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January 22nd, 2013
FORT WAYNE (AP) â With their futuristic city, Hydropolis, three Indian Springs Middle School Students participated in a contest at IPFW Saturday.
This is the 12th year for the regional Future City program, held in Fort Wayne. Over the years 85 different schools have competed with various mock cities all targeted to solve some of the worldâs biggest environmental issues.
Team Hydropolis placed in the top five and earned a chance to present their city Saturday afternoon fro a spot at the national contest held in Washington, D.C.
WHITLEY COUNTY â The coldest winter morning in some 700+ days has delayed schools and resulted in a wind chill advisory by the National Weather Service until 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The temperature hovered in the low single digits Tuesday morning throughout Whitley County and was not expected to reach higher than the very low teens â at best â this afternoon. Wind chills registered at -10 to -15 Tuesday morning.
A low Tuesday night just below zero is forecast, with a steady warm up for the rest of the week, culminating in above-freezing highs on the weekend.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitko basketball lost a long-time, avid supporter Saturday.
The Wildcatsâ gymnasium seemed oddly quiet to many Whitko fans without the presence of Donna Rose, who died in a single-vehicle crash, just hours before the boys basketball game against West Noble.
Rose, 73, was in the crowd the night before, Friday, as she has been for nearly every Whitko home game for decades.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, Rose was killed after her vehicle struck a tree near County Roads 500 South and 800 West at approximately 2:44 p.m. Saturday.
CHURUBUSCO â Smith-Green Community Schools started classes Monday morning with a new superintendent, Galen Mast. Before the transition, SGCS took the time to honor its departing district leader and long-time servant of public education, Ralph Bailey.
Bailey had been with SGCS since July 2012, serving as interim superintendent.
Administrators, Baileyâs family and other well-wishers were on hand for the reception. Among Baileyâs visitors were two Indiana State Representatives, Rep. David Ober and Rep. Kathy Heuer.
COLUMBIA CITY â Itâs the middle of winter, but vendors are already preparing for Whitley Countyâs Farmers Market that will open in the spring.
With fresh produce, baked good and crafts, the market is preparing for some possible new features to draw in larger crowds.
Chris Lilly, the market master, will be attending a conference in February centered on preparing markets to accept SNAP Benefits.
The government food assistance program would allow market shoppers to purchase foods from vendors using their SNAP Benefits.
COLUMBIA CITY â Homestead verification work has been keeping the Whitley County Auditorâs Office busy.
The deadline to file for homestead tax credits has come and gone. Now, those homeowners who did not file a verification will have to answer to the auditorâs office or pay a higher tax bill.
Jenny McGuire, Whitley County auditor, said she has been working with individuals who filed past the Dec. 31 deadline.
âWe were keeping them on up to Jan. 15,â she said.
Here are the headlines in Monday's Post & Mail:
Whitko athletics loses a devotee
Farmers market preps for 2013
SGCS bids farewell to Bailey
Homestead verification update
Indiana to reward teachers with grants
President Obama swears in for second term
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs new coroner will get to spend his retirement doing what he loves. Randy Dellinger, who was elected in November as county coroner, has been interested in crime scene investigation for many years.
The passion was born from 28 years as a law enforcement officer, it was nurtured during his eight years as deputy coroner under Scott Smith and grew while taking a crime scene investigation class at the Indiana State Police Academy.
âIt was meaningful work and I liked it,â Dellinger said.
COLUMBIA CITY â One challenge associated with changes in technology is using it responsibly. Whitley County Consolidated School District (WCCS) has approached this issue from both sides of the coin. The first wrinkle involved is related to students using the technology in compliance with school rules. The second consideration is ensuring that teachers, while they are using technology, do not interact with students in an inappropriate fashion.
COLUMBIA CITY â By most measures, 2012 was a heavy year for the court systems in Whitley County. Whitley County Circuit Court had more criminal cases last year than in 2011. The court heard 314 total cases in 2012, up from 250 the year before that. In one respect, though, 2012 was lighter than 2011. Last year, there were no jury trials, as opposed to the two in 2011.