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December 23rd

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Songs bring comfort to those separated

December 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Christmas carols can conjure up warm, holiday memories. When sung by a choir, carols can have a magical quality to them. Christmas carols can evoke the child inside generating an excitement for the season. Christmas songs can transport hearts and minds across the miles as familiar words and melodies remind us of the ones we love.

Two songs in particular created such a feeling. The first, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” The song is most known for its presence in the movie musical, “White Christmas.” However, the song was first used in another movie musical, “Holiday Inn.”

CCHS vs. ETA: How to make the choice

December 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY —Even with months to go before the end of the school year, Whitley County Consolidated School students are making course selections for the 2013-14 school year. On Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. parents and incoming freshman are invited to attend an informational and interactive night to help make high school class selections.

Having Eagle Tech Academy (ETA) as an educational option opens up many learning opportunities, but at the same time can add to the overwhelming feeling incoming freshman may experience when selecting a study path.

FINANCIAL PLIGHT: ‘Busco administrators give explanation

December 23, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Lacking funds for Smith-Green Com-munity Schools has resulted in a plan to reduce district’s staff by a total of six teachers and one administrator. However, when school administrators announced the hiring of a new chemistry teacher, some of the public raised an eyebrow?

Churubusco Junior-Senior High School had been employing a long-term substitute in the Chemistry position since the beginning of the school year.

This position was left vacant when Jim Folland became CJSHS principal.

December 21st

’Busco headed to state finals

December 21, 2012

Churubusco's wrestling team is competing in the Indiana State Wrestling Coaches Association's Team State Finals on Saturday. The event was formed because the IHSAA got rid of the team finals tournament this season.

Oneta Bader, 101

December 21, 2012

Oneta V. Bader, 101, of Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City where she was admitted on Friday, Dec. 14.
She was born Sept. 2, 1911 in Allen County, a daughter of Albert and Rebecca E. Grover. As a child, the family lived in Canada before moving back to New Haven. She graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1928.
On March 27, 1929, she was united in marriage to Gaylord H. Lake. They made their home in New Haven. In 1939, they moved to Washington Township.

RECOGNIZING LEADERSHIP: Sometimes Eagles do flock

December 21, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — A quote seen at Smith-Green Community Schools reads, “Leaders are like eagles. They don’t flock — you find them one at a time.” Monday’s school board meeting focused on “Spotlight on Success” recognizing several great leaders and proving that sometimes, Eagles do flock.

Lee Etzler, Zach Dock, Paul Sade, Clint Davis, Todd Lortie, Nate Wright, John Schmidt and Kyle Monk of the high school football coaching staff were recognized for not just being great coaches, but for their direction and life lessons offered to young athletes.

NEW SCOREBOARDS: 'Popping' up at Columbia City parks

December 21, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City just scored new resources for its parks.
The department, through its partnership with Pepsi Co., now has two new scoreboards for baseball and softball fields. The boards were provided by Pepsi as part of an agreement between the soft drink company and the department.

One of the new scoreboards will be installed at Field One at Morsches Park, which is the Columbia City High School varsity softball team’s field. The other will go to a new diamond that is being built out at DeVol Field.

ETZLER STEPS DOWN

December 21, 2012

Churubusco Junior-Senior High School's head football coach Lee Etzler is expected to officially submit a letter of resignation today. Etzler told his players in a text message yesterday that he wanted to shift his priorities more toward his family. Etzler was 85-40 in 12 years at ’Busco, winning two Class A sectionals and regionals at the school and fell in the 2A sectional the last two seasons to eventual state champion Bishop Luers.

UNEXPECTED DONATION: Gold coin could be worth $1,600

December 21, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — A gold coin was found in the offering plate at South Whitley United Methodist Church.The one-ounce Krugerrand coin was given to the church by an anonymous donor Sunday.

Rob Barton is the pastor of the 200-plus congregation. He said his inquiry into the coin’s value showed it to be worth anywhere from $1,500 to $1,600.

Giving during the holiday season is encouraged by all kinds of nonprofit organizations wanting to reach out to those in need, but the church has never seen a donation quite like this.

December 20th

PLANNING FOR THE WORST: Smith Green grateful for forethought

December 20, 2012

CHURUBUSCO ­— Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees expressed concern for school safety in light of the Newtown attacks.
Matt Widenhoefer, Churubusco Junior-Senior High School assistant principal, expressed sorrow and empathy for the families, students and teachers affected by the recent school shooting in Newtown last week.
Although administrators and board members discussed the increasing need for security and school safety, there was an air of relief for the measures already in place on campus.

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