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May 6th, 2013

EDUCATION LEGISLATION: Lawmakers leave local schools in a lurch

May 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As Indiana’s legislative session wrapped up last week, decisions regarding the state’s education system has local school leaders holding their breaths.

In recent months, Steve Clason, Whitko Community Schools superintendent, has kept board members abreast of pending legislation. With each update, Clason has been faithful to end with his cautious, wait-and-see philosophy.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Women turn house into home

May 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A group of women spent Saturday remodeling and cleaning a home as part of National Women Build Week.

From May 4-12, women across the country are rolling up their sleeves, donned work gloves, and set about the initiative sponsored by Habitat for Humanity.

During the week-long event, women are devoting at least one day to the effort. Saturday, a home on Main Street in Columbia City received some much needed attention.

On the job site was Laura Richcreek, of Columbia City, who was participating in the work project.

FORMER GOVERNOR: Leaders mourn Bowen’s passing

May 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Governor Otis R. Bowen died Saturday at age 95.

Bowen overhauled Indiana’s tax system as governor, before helping oversee the federal response to the burgeoning AIDS epidemic during President Ronald Reagan’s second term.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement Sunday that Bowen died Saturday at a nursing home in Donaldson, a community about 25 miles south of South Bend that is near Bowen’s hometown of Bremen. He didn’t disclose the cause of death.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: ISTEP+ struggles cause testing woes

May 6, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — System crashes and technological difficulties interrupted student ISTEP+ testing last week.

What was supposed to be an online testing process, turned into a web of computer mishaps and frustrations for teachers, administrators and students.

“If I was taking these tests and my computer kept messing up on me, I don’t think I could have had the patience these students have had,” said Bruce Hansen, principal at South Whitley Elementary School. “We are far from the days of pencil and paper, but sometimes I think it is better.”

Pence offers condolences to former Gov. Bowen's family

May 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (May 6, 2013) -- Having been informed by members of the immediate family of Governor Otis R. Bowen that the former governor passed away at 6:18 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson, Indiana, Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement:

"Governor Otis R. Bowen's contributions to the life of this state and nation are incalculable, and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss. His story is as inspiring as it is uniquely Hoosier.

May 3rd

Project-based learning

May 3, 2013

Following the tragic events during the Boston Marathon, two Coesse Elementary School students approached Rachal Tanesky, a school guidance counselor, looking for a way to help those involved in the bombing. Tanesky contacted Boston area hospitals to see what type of support was needed. Based on their suggestions, Coesse Student Ambassadors sponsored a toy drive. Area families contributed 140 new toys, coloring books, etc. for the seven children in Boston hospitals.

Youth league heats up

May 3, 2013

With this week’s good weather, local youth baseball and softball teams have had an opportunity to get quality practices in at Morsches Park.

Pictured is Columbia City High School Assistant Principal Lyle Kuhmichel, who coaches a team of young players.

Elks name Boggs as 'Citizen of the Year'

May 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 recently named Otto Boggs its Citizen of the Year. In addition to Boggs’ award, the lodge also presented its year-end awards to their officers and members.

The Citizen of the Year honor is given to a local Columbia City citizen who has given themselves in service to the community.

Columbia City Elks Lodge Exalter Ruler Denny Grable awarded Boggs the award for his commitment and dedication in helping those less fortunate.

MAPPING OUT PLANS

May 3, 2013

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel examines a map of the Ind. 205 project slated for next year that will include paving and widening. Daniel said Ind. 205 on Van Buren will not be closed completely during the project, but may be reduced to single lanes at times. The entrance to Morsches Park will be changed during the project. Towerview Drive may experience some closure as well.

Banks brings bill debate to ETA

May 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Eagle Tech Academy students challenged Indiana Senator Jim Banks on his views on immigration reform Friday. Banks visited with American Studies classes to help prepare students in a debate project centering around immigration laws.

Being a former debate team participant at Columbia City High School, Banks was able to hold his own as some students took opposing view points.

The Lady Eagles traveled to Plymouth for an invitational Saturday, with the No. 1 doubles team of...
Whitko’s baseball team lost a high-scoring affair against West Noble Monday. The host Chargers...
Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...

 

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