April 3rd, 2013
WARSAW â€” Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer is taking on a Kosciusko County case after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the case was mishandled.
Heuer will determine whether 15-year-old Paul Gingerich should be charged as an adult after allegedly helping kill his friendâ€™s stepfather in 2010 â€” when he was 12 years old.
The change of venue occurred after a dispute on whether he should be tried as an adult or a juvenile.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High School has made graduation an area of focus for juniors.
With the implementation of a graduation coach, Principal David Parker is looking to target students who might otherwise fall through the cracks and miss graduating.
â€śThese are kids that sort of fly under the radar,â€ť Parker said. â€śSome of them realize too late that they needed to do certain things to graduate. Having a coach that keeps an eye on attendance, grades and credits will hopefully keep them from feeling like graduation is not possible.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners approved a zoning request at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Dave Sewell, of the Whitley County Plan Commission, told the commissioners it had been approved at the plan commission level and now needed commissioner approval.
The property was changed from residential to commercial. It is located south of County Road 500 South in the Dunfee area.
Sewell informed the commissioners the properties to the north and south are zoned commercial as well, so this brings them all into line with one another.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls track team is en route to another successful track season this year.
The Lady Eagles had a repeat title in its first meet, topping both Churubusco and Whitko in the county competition by more than 30 points each.
Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said he feels confident in this seasonâ€™s team of 31 tracksters.
â€śWeâ€™re in pretty good shape,â€ť Fahl said.
The Lady Eagles return nearly all of their athletes from last yearâ€™s sectional-title winning team, and adds a few key newcomers that may play a large role on this seasonâ€™s team.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners heard a request from Passages, Inc. for funding, but decided to table a decision until the next meeting.
Tom Oâ€™Neill, president of Passages, was on hand at the meeting. He presented facts in support of the organization. Oâ€™Neill cited there are more than 180 employees that work for Passages and over 85 percent of those individuals live in Whitley County.
Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio expressed support for the organization as well.
LARWILL â€” â€śYou get to get hands dirty.â€ť According to Kaitlin Frank, a sixth grader at Whitko Middle School, that is one of the bonuses to being a part of the schoolâ€™s Clean World Association (CWA).
The after-school group works as a hands-on club learning the ins and outs of horticulture.
Laura Thong-Umphai, a teacher at WMS, is the groups leader and started the club to give students the opportunity to experience a working greenhouse and learn a viable trade they could carry on into their adult lives.
PIERCETON â€” With each passing day, Whitko schools are getting closer to the end of the school year, but that doesnâ€™t mean that these next few months will go by without any activity.
At last weekâ€™s school board meeting, the agenda was full and three principals gave in-depth reports on the events going on at their particular schools.
Principal Bruce Hansen announced that South Whitley Elementary Sch-ool will host Donuts for Dads April 11 from 7:20 to 7:50 a.m. This will be a chance for students to join their fathers in the cafeteria for breakfast.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” As the town of South Whitley progresses with its Whitley On The Move initiative, partnerships with agencies such as the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation are vital.
Alan Tio, president of the EDC, was present at last weekâ€™s town council meeting to share with South Whitleyâ€™s leaders how his corporation could benefit the townâ€™s desire to grow.
â€śWe can work together to get a lot of things done,â€ť Tio said. â€śWe are learning from other cities, such as Wabash and Angola, to see what has worked for them.â€ť
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Indiana Governor Mike Pence praised the passage of the Higher Education Student Loans Bill, SB 532, which passed the House recently with a vote of 71-24.
"Indiana legislators took a step in the right direction to make college education more affordable for Hoosier students and their families," said Governor Pence.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Indiana State Representative Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) authored legislation to promote employee retention through the Training 2000 Program. The bill passed through the Senate Monday with a 48-1 vote.
â€śBy making sure that businesses have proper resources to keep employee training up to date, Hoosier businesses will continue to thrive,â€ť said Rep. Heuer. â€śWe need to continue our focus on workforce development in order for our economy to continue to grow.â€ť