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April 9th, 2014

PREVENTION PINWHEELS:

April 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Volunteers and child advocates gathered at the Whitley County Courthouse in observation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month Tuesday.

Steve Weaver, director for Whitley County’s Department of Child Services, passed out pinwheels, which were placed around the Courthouse gazebo as a symbol of prevention awareness.

“This is about unity and solidarity in making children a priority,” said Weaver. “Child abuse prevention is a cause that should mobilize our communities to blend our resources, talents and efforts in order to protect vulnerable children.”

District is a cross-section of County

April 9, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Members of the Solid Waste District Board approved raising the recycling user fee for Whitley County residents from $42 to $53 a year.

A public hearing was held Nov. 18, 2013, and the increase was passed. Residential owners will see the change on the property tax bills due in May.

County Councilman Glen LaRue is the representative from the council that was appointed to the board.

He said the charge for recycling, although it appears as a line item on the bills, is not a tax, but a fee.

Educators evaluated with 22 deemed ‘highly effective’

April 9, 2014

PIERCETON — It isn’t just students being graded in schools across Indiana. Teachers were recently evaluated and ranked on a 0 to 4 scale.

The Indiana Department of Education released the results earlier this week and reported one district in Whitley County that fell into the mandated evaluation criteria.

Whitko Community School Corporation evaluated 109 educators. Of those teachers, 22 were deemed “highly effective,” 85 were given a status of “effective” and 2 were designated as “improvement necessary.”

Council makes emergency motion to repair Blue River bank

April 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Two weeks ago, Park Director Mark Green informed Columbia City’s Common Council that part of the bank of Blue River collapsed into the water, creating a hazard for those on the greenway trail.

As Green worked toward a solution for the first collapse, another portion of the eroded bank fell into the river this weekend.

What is expected to be a pricey fix is also an emergency one, as the erosion has created safety concerns for those using the trail.

PLANTING PINWHEELS

April 9, 2014

Linda Scott, a member of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force, places her pinwheel in the ground next to the Whitley County Courthouse gazebo Friday to generate awareness for child abuse prevention in the area. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

EARLY BIRDS VOTE: Election brings about 7 ballots on first day of absentee voting

April 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Seven Whitley County voters cast ballots on the first day of absentee primary voting Tuesday. Absentee ballots may be cast at the Voter Registration Office at the Whitley County Courthouse, 101 W. Van Buren St, Room 18, Columbia City, during business hours, until May 5 at noon. The primary election day is May 6.

A photo identification is required. A person does not need a reason to vote early. Office hours for early voting are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Two Saturdays will also have voting hours: April 26 and May 3. The hours for those dates are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PUZZLERS TAKE NOTE: New Post & Mail puzzle debuts Wednesday

April 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – The Post & Mail debuts a new daily puzzle today on its Classified Advertising pages.

“Point & Solve,” created by renowned puzzlemaker Frank Longo, will anchor The Post & Mail’s Classified pages and will routinely be situated in the top left quadrant of the lead Classified page.

Richard Stang, 73

April 9, 2014

Richard W. Stang , 73, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Bethlehem Woods Rehab Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Elyria, Ohio, Richard worked as a union carpenter with Local 232 for 20 years, and was a U.S. Navy veteran.
He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and fishing.

April 8th

Learning takes technological leap

April 8, 2014

PIERCETON — Whitko Community School Corporation has taken an aggressive approach to implement technology in the classroom.

Although the district has already made steps in its 1:1 technology plan, school board members are making student achievement a number one goal by expanding the program.

What many schools call 1:1, Whitko has named the Personal Learning System (PLS).

CENTER COOKOFF: Nonprofit to raise funds with food

April 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Community leaders will morph into chefs to ladle out a dose of competitive fun in The Center for Whitley County Youth’s annual cookoff.

This year’s cookoff will be held Thursday at First Church of God. The event will start at 6:15 p.m., and the dinner is served for a freewill donation.

“The cookoff raises about a third of our annual budget,” said Executive Director Jeff Wike. “It’s the only fundraiser we do, so we want to make it fun and successful.”

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