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June 11th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â As Columbia City High School (CCHS) seniors turned a page in their lives to begin a new chapter, they were reminded, by Valedictorian Jenee Schneider, how their time in high school has shaped who they are now and what they are to become.
âWhat we have become has been a combination of our experience here at Columbia City High School and the discovery of our talents,â said Schneider. âWe have all been blessed with different talents that will help us expand to our fullest potential in life.â
COLUMBIA CITY â BRC Rubber and Plastics, a company based in Churubusco which makes molded components for the automotive industry, is expanding, creating around 51 new jobs.
Thomas Maher, Human Resources at Churubuscoâs BRC Rubber and Plastics, said BRC will consolidate work in northeast Indiana, mainly in Blackford County.
âThe bulk of the jobs are going into two plants in Blackford County,â said Maher. âThose plants had the greatest room for expansion.â
The expansion will include Hartford City and Montpelier, with the bulk of the work, and Ligonier with some new jobs as well.
COLUMBIA CITY â Carol Heinold, food service director, gave the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Corporationâs Board of School Trustees information concerning food prices in the last several years at their work session last week.
âFederal requirements are that we are to try to raise our lunch prices, not breakfast, for the reimbursement rate,â said Heinold.
âLast year they told us we needed to raise it a nickel, and thatâs what theyâre showing this year.â
For kindergarten through fifth grade the proposed change is $1.60.
COLUMBIA CITY â At the county commissionerâs meeting last week, Commissioner Don Amber said he received an email from the town of Churubusco requesting $500 for downtown beautification.
Commissioner Tom Rethlake said the only thing he was concerned about is if some of this money would be designated for town painting and repairs.
âI just donât want to get to the part where we are buying paint to do windows or putty,â said Rethlake.
Amber said the money could be designated specifically for flowers, and Commissioner Scrumpf agreed with the idea.
COLUMBIA CITY â A woman was critically injured and two others were hurt Friday night in a crash in front of Dairy Queen in Columbia City.
According to police, a sports utility vehicle was stopped in the left northbound lane of Main Street in front of Dairy Queen when a motorcycle with two occupants hit the back of the SUV at approximately 9:42 p.m.
Blake Miller, 22, of Columbia City was the driver of the motorcycle and was transported by ambulance to Parkview Whitley Hospital. His passenger was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Members of Whitko High Schoolâs class of 2012 were all smiles Friday night as tassels were turned, diplomas were received and classmates exchanged hugs during the studentsâ final official school function â the 2012 commencement ceremony.
âAlthough the moment may be temporary, these memories will last forever,â said class Vice President Jenifer Sparke, paraphrasing the class motto.
âWe plan on becoming very rich and powerful, so watch out.â
Whitko graduated 129 seniors during the hour-long ceremony.
CHURUBUSCO â The globally-recognized Destination Imagination team from Smith-Green Community Schools received a hearty pat on the back for its recent performance in Knoxville, Tenn.
The team, which received the Renaissance Award at the global competition last week, was lauded at Mondayâs meeting of the SGCS board of trustees.
In other business
The board approved three professional leaves. Sabrina Wormcastle will travel to Lafayette from June 11-15 to become a certified school bus driver trainer.
CHURUBUSCO â With interest rates at the lowest in recent history, Smith-Green Community Schools took expert advice and is now $6 million in debt with its eye on a new cafeteria, more classrooms, secured entrances at both schools and to be American Disabilities Act compliant.
Jim Elizondo, of City Securities Corporation, was on hand Monday at SGCS public work session and told the board they are looking at less than a three percent rate for bond issues.
âI have two options for you to consider,â said Elizondo.
COLUMBIA CITY â Dr. Patricia OâConnor shared news with the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Corporation Board concerning preliminary ISTEP results at its work session Monday.
âThis is only the preliminary data,â said OâConnor. âI wanted to share with you the trends thus far, and we are trending ever upward.â
OâConnor said third, fourth and fifth graders who took the ISTEP, tested well in English.
âOur third graders for the last few years have been soaring ahead,â said OâConnor. âThey are really doing a great job.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The TROY Alternative Center for Learning was a topic of discussion at the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board work session Monday.
The discussion revolved around TROYâs large increase in tuition.
Dr. Patricia OâConnor, superintendent of WCCS, said, âThey are raising their tuition rates, more than doubling the cost of tuition.â
Board members were curious as to why there was a 40 percent increase in tuition costs.
âWhy all of a sudden do we have a 40 percent increase in tuition?,â asked board member Tim Bloom.