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June 8th, 2012

James Stouder, 69

June 8, 2012

James Lee “Jim” Stouder, 69, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 9:39 p.m., surrounded by his family in their Warsaw, home.
Jim was born to Earl W. and V. Evelyn (Weybright) Stouder, July 13, 1942, in Nappanee, Ind.
He was a 1960 graduate of Nappanee High School. Moving from Nappanee, he lived in Kosciusko County since 1962.
Jim and Linda Dorsey were joined in marriage July 4, 1982, at the Harrison Center Church in Mentone.
Jim was a self employed contractor with Stouder Enterprises for 32 years, retiring in 2004.

HIGH PRAISE: SGCS board lauds DI team

June 8, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — The globally-recognized Destination Imagination team from Smith-Green Community Schools received a hearty pat on the back for its recent performance in Knoxville, Tenn.
The team, which received the Renaissance Award at the global competition last week, was lauded at Monday’s meeting of the SGCS board of trustees.
In other business
The board approved three professional leaves. Sabrina Wormcastle will travel to Lafayette from June 11-15 to become a certified school bus driver trainer.

FACILITY UPGRADE: SGCS to sell bonds for renovations

June 8, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — With interest rates at the lowest in recent history, Smith-Green Community Schools took expert advice and is now $6 million in debt with its eye on a new cafeteria, more classrooms, secured entrances at both schools and to be American Disabilities Act compliant.
Jim Elizondo, of City Securities Corporation, was on hand Monday at SGCS public work session and told the board they are looking at less than a three percent rate for bond issues.
“I have two options for you to consider,” said Elizondo.

ISTEP: Preliminary results ‘trending upward’

June 8, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Dr. Patricia O’Connor shared news with the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Corporation Board concerning preliminary ISTEP results at its work session Monday.
“This is only the preliminary data,” said O’Connor. “I wanted to share with you the trends thus far, and we are trending ever upward.”
O’Connor said third, fourth and fifth graders who took the ISTEP, tested well in English.
“Our third graders for the last few years have been soaring ahead,” said O’Connor. “They are really doing a great job.”

TUITION HIKE: Cost to attend TROY Center on the rise

June 8, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The TROY Alternative Center for Learning was a topic of discussion at the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board work session Monday.
The discussion revolved around TROY’s large increase in tuition.
Dr. Patricia O’Connor, superintendent of WCCS, said, “They are raising their tuition rates, more than doubling the cost of tuition.”
Board members were curious as to why there was a 40 percent increase in tuition costs.
“Why all of a sudden do we have a 40 percent increase in tuition?,” asked board member Tim Bloom.

Grand opening: Mattress store opens

June 8, 2012

A ribbon cutting was held last week to commemorate the grand opening of a new business in Columbia City.
Mayor Ryan Daniel, fourth from the right and owner Mark Jones, fourth from the left, cut the ribbon to officially open Discount Mattress Center, located at 535 N. Line St.
Pictured left to right, are Mary Carroll Jones, Gary Kiser, Ralph Bailey, Mark Jones, Daniel, Max Jones, Logan Jones and Dylan Kiser.

Mayer competes at regionals

June 8, 2012

Churubusco senior Ryan Mayer was 2011-12’s last athlete to compete this season, as Whitley County’s only linkster to make it to regionals.

Mayer scored an 88 at Orchard Ridge Thursday morning.

He shot a 45 in the front nine and a 43 in the back nine.

FESTIVAL POLL: Respondents enjoy OSD, Turtle Days

June 8, 2012

Respondents to the most recent online poll at www.thepostandmail.com showed that 56 percent "always" attend Old Settlers Days in Columbia City, Turtle Days in Churubusco – or both of the popular Whitley County festivals. Both festivals occur later this month.

June 7th

CRASH: SUV T-boned and rolled into ditch on U.S. 30

June 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Multiple people were injured Thursday afternoon in a crash at U.S. 30 and CR 300 E.

An SUV was T-boned before it rolled into the ditch on the north side of U.S. 30.

Multiple patients were transported to the hospital.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Whitley County Sheriff's Department.

BUTTERFLY DAY CARE: Local woman has passion for winged insects

June 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Laurie Butts, 52, didn’t really know she loved butterflies until she moved to a new home in a bean field near Tri-Lakes a few years ago.
In April 2005, Butts was walking on her property, which is surrounded by eight acres of grasslands, a pond and a well-pathed woods and that’s when she fell in love with bugs.
“It was the first spring we lived here,” said Butts, who shares her home with Beth Hauenstein.

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