July 17th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools is trying to prepare for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obama Care, but changes sometimes come swifter than preparation.
â€śWe were preparing quite a detailed report for you,â€ť said WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf to the Board of Trustees. â€śBut the rules are changing as fast as we can print them.â€ť
The biggest change Zickgraf referenced was the employer requirement to offer health insurance. That requirement has been delayed and will not be implemented until January of 2015.
Pig wrestling offered muddy entertainment to Whitley County 4-H crowds at the grandstands Tuesday night.
Pictured are the â€śBacon Babesâ€ť celebrating their victory in manhandling the swine to the center pedestal. From left: Breanna Waugh, Hannah Cultimus, Emilee Hursh and Sydnee Anderson.
See Page A5 for results and more photos.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A few more new faces will be at Smith-Green Community Schools this coming August, now that two 2012-13 faculty members are leaving Churubusco Junior-Senior High School.
CJSHS Assistant Principal Matt Widenhoefer resigned from his position. He will be taking a teaching job at Concordia High School in Fort Wayne.
Also leaving SGCS is Jamie Perlich, CJSHS physical education teacher and girls basketball head coach. Perlich will become the new athletic director at Blackhawk Christian School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” County Road 800 East on the Allen and Whitley County line will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for a culvert replacement project.
The closure is between Ind. 14 and Covington Road.
This is slated to be an overnight closure. The Whitley County Highway Department urges drives to use caution when traveling in this area.
Here's what's going on at the Whitley County 4-H Fair Wednesday. To see a schedule for the entire week of fair events, see the July 16 issue of The Post and Mail.
Swine Gilt Show
7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Large Show Arena
Adult Open Class on Display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 4-H Center
Mini Projects on Display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Shelterhouse
4-H exhibits on Display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 4-H Center
Large Animal Round Robin
Noon - 3:00 p.m. Large Show Arena
Horse & Pony Fun Show
1 p.m. Horse Arena
Small Animal Round Robin
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Giving Circle for Womenâ€™s Health has announced that it will offer the well known, Look Good . . . Feel Better program in the community for women with cancer.
The next session is planned for Monday evening, August 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There is no cost for the program, but advance reservations are required.
Register by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345. Registration deadline is Monday, July 29.
Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite and strength, but it doesnâ€™t have to take away her self confidence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H arena played home to the Horse and Pony Versatility Show Saturday at the fairgrounds.
Under the bright Indiana sun, contestants performed a series of maneuvers while being judged on their timing, versatility and showmanship.
There were three participants in the horse division and one pony in its division with Columbia City High School student Brett Roberts serving as judge.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City teenager acknowledged her role in a methamphetamine deal that took place in April.
Rita Elswick, 19, pleaded guilty to dealing methamphetamine in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Elswickâ€™s plea was part of an arrangement that will see three other charges against her dismissed. Sentencing will be to the discretion of Judge James Heuer.
Dealing methamphetamine is a Class B felony, which has a sentence range from 6 to 20 years. Elswick will be sentenced Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A year-long project came to completion just in time for the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Fair.
The Whitley County Farm Bureau donated $23,000 to Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H club to build a new platform at the grandstands â€” replacing the temporary trailer stage used in the past.
â€śWe thought a more permanent fixture would be nice,â€ť said Kevin Ousley, of the Whitley County Farm Bureau. â€śWe sold our old building and wanted to do something for the community.â€ť
Ousley said most of the farm bureauâ€™s board consists of previous 4-H members and 4-H families.
PIERCETON â€” Although most school-aged children do not want to think about school starting in August, administrators and school board members at Whitko Community School Corporation have already put plans in place for the 2013-14 year.
A work session was held at the beginning of July for school leaders to establish the goals for the upcoming school year.
Board of Tru-stees President Jorell Tucker said the school board is planning more of the same.