August 21st, 2013
PIERCETON â€” New teachers and faculty were welcomed at a reception Monday evening before the Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s board meeting.
As the Board of Trustees heard from each school administrator, the reports from the first week of school were all positive.
â€śWe are off to a great start,â€ť said Pierceton Elementary School Principal Nathan Polston. This is Polstonâ€™s first year at PES. â€śIt was wonderful to get ready and set up for the new year. Weâ€™ve already spent some time discussing Common Core and the reading program.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” This year has been a weather contrast from 2012, as rainwater has soaked the community on more than one occasion.
These heavy rain falls cause a burden that must be carried by Columbia Cityâ€™s storm and wastewater systems.
A large rainstorm that came through the city Aug. 2 washed out some alleys and caused back-ups and minor flooding in houses.
According to Community Development Director Jeff Walker, who oversees stormwater for Columbia City, these big rains overwhelm the sewer system.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) decided to make an offer on the Eagles Lodge at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
After averaging two appraisals, the group decided to make an offer of $165,000 for the property, which is located at 306 W. Van Buren St., downtown.
â€śWeâ€™d really like to see that corner developed into something,â€ť said Kevin Snell, of the Columbia City RDC. â€śWe donâ€™t want to see it deteriorate.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dunhamâ€™s Sports, the Midwestâ€™s largest sporting goods retailer, recently announced its plans to hold a grand opening for the new Columbia City location.
Residents of Columbia City and surrounding communities are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted Friday at 9 a.m. at the new Towne and Country Center, 496 W. Plaza Dr., Columbia City.
Store hours will be Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The first 100 adults in line Friday will receive a Dunhamâ€™s Sports T-shirt.
Whitley Consolidated School Board President Don Armstrong presented former board member Chris Bechtold (right) with a plaque of appreciation at Mondayâ€™s school board meeting.
Bechtold was replaced by Dan Curless, who was voted in by a 4-3 vote.
Curless will finish out Bechtoldâ€™s term â€” Dec. 31, 2014.
Churubusco volleyball team.
First row, from left: Molly Green, Andrea Aung, Lacey Pulley, Mariah Nondorf and Elaine Horn.
Second row: Olivia Huelsenbeck.
Third row: Sierra Coil, Danielle Pippenger, Sarah Holloway, Jazlyn Neebler, Valencia Reister, Stacia Fester, Hannah Richards, Samantha Fulk, Caylee Knafel and Mallory Pearson.
Fourth row: Alisha Farner, Alyssa Anderson, Abby Stanford, Coach Audra Moore, Coach Dustin Beucler, Coach Trinda Goings, Paige Stauffer, Shyenne Greve and Katie Monk. Not pictured: Hannah Schaefer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the retiring of Churubuscoâ€™s Lee Etzler and Whitkoâ€™s Wayne Swender this season, at age 31 Randy Hudgins is most veteran football coach in Whitley County â€” a concept that seems almost unimaginable in a sport that formerly relied on tradition and consistency.
â€śUnfortunately it is kind of a trend now â€” there are quite a bit of coaching changes,â€ť Hudgins said.
Hudgins (25-20) is prepping for the start of his fifth season with the Eagles.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” High school boys at Eagle Tech Academy spent a rather unconventional day at school learning life skills not found in a text book.
Thursday, girls and boys were split for the day as a way to give the students some exposure to lessons that were outside the norm.
While the girls were in a series of workshops pertaining to emotional management, etiquette and how to dress professionally, the boys had their own classes to attend.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Growth in the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow has prompted the cityâ€™s electric department to look for power solutions of a more permanent nature.
Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey said a permanent breaker will be installed on poles on the north side of the park.
Those permanent breakers should be ready by the spring.
Lickey said the breakers can be used for events such as the pow wow, where a supply of power is needed for a large gathering.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man accused of selling methamphetamine from his tractor admitted his guilt in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Gerald Michel, 20, of South Whitley, was arrested in November of 2012. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.
Monday, he pleaded guilty to one count of dealing methamphetamine. As part of a plea agreement, the remaining charges against Michel will be dismissed.