Archive - Jun 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Old Settlers Day parade is presented by The Old Settlers Day Association and the Columbia City American Legion Post 98. The parade theme this year is, ‚ÄúThe Heartland of America.‚ÄĚ
The community is invited to participate in the Old Settlers Parade on June 30. The parade will start at 5 p.m. from Columbia City High School.
There is no entry fee for the parade. Entrants must complete, sign and date an entry form. Forms are available at www.americanlegionpost98.com.
N. MANCHESTER ‚ÄĒ Manchester College honored alumni leaders in science, industry and education.
Molecular biologist, rubber and plastics industry executive, national education leader, internationally lauded solar energy scientist, and two whose enthusiastic service to their alma mater spans decades were all the Manchester College‚Äôs latest Alumni Honor Award recipients
Among those honorees was Charles Chaffee, class of 1964.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As Columbia City High School (CCHS) seniors turned a page in their lives to begin a new chapter, they were reminded, by Valedictorian Jenee Schneider, how their time in high school has shaped who they are now and what they are to become.
‚ÄúWhat we have become has been a combination of our experience here at Columbia City High School and the discovery of our talents,‚ÄĚ said Schneider. ‚ÄúWe have all been blessed with different talents that will help us expand to our fullest potential in life.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ BRC Rubber and Plastics, a company based in Churubusco which makes molded components for the automotive industry, is expanding, creating around 51 new jobs.
Thomas Maher, Human Resources at Churubusco‚Äôs BRC Rubber and Plastics, said BRC will consolidate work in northeast Indiana, mainly in Blackford County.
‚ÄúThe bulk of the jobs are going into two plants in Blackford County,‚ÄĚ said Maher. ‚ÄúThose plants had the greatest room for expansion.‚ÄĚ
The expansion will include Hartford City and Montpelier, with the bulk of the work, and Ligonier with some new jobs as well.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Carol Heinold, food service director, gave the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Corporation‚Äôs Board of School Trustees information concerning food prices in the last several years at their work session last week.
‚ÄúFederal requirements are that we are to try to raise our lunch prices, not breakfast, for the reimbursement rate,‚ÄĚ said Heinold.
‚ÄúLast year they told us we needed to raise it a nickel, and that‚Äôs what they‚Äôre showing this year.‚ÄĚ
For kindergarten through fifth grade the proposed change is $1.60.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ At the county commissioner‚Äôs meeting last week, Commissioner Don Amber said he received an email from the town of Churubusco requesting $500 for downtown beautification.
Commissioner Tom Rethlake said the only thing he was concerned about is if some of this money would be designated for town painting and repairs.
‚ÄúI just don‚Äôt want to get to the part where we are buying paint to do windows or putty,‚ÄĚ said Rethlake.
Amber said the money could be designated specifically for flowers, and Commissioner Scrumpf agreed with the idea.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A woman was critically injured and two others were hurt Friday night in a crash in front of Dairy Queen in Columbia City.
According to police, a sports utility vehicle was stopped in the left northbound lane of Main Street in front of Dairy Queen when a motorcycle with two occupants hit the back of the SUV at approximately 9:42 p.m.
Blake Miller, 22, of Columbia City was the driver of the motorcycle and was transported by ambulance to Parkview Whitley Hospital. His passenger was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Members of Whitko High School‚Äôs class of 2012 were all smiles Friday night as tassels were turned, diplomas were received and classmates exchanged hugs during the students‚Äô final official school function ‚ÄĒ the 2012 commencement ceremony.
‚ÄúAlthough the moment may be temporary, these memories will last forever,‚ÄĚ said class Vice President Jenifer Sparke, paraphrasing the class motto.
‚ÄúWe plan on becoming very rich and powerful, so watch out.‚ÄĚ
Whitko graduated 129 seniors during the hour-long ceremony.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The globally-recognized Destination Imagination team from Smith-Green Community Schools received a hearty pat on the back for its recent performance in Knoxville, Tenn.
The team, which received the Renaissance Award at the global competition last week, was lauded at Monday‚Äôs meeting of the SGCS board of trustees.
In other business
The board approved three professional leaves. Sabrina Wormcastle will travel to Lafayette from June 11-15 to become a certified school bus driver trainer.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ With interest rates at the lowest in recent history, Smith-Green Community Schools took expert advice and is now $6 million in debt with its eye on a new cafeteria, more classrooms, secured entrances at both schools and to be American Disabilities Act compliant.
Jim Elizondo, of City Securities Corporation, was on hand Monday at SGCS public work session and told the board they are looking at less than a three percent rate for bond issues.
‚ÄúI have two options for you to consider,‚ÄĚ said Elizondo.