August 27th, 2012
CHURUBUSCO â€” The construction bids have come in for Smith-Green Community Schools and the board of trustees took a look at them â€” then had a public work session Aug. 16.
But during Monday nightâ€™s board meeting Ralph Bailey, interim superintendent, advised the board to continue to ask questions and table the decision until the next board meeting Sept. 4.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Itâ€™s an end of an era at Churubusco Public Library. After more than 14 years Carol Scherer is retiring from her position as librarian.
Good news is long-time CPL employee, Rachel Eyermann, is taking over the reigns at the library that has 28,000 items for patrons to choose from.
An open house is planned today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CPL located at 116 N. Mulberry St., Churubusco.
â€śJune 1, 1998 seems like such a short time ago and yet lo and behold itâ€™s been 14-plus years,â€ť said Scherer.
That date began a very big change for Scherer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools is preparing for a smooth transition as the state expects the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment to begin in the 2014-15 school year, replacing ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress).
Julie Turpin, principal of Mary Raber Elementary School, told the school board Monday she met with teachers over the past two summers to come up with a plan for the students to make a smooth transition.
Turpin said 45 states and three territories have adopted the Common Core Curriculum.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nine students from Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy toured City Hall before beginning a brainstorming and planning session Thursday for the inaugural meeting of the Columbia City Youth Council.
â€śThe youth council was kind of an idea I wanted to incorporate into our government to get more of the youth voice into the planning for our future,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel. â€śAs weâ€™ve met today, itâ€™s clear to me that these youths want to do more than just give a voice to their age group. Itâ€™s clear that they really want to give back in some way to the community.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Somewhere there are probably people with Whitko and Columbia City loyalties who speak kindly of each other and may even at most times be downright friendly to each other, but once the two meet in an athletic contest â€” no matter whether it is volleyball, basketball, or even a spirited game of tiddley winks â€” neither wants to be on the downhill side of the final score. Friday night the two Whitley County football rivals met at Whitkoâ€™s Ryan Huff Memorial field.
Jodie Lynn Deck, 38, of rural Fort Wayne, died Thursday evening, Aug. 23, 2012. in Whitley County.
She was born Feb. 13, 1974, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Roy E. Weaver and Jayme D. McClain. Her formative years were spent in Michigan. She graduated from Wayne High School.
She was employed at Columbia City Mill.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Jacob Deck and Jesse Deck, both of Columbia City; her mother, Jayme D. Hapner of Columbia City and two brothers, Randy Weaver of Michigan and Scott Weaver of Fort Wayne.
Her father and step father, Albert Hapner, preceded her in death.
Deloris Joan Reavis, 79, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:58 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at her sonâ€™s home in rural Columbia City.
Born Dec. 5, 1932, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of William Frederick and Alta Leota (Downing) Breisch.
Raised in Whitley County, she also lived in Peru, Fort Wayne and Noble County before returning to Etna-Troy Township in 1983. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1951.
Blanche Marie Ernst, 91, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born Dec. 24, 1920 in Tallmadge, Summit County, Ohio, she was the daughter of William H. and Helen L. (Baum) Mohler.
As a young child, she lived in Ohio. She graduated from Coesse High School where she played on the girls basketball team.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the grass is a vibrant green, and it has even become long enough for Whitley County residents to use their lawn mowers, the drought is still far from over according to experts.
â€śItâ€™s eased a little bit,â€ť said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. â€śWe went from being in an extreme drought to being in a severe drought.â€ť
The four levels of drought are moderate, severe, extreme and exceptional.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Western Governors University Indiana has selected Steel Dynamics, Inc. as the first northern Indiana employer to promote bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees from the stateâ€™s nonprofit, online university.
The announcement pairs Indianaâ€™s eighth state university with the nationâ€™s fifth-largest steel company, which has a division in Columbia City.
â€śSteel Dynamics is home to 6,500-plus associates, many of whom will be served by our partnership with WGU Indiana,â€ť said Steel Dynamics President and CEO Mark Millett.