August 22nd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Legislators have worked to change bullying laws within school systems to address harassment.
Changes in this legislation may necessitate changes in board policy â€” a topic that was brought up at Mondayâ€™s Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees meeting.
Per the new laws, all staff, volunteers, students, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, etc. must be formally trained about bullying.
Coesse Elementary School Principal Dr. Laura McDermott had a presentation for the school board.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees took the first step in moving forward in an agreement with the City of Columbia City for a school resource officer (SRO).
At Mondayâ€™s meeting, Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor presented board members with a draft of a memo of understanding (MOU) between the district and city.
The MOU is a necessary step in applying for a state grant to help fund the SRO, and must be approved by both the school board and Columbia City Common Council.
DECATUR â€” Though Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team suffered another loss Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles posted their best score in three years.
Bellmont, which is undefeated, hosted and dropped Columbia City by a 173-179 score at Cross Creek Golf Course.
Though the team went home without a win, Columbia City Head Coach Jim Thompson was very pleased with the Lady Eaglesâ€™ score.
â€śThatâ€™s as good as Iâ€™ve ever felt with a loss,â€ť Thompson said. â€śBellmont is a good team and we were playing on their course. All of our girls played well. We were in it until the end.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEYâ€” A big fourth-game comeback helped Whitkoâ€™s volleyball team start 2013 with a win Tuesday.
Whitko downed visiting Lakeland Christian Academy 3-2 â€” 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-11.
By the middle of game three, the Lady Wildcats might have wondered if they would take the match the distance, let alone win. Lakeland took advantage of poor Whitko passing to win game two, then never trailed in taking the third game.
â€śWe struggled getting our passes to the net,â€ť said Whitko Head Volleyball Coach Brandy Smith.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Electric Department was recently able to team up with the Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) in servicing a house in the area.
Electric Superintendent Shawn Lickey said an acreage had some land on city territory and some on REMC territory.
Last week, Lickey shared the story with the Columbia City Common Council.
â€śWe have worked well with REMC in the 13 years I have been here (with the city),â€ť Lickey said. â€śI wanted to make sure the mayor and council knew that we continue to work well with the REMC.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After recently agreeing to a new contract with Advance Disposal, representatives from the company petitioned the South Whitley Town Council to consider changing the days in which trash is picked up.
Jerry Schnitzius, of Advance Disposal, told the council that changing the service day from Tuesday to Thursday would be more convenient for the company.
â€śThis is a totally selfish request on our part,â€ť Schnitzius said. â€śIt would help us keep our routes more efficient and effective.â€ť
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls volleyball team opened its season on the road at Fort Wayne North Side and Head Coach Trish Hinen was hoping to start the season with a three-game sweep.
Unfortunately for the Lady Eagles, a slow start in the opening game cost them the sweep Hinen was hoping for, but solid and consistent play throughout the night allowed Columbia City to leave Allen County with a win.
After dropping the initial contest 25-15, the Eagles turned the match around, winning the next three 27-25, 25-17 and 25-16.
PIERCETON â€” New teachers and faculty were welcomed at a reception Monday evening before the Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s board meeting.
As the Board of Trustees heard from each school administrator, the reports from the first week of school were all positive.
â€śWe are off to a great start,â€ť said Pierceton Elementary School Principal Nathan Polston. This is Polstonâ€™s first year at PES. â€śIt was wonderful to get ready and set up for the new year. Weâ€™ve already spent some time discussing Common Core and the reading program.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” This year has been a weather contrast from 2012, as rainwater has soaked the community on more than one occasion.
These heavy rain falls cause a burden that must be carried by Columbia Cityâ€™s storm and wastewater systems.
A large rainstorm that came through the city Aug. 2 washed out some alleys and caused back-ups and minor flooding in houses.
According to Community Development Director Jeff Walker, who oversees stormwater for Columbia City, these big rains overwhelm the sewer system.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) decided to make an offer on the Eagles Lodge at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
After averaging two appraisals, the group decided to make an offer of $165,000 for the property, which is located at 306 W. Van Buren St., downtown.
â€śWeâ€™d really like to see that corner developed into something,â€ť said Kevin Snell, of the Columbia City RDC. â€śWe donâ€™t want to see it deteriorate.â€ť