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January 26th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In an ongoing series of presentations given to the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees, known as ‚ÄúCelebrate Success,‚ÄĚ teachers and administrators provide updates and outlines of how a particular school is doing.
Last week, Northern Heights Elementary School Principal Robert Hoke spoke of several programs and activities the school uses to help ensure success for both students and staff.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A new slate of officers was installed for the new year at Monday‚Äôs Columbia City Parks Board meeting. Officers include Mark Ellis, president; Terry Baker, vice-president; Mauri Bordner, secretary; and Dennis Warnick and Keith Nickolson (replacing Kelley Sheiss), members. Mark Green is the park director.
First order of business for the new year was discussion on a membership-based dog park in Patriotic Park as a committee was formed in November including Barbara Miller, Deb Lawrence, Mary Ann McClusky and Dr. Colleen Quinn, D.V.M. of the Columbia City Veterinary Hospital.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Every small town has a few unoccupied buildings, but buildings in the South Whitley downtown area which are empty or utilized as a warehouse have town council members concerned. One building in particular is owned by Mavis Whitehead which appears to be a warehouse inside and a potential fire waiting to ignite, according to town officials.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ It took 22 rounds of words to name Jaeden Roussey Whitley County‚Äôs Spelling Bee Champion Wednesday.
He is 10 years old and a son of Selda and Rod Roussey. He is in the fifth grade at Coesse Elementary School.
The word Roussey won on was ‚Äúmiso,‚ÄĚ which means a food paste made of soybeans, salt and usually fermented grain, used especially in Japanese cooking.
Winning second place was Samuel Rickerd, a fifth grader at South Whitley Elementary School and son of Mark and Sarah Rickerd.
A thin coat of freezing rain in Whitley County Thursday morning is making for hazardous driving conditions, particularly on county roads, sidestreets and parking lots.
Conditions were expected to improve dramatically by 9 a.m.
Nonetheless, all schools in Whitley County are closed.
Pedestrians should be especially careful on sidewalks, curbs and parking lots.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Drug Free Indiana (D-FI) was instituted to create a drug-free environment in Whitley County through education, formal assessment of needs, coordination of services, strategic use of prevention plans and the incorporation of consistent justice plans. The program is funded by fines collected by the Whitley County court system in drug cases.
Each year, D-FI submits a request for distribution of the funds back into various parts of the program. D-FI Coordinator Nancy Prickett submitted the 2012 requests to the Whitley County Commissioners for approval.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As the Columbia City Parks Department preps for its annual Father-Daughter Dance, it remains quite busy with current and upcoming projects, according to Park Director Mark Green.
Green said tickets for the Father-Daughter Dance have sold out. The dance is Feb. 3 and takes place at First Church of God, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m.
FORT WAYNE ‚Äď Steel Dynamics Inc. nearly doubled its profits during the past year.
On Tuesday, Steel Dynamics reported 2011 annual earnings of $278 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, on sales of $8.0 billion. The profit is a 98 percent increase over the $141 million, or 64 cents a share, reported on sales of $6.3 billion the prior year.
The Fort Wayne-based steel maker with its processing facility in Whitley County released its performance numbers after markets closed.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Two construction bid packages received for the 320-square-foot Morches Park Trailhead building are approximately $40,000 to $55,000 higher than expected ‚Äď resulting in Columbia City Park Board members choosing to re-bid the project within the next two months.
Two bids were originally opened on Dec. 14, which included Desmonds, Inc. (Fort Wayne) with a bid of $123,700 and three alternate bids totaling $6,700; and W. J. Carey Construction (South Whitley) with a bid of $139,277 and three alternate bids totaling $7,000.
Jeremy Byrer, 14, talks on his cell phone to raise money for the Whitley County Relay for Life 2012 recently. Organizers held a Carnival for a Cure at American Legion Post 98 to begin planning for the 2012 Relay for Life to be held June 2-3 at Indian Springs Middle School.