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January 23rd, 2014

SGCS holds Board of Finance meeting

January 23, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools held its annual meeting of its Board of Finance Monday.

The purpose of the meeting was to comply with state statutes and update the board on the district’s investments.

SGCS Board President Nick Uecker and Secretary Luke Gross were elected to those same positions for the Board of Finance.

Business Manager Todd Fleetwood recommended the district remain with STAR Financial for its investments.

Fleetwood reported the district had funds in a Step CD with STAR. By the third year of the CD, SGCS had an interest rate of 2.65 percent.

After decades of service, Heinold set to retire

January 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While many Columbia City High School graduates are familiar with long-time teachers and administrators, one of the most veteran employees of Whitley County Consolidated Schools works behind the scenes.

When it comes to WCCS, Carol Heinold has been in charge of school lunches since the district began in 1990.

Heinold, food services director, is planning to retire in early April, and the WCCS school board and administrators said she will be missed.
“We want to thank you for your dedication and hard work,” said WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor.

Crash claims life of local man; 7-year-old boy, mother taken to hospital

January 23, 2014

NOBLE COUNTY — A Noble County crash ended the life of a 33-year-old Columbia City man Wednesday night.

Poor road conditions were a likely factor in the collision, that happened after a car slid sideways on Ind. 205 and into another vehicle.

Many slide-offs and minor collisions were reported in Whitley County Wednesday night and Thursday morning, as a cell brought 1 to 2 inches of snow to the area, creating slick roads.

WCSC announces two make up days

January 23, 2014

PIERCETON — After winter weather caused school cancellations and delays, Whitko Community School Corporation has planned make up days for the district.

School will be in session for all students of WCSC Monday, Feb. 17 and Friday, March 21.

These are make up days for school being cancelled Jan. 8 and Jan. 21 because of inclement weather.

The March 21 make up day is an additional school day that followed an announcement earlier this week that school would be in session Feb. 17.

For more information, contact the administration office at 260-327-3677 or visit www.whitko.org.

Celebrating one year

January 23, 2014

Smith-Green Community Schools Superintendent Galen Mast was given a cake by the Board of Trustees Monday, to commemorate his first year with the district. Mast was hired Jan. 21, 2013, replacing interim superintendent Ralph Bailey.

Throwback Thursday

January 23, 2014

Columbia City High School students unload from buses and head into class in 1961 — the same place school buses drop off children today. All three Whitley County school districts were on a two-hour delay today, after the area received 1 to 2 inches of snow Wednesday evening. More snow is expected Friday, possibly bringing another 2 to 4 inches to Whitley County.

January 22nd

Burns has 90 days revoked

January 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman who violated her probation had 90 days of her suspended sentence revoked Tuesday.

Heather R. Burns, 27, had 90 days of her suspended sentence revoked. She was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for that time, with an assignment to Whitley County Work Release.

Burns was originally on probation for multiple drug charges.
In late 2013, her probation officer, Ed Beber, petitioned that Burns had committed a probation violation. The petition stated Burns had tested positive for a controlled substance.

Superior Court had balanced case load in 2013

January 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Case loads for the courts of Whitley County remained consistent in 2013 compared to previous years.
In Whitley County Superior Court, which has Judge Doug Fahl on the bench, there were 2,297 total filings in 2013.
That number compares to 2,295 in 2012.
Of those, there were 821 criminal cases in 2013. There were 865 in 2012, but only 736 in 2011.
“We are down a little bit from last year,” he said. “We had a big jump two years ago.”

How does your garden grow?

January 22, 2014

Canda Goldwood, from Goldwood Gardens, was the guest educator at Whole Health Wellness Center’s monthly workshop. Goldwood shared tips on organic gardening practices. The center’s workshops are held at the Whitley County YMCA and are free.

Excited Eagles

January 22, 2014

Columbia City’s girls basketball team is preparing for its fundraiser night Friday. The Lady Eagles are supporting down syndrome awareness with a silent auction. Pictured, the team cheers for a local girl with down syndrome, Sydney Pequignot, who scored a basket into the trash can in Columbia City High School’s cafeteria last week.

 

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