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Archive - Oct 2013

October 24th

UTILITY SALE: South Whitley’s water valued at $1.4M

October 24, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Town officials reviewed appraisals on South Whitley’s water and infrastructure at Tuesday’s council meeting.

An average value of $1.4 million was derived from two appraisals.

The assessment was conducted when town leaders started to entertain the idea of selling the town’s water utility to American Water, a company that services 1.2 million people in 126 communities throughout Indiana.

Town Council member Steve Smith wanted clarification that the bid for sale might differ from the appraised value.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: Pierceton will still be locale for WCSC

October 24, 2013

PIERCETON — A vote to reconstruct Whitko Community School Corporation’s administrative office in Pierceton passed 4 to 1.

As construction plans and designs are beginning for a new Pierceton Elementary School, the district had the opportunity to revisit where the administrative offices should be located.

Currently the offices are attached to Pierceton Elementary School, but with the current structure slated to be demolished and replaced with a new elementary school, board members discussed in September the possibility of moving the corporation’s offices to a more central locale.

PERFECT SCORE: Brown achieves ISTEP+ perfection

October 24, 2013

PIERCETON — Numerous negative comments encircled Indiana’s ISTEP+ testing process when computer malfunctions upset the online assessment.

However, at Pierceton Elementary School, faculty and students celebrated some good news that came from the standardized test.

Ryan Brown, now a fourth grader at PES, achieved a perfect score on the test in the spring.

At Monday’s school board meeting, much applause was given to the boy for his academic success.

Shirley Goff, 82

October 24, 2013

Shirley A. Goff, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born May 23, 1931, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Judson Mote and Violet Bessie (Hanson) Foltz.
She had lived her entire life in the Allen County and Whitley County area. She graduated Columbia City High School with the Class of 1949.
On Oct. 3, 1976, she married Stanley C. Goff in Columbia City. She had worked at Essex Wire & Cable in Columbia City and Vera Bradley in Fort Wayne for a short time. She also was a housewife and homemaker.

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: ’Busco starts sectionals with familiar opponent

October 24, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — As the postseason begins this week for high school football, Churubusco’s football team will try to put two straight losses behind it as sectional play starts Friday.

The Eagles lost by one point to Lakeland last week and to Fairfield two weeks ago. It was the first two-game losing streak for Churubusco in six years, as the Eagles lost to the same two schools in 2007.

’Busco’s football team might hope for a similar postseason. In 2007, the Eagles made it to the semi-state round.

DOLLAR DISCUSSIONS: County makes 2-year CEDIT plan

October 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioners discussed a two-year plan for spending CEDIT funds.

Commissioners agreed to not “skimp” on maintenance for the Community Corrections Work Release building.

When air conditioning units leaked into the walls and insulation, costly repairs started accumulating.

“This is a jewel of the community,” Commissioner Don Amber said. “I don’t want to short the building.”

Courthouse maintenance was on the list and included plans to make roof repairs and install carpeting.

October 23rd

Jack McConnell, 87

October 23, 2013

Jack D. McConnell, 87, a resident of Green Township in Noble County, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at the home of his son in Green Township following an extended illness.
Mr. McConnell was born April 5, 1926, in Green Township, a son of Isaac W. and Oma (Diffendarfer) McConnell. He spent his formative years there and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1944.

NUMBERS ARE GOOD: SGCS approves budget for 2014

October 23, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A decline in enrollment turned out to not be as grim as initially forecasted.

Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) adopted its 2014 budget officially Monday. A total general fund of $7,498,714 was passed 4-0.

The situation is assisted by transfer numbers, which boosted enrollment. For the district, Fleetwood projected a decline of 12 students. It ended up being just a decline of five from last year.

Superintendent Galen Mast said that approximately 100 students in the school system have transferred in from outside the district.

IN COURT: Probation violation to be settled in November

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A woman accused of violating the terms of her probation will have the matter resolved next month.

Rita Elswick,19, was sentenced to eight years, with four to serve and four on suspended sentence, for dealing in methamphetamine.

She received this sentence in September. However, Judge James Heuer placed her on suspended sentence until March 17, 2014.

There were several reasons for this decision. Elswick is expecting a child in February.

Heuer also wished for Elswick to complete her high school education at the T.R.O.Y. Center.

Whitko falls to West Noble in four

October 23, 2013

LIGONIER — Whitko’s volleyball team saw its season end against West Noble in a sectional quarterfinal Tuesday.

The Lady Chargers beat the Lady Wildcats 25-15, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-19.

“(We) could not put together consistent strings of points to beat an enthusiastic West Noble team tonight,” said Whitko Volleyball Head Coach Brandy Smith.

Smith said the season did not end the way the team wanted it to, but she is happy with the progress of the team and excited for the future of the volleyball program.

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