Archive - Jan 23, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After many snow delays, Indian Springs Middle School was finally able to hold its annual spelling bee Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Carver Center.
Twenty-seven sixth, seventh and eighth grade students participated, spelling 86 words in 7 rounds. The winner was seventh grader, Cris Robinson, and the runner-up was eighth grader, Eric Burkholder.
Robinson is the son of Mark Ash and Myla Timms. His winning word was â€śimperil.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Christie Workman, community editor for The Post & Mail newspaper, told Rotarians about her impassioned involvement with Relay for Life of Whitley County â€“ a civic passion that germinated after covering the annual event for her newspaper readers.
Relay for Life, a division of the American Cancer Society, is a major fundraising and community awareness event in the fight for cancer prevention and in finding a cure.
This yearâ€™s event will be June 7-8 at Indiana Springs Middle School, but the Kick-Off Party will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation recently announced its completion of the first cohort of the SBEI MarketMaker program and launch of the new SBEI TrailMaker program.
Both programs are extensions of the EDCâ€™s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative, which is a services-based business incubation program that provides structured services and programs for pre-startup, startup and growing businesses in Whitley County.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools held its annual meeting of its Board of Finance Monday.
The purpose of the meeting was to comply with state statutes and update the board on the districtâ€™s investments.
SGCS Board President Nick Uecker and Secretary Luke Gross were elected to those same positions for the Board of Finance.
Business Manager Todd Fleetwood recommended the district remain with STAR Financial for its investments.
Fleetwood reported the district had funds in a Step CD with STAR. By the third year of the CD, SGCS had an interest rate of 2.65 percent.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While many Columbia City High School graduates are familiar with long-time teachers and administrators, one of the most veteran employees of Whitley County Consolidated Schools works behind the scenes.
When it comes to WCCS, Carol Heinold has been in charge of school lunches since the district began in 1990.
Heinold, food services director, is planning to retire in early April, and the WCCS school board and administrators said she will be missed.
â€śWe want to thank you for your dedication and hard work,â€ť said WCCS Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor.
NOBLE COUNTY â€” A Noble County crash ended the life of a 33-year-old Columbia City man Wednesday night.
Poor road conditions were a likely factor in the collision, that happened after a car slid sideways on Ind. 205 and into another vehicle.
Many slide-offs and minor collisions were reported in Whitley County Wednesday night and Thursday morning, as a cell brought 1 to 2 inches of snow to the area, creating slick roads.
Mary Rosalind (Beeson) Kinney, 82, of Brownsburg, passed away Jan. 21, 2014.
She had been a teacher and elementary school administrator, serving schools in Springfield, Ohio, Cass County, Elkhart, and finally retiring from Danville Schools in 1988.
She received her education at Columbia City High School, Manchester College (BA) and Butler University (MS). She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Brownsburg.
Her husband of 47 years, Rev. Dr. Keith L. Kinney preceded her in death.
Gladys E. Gamble, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:32 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Harbour Assisted Living of Ft. Wayne.
Born Feb. 2, 1931, in Jefferson Township, she was the daughter of Lee and Eva (Snepp) Walker.
She graduated from Washington Center High School with the Class of 1949. On Dec. 5, 1950, she married Dale J. Gamble.
She retired from Whitley Consolidated Schools as a cook with 30 years of service. She is a member of First Church of God.
PIERCETON â€” After winter weather caused school cancellations and delays, Whitko Community School Corporation has planned make up days for the district.
School will be in session for all students of WCSC Monday, Feb. 17 and Friday, March 21.
These are make up days for school being cancelled Jan. 8 and Jan. 21 because of inclement weather.
The March 21 make up day is an additional school day that followed an announcement earlier this week that school would be in session Feb. 17.
For more information, contact the administration office at 260-327-3677 or visit www.whitko.org.
Smith-Green Community Schools Superintendent Galen Mast was given a cake by the Board of Trustees Monday, to commemorate his first year with the district. Mast was hired Jan. 21, 2013, replacing interim superintendent Ralph Bailey.