Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) Board of School Trustees heard an update on its technology plan recently.
WCCS Technology Director Anne Plunkett presented a plan to the board communicating the vision, mission and goals for her department.
The vision for the department is to provide technology resources that enhance communication, instruction, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to inspire excellence.
To that end, Plunkett has steps in mind.
PIERCETON â€” School administrators have been exploring ways to better the education offered to Whitko Community School students.
At last weekâ€™s school board meeting, principals with each school reported a number of academic success stories, but a visit from the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) ruled positive for Pierceton Elementary School.
An evaluation for the stateâ€™s Title I program was conducted at the elementary school after PES received a low grade from the DOE earlier in the school year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Genealogical Society of Whitley County celebrated 175 years since the founding of Whitley County, April 1, 1838, at a ceremony held at the Peabody Public Library Thursday.
â€śThink of the courage our ancestors must have had,â€ť said President Charlotte Blair about the early settlers.
â€śTo leave everything, travel and settle here, despite uncertainty. Leaving everyone and everything behind so they could have the chance to work hard and make the land a better place for their children. Theyâ€™ve left us such a wonderful heritage.â€ť
LARWILL â€” LEGOs are more than just toys to students at Whitko Middle School. They are building blocks to futures in engineering, design and computer programming.
Last week, members of the Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees heard from LEGO Robotics Advisor Teresa Knepple on her petition to turn what is an after-school club into a class.
â€śThe LEGO portion is just the tip of the iceberg,â€ť Knepple said. â€śWeâ€™re talking about giving students a chance to hit on math, science, forensic sciences and engineering.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Flood waters saturated Morsches Park last week, shutting down Columbia Cityâ€™s recreation hub by postponing games and cancelling practices, and leaving its new playground submersed in water.
While the park is drying out, more rain is expected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, leaving many youth league and high school athletes wondering how much more the park can handle.
As of Mondayâ€™s presstime, Columbia City park officials said Saturdayâ€™s Opening Day for youth league baseball and softball will be on as scheduled.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man arrested for having a methamphetamine lab in a motel received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last Monday.
Michael Raber, 27, was arrested in January on seven charges related to a meth lab at the Budget Inn, Columbia City. He was sentenced to 12 years, with 10 to serve and two suspended, at the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he gave Raber more than the advisable sentence due to a previous criminal history in Huntington County, which included theft and forgery.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a two-part series on the historical Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake.
WOLF LAKE â€” In Wolf Lake, a town of less than 500 people, stands a piece of history that has restored, but on the brink of being obsolete.
The Luckey Hospital Museum stands on the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 109. It was originally built in 1929 by Dr. James E. Luckey, and began as a fully operational hospital in 1931.
Together with two of his three sons, Robert (Bob) and Harold, Luckey ran the hospital until his death in 1938.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Columbia City High School students will present a whodunit show featuring show-stopping musical numbers and suspenseful entertainment.
â€śCurtains, The Musical,â€ť is a murder-mystery storyline centering around a cast of characters presenting their stage adaptation of Robin Hood in the Wild West. The show is set to perform April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any cast member or at the door.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local governing board examined variances with its finances in light of a recent audit and is hoping to have found the solution.
As is the case with every governing body, the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District (WCSWMD) was audited by the State Board of Accounts.
WCSWMDâ€™s report was released Jan. 31. The board of accounts noted on the audit some faults with the district. However, one of those problems could be the solution.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Andrea White, of Columbia City, has literally been around the world.
She wants to go back to the other side of the planet, but first, she is going to live in a cardboard box.
In a project called â€śHope for the Philippines,â€ť White and a few friends will stay in a cardboard box shelter they will set up on the lawn of Columbia Cityâ€™s City Hall for 24 hours.
The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the conditions some people are living in at a squatter village in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.