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Common Core no more

April 19, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment in a series detailing the proposed academic standards.

INDIANAPOLIS — A roundtable tasked with the responsibility to review proposed education standards will convene Monday before the State Board of Education makes a final approval the following week.

Lawmakers voted to dismiss the Common Core standards, a nationwide standard, in lieu of developing “rigorous” academic criteria that would better prepare Indiana students for college or careers.

What do these new standards look like?

‘One voice’ to unite area in prayer

April 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whether walking or running, Whitley County residents have two opportunities to take the streets for the National Day of Prayer.

A 5K Wall/Run for Jesus is slated for Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. The race will take off from The Center for Whitley County Youth, on Market Street in Columbia City.

Registration is $20 and can be mailed to Julie Bock, 3694 W. 500 N. Columbia City. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at The Center.

SGCS notes Golden Anniversary this year

April 18, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Fifty years ago, history was made in Whitley County and Noble County.

At that time, Smith Township and Green Township agreed to join together and merge as a school district.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS), and some of the milestones the district has achieved are worth noting.

Current Superintendent Galen Mast is the 16th superintendent for the district, although one person served twice as an interim.

Market forms board for seasonal sale

April 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Warmer weather and longer days mean spring and summer are on the way.

The season shift also is an indicator that the Whitley County Farmer’s Market is soon to open — Saturday May 10 at 8 a.m.

Vendors made up of local farmers, bakers and crafters will showcase their plants, produce and wares at the market each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from May 10 on into October around the Whitley County Courthouse Square.

Although the market is a long-standing tradition for the county, this year’s event comes with change.

FISHING DERBY: Anglers encouraged to visit Morsches Park Saturday

April 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Hoosier families can experience trout fishing at two locations in northeast Indiana Saturday in conjunction with a Free Fishing Day.
The locations are a pond at Morsches Park in Columbia City and 6-acre Wyland Lake in Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area in Kosciusko County.
The events are free and open to the public. No fishing license or trout stamp is required.
About 400 rainbow trout averaging 12 inches long will be stocked in Morsches Pond Friday.
No fishing will be allowed until Saturday morning.

EGG-citing egg hunt

April 18, 2014

Whitley County’s egg hunters gathered at Morsches Park Thursday evening for the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by Columbia City’s Rotary Club. Pictured, a group of young egg-gatherers race to collect treats.

TOP STUDENTS: ’Busco names valedictorian, salutatorian

April 18, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco Junior-Senior High School has announced its valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2014.

The valedictorian is Maggie Kitt, daughter of Robin and Mike McCormick and John and Melody Kitt.

The salutatorian is Danielle Pippenger, daughter of Dawn Bornkamp and Jason and Suzie Pippenger.

Kitt plans to attend the University of Evansville and will pursue a bachelor of science in biochemistry and a bachelor of arts in chemistry.

Common Core no more

April 18, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the second installment of a three-part series on the proposed academic standards.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana legislators voted to remove the state from the Common Core education standards used nationwide.

Rep. Kathy Heuer was among those that were against Common Core.

“I think this is an opportunity to develop strong and forward-thinking standards,” she said at a recent GOP breakfast.

BUDGET BLOWOUT: First quarter expenses run over $150K

April 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Winter’s brutal impact was felt not only by Whitley County residents, but also in the budget of Whitley County departments.
Michael Barton, the county’s highway director, gave an update to County Commissioners last week.

He reported the total dollars it cost for the work exerted by his crews during the winter storms.

In fuel alone, the county had $111,700 for the first quarter, in comparision to $56,000 in 2013. Overtime hours ran more than double compared to 2013 — $28,670 versus $14,000.

PLEA AGREEMENT: Allen to be sentenced for sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old

April 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — An Albion woman admitted Monday to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old in the summer of 2013.
Chelsee M. Allen, 21, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony.

Allen’s plea came as a result of an agreement with the state. In exchange for Allen’s admission of guilt, the state agreed it would not file any additional charges or seek any sentence enhancements.

GERMAN ORTHOPEDICS COMPANY OPENS OPERATIONS IN WHITLEY COUNTY

April 17, 2014

BERLIN (April 17, 2014) – Governor Mike Pence joined executives from DOT GmbH, a medical coating technology provider, to announce the company’s plans to establish DOT America, Inc. (DOT) in Columbia City, Ind., creating up to 20 new high-wage jobs by 2016.

The Rostock, Germany-based orthopedics company is investing approximately $4.5 million to lease, renovate and equip a 17,520 square-foot facility in Columbia City’s Blue River Industrial Park. The facility, the company’s first location outside of Germany, is enabling DOT to fill a gap in the supply chain to its North American clients.

COURTROOM COACHING: Judge Heuer gives ETA students a judicial experience

April 17, 2014

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer (right) talks with Eagle Tech Academy students Monday. Students from ETA had the opportunity to observe criminal circuit court proceedings, which occur regularly on Monday mornings. At the conclusion of the hearings, Heuer spoke with students and answered questions.

COMMON CORE NO MORE: Ind. legislators propose new education standards

April 17, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series on the proposed education standards for Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS — Common Core is no more. Lawmakers have removed the national education standards from the state and are working to replace it with a proposed measure specific to Indiana schools.
Earlier this week, the Indiana State Board of Education released the proposed standards, which will be presented to the Education Roundtable for recommendation Monday.

Afterward, the proposal will go to the State Board of Education for final approval Monday, April 28.

Modular manufacturer receives awards at annual conference

April 17, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc. of South Whitley, Indiana was recently presented with two Awards of Distinction at the Modular Building Institute’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Whitley Manufacturing along with its Modular Builders and Whitley Evergreen facilities have won in excess of 60 awards for construction excellence in the modular industry.

The Modular Building Institute is the official trade organization for the commercial modular industry. The conference concludes with the Awards of Distinction program.

CONSTRUCTION HIGH: Renovations continue at STAR

April 17, 2014

Corey Millea, with Roseman Construction, performs roofwork Tuesday at the STAR Bank in Columbia City. The bank, which is located downtown on the corner of Van Buren and Main streets, has been undergoing renovations for several months, with completion expected yet this spring.

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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