May 6th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” System crashes and technological difficulties interrupted student ISTEP+ testing last week.
What was supposed to be an online testing process, turned into a web of computer mishaps and frustrations for teachers, administrators and students.
â€śIf I was taking these tests and my computer kept messing up on me, I donâ€™t think I could have had the patience these students have had,â€ť said Bruce Hansen, principal at South Whitley Elementary School. â€śWe are far from the days of pencil and paper, but sometimes I think it is better.â€ť
Helen Margaret Helmer, 101, of Columbia City, passed away at 3 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Aug. 9, 1911, in Kendallville, she was the daughter of Howard S. and Martha Mae (Lysher) Wilson.
Helen was raised in Kendallville, and following her marriage to Kenneth E. Helmer Aug. 17, 1929, the two moved to Avilla.
Doris E. Fenker Pittenger, 92, a lifelong resident of Columbia Township, died at 10:07 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was admitted on Friday.
She was born April 19, 1921, in Columbia Township a daughter of Elmer Franklin and Dessie Bell (Smith) Schrader. She attended the Schrader School House and graduated from Coesse High School.
On June 8, 1941, she was united in marriage to Edward C. Fenker. Mr. Fenker died July 28, 1996.
INDIANAPOLIS (May 6, 2013) -- Having been informed by members of the immediate family of Governor Otis R. Bowen that the former governor passed away at 6:18 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson, Indiana, Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement:
"Governor Otis R. Bowen's contributions to the life of this state and nation are incalculable, and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss. His story is as inspiring as it is uniquely Hoosier.
Following the tragic events during the Boston Marathon, two Coesse Elementary School students approached Rachal Tanesky, a school guidance counselor, looking for a way to help those involved in the bombing. Tanesky contacted Boston area hospitals to see what type of support was needed. Based on their suggestions, Coesse Student Ambassadors sponsored a toy drive. Area families contributed 140 new toys, coloring books, etc. for the seven children in Boston hospitals.
With this weekâ€™s good weather, local youth baseball and softball teams have had an opportunity to get quality practices in at Morsches Park.
Pictured is Columbia City High School Assistant Principal Lyle Kuhmichel, who coaches a team of young players.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 recently named Otto Boggs its Citizen of the Year. In addition to Boggsâ€™ award, the lodge also presented its year-end awards to their officers and members.
The Citizen of the Year honor is given to a local Columbia City citizen who has given themselves in service to the community.
Columbia City Elks Lodge Exalter Ruler Denny Grable awarded Boggs the award for his commitment and dedication in helping those less fortunate.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel examines a map of the Ind. 205 project slated for next year that will include paving and widening. Daniel said Ind. 205 on Van Buren will not be closed completely during the project, but may be reduced to single lanes at times. The entrance to Morsches Park will be changed during the project. Towerview Drive may experience some closure as well.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eagle Tech Academy students challenged Indiana Senator Jim Banks on his views on immigration reform Friday. Banks visited with American Studies classes to help prepare students in a debate project centering around immigration laws.
Being a former debate team participant at Columbia City High School, Banks was able to hold his own as some students took opposing view points.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” At 64, Bruce Hansen is ready to slow down, finally.
At the end of the 2012-13 school year, Hansen will step down from his position as South Whitley Elementary Schoolâ€™s principal.
Although the retirement will mean his four years at SWES has ended, the process of leaving education is not a new one for Hansen.
In 2008, Hansen retired from a principal position in Washington before moving to Indiana.
â€śI needed something to do so I started substituting teaching,â€ť Hansen said. â€śI came here and before I knew it, I had been here for four years.â€ť