Archive - News Article
February 2nd, 2012
Staff & wire reports
COLUMBIA CITY â The general consensus in Whitley County, Indiana is if six more weeks of winter is like this ... then bring it on!
A very mild winter has been experienced locally to date, and this week's temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees above normal adds to early spring fever.
Most of the groundhog oracles today were pointing to an early springtime, but at least one was predicting 6 more weeks of "winter."
Lions put final touches
on Saturday fry fund raiser
TRI-LAKES â The Tri-Lakes Lions Club is hosting a Fish & Tenderloin Fry as a fund-raising activity Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The all-you-can-eat dinner, beverage and dessert will be at the Tri-Lakes Lions Hall, located on Colony Avenue, just east of Shriner Lake and near the south side of Round Lake.
âWe are asking that people bring canned food items to be donated to support a local food pantry in Columbia City,â noted Lion Larry Weiss.
COLUMBIA CITY â Already a part of the ever-advancing New Tech Network, Eagle Tech Academy (ETA) is still finding ways to break new ground. On Wednesday and Thursday, ETA hosted the National New Tech Leadership Residency, a workshop for New Tech directors, administrators and staff members who will be opening New Tech schools next year.
ETA is the first school to host the conference during its inaugural year. According to Principal Brady Mullett, approximately 50 individuals are attending, representing half of the roughly 28 schools beginning programs next year.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City Common Council typically meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. The meeting, which usually would have been scheduled for Jan. 10 did not happen, as the Mayor, council members and even the clerk-treasurer were away trying to become better leaders for the city. They were attending the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Conference in Indianapolis.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs most volatile hot-button issue for the past year or more has been wind energy â to embrace the possible arrival of 400-foot-high wind turbines or tell the companies who market the wind harnessers âno thank you, we donât want them.â
While both sides of this heated debate have been represented through the myriad public hearings and committee meetings, it appears the squeakiest wheel in the debate is about to be lubricated more thoroughly than a wind turbineâs gearbox.
COLUMBIA CITY â What is the most fun you can have with a buzzer?
The answer, of course, is The Peabody Library Annual Jeopardy! Tournament now entering its ninth year. .
Call the library, 244-5541, and sign up now, either as a team or as an individual to be put on a team. The first round is on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.. The tournament continues for the next several weeks (depending upon the number of teams) until a winner is crowned.
Wednesday, February 1 11 AM & 6 PM
Thursday, February 2, 9, 16, 23 9:30 AM
COLUMBIA CITY â Itâs official. Town Marshal Chad Fulkerson is the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Smith-Green Community Schools.
The Churubusco Town Council made the official decision recently to contribute funds to have Fulkerson at the school for four days out of five.
Fulkerson took training for the SRO duties at SGCS during the summer and has been at the school for three days out of five since August.
COLUMBIA CITY â Eighth grade students are âMinding their businesses.â
For the first time, Churubusco Junior High School students are taking part in a Project Based Learning (PBL) situation entitled âMind Your Business.â
Math teacher Jennifer Galloway heads up the program.
âI took a PBL workshop and the other teachers came aboard,â said Galloway.
Teaching the English part of the project is Vanessa Wyss. Rod Strayer teaches social studies and Laura Foss teaches the scientific method of the PBL project.
âWe have 96 students working on this project,â said Galloway.
CARROLL â The year-end wrestling tournament kicked off this weekend with all three Whitley County Schools competing in the Carroll Sectional.
Overall points determine only one team to move on to regionals; a fourth place finish or better on an individual level sends a matman to the next round.
Since 1993, the three schools have accounted for 12 of the 19 team wins at Carroll, including a run of eight straight by Columbia City.
Carroll, who claimed the title in six of the other seven years, won its own sectional with a point total of 187.50.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City rising star Olivia Shearer is headed to the Elks Hoop Shoot state finals.
Shearer won her age division (10-11-year-olds) on Saturdayâs regional at Indian Springs Middle School.
She shot 20-for-25, good for her first-place finish.
The young hoopster has a break before competing at the state finals on Feb. 24 at New Castle.
Shearer said she practices shooting nearly every day with her mom, Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer.
She is also involved in a league at Spiece Fieldhouse in Fort Wayne, playing two games a week.