October 24th, 2013
PIERCETON â€” A vote to reconstruct Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™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 corporationâ€™s offices to a more central locale.
PIERCETON â€” Numerous negative comments encircled Indianaâ€™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 Mondayâ€™s school board meeting, much applause was given to the boy for his academic success.
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.
CHURUBUSCO â€” As the postseason begins this week for high school football, Churubuscoâ€™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.
â€™Buscoâ€™s football team might hope for a similar postseason. In 2007, the Eagles made it to the semi-state round.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners discussed a two-year plan for spending CEDIT funds.
Commissioners agreed to not â€śskimpâ€ť on maintenance for the Community Corrections Work Release building.
When air conditioning units leaked into the walls and insulation, costly repairs started accumulating.
â€śThis is a jewel of the community,â€ť Commissioner Don Amber said. â€śI donâ€™t want to short the building.â€ť
Courthouse maintenance was on the list and included plans to make roof repairs and install carpeting.
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.
CHURUBUSCO â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” 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.
LIGONIER â€” Whitkoâ€™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.
â€ś(We) could not put together consistent strings of points to beat an enthusiastic West Noble team tonight,â€ť 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.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” â€śI was just here to serve dinner.â€ť
Jill Daniel, owner of Daniel Menu & Party Consulting, expressed her surprise at receiving the Whitley County Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Small Business of the Year Award Tuesday night.
So many local merchants were nominated, that Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown said there was not time to name them all.
He cited Daniel for the hard work of her local business, and read notes of congratulations to her from her sons â€” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Jeff Daniel.