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April 22nd, 2014

OUTBOUND STUDENTS: Rotary backs two to Europe

April 22, 2014

Dick Conklin (right), Fort Wayne Rotarian, invited the Rotary Club’s two outbound exchange students Hannah Bredikhin and Mackinzie Riley (left) to a recent Columbia City meeting. Bredikhin is going to Denmark, and Riley is going to Germany. Conklin gave a presentation on the EXPO 2014 program he was promoting to increase the numbers of students choosing to participate in the exchange program.

TAKE A SELFIE: The Post & Mail wants your photo

April 22, 2014

The Post & Mail is looking for your selfie. Selfies can include you and a friend or family member.

Those who would like to be in the paper for the Selfie Saturday feature, should submit photos and be willing to accept a reply message that includes 10 quick questions that require a couple of short answers.
Your photo and your answers will be published in a weekend issue of The Post & Mail. This is a fantastic way to highlight the great people that make up Whitley County.

Healthcare reform is discussed at Rotary Club

April 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Healthcare reform is not something to be taken lightly. At least not by people whose job is to try to understand what all the various twists and turns that the new legislation called “Obamacare” really means.

Scott Gabriel, executive director of Parkview Whitley Hospital spoke to his fellow Columbia City Rotarians recently and tried to present a non-biased point of view on the legislation and what it means to the average person.

And “that’s not easy,” he said. Mainly because the legislation is still evolving.

Indiana panel approves new school standards

April 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A panel of Indiana business and education leaders were met with boos and jeers from attendees after they voted overwhelmingly Monday to support new math and English standards set to replace the Common Core in classrooms this fall.

Indiana was one of the first of 45 states to adopt the national benchmarks in the Common Core in 2010 in an effort to create consistently high standards across state lines. The adoption sped through under former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, and it wasn't until later that opponents criticized the lack of local input.

April 21st

‘Cinderella’ to take the stage at Whitko

April 21, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko High School students will bring an air of fairytale magic to the stage Friday and Saturday.

“Cinderella,” WHS’s spring musical, features a prince charming, fairy god mother and a homely girl turned princess. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will be performed at 7 p.m. at the high school. Tickets will be available at the door for $6 for adults and $5 for students.

Within the show’s plot, Prince Christopher, played by Michael Thompson, declares that every eligible girl in the kingdom is to be fitted with a glass slipper.

Anglers go ape for fishing derby

April 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Families took advantage of the sunny day and free fishing derby at the pond in Morsches Park Saturday.

Approximately 400 rainbow trout averaging 12 inches long were stocked in Morsches Pond Friday to prepare for the derby, which was sponsored by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Jed Pearson, the district fisheries biologist for the DNR, said the event was organized to provide more families with fishing opportunities.

“This was the first year we’ve done something like this,” said Pearson. “We plan to do the event again next year.”

LIVING LEGACY: McNagny receives highest law honor from I.U.

April 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A prestigious designation has been given to a Columbia City resident from the Indiana University Academy of Law.

Patricia A. McNagny, a former Whitley County Superior Court judge, is the first to receive the award in the county. Her story and photograph now hang in the Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.

Pat was honored in Bloomington as an Academy of Law Alumni Fellow April 11.
The Academy of Law Alumni Fellows is the highest honor that the Maurer School of Law can bestow upon a graduate.

GOLF TIPS: New feature debuts in Tuesday's Post & Mail

April 21, 2014

"Master Strokes," a new regular sports feature that debuts Tuesday in both The Post & Mail's daily newspaper and total-market-circulation shopper edition, will help golfers of all skill levels improve their games.

The special challenges of springtime golf are addressed in the debut "Master Strokes" tip in Tuesday's Post & Mail.

April 20th

Hook, line and sinker

April 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Scales were tipped as 400 fish were hauled into Morsches Park and fed into the pond for a fishing derby set for this afternoon.

From noon to 2 p.m., anglers up to age 17 can fish the pond for trout and blue gill with out a license or stamp.

“This is the first year we’ve done something like this,” said Jed Pearson, district fisheries biologist for the Department of Natural Resources. “We wanted to develop more family-friendly opportunities for fishing.”

Located in the back part of the park, the pond is small, but Pearson said the derby will be “entertaining.”

April 19th

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?

 

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