March 22nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As the temperature continues to climb, making people wonder if summer has arrived early, the highs are breaking records for the month of March.
Michael Sabones, meterologist in charge at the National Weather Service in North Webster, said in the month of March, Fort Wayne recorded breaking over a week of record temperatures.
‚ÄúOur normal temperatures for March are 49 for the high and 30 for the low,‚ÄĚ said Sabones. ‚ÄúEven our low temperatures are well above what our normal high should be.‚ÄĚ
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ With less than three months until another school year comes to a close for summer vacation, Whitko Community School Corporation facilities continue with various activities from talents shows to an annual Tin Caps game.
Pierceton Elementary School Principal Eric Speicher reported on Indiana Reading Enrichment and Development (IREAD) for third-grade students and Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) testing.
First grade and fourth grade students at Pierceton Elementary School enjoyed eating green eggs and ham Friday, March 16. This was in honor of Dr. Seuss‚Äôs birthday and St. Patrick‚Äôs day. First grade teacher, Mrs. Crydeman, and fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Clutter, planned the menu as well as great literacy and math stations for the students. Shown in the photo are Kennedy Slone (first grade) and Angel Sexton (fourth grade).
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The clients of Passages don‚Äôt have to work outside the walls of Towerview Industries, but 14 of them chose to do so.
‚ÄúI like to work here at The Clugston,‚ÄĚ said Ryan Jackson, who prefers to be called ‚ÄúMr. Jackson.‚ÄĚ
He cleans both The Clugston and Whitley Meadows on a part-time basis.
Dean Kincaid, supported living coordinator at Passages, said the organization‚Äôs clients strive for independence.
Even though each client gets some form of disability payment from the federal government, each one is allowed to work part-time.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Government officials in charge of drafting up the rule book for windmills in Whitley County decided early this morning to take time to sift through all the input given during Wednesday night‚Äôs meeting of the Whitley County Plan Commission.
Following the lengthy public hearing to discuss changes to a zoning ordinance, specifically related to wind turbines, the Whitley County Plan Commission decided in favor of tabling its vote on a recommendation. The commission ruled it had taken in too much information and needed time to process what it had heard.
HONOLULU (AP) ‚ÄĒ It got personal for a judge in Honolulu when he put a man in a chokehold for jumping onto his bench and breaking a flagpole bearing the state flag, authorities said.
District Judge Lono Lee knocked down Steven Michael Hauge and restrained him Monday after the man caused a ruckus in Lee's courtroom, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hauge had been going from courtroom to courtroom in the Honolulu District Court building screaming, State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha said. "He was quite upset about something," Tsuha said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Authorities say anyone in possession of synthetic drugs outlawed when Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a new law into effect last week can dispose of them in at any Indiana State Police post through Sunday.
While Whitley County has had a ban on synthetic drugs since last year, Gov. Mitch Daniels recently signed a new law outlawing the drugs from the state of Indiana.
In lieu of the ban, the Indiana State Police is allowing people to dispose of synthetic drugs at any police post through Sunday.
HUNTINGTON ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys track team opened its season with a win at Huntington North Wednesday.
Senior Matt Rethlake, in his first high school track meet, won the 100-meter dash, long jump and high jump.
He was also on the 400-meter relay team with Zach Pequignot, Sam Dailey and Wayne Smith, which placed second. Smith won the 200-meter dash.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ Positive and encouraging news from the state legislature was reported by Whitko Community School Corporation Superintendent Steve Clason regarding the multiple Average Daily Membership (ADM) count, increased appropriation amount for full-day kindergarten and online courses for high school students.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ At last month‚Äôs meeting of the Whitley County Plan Commission, President Brandon Forrester stated very matter-of-factly regarding the ongoing wind issue, ‚ÄúOur recommendation to the commissioners will not make everyone happy; there is no way to do that with a topic of this magnitude.‚ÄĚ
Tonight, both happy and unhappy parties alike will get an opportunity to speak their mind at the public hearing being held during the commission‚Äôs meeting, set for a special time and place of 6 p.m. at the 4-H Center.