April 18th, 2014
Whitley Countyâ€™s egg hunters gathered at Morsches Park Thursday evening for the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by Columbia Cityâ€™s Rotary Club. Pictured, a group of young egg-gatherers race to collect treats.
CHURUBUSCO â€” 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.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second installment of a three-part series on the proposed academic standards.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” 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.
â€śI think this is an opportunity to develop strong and forward-thinking standards,â€ť she said at a recent GOP breakfast.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Winterâ€™s brutal impact was felt not only by Whitley County residents, but also in the budget of Whitley County departments.
Michael Barton, the countyâ€™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 â€” $28,670 versus $14,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
Allenâ€™s plea came as a result of an agreement with the state. In exchange for Allenâ€™s admission of guilt, the state agreed it would not file any additional charges or seek any sentence enhancements.
BERLIN (April 17, 2014) â€“ Governor Mike Pence joined executives from DOT GmbH, a medical coating technology provider, to announce the companyâ€™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 Cityâ€™s Blue River Industrial Park. The facility, the companyâ€™s first location outside of Germany, is enabling DOT to fill a gap in the supply chain to its North American clients.
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.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a three-part series on the proposed education standards for Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” 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.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc. of South Whitley, Indiana was recently presented with two Awards of Distinction at the Modular Building Instituteâ€™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.
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.