June 8th, 2012
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The globally-recognized Destination Imagination team from Smith-Green Community Schools received a hearty pat on the back for its recent performance in Knoxville, Tenn.
The team, which received the Renaissance Award at the global competition last week, was lauded at Monday‚Äôs meeting of the SGCS board of trustees.
In other business
The board approved three professional leaves. Sabrina Wormcastle will travel to Lafayette from June 11-15 to become a certified school bus driver trainer.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ With interest rates at the lowest in recent history, Smith-Green Community Schools took expert advice and is now $6 million in debt with its eye on a new cafeteria, more classrooms, secured entrances at both schools and to be American Disabilities Act compliant.
Jim Elizondo, of City Securities Corporation, was on hand Monday at SGCS public work session and told the board they are looking at less than a three percent rate for bond issues.
‚ÄúI have two options for you to consider,‚ÄĚ said Elizondo.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Dr. Patricia O‚ÄôConnor shared news with the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Corporation Board concerning preliminary ISTEP results at its work session Monday.
‚ÄúThis is only the preliminary data,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôConnor. ‚ÄúI wanted to share with you the trends thus far, and we are trending ever upward.‚ÄĚ
O‚ÄôConnor said third, fourth and fifth graders who took the ISTEP, tested well in English.
‚ÄúOur third graders for the last few years have been soaring ahead,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôConnor. ‚ÄúThey are really doing a great job.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The TROY Alternative Center for Learning was a topic of discussion at the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board work session Monday.
The discussion revolved around TROY‚Äôs large increase in tuition.
Dr. Patricia O‚ÄôConnor, superintendent of WCCS, said, ‚ÄúThey are raising their tuition rates, more than doubling the cost of tuition.‚ÄĚ
Board members were curious as to why there was a 40 percent increase in tuition costs.
‚ÄúWhy all of a sudden do we have a 40 percent increase in tuition?,‚ÄĚ asked board member Tim Bloom.
A ribbon cutting was held last week to commemorate the grand opening of a new business in Columbia City.
Mayor Ryan Daniel, fourth from the right and owner Mark Jones, fourth from the left, cut the ribbon to officially open Discount Mattress Center, located at 535 N. Line St.
Pictured left to right, are Mary Carroll Jones, Gary Kiser, Ralph Bailey, Mark Jones, Daniel, Max Jones, Logan Jones and Dylan Kiser.
Churubusco senior Ryan Mayer was 2011-12‚Äôs last athlete to compete this season, as Whitley County‚Äôs only linkster to make it to regionals.
Mayer scored an 88 at Orchard Ridge Thursday morning.
He shot a 45 in the front nine and a 43 in the back nine.
Respondents to the most recent online poll at www.thepostandmail.com showed that 56 percent "always" attend Old Settlers Days in Columbia City, Turtle Days in Churubusco ‚Äď or both of the popular Whitley County festivals. Both festivals occur later this month.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ¬†Multiple people were injured Thursday afternoon in a crash at U.S. 30 and CR 300 E.
An SUV was T-boned before it rolled into the ditch on the north side of U.S. 30.
Multiple patients were transported to the hospital.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Whitley County Sheriff's Department.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Laurie Butts, 52, didn‚Äôt really know she loved butterflies until she moved to a new home in a bean field near Tri-Lakes a few years ago.
In April 2005, Butts was walking on her property, which is surrounded by eight acres of grasslands, a pond and a well-pathed woods and that‚Äôs when she fell in love with bugs.
‚ÄúIt was the first spring we lived here,‚ÄĚ said Butts, who shares her home with Beth Hauenstein.
Portside Pizza will host a pair of fundraisers designed to raise money for the annual Tri Lake fireworks. On Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., a hog roast will be held which will include a silent auction, a corn hole tournament and live music. Anyone wanting to donate items to the silent auction should call Portside Pizza at 691-3333. On Saturday, June 16, a golf outing at Crooked Lake Golf Course will be held. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Sign ups will be held at Portside Pizza.