May 24th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Monday evening the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of School Trustees hosted a reception recognizing employees with collectively more than 412 years of service to Whitley County Schools who are retiring at the end of this school year.
The 17 retiring employees include seven classroom teachers who, as a group, have accumulated over 226 total years in the classroom, averaging over 32 years of service apiece.
The honorees included food service, custodial workers, an administrator as well as the classroom teachers.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco Junior Senior High School Principal Austin Couch tendered his resignation at Mondayâ€™s Smith-Green Community School board meeting.
â€śWe are sorry to see Austin leave our school but he has accepted a position within Fort Wayne Community Schools. We appreciate all heâ€™s done for our school,â€ť said Superintendent Steve Darnell.
The board accepted his resignation and Board President Cathy Petrie thanked him for his service as well.
Couch began his career at SGCS in the middle school and worked to become an administrator.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council approved Tuesday night, the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the sale of park lands owned by the city.
Mayor Ryan Daniel read a letter from the park board describing the intention to sell or vacate three properties including North Street Garden, Mayorâ€™s Park and Langeloh Park.
Although the park board said the locations only cost them $20 a week, or $600 a year, to mow, there are also other maintenance expenses as well that add up.
A juvenile raccoon spent Thursday morning near the curb of Connexion Way in Columbia City, munching on the contents of a discarded fast food restaurant bag. The little guy wasnâ€™t thrilled about the intrusion, but hunger was a bigger priority as he made quick work of the bagâ€™s main ingredient, a stale biscuit. The encounter raised a curious question. If a nocturnal animal is out during the day, is he working third shift?
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council moved to pass an ordinance establishing rates for the waterworks at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. A public hearing was held, but after no one came forward, the council passed the ordinance.
The rate adjustment, shown above 33 percent, will not affect electric, wastewater, sewer or storm water.
In the councilâ€™s last meeting Mayor Ryan Daniel said the increase is mainly due to the fact that water utility has been running in the negative for a little while, due to a decrease of usage.
FORT WAYNE â€” What better way to open sectional baseball action than a sixth-inning comeback and an eight-frame nail-biter?
When Kody Poyser hits a walk-off single to send Churubusco to the semi-finals.
The Eagles faced Eastside in the opening round of sectional play Wednesday at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne and won 4-3 after facing a 3-1 deficit in the sixth inning.
The Eagles also scored their first run in the opening frame, as lead-off batter Poyser crossed home plate for the â€™Buscoâ€™s first time of the game.
Top students from Columbia City High School were honored Monday night at the schoolâ€™s annual honors convocation. Pictured above are, left to right, Kara Jackson, Alissa Sturtevant and Lacey Jahn, recipients of the Bob Brittain Memorial Scholarship.
Complete convo results are available in the Wednesday edition of The Post & Mail. Photos of the event are available for purchase and can be seen on our Facebook page.
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP ÂÂ Ââ€” Firefighters from four Whitley County departments as well as Roanoke responded early today to a house fire that destroyed a Southeast Whitley County home.
According to Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department dispatch reports, the fire began on the porch of a large farm house located at 9885 S. CR 500 E. where flames were visible.
The call came into WCSD dispatchers at 2:13 a.m. The first units arrived on the scene at 2:28 a.m.
Initial reports say the fire was suspected to have started in the vicinity of where the main electrical feed enters the house.
PIERCETON â€” Recognized and honored for making a significant impact on education, the 2012 Friend of Education award was presented to April Lehman by Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s (WCSC) Superintendent, Steve Clason.
The award was presented at Monday eveningâ€™s School Board of Trustees monthly meeting.
â€śThis award is given to someone who unselfishly gives of their time in an effort to help with our schools to make them a better place,â€ť Clason said.
Clason said Lehman was nominated by three separate individuals which is unusual.
PIERCETON â€” Committed to providing the best quality education and excellence for all, several leadership changes and retirements are on the horizon for the next school year at Whitko Community School Corporation.
Superintendent Steve Clason introduced two new staff members and elaborated on retirements at itâ€™s School Board of Trustees meeting Monday evening.