacements

July 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools will soon go about the task of selecting a new school board member.

Chris Bechtold was elected in 2010 and took office in 2011. He announced his resignation, effective Aug. 5, because he will be taking a teaching position at Eagle Tech Academy. Board members are not permitted to hold teaching positions.

To fill the vacancy, the school board has asked for those interested to submit their interest, in writing, to the superintendent.

In search of the ring

July 26, 2013

Children at the Peabody Public Library celebrated J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” Tuesday with a party.

Four teams participated in a scavenger hunt, following clues throughout the library in search of their own “ring.” Party goers dug in a wading pool full of sand to search for “treasure.”

Pictured, from left, are Kiylin Gaff (10), Georgia Lieb (14), Katie Thompson (14), Daryan Austin (9), Anakha Austin (13), Aeris Austin (11) and Daniel Thompson (11).

Record-breaking swimmers

July 26, 2013

The boys 200-meter freestyle relay squad broke the Columbia City Club’s team record and won the event at the league championships at Pine Valley Country Club last week.

From left: Nathan Koch, Robby Owen, Jared Mertz and Shane Bufkin, all on the Columbia City High School varsity swim team.

Top athletes touted today

July 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s top athletes will be on display in The Post & Mail’s Athletes of the Year special section — inserted today.

The special section also includes The Post & Mail’s selections for male and female Athletes of the Year, two Columbia City High School athletes.

Players of the Week from the 2012-13 school year will also be reviewed, as well as the honorable mention selections.

Contact Nicole Ott, sports@thepostandmail.com, for your suggestions for Athlete of the Week this upcoming season.

Please include name, team and reason why they are a good choice.

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