Archive - May 2014 - News Article
Whitley County government officials allow for public comment during regular meetings, and Monday, Commissioners entertained a petition from John Bloom, a resident of Allen County.
Bloomâs residential property lines run along County Road 800 E., which is the dividing line between Allen and Whitley County.
His concern was for the safety of himself, as well as other residents who live on a road he called a âclear and present danger.â
County Road 800 East is used for commercial truck traffic traveling to manufacturing facilities located near U.S. 30.
With no other place to turn, Whiltey County Consolidated Schools officials were forced to eliminate three teaching positions for the next school year.
âSchool districts are being financially strangled,â WCCS Superintendent Patricia OâConnor said. âThis is the unfortunate reality of what has happened to our funding.â
Several years ago, the state took control of the school districtsâ General Funds, collecting all money and passing it out to schools based on attendance.
With every year that has passed, school funding has become more and more of an issue.
Pool season is just around the corner.
Burnworth Memorial Pool will have its final opening day this weekend.
The pool is scheduled to close for good at the end of this summer, and a new facility is in the works.
Burnworth will be open for all of Memorial Day Weekend, from noon to 5 p.m.
The pool will also be open the following weekend, May 31 to June 1 from noon to 5 p.m.
The facility will open on a daily basis starting June 3, after Whitley County Consolidated Schools are out for the summer. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays.
An annual award was presented to a community leader and school volunteer at Whitko Community School Corporationâs board meeting Monday.
The Friend of Education award was given to Tonya Weeks, of Larwill, who has worked within the district to teach life-saving tips to students, faculty and families.
âTonya has provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction for our students, staff and community members for the past six years,â said Sara St. Clair, WCSCâs nurse.
Pastor David and Michelle Salyer, long-time leaders of Victory Christian Fellowship church in Columbia City, recently announced their resignation after 16 years of pastoral service.
The church family will be hosting a special event honoring the Salyerâs Sunday at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 1330 W. Business 30 in Columbia City. The community, and those that know the Salyers, are invited to attend.
After the celebration service, a lunch will be served. Cards and letters with messages of well wishes may be mailed to the church office.
Mary Raber Elemetary School held its Bike to School Day Wednesday. A quick, early-morning thunderstorm moved out of the area in time for students to hop on their bikes and ride to school. After school, students had the opportunity to ride their bikes to Morsches Park for the schoolâs parent groupâs Bike-a-Thon. Businesses in the community donated money for bicycle give-aways, snacks and water for students. Earlier this week, Columbia City Police Officer Shad Hunter presented bicycle safety information to students in physical education classes.
Amy Perry, a second-grade teacher at Mary Raber Elementary School, has been a âpositive leaderâ for her students for seven years.
âShe is caring and works diligently to meet all of her studentsâ needs while supporting the rest of the staff and our families,â said Julie Turpin, MRES principal. âShe is an inspiring example of the caring and dedicated way our teachers give 110 percent to do their very best for our students each day.
Smith-Green Community Schools has been evolving for 50 years, and the district is celebrating the half century mark with several events.
The Smith-Green Community Schoolsâ website, www.sgcs.k12.in.us, currently displays many articles noting historical facts, statistics and pictures of the districtâs history.
Celebration activities have been taking place throughout the 2013-14 school year in commemoration of the 50th anniversary.
Another celebration is planned for Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. An event will be held to commemorate the districtâs Eagle Garden.
Memorial Day weekend will offer two events for residents to take part in.
The Leatherneck Coffee Club of Northern Indiana will hold an official United States Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Whitley County Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. Sunday.
In addition to the formal flag retirement there will be patriotic songs performed by the Chain Oâ Lakes Barbershop Chorus, Leatherneck Coffee Club Marine Color Guard and a Mortar Salute.
The community is encourage to attend, and children are welcome.
WHITLEY COUNTY (May 20, 2014) The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Whitley County until 5 a.m. Wednesday. There are some strong storms already in the Chicago area. Meteorologists predict when storms make it to Whitley County, the area will likely see heavy rain, lightning, gusty winds, and the possibility of small hail.