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April 18th, 2014
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 Farmerâ€™s 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 yearâ€™s 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 Countyâ€™s egg hunters gathered at Morsches Park Thursday evening for the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by Columbia Cityâ€™s 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.
Editorâ€™s 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.
â€śI think this is an opportunity to develop strong and forward-thinking standards,â€ť she said at a recent GOP breakfast.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Winterâ€™s brutal impact was felt not only by Whitley County residents, but also in the budget of Whitley County departments.
Michael Barton, the countyâ€™s 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.
Allenâ€™s plea came as a result of an agreement with the state. In exchange for Allenâ€™s admission of guilt, the state agreed it would not file any additional charges or seek any sentence enhancements.
BERLIN (April 17, 2014) â€“ Governor Mike Pence joined executives from DOT GmbH, a medical coating technology provider, to announce the companyâ€™s plans to establish DOT America, Inc. (DOT) in Columbia City, Ind., creating up to 20 new high-wage jobs by 2016.
The Rostock, Germany-based orthopedics company is investing approximately $4.5 million to lease, renovate and equip a 17,520 square-foot facility in Columbia Cityâ€™s Blue River Industrial Park. The facility, the companyâ€™s first location outside of Germany, is enabling DOT to fill a gap in the supply chain to its North American clients.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer (right) talks with Eagle Tech Academy students Monday. Students from ETA had the opportunity to observe criminal circuit court proceedings, which occur regularly on Monday mornings. At the conclusion of the hearings, Heuer spoke with students and answered questions.