January 6th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Christmas falling on a Sunday this year created a challenge for those making the calendar for next school year at Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
Jennifer Reiff, assistant principal at Indian Springs Middle School, presented a proposed calendar to the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees at its regular meeting Monday night.
The proposed calendar is scheduled for a vote by the board at its Jan. 17 regular meeting.
Because of where Christmas falls this year, students will be attending school before and after the holiday break for partial weeks.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation is eyeing increased demand for all-day kindergarten.
The result of the school systemâ€™s study, according to Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor, is some of the corporationâ€™s elementary schoolâ€™s wonâ€™t have half-day kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year.
â€śWeâ€™re having a shift at our schools from parents wanting the children in a half-day program to parents wanting their children in a full-day program,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor at the regular meeting of the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees Monday night.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While police and investigators are still putting together the case relating to the death of a five-month-old girl Monday morning in Columbia City, health officials and the Indiana State Police are saying the child was likely exposed to methamphetamine.
The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorneyâ€™s office still is not releasing any information on the death of Taylor Lynn Creech who was rushed to Parkview Whitley Hospital Monday from her home at 730 Camden Drive where she was pronounced dead.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A custom molding company that hopes to increase its share of the medical device marketplace is relocating to Whitley County.
Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. made the announcement official Tuesday after appearing before the Whitley County Council requesting a tax abatement for its new property in Larwill.
â€śTheyâ€™re closely tied to the medical device industry,â€ť said Alan Tio of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Recorderâ€™s office will be changing Internet service providers.
Former Recorder Rosemary Brown approached the Whitley County Commissioners in December about needing more bandwidth.
She told the Commissioners that everything her department records goes to an off-site server where the data can be accessed and certain purchases of documents can be made.
â€śWe have documents coming and going and by sharing with all the other departments, it slows everything down,â€ť said Brown Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees changed the time of its regular bi-monthly meeting Monday night.
The board voted unanimously, 8-0 (Steve Hively was absent) to change the time of the regular meeting from 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The board meets on the first and third Mondays of each month.
The board discussed possible ramifications of the earlier time.
â€śThe only thing I can see is that (5:30 p.m.) takes us traditionally through the dinner hour, when people sit down to supper,â€ť said board member Tim Bloom.
Maurice L. Pfeiffer, 88, passed away at home Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.Â Born in Fort Wayne March 2, 1922, he was a son of Fred and Jessie Pfeiffer.Â
He served the country as a Marine in World War II and the Korean Conflict.Â He retired from Navistar in 1983 after 36 years.Â He was a member of the New Haven Masonic Lodge 740, Waynedale O.E.S. 600, Shrine, American Legion Post 330 and Trinity English Lutheran Church.
Vivian Louise Fidler, 89, a resident of rural Churubusco for the last 28 years, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 at Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne.
Born Dec. 20, 1921 in Conneaut, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Albert Burr and Mary Elizabeth (Connell) Bruner. She was united in marriage to Theo â€śJackâ€ť Fidler, and he preceded her in death in 2000.
Survivors include her daughter, Jacklyn L. Norris; a son, Robert Fidler; and a brother, Melvin Bruner.
James S. Briggs, 96, formerly of Columbia City, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 in Dayton, Ohio. He had been a resident of Bethany Village Retirement in Dayton.
He was born Feb. 21, 1914 in Smith Township, a son of Roland Earl and Mable (Stemen) Briggs. He attended Collins School and graduated from Columbia City High School.
On Oct. 24, 1936 he was united in marriage to Crystal Bonetha Larue. They made their home in Columbia City for many years. They resided in Arizona for many years during their retirement. Mrs. Briggs died March 23, 2002.
William Dale Frederick, 83, Rapid City, S.D. died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 at Golden Livingcenter in Bella Vista, S.D. He served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged and was married to Mary Delores Frederick who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Puckett and Jacqueline Roe.