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April 19th, 2014
Editorâs note: The following is the final installment in a series detailing the proposed academic standards.
INDIANAPOLIS â 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 ârigorousâ academic criteria that would better prepare Indiana students for college or careers.
What do these new standards look like?
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
CHURUBUSCO â 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Warmer weather and longer days mean spring and summer are on the way.
The season shift also is an indicator that the Whitley County Farmerâs Market is soon to open â 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 yearâs event comes with change.
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
Whitley Countyâs egg hunters gathered at Morsches Park Thursday evening for the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by Columbia Cityâs 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.
Editorâs 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.
âI think this is an opportunity to develop strong and forward-thinking standards,â she said at a recent GOP breakfast.
COLUMBIA CITY â Winterâs brutal impact was felt not only by Whitley County residents, but also in the budget of Whitley County departments.
Michael Barton, the countyâs 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.
Allenâs plea came as a result of an agreement with the state. In exchange for Allenâs admission of guilt, the state agreed it would not file any additional charges or seek any sentence enhancements.