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May 3rd, 2013

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.

Hansen steps down from SWES

May 3, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — 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 School’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.

“I needed something to do so I started substituting teaching,” Hansen said. “I came here and before I knew it, I had been here for four years.”

Students aim for success at Mary Raber

May 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“Our extraordinary people make the difference,” 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.

Electric dept. wants students’ spark

May 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Youth will be served — 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.

EARLY EDUCATION: Little Turtle Elementary gives update

May 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Little Turtle Elementary School teachers and administrators are working every day to fulfill the building’s mission statement.

That statement is one the faculty hopes each student embraces, “I am here to learn.”

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.

“All quality circles will support the school’s goals,” said Little Turtle Principal Tammy Weimer.

CIRCUIT COURT: Lemmon receives 20-year sentence

May 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

Spirit Award recipients

May 3, 2013

Little Turtle Elementary School recently named its Spirit Award recipients.

Idol winner

May 3, 2013

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 Foundation’s “Count Me In Program.”

PROM PRICETAG: No price too high for safety

May 3, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a three-part series on prom season.

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

PRAYERS OF RESTORATION: County observes National Day of Prayer

May 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“I say this every year, but if our nation ever needed prayer—it’s now,” said Pastor Steve Johnson of Oak Grove Church of God.

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