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June 20th, 2013

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION: T.R.O.Y. Center touts successful year

June 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Alternative education is alive and well in Whitley County.

Whitley County’s Commissioners heard a report from Nikki Trier, who is the administrator at the T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative-education school for students throughout the county and beyond.

Work at the T.R.O.Y. Center is based on partnerships. Trier said working with Whitley County Community Corrections is one such alliance that is mutually beneficial.

PIERCETON PRINCIPAL DEPARTS: Speicher waves farewell to PES

June 20, 2013

PIERCETON — Eric Speicher, Pierceton Elementary School’s principal, will be overseeing Syracuse Elementary School in the fall.

Effective June 30, Speicher’s role with Whitko Community School Corporation will come to an end, a bittersweet change for Speicher.

“I never imagined I would fall in love with this place so quickly,” Speicher said. “I love it here. In some ways it’s killing me to leave.”

Speicher just finished his second year at PES and took the opportunity to move to Syracuse due in part to the history he has there.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME: Clason awarded for volunteer work for WCSC

June 20, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Rose Clason has always been content to let her husband Steve, Whitko Community School Corporation’s superintendent, take the limelight.

However, when Rose, 59, was nominated for the district’s Friend of Education Award, she was forced into the spotlight.

“I let Steve be the one that’s out there. I just sit back, help him where I can and help the schools out when I can,” Rose said. “I just try to be the hands and feet of Jesus. If what I do makes a difference in someone’s day, then it’s worth it.”

June 19th

Sen. Banks Assigned to Education, Veterans Study Committees

June 19, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (June 18, 2013) — Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) has appointed State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to summer study committees that will review issues related to education and veterans affairs.

Whitko girls track awards

June 19, 2013

Whitko High School held its spring sports awards banquet recently.

Pictured, girls track award winners, from left: Holly Frantz, Mental Attitude Award; Stephanie Wheeler, Most Improved and Josie Sparks, Most Valuable Runner.

Whitko boys track awards

June 19, 2013

Whitko High School held its spring sports awards banquet recently.

Pictured, boys track winners, from left: Kuyler Bailey, Coaches’ Award; Connor Stouder, Most Valuable Award and Walker Hobbs, Most Promising.

Little Turtle recognizes its honor roll students

June 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Little Turtle Elementary School recently announced those students who have achieved honor roll status for the third trimester.
It also named students who earned honor roll status throughout the entire 2012-13 school year.

4th grade — All As

Kaytlynn Jane Braunsdorf
Taylor Nicole Calloway
Trevor Jeffrey Ebersole
Tucker Andrew Hardy
Katelyn Faith Hoeppner
Riley Lewis Kumfer
Brianna Nicole Laux
Zachary Steven Martin
Gracelynn Ann Martinez
Silas Jackson McCallister
Alison Mae Mossburg
Abigail Mae Price
Bryce Alexander Roy
Isaiah J Rust

Sigma Eta Sorority remembers music from 1913

June 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Music from 1913 was the highlight of DiAnna Weiss’s theme for the June meeting of the Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority.

Members shared their talents, including a floral center piece and a table runner on one of the serving tables. An Erma Bombeck reading honoring mothers was given. Duets included “How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I’ve been a Liar All my Life?”; “Blackbird, Bye Bye”; a medley of 1913 hits — “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “You Made Me Love You,” and “Ave Maria”; and “Let the Rest of the World Go By.”

Water main work finished

June 19, 2013

Water main work on Frontage Road, Columbia City, was completed Tuesday.

Pictured are Todd Coyle as he prepares for Cory Dear to dump gravel into the cement.

Frontage Road was closed for two days at the intersection of Ind. 109 while this project was completed. All traffic exiting Frontage Road had to use Ind. 9. All businesses on Frontage Road were connected to the new water main the city laid.

This was the final phase of the project, finishing the connection point at the intersection of Frontage Road and Ind. 109.

Whitko senior garners signature scholarship

June 19, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Keaton Anderson, Whitko High School Senior, was recently presented the Signature Giving Vocational Scholarship award.

He was chosen from several entries sent in from all three Whitley County High Schools who were seeking vocational training.

Each applicant had to write an essay including where they see themselves in five years, and how their future profession will make Whitley County a better place.

“Keaton was the clear winner,” stated Tina Houser Signature Giving Board of Director president.

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