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June 5th, 2014

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Reunion to unite Monroe School

June 5, 2014

A reunion for Monroe School is slated for Sunday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Pierceton Elementary School gym.

In 1917, Monroe was one of six small schools in Monroe Township that were consolidated into Monroe Consolidated Schools.

A new building was built at County Road 600 S. and Ind. 13, south of Pierceton. There were six total rooms. Each room had a coal stove for heat until the 1960s when a new coal furnace was installed in the basement.

Grad ceremonies Friday for CHS, WHS

June 5, 2014

Two Whitley County high schools will hold 2014 graduation ceremonies Friday.

•Churubusco High School at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

•Whitko High School at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Columbia City High School will hold its ceremony Friday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

SRO POSITION WORTH THE EFFORT: WCCS, City pleased with Petersen’s work

June 5, 2014

After months of preparation, discussions, grant writing and budget talks, Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ School Resource Officer Mike Petersen took to the halls of WCCS schools in January.

In the first five months of work, officials from both the schools and city are elated with Petersen’s work.

“Myself and the administrators are very pleased with the progress so far,” said WCCS Superintendent Patricia O’Connor.

O’Connor said officials have been able to use Petersen’s skills during difficult situations, as well as teaching classes and being a good mentor for students.

Relay begins 24-hour ‘scare’ Saturday

June 5, 2014

Whitley County’s 2014 Relay for Life event will be held Saturday at Indian Springs Middle School.

Beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding Sunday at 9 a.m. the 24-hour walk-a-thon is themed, “Scare Away Cancer,” and will feature costumes, games, activities and food — all centered around a Halloween concept.

This years event includes a variety of activities that are designed to entertain those who visit the relay.

Busted-up bridge

June 5, 2014

Crews continue to work on a summer-long project to replace the U.S. 30 bridges that pass over Blue River Trail and Morsches Park.

Currently, work is being done on the westbound bridge, and all traffic is being directed to the eastbound side of the highway.

The work is expected to be completed no later than October 31.

Archery Club hits bullseye with students

June 5, 2014

A unique extra-curricular activity is spearheading Nikki Lawson’s future in archery.

Whitko Middle School’s (WMS) Archery Club saw several successes during the 2013-14 school year. However, Lawson, a member of the club, will compete at the World Archery Tournament in Wisconsin in July.

After placing 10th in the middle school girls’ division at the national tournament, Lawson advanced to the next round of competition, and was at a recent Whitko Community School Corporation board meeting to share her accomplishments.

June 4th

Industrial brake supplier to consolidate operations

June 4, 2014

Warner Electric LLC, a manufacturer of PTO clutches and brakes for lawn tractors, agriculture equipment and diesel engines, announced plans today to consolidate its South Beloit,Ill. operations to here, creating up to 20 new jobs by 2018.

“For companies looking to expand, Indiana stands out as a state that works,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce.

Col. City recognizes Honor Society students

June 4, 2014

Columbia City High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) held its annual convocation recently.
NHS gives students the chance to display their hard work throughout the school year.

To be a part of NHS, students apply and are inducted into the group their sophomore or junior year of high school.

Seniors were honored with commemorative stoles, which will be worn during the high school’s graduation ceremony.

New senior inductees included Dakota Goldwood, Jade Shoppell, Katie Case and Samantha Roush.

Students ‘roar’

June 4, 2014

Whitko Middle School held a school-wide convocation to celebrate students as part of its Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (P.B.I.S.) program. Middle school staff wrote 12,000 Paw Prints during the school year, recognizing students for demonstrating Respect, being On Task, Advocacy, and Responsibility (R.O.A.R.). Paw Prints are collected throughout the year. Live drawings were held, and students won $25 of $50 gift cards to Wal-Mart. Pictured are the winners. Front row, from left: Kaden Templeton, Claire Keirn, Bailey Wright and Makayla Compton.

Col. City Tree Board receives national recognition — again

June 4, 2014

Columbia City’s urban treescape was touted as a Tree City, USA for the 20th year in a row.

Carrie Tauscher, urban forester at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, was present at a recent Columbia City Common Council meeting to present Tree Board President Ken Lundquist with a 20-year plaque.

Columbia City is one of 53 cities in Indiana that have earned the designation. There are a total of 567 communities in the state, and Tauscher said the honor is something the community should be proud of.


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