August 14th, 2013
Faculty and administrators gathered at Whitko High School for a staff day in preparation of Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s first day of school.
Students returned to the classroom this morning to begin the 2013-14 school year.
Pictured are Dawn Hinthorn (right) and Susie Trixler, both teachers at Whitko High School, chatting with a financial representative.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A new trail is soon to take shape in South Whitley, thanks to Whitley On The Move, a grassroots initiative to improve the town.
Overseeing the organization is Julia Robinson of South Whitley. However, numerous town citizens have joined forces to form several committees focused on targeting specific areas of improvement.
One of those areas is developing recreational opportunities.
When the trail is completed, it will cover more than two miles and will stretch as far east as Reed Street and Jefferson Street to the west of town.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Discussions have begun on the possibility of Whitley County titling two of its ambulances to Parkview Hospitals.
County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf said this is an accounting practice for Parkview that will not affect the books for Whitley County at all.
A decision has not been formally made, however, as it was tabled at the Aug. 5 commissioner meeting.
Schrumpf said Parkview has bought two ambulances, and the county two, during the current phase of their agreement.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With Burnworth Memorial Pool closed for the season, the Aquatics Task Force, Columbia City officials and residents are working to make a plan for the future of swimming pools in the city.
After the city suffered many expenses due to the age and condition of the pool, which was constructed decades ago, officials decided the summer of 2014 will be the last year for Burnworth Pool.
Though official numbers werenâ€™t available at press time, Columbia City Parks Director Mark Green said the pool lost more money this year than 2012.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team fell to visiting Warsaw at in the teamâ€™s home-opener at Eagle Glen Monday.
The Lady Eagles shot 201 â€” 11 strokes behind the Lady Tigers.
Taylor Daniel paced Columbia City with a 43, two strokes behind Alexis Manwaring of Warsaw, who was the meet leader at 41.
Mackenzie Lane carded a 48 for the Lady Eagles, Allison Yoder and Cheyenne Johnson both shot 55 and Bethany Yoder rounded out the Columbia City varsity scoring at 56. For the season, the Lady Eagles are 0-3.
WINONA LAKE â€” Scott Moore is far from a new face to Grace Athletics. Starting this fall, however, he will be adding several new responsibilities to his title.
Moore, starting his second year assisting the menâ€™s basketball team, will become the next womenâ€™s tennis head coach and the schoolâ€™s first strength and conditioning coach.
Additionally, he will oversee scheduling of practices and events at the Gordon Recreation Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety, as well as the Common Council, are expected to discuss the possibility of a school resource officer at tonightâ€™s meetings.
Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor, Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, said at the board meeting last week that the district is heading up the countyâ€™s School Safety Commission, which includes all three of Whitley Countyâ€™s districts.
Currently, Smith-Green Community Schools is working out a budget for their own school resource officer.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A woman involved in a suspicious death in Whitley County pleaded guilty in Superior Court last week.
Brooke Hill, 22, of Spenceville, accepted a plea deal last week which will give her a three-year sentence for altering the scene of a suspicious death, a Class D felony. She will be incarcerated for two of those years and will serve the third on suspended sentence.
Hill will serve a one-year sentence, all behind bars, for failure to report a dead body. That sentence will be concurrent with the first charge.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Circuit Courtroom is undergoing remodeling this week.
New carpet will be put in the room on the third floor of the Courthouse.
The courtroom is expected to be open next week as remodeling continues throughout the Courthouse this summer.
PIERCETON â€” When school grading, funding and testing came under fire, the future of Indiana Department of Education policies and procedures became uncertain.
The wake of these areas of controversy and debate are still being felt by school districts.
However, Whitko Community School Corporation is ready to greet the 2013-14 school year â€” eager to see some long-awaited plans take shape.
The Post & Mail recently asked WCSCâ€™s Superintendent Steve Clason weigh-in on some of the issues possibly facing the district.