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October 3rd, 2013

Ind. Rep. Heuer makes clear Common Core opinion

October 3, 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly was presented with House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1427 which paused the implementation of Common Core State Standards for further study.

I had the opportunity to talk with all of the superintendents in my district, and a few outside my district, to hear their thoughts on this issue.

The superintendents I spoke with suggested that we not pause the implementation.

CAMPAIGN CHAIR: Wells leads United Way in fundraiser

October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Giving back to the community where she’s grown up is what propelled Cari Wells, of Columbia City, to be the 2013-14 campaign chair for the United Way of Whitley County.

“I care about this community and want to see it continue to be great,” Wells said. “The United Way does so much to improve the lives of those in our county. It seemed like a logical way for me to serve the community.”

PUBLIC COMMENT: Ordinance hearing brings out cost concern

October 3, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — When municipalities propose a change in policy, a public hearing is held before the ordinance update is instituted.

It is at this time public comment is heard on the issue and council members can choose to address the concerns. Churubusco residents have not been silent when it comes to changes in town policy.

When a change to a garage sale ordinance was proposed, residents created such a noise that Town Council members decided to table the issue.

START YOUR ENGINES: Slotcar racing takes local track

October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A popular hobby around the country has taken track locally in Columbia City.

Slot car racing has been happening at AllPro Raceway, which is adjacent to AllPro Towing on Fridays for almost six years. Jeff Hull works at AllPro Towing during the day and helps run the racing league in the evenings.

Hull said competition is open to the public, and the season, which runs from November to April, is set to begin soon.

CRIME OF OPPORTUNITY: Concealed by fog, thieves hit Tri-Lakes

October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Thieves used Sunday night’s fog to their advantage, stealing from and rummaging through at least nine properties, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

Most of the homes affected were on Colony and Crescent Avenues in the Tri-Lakes area.

Many items were stolen, including a motorcycle.

The thieves didn’t get far with the bike, though, as it didn’t have any oil in it, causing the engine to seize by the time it got to the Lions Club, located less than a half-mile from where the thefts occurred on Colony Avenue.

October 2nd

Gourd project links students to reading

October 2, 2013

Students at Coesse Elementary School were encouraged to create a pumpkin that looked like a character from their favorite book.

The project was done in conjunction with the Parent Teacher Organization’s annual read-a-thon.

More than 50 decorated pumpkins will be on display through parent-teacher conferences this week.

Pictured, “Fly Guy,” created by Carter Copeland, is one of many pumpkins at CES. The projects mimicked characters from students’ favorite books.

Warsaw remains identified

October 2, 2013

WARSAW — The skeletal remains located in Kosciusko County Sunday have been identified.

The Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office determeind that the remains belonged to a missing 18-year-old girl from a near-by mobile home park — Aurora Shoemaker.

Shoemaker went missing Aug. 16 of last year. Official determination of the remains was conducted by Stephen P. Nawrocki, Ph.D., DABFA, Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist with the University of Indianapolis and Dr. Craig Nelson, DDS, Forensic Dentist with the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

COMMON CORE: A ‘lesson well-learned’

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Patriots gathered with Ind. Representatives to discuss the impact of educations standards in public schools Tuesday night.

Ind. Representatives Kathy Heuer and Dave Ober addressed questions and comments from those in attendance in regards to the state’s implementation of Common Core standards.

“This will be a lesson well-learned,” Heuer said about her research into Common Core. “It was a good wake up call.”

HIGHER LEARNING: Prepping for college extends beyond academics

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — College preparations can never be made too early, according to high school guidance staff at Columbia City and Whitko high schools.

With a college fair set for Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Columbia City High School, guidance counselors across the county are encouraging parents and students to attend.

“We tell our students to get up there,” said Mark Rickerd, guidance counselor at Whitko High School. “Parents should tag along and ask a lot of questions. They will think of things to ask that wouldn’t cross their child’s mind.”

‘SILENCE THE VIOLENCE’: Downtown decorations promote violence awareness

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Purple ribbons and banners were hung around the Whitley County Courthouse’s gazebo Tuesday in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Members of Columbia City High School’s Key Club and the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force joined County Commissioners in proclaiming the significance of this particular cause.

“This is important to our county. We need to get the word out,” said County Commissioner Don Amber. “Tell people what the purple stands for. That’s how we will make change.”

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