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June 5th, 2013

Mayor Daniel to host ‘Night In’ Thurs. at City Hall

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel is hosting another Mayor’s 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. Mayor’s Night In is held at his office in City Hall.

IN COURT: Local man pleads guilty to meth charges

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

FUNDING FLATWARE: Helping Haiti one plate at a time

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s 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 — in Haiti.

“Haiti is one of the poorest countries,” Gilraine said. “They are still trying to deal with a massive amount of devastation. It seems like a hopeless situation to them, I am sure.”

TESTING TESTS: WCCS assesses ISTEP+ concerns

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 O’Connor 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.

VOTED DOWN: Council rejects wheel tax increase

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s 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.

“At some point, we need to tighten our belts and not expand our waistline,” said Councilman Paula Reimers.

GOLDEN BAND: Col. City H.S. named All-Music School

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s band program received recognition from the Indiana State School Music Association — the first time in the program’s history.

“This is a very big deal,” said Helen Hockemeyer, the band program’s director. “These kids have worked since the beginning of the school year to earn this.”

CCHS was named an All-Music School by ISSMA, which means students had to earn gold medals in five categories during 2012-13.

June 4th

Col. City boys track awards

June 4, 2013

Columbia City’s 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 Coaches’ 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.

CES students learn skills at J.A. BizTown

June 4, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco Elementary School fifth graders were in charge of a town – operating a bank, managing a restaurant, checking electric meters, voting for a mayor, and balancing checkbooks – during a field trip at the Junior Achievement BizTown May 20.

Students studied basic market economics and were placed in a job in one of the 14 BizTown businesses and services.

Education’s friend

June 4, 2013

Rose Clason was honored with the 2013 Friend of Education Award at the May board meeting of Whitko Community School Corporation.

Clason is the wife of the district’s superintendent Steve Clason and spends many hours volunteering in the schools.

In the nomination letter written on Clason’s behalf, it was said she was often the first and the last person seen in the schools’ libraries.

She also spent time landscaping and caring for the plants around the different building in the district.

A conversation with . . . Dean Houser

June 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It wasn’t the 80s movie, “The Karate Kid,” that inspired Dean Houser, of Columbia City, to start learning martial arts.

A simple encounter with a “nice guy” convinced Houser to sign his son up for classes and eventually, Houser himself was hooked.

He now teaches various forms of martial arts and wellness in his studio, Living Arts, in Columbia City.

In addition to teaching structured classes, Houser offers his expertise to the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.

Q: How did you get started in martial arts?

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