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August 30th, 2013

Drama team to visit Pierceton

August 30, 2013

PIERCETON — The public is invited to attend a special presentation by the Bob Jones University Drama Ministry Team at First Baptist Church of Pierceton Thursday at 7 p.m.

The program will feature an original drama, “Instant Message.”

The Drama Ministry Team is touring the Midwest this fall.

ENROLLMENT NUMBERS: SGCS numbers may be up

August 30, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Projected enrollment numbers for Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) could be higher than originally believed.

SGCS Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the district’s numbers, which were expected to decline for the 2013-14 school year, have actually ticked up.

“Our enrollment is up, and it’s a great thing,” he said.

So far, Fleetwood said the district had 18 more than expected in the elementary school, and were down approximately nine students in the junior-senior high school.

WHITKO: Constructing newer, safer schools

August 30, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko Community School Corporation continues to move forward on its plans to renovate South Whitley Elementary School and construct a new Pierceton Elementary School.

At a recent meeting of the corporation’s Board of Trustees, Superintendent Steve Clason gave an update on the timeline in which work will commence during the following months.

“We are definitely in the design phase,” Clason said. “We are working on obtaining feedback from community members as well as faculty.”

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER: City approves agreement with WCCS

August 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works approved the final step of an agreement between the city and Whitley County Consolidated Schools for a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The board approved a memo of understanding that clarifies the responsibilities of each party if an SRO is hired by WCCS.

The memo of understanding (MOU) was approved by the WCCS Board of School Trustees at its Aug. 19 meeting.

With the MOU approved by both parties, WCCS can now apply for a grant that would help fund the officer.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: City allows fireworks this Saturday

August 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works made an exception to the fireworks ordinance for this weekend.

According to the ordinance, on this holiday weekend fireworks are only allowed on Labor Day and the Sunday before.

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said a citizen requested that an exemption be made for Saturday as well.

The Board of Works agreed, and an exception was made for Saturday until midnight.

“It just makes a lot of sense,” Daniel said. “We may possibly permanently change the ordinance as well.”

LOW WATER PRESSURE

August 30, 2013

Water pressure is expected to be low in the Eagle Glen and Irish Glen areas due to a water main break on Ind. 205 near Parkview Whitley Hospital.

Crews are currently working to repair the water main, and city employees said work may take most of the day.

Traffic is slowed on Ind. 205, as the break was directly under the road.

August 29th

IN COURT: Yoha trial vacated; to be rescheduled

August 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man arrested in a traffic stop-turned drug bust in the spring requested to reschedule his jury trial in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Michael Yoha, 34, of Mansfield, Ohio, was scheduled to stand trial Sept. 10 for possession of cocaine and dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.

Yoha’s attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a pretrial conference for Oct. 14. At that time, he said he would work on establishing a new trial date for his client.

The motion to continue the pretrial conference and vacate the trial date was approved by Judge James Heuer.

COUPLED PRODUCTS: Strikers go home after two years on picket line

August 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After two years, United Auto Workers Local 2049 strikers left their site near Coupled Products, LLC. in Columbia City.

UAW officials said they got a call Friday night from the International UAW and the strikers packed up shortly after that.

It is unknown why the strikers decided to leave.

Twenty-nine members of UAW Local 2049 started picketing the manufacturer in June 2011. Claims of unfair labor practices after contract negotiations fell a part had kept 21 of the 29 picketers active.

PAYING FOR POOLS: Cooling off proves to be costly for S. Whitley

August 29, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With the celebration of Labor Day Monday, pools will no doubt be used to cool off from the predicted warm temperatures.

However, paying to fill those pools can escalate an owner’s water bill to exorbitant amounts.

Currently, the town of South Whitley has shown some grace to its residents when it comes to high water bills due to pool fill-ups or lawn irrigation, but a three-month window is considerably short, according to pool owners.

To minimize his water bill, South Whitley resident George Hathaway decided to get creative in solving his dilemma.

NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: Homecoming for Hile at Smith-Green

August 29, 2013

CHURUBUSCO— Homecoming may be set for later this year, but for new Churubusco Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal Dan Hile, he experienced a partial taste recently.

It was the first week of school, and Hile’s first as the new assistant principal. But it was hardly Hile’s first time in the building.

He had been choir director at the high school from 2003 to 2011. Returning to Smith-Green Community Schools after two years of administrative work at Northridge High School was like coming home.

 

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