April 1st, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After 19 years with Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Business Manager Tony Zickgraf is planning to retire this summer.
Zickgrafâ€™s retirement is slated for June, and his replacement, Kirk Doehrmann, was hired at a recent school board meeting.
School board members and school officials said Zickgrafâ€™s expertise and presence will be missed.
â€śWeâ€™ve been fortunate to have Tony for all of these years,â€ť School Board President Don Armstrong said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A bill working its way through the Statehouse might aid school districts that are seeing district budgets cut.
House Bill 1062 could lessen the impact of the property tax â€ścircuit breakerâ€ť caps on school district budgets across the state. Different versions of the bill passed both the House and Senate; itâ€™s in Conference Committee to resolve legislative differences.
The caps, which are 2 percent for residential properties and 3 percent for nonresidential properties, were placed in the Indiana Constitution by voter referendum in November 2010.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” City officials are working to repair a safety hazard on the Blue River Trail that developed recently.
Weather conditions and erosion of Blue Riverâ€™s banks caused several trees to fall into the river, stripping dirt from the edge of the trail and creating a potential for safety issues.
The damage is between the Trailhead on South Whitley Street and the Whitley County YMCA on Van Buren Street.
The trail is still passable, but officials have taped off the area to prevent runners and cyclists from getting too close to the edge of the 20-foot drop-off into the river.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco Junior-Senior High Schoolâ€™s show choir program has maintained success in spite of ongoing leadership change.
Aaron Childress is the fourth director for the program in four years.
The schoolâ€™s show choir, New Era, has had a banner year with first-year director Childress. He said he stepped into a situation that created the opportunity to oversee success in the program.
The choir has brought home many awards and accomplishments, including winning Grand Champion at Homestead High Schoolâ€™s recent show choir invitational.
Albion (March 31, 2014) â€” At 3:32 p.m., Indiana Conservation Officer divers recovered the body of Douglas W. Haigwood, 43, of Kimmel, in Mud Lake. Haigwood was the person reported missing.
With recent warm temperatures, ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly on local lakes and ponds and becoming very dangerous. Conservation Officers encourage everyone to avoid the ice for any reason.
Indiana Conservation Officers are searching for a possible missing person in Chain Oâ€™ Lakes State Park in Noble county.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A new director for Churubusco Junior-Senior High Schoolâ€™s show choir New Era, has seen much success in his first year.
New directors have been a trend for New Era, as there have been four directors in the past four years.
This year is the first with Mr. Aaron Childress as director. Under the helm of Childress, the show choir has had a season to remember.
Among the highlights was a Grand Champion win at Homestead High Schoolâ€™s invitational this year.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” If ever there was a number Whitley County residents would want to see decline, it is the unemployment percentage.
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, job growth is rising in Northeast Indiana.
Although Indiana as a whole saw a slight increase in unemployment data â€” up to 6.9 percent in February â€” the Northeast Indiana region added 6,945 jobs to the workforce in the past 12 months, 33 percent were added last month alone.
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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” As a child, art projects were a common family activity for Daniel Malicki, of South Whitley.
His father, Wally, was the art teacher at Whitko High School, so it seemed only natural that painting, drawing and other artistic elements would a part of Malickiâ€™s childhood.
Now, Malickiâ€™s day-to-day routine still incorporates brushes, pencils and paints, but it is more than a hobby â€” itâ€™s a passion.
Malicki is in his second year teaching art to students at Whitko High School. He picked up the position when his father retired, after 35 years of teaching at WHS.
Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrated its March Shining Stars.Â Students were recognized for using their life skills, treating people right, and doing the right thing. Shining stars for March include â€” Kindergarten: Devin Haskin, Brodie Thorn, Hailey Weber, Harley Holdeman and Carsyn Brewer. First grade: Isaac VonHoldt, Landon Fazio, Madison Fee, Addison Tackett and Judah Weir. Second grade: Garrison Gavin (not pictured), Hailey Soliday, Cara Sue Thorn, Xaiden McKenzie and Janiel Soto Vargas. Third grade: Zoe Whitacre, Jasmine Craig, Alexander Hamilton and Lucas Harber.