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August 13th, 2012

OCEANS APART: Couple goes to great lengths to bring their daughter home

August 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Saturday’s birthday party was four years in the making for Charlotte Eun Joo Smith, known as Charley, to her new adoptive family.
Shawn and Megan Smith, of Indianapolis, adopted Charley from Seoul, South Korea. The process took 14 months, but on May 26, Shawn and Megan welcomed their daughter into the family.
“When we were ready to start a family, we did not feel that our children needed to be biological to be ours. Our daughter was simply in South Korea,” said Megan, who is originally from Columbia City.

DROWNING: Fort Wayne man, 29, dies in Old Lake

August 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana conservation officers are investigating the apparent drowning of a Fort Wayne man on a northwest Whitley County Lake.

Officers say 29-year-old James Beck was swimming Saturday around 1:45 p.m. toward a floating raft on Old Lake when his girlfriend spotted him struggling.

Despite her attempt to swim out and help him, she couldn't hold on to him as he struggled and he disappeared under the surface of the water.

Divers from five different agencies spent approximately seven hours searching for the body. He was recovered in about 20 feet of water.

August 11th

WCCS: Implementation of autism program, one of best in state

August 11, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — For the third year in a row, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will be offering teacher training for autistic students, implementing a strategy teachers can follow to better meet the needs of students.
After receiving a two year grant, WCCS has already been working with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, who provides trainers and expert consultants to schools in the state, and this year WCCS’ teachers will receive training again using the special education grant dollars.

TEACHERS: Mentoring gives new educators support

August 11, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Teachers who will enter the Whitley County Consolidated Corporation as first-year teachers in August will receive mentoring through the district’s New Teacher program.
Research shows educators are more likely to stay in education if they are supported or mentored during their first two years on the job, according to Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Dr. Patricia O’Connor.
“It’s a coaching model to really help our new teachers,” said O’Connor.

August 10th

Friday night football scrimmages

August 10, 2012

Area football teams had the opportunity to face competition Friday night with scrimmages.

Columbia City hosted Goshen, while Whitko traveled to Garrett and Churubusco played at Heritage.

Pictured, Columbia City’s team runs to the locker room.

AIDING NEW TEACHERS: Mentoring program helps first-year educators

August 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Teachers who will enter the Whitley County Consolidated Corporation as first-year teachers in August will receive mentoring through the district’s New Teacher program.
Research shows educators are more likely to stay in education if they are supported or mentored during their first two years on the job, according to Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Dr. Patricia O’Connor.
“It’s a coaching model to really help our new teachers,” said O’Connor.

AUTISM PROGRAM: WCCS's Implementation one of best in state

August 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — For the third year in a row, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will be offering teacher training for autistic students, implementing a strategy teachers can follow to better meet the needs of students.
After receiving a two year grant, WCCS has already been working with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, who provides trainers and expert consultants to schools in the state, and this year WCCS’ teachers will receive training again using the special education grant dollars.

TOP MECHANIC: City Chevy tech garners top award

August 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Russell Scriver now has “bookend” awards for achieving World Class Technician status – the highest level of professional development through the GM Service Technical College.
Scriver, a top service technician at City Chevrolet in Columbia City, was the sole auto mechanic to achieve the designation in Indiana during the second quarter of this year – and one of only six nationally.
Mastering his craft during high school and post-high school vocational-education studies, Scriver has plied his auto technician trade professionally for the past 15 years.

HINEN: City 4-Her beefs up state fair resume

August 10, 2012


INDIANAPOLIS — In the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fair Sunday a competition with no less drama and emotion than the Olympics was taking place.
Grand Champion and Reserve honors were bestowed on some of the best 4-H livestock in the state during the Grand Champion 4-H Drive earlier this week.
Jennifer Hinen, 18, of Columbia City, won Reserve Grand Champion Maine Anjou Steer at the Indiana State Fair Sunday.
“It was awesome being in the Grand Drive,” said Hinen. “I’ve never done this well before. It was crazy.”

DROUGHT INFO: Regional event to provide farmers with helpful resources

August 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — As farmers try to learn how to manage their way through the destruction caused by the summer’s intense drought, Purdue Extension offices across the state are offering a hand by providing instructional advice through meetings.

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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