May 9th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Amidst a recent budget crunch that included the release of more than 20 teachers, the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees is more than a little resistant to spend money on a couple of vehicles.
At its regular board meeting last week, the board heard a presentation from corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf and Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor about the need for corporation vehicles for the school districtâ€™s maintenance director and transportation director.
CHURUBUSCO — One game decided two for Churubusco baseball Saturday.
The opening game of a home doubleheader against New Haven not only gave the winner a boost but momentum heading into the second game.
After both teams saw a lead, the Bulldogs finished on top 9-7 after breaking a tie ball game in the seventh inning with three runs.
ELKHART — The Whitko boys’ track and field team traveled to the Concord Relays Friday and finished second in the class B division behind Fairfield.
The Wildcats tallied 81 points led by a record breaking night for the 3200-meter relay team.
Together, Jude Stieglitz, Trapper Mize, Brian Menzie and Brody Wilson won the event and also picked up a new school record of 8:19.43.
Columbia City lefty Emily Gangwer makes contact during the Lady Eagles home game Friday night. City trailed by as much as seven runs and fell to Snider 10-3. Gangwer made one of her first appearances of the season Friday since coming off a injury in the preseason.
Post & Mail photo / Andrew Shultz
FORT WAYNE — Friday night saw the Columbia City track squads travel to Carroll High School for the 41st annual Carroll Relays, a unique event that combines the scores for both the boys and girls teams to arrive at a team champion.
The Columbia City girls placed third with the boys taking fifth, with the combined score placing the Eagles fifth behind the host Chargers who claimed the team title.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Earlier this week, The Post & Mail received a press release from Mark Espich, president of the board of the Whitley County Humane Society, that they are facing a financial crisis.
In a plea for public support to offset operating expenses, Espich praised the Whitley County Community Foundation for a recent grant given to help stabilize the shelterâ€™s finances.
â€śThe economy has been particularly hard on our areaâ€™s non-profit organizations,â€ť explained September McConnell, Community Foundation Director.
Dean L. Ayers, 92, a long-time resident of Churubusco, passed away at 10:16 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.
Ayers was born in Lowell June 1, 1918, a son of Arthur and Carrie (Hathaway) Ayers, and as a child moved to Roanoke with his parents and two brothers.
On April 18, 1944 he was married to Helen Prible. The couple lived in Fort Wayne briefly, prior to moving to Blue Lake near Churubusco in 1946. Later, the couple purchased a small farm southwest of Churubusco.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees is paying, reluctantly, for the design of a renovation to the former Marshall Middle School that some board members said they didnâ€™t see coming.
â€śAre we done with these surprises?â€ť asked board member Deborah Hiss, when the board was asked to approve a contract with Gibraltar Design as architects for a renovation to the buildingâ€™s kitchen.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Teachers within the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation are championing a program that would have local students hitting the accelerator pedal on their education.
Known as Early College High School, a panel of WCCS teachers have been studying the concept for a year to see if the program will be feasible here.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” After months of delay, a construction company will receive payment for delays it experienced when contamination in Columbia City was discovered.
â€śItâ€™s been a frustrating issue for me,â€ť said Roger Seymoure of the cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety, who made a motion Friday that the city pay $377,760 to Bowen Engineering.
â€śIn my opinion we were not served well by the engineer (Burgess & Niple) or by the state of Indiana.â€ť