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August 27th, 2012

Rodger Smith, 67

August 27, 2012

Rodger C. Smith, age 67, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:32 a.m. Sunday Aug. 26, 2012, at his home.
Born on May 22, 1945, in San Francisco, Calif., he was the son of Rodger C. and Ruth L. (Gibson) Smith.
He had been a Columbia City resident since 1973. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in San Francisco, Calif. with the class of 1963.

Lowell Weeks, 68

August 27, 2012

Lowell Allan Weeks, 68, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:35 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born April 21, 1944, in Wolf Lake, he was the son of Paul and Mildred (Gawthrop) Weeks.
A resident of Columbia City most of his lifetime, he attended Columbia City High School and served in the National Guard.
On Oct. 4, 1969, he married Sandra Weston in Columbia City. For 31 years, he worked at General Electric, Fort Wayne, as a fork lift operator.

SQUAWBUCK DAYS: Well attended

August 27, 2012


LARWILL — This past weekend marked the 158th year for Squawbuck Days in Larwill.
According to organizer Hal Trump everything was well attended.
“For the little village of Larwill, 24 cars turned out for the car show,” said Trump. “I think that is very good.”
“The pony pull was pretty good and a lot of people attended it,” said Trump.
The tenderloin dinner, Bingo, breakfast, ham and bean dinner and the concert featuring Larry and The Boys were all well attended.
Larry Secrist helped Trump organize Squawbuck Days.

TEEN VICTIMS: Picnic to honor Young and Spencer

August 27, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — The Young and Spencer families hope all will join them on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, as they host their annual memorial picnic benefit, celebrating the lives of Megan Young and Andy Spencer.
Megan was the daughter of Chris and Tanya Young. Andrew was a son of Cathy and Mike Spencer, all of Churubusco.
Andy was a member of the Churubusco High School Class of 2010, and Megan was a member of the CHS Class of 2011.
Both were killed in an automobile accident July 16, 2009, not far from both of their homes in rural Churubusco.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

Harney, Roush lead at Purdue Inv.

August 27, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE — Columbia City’s boys and girls cross country teams both placed ninth at the Purdue Invitational Saturday.

The girls were led by Samantha Roush, who competed in her first meet this season after sitting out for an injury. Roush placed 16th out of 375 runners with a time of 20:05.

Evan Harney led the boys with a 22nd-place finish out of 190 runners with a time of 17:11.

Columbia City C-Team tops Whitko, 14-12

August 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s C-Team took a 14-12 victory over Whitko Saturday, after the varsity team won 43-13 over the Wildcats on Friday.

Columbia City jumped out to a 14-6 lead by halftime of Saturday’s contest against Whitko at Max Gandy Athletic Field, then held on to stop two fourth-quarter drives to preserve a 14-12 victory over the Wildcats.

WAIT AND SEE: Bailey advises caution on SGCS construction bids

August 27, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — The construction bids have come in for Smith-Green Community Schools and the board of trustees took a look at them — then had a public work session Aug. 16.
But during Monday night’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.

LIBRARIAN CHANGE: Eyermann takes over for retiring Scherer

August 27, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — It’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.
“June 1, 1998 seems like such a short time ago and yet lo and behold it’s been 14-plus years,” said Scherer.
That date began a very big change for Scherer.

END OF AN ERA: New tests to replace ISTEP

August 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

TRIUMPHANT RETURN: Columbia City Youth Council reconvenes

August 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“The 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,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel. “As we’ve met today, it’s clear to me that these youths want to do more than just give a voice to their age group. It’s clear that they really want to give back in some way to the community.”

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