March 29th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â With less than two months left in the school year, David Parker is finishing his first year as Whitko High Schoolâs principal. Moving into the position from his place as the former assistant principal has allowed for the school to experience a smooth transition.
âI think it was a little easier on everyone because I had already been here and knew the staff,â said Parker. âAnd the job is one that continues to evolve as we work to better Whitko.â
PIERCETON â Teachers and administration across Whitko Community School Corporation are reporting positive results from the extra time given each week for professional development.
In January, the district instituted a delayed start time by a half an hour for staff development each Wednesday. The proposed idea came with some concern from one school board member, however, the majority voted to approve the change in the middle of the school year.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) â Part of a southern Indiana naval installation was shut down Friday while the military investigated a pyrotechnic facility explosion that injured five employees the previous evening.
The explosion happened about 5:40 p.m. Thursday during routine cleanup operations at the Crane naval base facility, about 85 miles southwest of Indianapolis, said Crane Army Ammunition Activity spokesman Tom Peske. The five injured employees were examined and released from the hospital Thursday evening.
ANDERSON (AP) â An Indiana man sentenced to 253 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of child molesting has lost his bid to have his sentence shortened.
The Indiana Court of Appeals this week upheld the sentence issued to 39-year-old William Everage Jr. in July 2012 by a Madison County judge.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Soon the South Whitley Emergency Food Bank will celebrate its silver anniversary.
April 1 will mark 25 years that the food bank has served South Whitley. The food bankâs founder and former long-time director Susan Butcher is somewhat amazed that the nonprofit has stood the test of time.
Columbia City Rotary Club sponsored an egg hunt at Morsches Park Thursday. Children hunted eggs filled with candy, money and other treats. The eggs were filled with help of Passages, Inc. Above, a group of enthusiastic egg-hunters sprint to fill their baskets.
To see more photos from the egg hunt, see our facebook page for a 152-picture photo album.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man who violated his probation had one year of his suspended sentence revoked Monday.
Bobby Herrick was in Whitley County Circuit Court. He admitted to violating his probation when he had a positive drug test. He and his attorney believed work release was the best place for him. He was denied work release though, which put him in a difficult spot.
COLUMBIA CITY â Cumulative funds were reestablished by the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday.
Cumulative fire, park and street funds were reestablished by the city and approved as resolutions unanimously by the council.
The fire and park funds are not to exceed 5 cents of each $100 of assessed valuation, and the street is not to exceed 10 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle said the funds have paid for major projects in the past.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Board of Works and Public Safety heard bids on the cityâs solid waste collection Tuesday.
The city received bids from five companies. The board took the bids under advisement and said a decision will be made at a later date.
In other business the board of works approved the purchase of $39,815.45 in GIS mapping software equipment.