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'HIGHER STANDARDS': A theme carried throughout Whitko schools

December 19, 2012

PIERCETON — An after-school choir, comprised of elementary students from South Whitley and Pierceton Elementary Schools performed at the Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting Monday night. Whitko After-School Choir consists of fourth and fifth graders under the direction of Patricia Schoemaker. Forty students practice once a week at the school they attend for an hour. The performance Monday was a holiday theme made up of three Christmas songs.

Pierceton Elementary

FIBER OPTICS: County leaders hear funding request

December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Commissioners heard a proposal for a fiber optic cable plan that would aid industry in the area.

Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, spoke at Monday’s meeting with Bill Overdeer of the Whitley County Redevelopment Com-mission.

The pair petitioned the commissioners for $40,000 to put toward the project. The remainder of the funds would come from grants and other sources.

FUTURE CITY: ISMS students present project

December 19, 2012

A trio of Indian Springs Middle School seventh-grade students, called the Hyrdropolis Team, presented their project at the Whitley County Consolidated School Board meeting Monday night.

The students had to solve a problem of rain water runoff for a futuristic city.

Pictured, from left, are Eric Burkholder, Caleb Binkley and Jake Rensner.

FLOOD HELP: WCCS approves Columbia City High School flood solution

December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School District’s board of school trustees approved a measure at Monday’s meeting to look into a solution to the flooding difficulties at Columbia City High School.

The board approved, by unanimous vote, to build a conventional, closed-pipe storm sewer system. Business Manager Tony Zickgraf said he had looked into an open-ditch option, but the it would cost between $353,000 and $413,000, while the closed-pipe method was estimated at $337,000.

Run ‘n’ gun: Eagles rally from 14-point deficit to stay undefeated

December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s boys basketball team went from hockey-like, physical play on Friday against East Noble to the run-and-gun tempo of Wawasee on Tuesday.

Despite being caught off guard early in the contest and facing a 14-point deficit, the Eagles pulled out an 89-66 win over the Warriors.

“I’m proud of the way our guys stuck with it,” said Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict. “They did a really good job of keeping their composure.”

December 18th

T.L.C.: South Whitley Elementary students greeted with care

December 18, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY ­— “We offered our kids a lot of T.L.C.,” said South Whitley Elementary School Principal Bruce Hansen at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Hansen shared with Whitko Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees that after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, faculty at SWES was briefed and a safety drill, which was already planned, was held.

“We worked hard to reassure the kids that they are safe,” said Hansen. “We gave out a lot of hugs.”

CAR VS. PEDESTRIAN: Six-year-old struck by car in city

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A six-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries Monday night after she was struck by a car. According to police, the girl was walking home from her neighbor’s house on W. Ellsworth Street in Columbia City at approximately 5:45 p.m. The girl was crossing from the south side of the road to her house at 614 W. Ellsworth St. as a car backed out and headed east.

A westbound vehicle didn’t see the girl, who was “just a few steps away from her driveway,” according to Columbia City Police Sergeant Trey Insley.

NOT GUILTY: Man accused of attempted escape appears in court

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of two felonies pleaded not guilty in the Whitley County Circuit Court Monday morning.Charles Norris, 29, of Cromwell, was accused of attempted escape, a Class B Felony, and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class C Felony.

The Class B felony carries a sentence of six to 20 years in prison, with 10 years being the advisory sentence. The Class C felony carries a sentence of two to eight years, with four being the advisory sentence.
Both crimes also have a maximum fine of $10,000 each.

ON THE JOB: CCHS students get an indepth look at careers

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For high school juniors and seniors, this is a daunting question. With graduation looming in the near future, college and career choices become critical for students. But trying to make a decision with little to no real-life experience in a particular field of interest can make the selection stressful.
Laying the ground work
Judy Moore, Columbia City High School’s director of Career Development and Internships saw the need for students to get first hand experience in certain careers.

David Riker, 70

December 18, 2012

David J. Riker, 70, formerly of Columbia City, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Wabash County Hospital where he had been taken following a seizure.
He was born Nov. 5, 1942, in Columbia City, a son of the late Rubim B. and Marie Elizabeth (Jones) Riker.
There are no surviving relatives.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with visitation from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service. The burial will be in the Eberhard cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to ARC of Wabash.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

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