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January 16th, 2014

City hands out lighting awards

January 16, 2014

Columbia City Council President Dan Weigold shakes hands with the overall winner of the city’s Christmas Lighting Contest, Mike Christie (right) at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Judging for the contest was held in December, and winners of all districts received awards at Tuesday’s meeting. See Page A2 for a photo of all contest winners.

Festival date change shell-shocks council

January 16, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — A long-standing summer tradition is at risk of being canceled should board members and town leaders fail to negotiate a new agreement.

Two members of the Turtle Days Association were at Churubusco’s Town Council meeting to answer questions regarding two points in the previous contract that had not been met.

According to the contract that was put together March 6, 2013, the town gave exclusive use of the Churubusco Park for the four-day festival. However, the contract specifically calls for the festival to be held the third Wednesday through the third Saturday of June.

Catherine Tulley, 52

January 16, 2014

Catherine S. Tulley, 52, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:38 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Mrs. Tulley was born June 17, 1961, in Columbia City, a daughter of Larry L. and Bonnie (Cox) Burns.
The surviving relatives include a son, twin daughters, two brothers, sister and a granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Brad Fredrickson, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, or one hour prior to the service.

Board, O’Connor discuss A-F grades; Officials hope for more explanation

January 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After what many school officials hope is the last year of Indiana’s A-F grading system, Whitley County Consolidated School officials discussed the good and bad of this year’s grades.

Overall, WCCS’s high schools scored a 3.45 on a four-point grading scale. The middle and elementary schools averaged a 3.0, or a B.
The A-F grading system was put in place by the state to judge the school systems’ performances. However, with little explanation of reasoning for grades, many school officials have been up in arms about the program.

Betty Rider, 82

January 16, 2014

Betty J. Rider, 82, of Columbia City, died at 12:04 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor.
She was born Oct. 7, 1931, in Noble County, a daughter of Oscar H. and Elsie M. (Freed) Peterson.
Her formative years were spent in Noble County. She graduated from Cromwell High School.

On Feb. 14, 1954, she was united in marriage to Royce L. Rider. They made their home on the Merriam Rider farm in Etna until 1971, when they moved to Kimmell. In 1975, they moved to Columbia City. Mr. Rider died July 16, 1998.

Reuben Schwartz, 67

January 16, 2014

Reuben Schwartz, 67, a resident of Cleveland Township, died at 5:29 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in the Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Fla.
He was born Nov. 9, 1946, in Allen County, a son of David and Anna Irene Miller Schwartz.

On Oct. 4, 1964, he was united in marriage to Martha Graber. She preceded him in death Nov. 5, 1990.

Warsaw woman trapped under vehicle

January 16, 2014

WARSAW -- A Warsaw woman was seriously injured Wednesday after she was run-over by a vehicle in her driveway southeast of Winona Lake.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and emergency personnel responded Wednesday at 5 p.m. to the 2200 block of S. Lake Sharon Rd, Warsaw, after receiving a 911 call of a woman struck by a motor vehicle.

Shoveling out

January 16, 2014

Brandon Ray shovels the parking lot at Pizza King, Columbia City, to park his delivery car during Winter Storm Ion, Jan. 6. Residents were assisted in the snow shoveling by warmer weather later in the week. Although light snow is in the forecast today and Friday, temperatures could reach the 40s during the weekend.

January 15th

Upcoming meetings

January 15, 2014

Whitko schools
Whitko Community School Corporation will hold an informational meeting Monday to discuss the renovation of South Whitley Elementary School which is scheduled to begin during the 2014-15 school year.
The design plans of the building and the impact on students during the project will be presented.
Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at South Whitley Elementary School.
The district’s school board meeting will still be held Monday at 6:30 p.m., but at SWES, before the public meeting.

SCHOOLS ALLOWED TWO WAIVER DAYS FOR SNOW: WCCS to utilize three make-up days for extra week off

January 15, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — With an extra week of vacation last week due to the winter storm, many parents and students are concerned about the school year being extended into the summer.

For students of Whitley Count Consolidated Schools, thanks to two-day a waiver from the state, the last day of school is still May 28 — for now.

Since Whitley County was under a declared state of emergency for two days last week, Monday and Tuesday, Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) officials approved to grant free days to districts under extreme weather conditions.


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