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December 27th

CHRISTMAS CAST: St. Paul’s cast of kids tell Christmas story

December 27, 2011

Children at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church pose for the camera in advance of their program on Christmas Eve, presented Saturday afternoon.

December 26th

ALIAHNA DEAD; MALE BABYSITTER CHARGED

December 26, 2011

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a missing 9-year-old Indiana girl has been found dead, and a family friend who had been watching the girl is facing murder charges.

Allen County sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel said Monday night that investigators found the body of Aliahna Lemmon in the county, but he wouldn't say where.

Tinkel said 39-year-old Mike Plumadore was arrested and is being held on a murder charge. He's scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

December 23rd

ELKS HOOP SHOOTERS: Finalists headed to district event

December 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 recently held its annual Hoop Shoot at the Indian Springs Middle School Gymnasium.
Local winners from the three county school systems were in attendance, with the winners of this contest advancing to the District event to be held in January of 2012.
Over three million boys and girls are expected to compete in this year’s Elks National Free Throw Contest (Hoop Shoot).

HANGING UP THE CHALK: Teacher Gary Smith retires from 'Busco

December 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — He’s undoubtedly the most popular teacher at Churubusco Junior Senior High School and while on top, he’s retiring.
Gary Smith knows when to exit, stage left.
“I’m on the top of my game and I know this is the right time to retire,” said Smith, a social studies teacher.
Smith took over at CJSHS when long-time teacher Paul Daily retired 22 years ago.
Smith served four years in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Indiana University in 1980.

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU ALERT: Email scams still hitting in-boxes routinely

December 23, 2011

Hundreds of calls are coming in to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) confirming the email scam using the Better Business Bureau’s name and logo continues to proliferate across North America, even to some overseas addresses.

Most of the emails carry the famous BBB torch logo and come with the subject line “Complaint from your customers.”

The emails have a link or an attachment containing malicious phishing malware that steals information, often with devastating results.

HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES ADVISORY: State officials remind Hoosiers to travel safely

December 23, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – As hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers hit the road for the holidays, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Indiana State Police (ISP) are reminding motorists to plan ahead and check on road conditions before heading out.
Before leaving home

December 22nd

EMS contract signed

December 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Following a year of debate, discussion and disagreement, the new Emergency Medical Services contract between Whitley County and Parkview Hospital has been signed.
Monday, Sigler presented the returned contract from Parkview to the commissioners at the board meeting.
“After being reviewed and re-reviewed, commented on and re-commented on… …I have the three documents that make up the EMS agreement, I’m happy to say,” Sigler said.
The first document is the Emergency Medical Services Program Agreement (EMSPA), which outlines the primary terms of the contract.

DESIGNING A RESTAURANT: ISMS math students engage in architecture project

December 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Math students at Indiana Springs Middle School planned, designed and presented an architectural project called Restaurant Possible this week. The program is loosely-based on the popular Food Channel show “Restaurant Impossible.”
Math teachers Jill Baker and Cathy Rowe wanted to teach math content that included dimensions and scale.
The project culminated with a scale floor plan including the kitchen, rest rooms, waiting areas and an eating area.

December 21st

WONDERLY SENTENCED: Man accused in death of baby girl gets 10 years

December 21, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who was arrested on drug charges and accused of neglecting a dependent will serve 10 years behind bars.
Travis A. Wonderly, who along with Janel M. Creech was blamed for the death of Creech’s 5-month-old daughter, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to manufacturing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
On Monday, Wonderly was sentenced by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to 10 years in prison, to be fully served.
A Jan. 3 incident occurred resulting in the death of five-month old Taylor Creech.

SMITH-GREEN SCHOOLS: CES touts collaboration

December 21, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Teachers at Churubusco Elementary School will combine talents with seven other schools for an evening of development to begin the new year in education.
CES Principal Shellie Miller announced the Indiana Department of Education will be in attendance on the Professional Resources learning event on Jan. 19 at CES.
“This is a proactive way for all of us to gain more insight on our ever-changing educational programs,” said Miller.
In other school news:
•Churubusco Junior Senior High School had a jeans drive that raised $500 for a local family.

 

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