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October 24th, 2013

PERFECT SCORE: Brown achieves ISTEP+ perfection

October 24, 2013

PIERCETON — Numerous negative comments encircled Indiana’s ISTEP+ testing process when computer malfunctions upset the online assessment.

However, at Pierceton Elementary School, faculty and students celebrated some good news that came from the standardized test.

Ryan Brown, now a fourth grader at PES, achieved a perfect score on the test in the spring.

At Monday’s school board meeting, much applause was given to the boy for his academic success.

DOLLAR DISCUSSIONS: County makes 2-year CEDIT plan

October 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioners discussed a two-year plan for spending CEDIT funds.

Commissioners agreed to not “skimp” on maintenance for the Community Corrections Work Release building.

When air conditioning units leaked into the walls and insulation, costly repairs started accumulating.

“This is a jewel of the community,” Commissioner Don Amber said. “I don’t want to short the building.”

Courthouse maintenance was on the list and included plans to make roof repairs and install carpeting.

October 23rd

NUMBERS ARE GOOD: SGCS approves budget for 2014

October 23, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A decline in enrollment turned out to not be as grim as initially forecasted.

Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) adopted its 2014 budget officially Monday. A total general fund of $7,498,714 was passed 4-0.

The situation is assisted by transfer numbers, which boosted enrollment. For the district, Fleetwood projected a decline of 12 students. It ended up being just a decline of five from last year.

Superintendent Galen Mast said that approximately 100 students in the school system have transferred in from outside the district.

IN COURT: Probation violation to be settled in November

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A woman accused of violating the terms of her probation will have the matter resolved next month.

Rita Elswick,19, was sentenced to eight years, with four to serve and four on suspended sentence, for dealing in methamphetamine.

She received this sentence in September. However, Judge James Heuer placed her on suspended sentence until March 17, 2014.

There were several reasons for this decision. Elswick is expecting a child in February.

Heuer also wished for Elswick to complete her high school education at the T.R.O.Y. Center.

AWARDS: Chamber honors Whitley County’s best

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— “I was just here to serve dinner.”

Jill Daniel, owner of Daniel Menu & Party Consulting, expressed her surprise at receiving the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award Tuesday night.

So many local merchants were nominated, that Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown said there was not time to name them all.

He cited Daniel for the hard work of her local business, and read notes of congratulations to her from her sons — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Jeff Daniel.

WINTER SAVINGS: Salt prices not so salty for city

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the first frost of the season hitting the county less than a week ago, many find it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.

Tuesday evening brought the season’s first snow showers, and Columbia City’s Street Department is already prepared for the upcoming winter weather.

While Tuesday night’s flurries didn’t amount to any accumulation, this year’s Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a “bitterly cold” winter — “cold, wet and white.”

October 22nd

Shriners make donation

October 22, 2013

Whitley County’s Shriners made a donation to The Woodlans Senior Center, Columbia City, Monday morning.

The $500 donation will be used to purchase a power washer for the center.

Pictured, from left, Hal Trump, Ken Lundquist, Jackie Hake, the center’s executive director, Dick Kessie and Jim Kyler.

Website weighs on Weigold for compliance

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the county’s online tools may become a source of frustration for the GIS Department.

The geographic information system (GIS), is an online, searchable database that provides a host of information from the names of property owners to the taxes paid on such properties.

It’s the names published on the public site that had Dan Weigold, GIS coordinator, asking Whitley County Commissioners for guidance.

“I’m not really sure what to do,” Weigold said.

Pee wee football

October 22, 2013

Columbia City’s Junior Football League wrapped up its season Saturday.

Pictured receiver Carson Tonkel (left) attempts to make a catch while defender Bradyn Elkins works to deflect it.

In high school action, sectionals begin Friday.

LONG-TERM IDEAS: WCCS to make plans for future of facilities

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools is working toward a long-term plan for the buildings in the district.

The schools’ business manager Tony Zickgraf told the Board of Trustees at Monday’s meeting that WCCS is seeking bids from consulting firms, architects and construction managers to establish facility plans for all schools in the district.

The building analysis was one of several goals the board laid out for 2013.

Zickgraf said it has been in discussions for several years, and the project is expected to be completed in April 2014.

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