August 10th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Teachers who will enter the Whitley County Consolidated Corporation as first-year teachers in August will receive mentoring through the districtâ€™s New Teacher program.
Research shows educators are more likely to stay in education if they are supported or mentored during their first two years on the job, according to Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor.
â€śItâ€™s a coaching model to really help our new teachers,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the third year in a row, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will be offering teacher training for autistic students, implementing a strategy teachers can follow to better meet the needs of students.
After receiving a two year grant, WCCS has already been working with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, who provides trainers and expert consultants to schools in the state, and this year WCCSâ€™ teachers will receive training again using the special education grant dollars.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Russell Scriver now has â€śbookendâ€ť awards for achieving World Class Technician status â€“ the highest level of professional development through the GM Service Technical College.
Scriver, a top service technician at City Chevrolet in Columbia City, was the sole auto mechanic to achieve the designation in Indiana during the second quarter of this year â€“ and one of only six nationally.
Mastering his craft during high school and post-high school vocational-education studies, Scriver has plied his auto technician trade professionally for the past 15 years.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” In the Coliseum at the Indiana State Fair Sunday a competition with no less drama and emotion than the Olympics was taking place.
Grand Champion and Reserve honors were bestowed on some of the best 4-H livestock in the state during the Grand Champion 4-H Drive earlier this week.
Jennifer Hinen, 18, of Columbia City, won Reserve Grand Champion Maine Anjou Steer at the Indiana State Fair Sunday.
â€śIt was awesome being in the Grand Drive,â€ť said Hinen. â€śIâ€™ve never done this well before. It was crazy.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As farmers try to learn how to manage their way through the destruction caused by the summerâ€™s intense drought, Purdue Extension offices across the state are offering a hand by providing instructional advice through meetings.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 17th annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow begins today and will run through Sunday at Morsches Park, Columbia City.
The event opens today at 5 p.m. with 32 vendors displaying and selling native crafts and products.
Three vendors will sell buffalo burgers, buffalo tacos, fry bread and more.
Soaring Hawk Raptor Rehabilitation will be in the Family Tent from 6 to 8 p.m. Holly Meyers will tell stories. At 7 p.m. Young Native Nite will be performing a freewill concert featuring Adam Strack. Strack plays guitar and his music is for by all ages.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools is looking into using a recycling group out of New Haven known as PaperGator to recycle paper and draw more revenue back to the schools.
â€śWe have the opportunity for them to come into our district,â€ť said WCCS Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor to the school board Monday at a work session. â€śIt basically is a fundraising recycling effort.â€ť
Oâ€™Connor said she talked to several principals on the subject, and none of them had any objections.
Elaina Michelle Singleton, 28, of Huntington, died on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Ms. Singleton was born in Fort Wayne on Sept. 10, 1983 to Micheal Neal Singleton and Kimberly Elaine (Burns) Singleton.
Elaina graduated from Columbia City High School in 2002.
Surviving relatives include her mother, Kim. Her father preceded her in death on May 8, 2010.
No funeral services are scheduled.
Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne assisted the family with arrangements.
Natalie Suzanne Bower, daughter of Randall and Tara (Vandagriff) Bower, was stillborn at 8:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne.
In addition to her parents, surviving relatives include a sister, Joy Olivia Bower, at home; grandparents, Jim and Karen Bower of Columbia City and Walter and Martina Vandagriff of Churubusco and great-grandmothers, Bernice Lauer of Columbia City, Jean Ridgley and Margaret Vandagriff, both of Fort Wayne.
A private family service will be held.
Arrangements are being completed by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Barbara J. Halsey, 60, of Columbia City, died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on July 19.
She was born March 27, 1952, in Columbia City, a daughter of Frank Harold and Dorothy A. (Barnes) Wade Jr. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1970.
On March 30, 1974, she was united in marriage to Lonnie M. Halsey. While Lonnie served in the military, they resided in Germany three times, California and Nebraska before returning to Indiana. In 1986, they moved to their home in Columbia City.