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May 3rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” At 64, Bruce Hansen is ready to slow down, finally.
At the end of the 2012-13 school year, Hansen will step down from his position as South Whitley Elementary Schoolâ€™s principal.
Although the retirement will mean his four years at SWES has ended, the process of leaving education is not a new one for Hansen.
In 2008, Hansen retired from a principal position in Washington before moving to Indiana.
â€śI needed something to do so I started substituting teaching,â€ť Hansen said. â€śI came here and before I knew it, I had been here for four years.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mary Raber Elementary School leaders want to help their students learn, and, according to administrators, it starts with the teachers.
Julie Turpin, principal at Mary Raber, said the teamwork and collaboration from her staff are the keys to student success.
â€śOur extraordinary people make the difference,â€ť she said.
Turpin had the opportunity to tout some of the successes of MRES at the last meeting of the Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) Board of School Trustees.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Youth will be served â€” a common expression that describes the relationship between the Columbia City Electric Department and a graphic arts class at Columbia City High School.
The city began a contest within the graphic arts class at the high school, taught by Chad Moore, to design a new logo for the electric department. The winning design will go on letterhead and be on the door of a new vehicle for the department.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Little Turtle Elementary School teachers and administrators are working every day to fulfill the buildingâ€™s mission statement.
That statement is one the faculty hopes each student embraces, â€śI am here to learn.â€ť
Learning is aided for the students by Quality Circles, which are groups of teachers who work together within specializations. Academic quality groups include such areas as literacy and math.
â€śAll quality circles will support the schoolâ€™s goals,â€ť said Little Turtle Principal Tammy Weimer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man who pleaded guilty last month to two meth-related charges received a 20-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Joshua Lemmon, 34, was handed a pair of 10-year sentences, to be served concurrently, with none of the time suspended. The two charges to which he admitted his guilt were dealing in methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.
In his sentencing, Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he would recommend Lemmon for work release and said the sentences could be modified in the future.
Little Turtle Elementary School recently named its Spirit Award recipients.
The Peabody Public Library recently announced its Teen Idol winners. Taking first place was Dakota Schilling, who sang and played the guitar.
The contest was sponsored by the Whitley County Community Foundationâ€™s â€śCount Me In Program.â€ť
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the final installment of a three-part series on prom season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Boutonnieres and polished nails may be on the mind of Whitley County students this weekend, but as prom season starts for the county, school leaders, police and parents are concerned with safety.
In the next two weekends, all three Whitley County high schools will hold their proms in Fort Wayne.
Melanie Bechtold, prom advisor for CCHS and teacher, said safety is part of planning the annual event.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thursday marked the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer, and events were scheduled for participation throughout the day.
Events began as early as 7 a.m., with a breakfast at Grace Lutheran Church for local church leaders and government officials.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel read a proclamation to start the day.
â€śI say this every year, but if our nation ever needed prayerâ€”itâ€™s now,â€ť said Pastor Steve Johnson of Oak Grove Church of God.