April 21st, 2011
Mother Nature has not been kind to the sports schedule in Whitley County.
Tuesday and Wednesday are a prime example of what truly controls the schedule.
Just a week and a half into the busy spring sports schedule, wet conditions and less than ideal temperatures have given several teams across the county a slow start to the season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor spoke Monday at the regular board meeting about criteria for a teacher having a full-time contract.
Oâ€™Connor was addressing the school board and the audience in response to continued pressure from patrons either directly involved with or affiliated with the school corporationâ€™s band program.
At issue with band members and parents is the part-time status of corporation band director Helen Foster.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” School board member Tim Bloom peered over his glasses Monday night at a collection of local teachers who attended the regular meeting of the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees.
The board, minus two members, was preparing to vote on the elimination of 27 positions from the school systemâ€™s payroll, a move sparked by a slumping economy and the subsequent budget shortfalls at public schools statewide.
Summer time brings the offseason for a lot of teams. It’s also time for the local youth to learn from those teams with camps and tournaments.
In April, several high school programs have announced dates for the summer.
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Heavy rain and thunderstorms across northern Indiana canceled high school sports for Whitley County schools Tuesday and Wednesday.
For Wednesday, Columbia City baseball and softball are canceled due to wet conditions. Whitko girls' tennis will be moved to May 4 at home against Rochester. Also canceled are: Lady Wildcats varsity and junior varsity softball and junior varsity baseball.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Michelle Ball, a teacher at Pierceton Elementary School, retraced the footsteps of Anne Frank and her family, thanks to a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship Grant that she received last year.
Ball spent 47 days in Europe last summer. She traveled throughout Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, visiting places where Frank spent her life, and learning Jewish history dating back to the 12th century. She deepened her experiences there to further understand what makes the Holocaust such a tragic human event, as well as a distinct genocide.
Nov. 6, 1924 â€” April. 17, 2011
Mary Catherine Skinner, age 86, of Albion passed away at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2011 at North Ridge Village Nursing Home, Albion. Born November 6, 1924 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Robert Franklin and Tacy Bernice (Hill) Baker.
A resident of Whitley and Noble counties, she graduated from Wolf Lake High School. On June 29, 1947 she was united in marriage to Bernard G. Skinner by Rev. Marion Shroyer in Columbia City.
Dec. 21, 1950 â€” Apr. 17, 2011
Nellene K. Miller, 60, of rural Churubusco, died at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2011 at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Monday, April 11th.
She was born Dec. 21, 1950 in Wolf Lake, Indiana a daughter of Byron H. and Laura M. (Gump) Miller. Her formative years were spent in Etna Township, Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
She was employed at Viking in Columbia City and B.R.C. in Churubusco.
As a young girl, she attended West Etna Community Church.
Spring cleanup dates in Columbia City are June 11 and 18, according to clerk-treasurer Rosie Coyle. West side cleanup will be on June 11 and east side on June 18.