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April 23rd, 2013

SCHOOL GADGET: WCCS outlines tech plan

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) Board of School Trustees heard an update on its technology plan recently.

WCCS Technology Director Anne Plunkett presented a plan to the board communicating the vision, mission and goals for her department.

The vision for the department is to provide technology resources that enhance communication, instruction, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to inspire excellence.

To that end, Plunkett has steps in mind.

EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION: Whitko schools garner DOE nod

April 23, 2013

PIERCETON — School administrators have been exploring ways to better the education offered to Whitko Community School students.

At last week’s school board meeting, principals with each school reported a number of academic success stories, but a visit from the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) ruled positive for Pierceton Elementary School.

An evaluation for the state’s Title I program was conducted at the elementary school after PES received a low grade from the DOE earlier in the school year.

April 22nd

Wildcats fall to Norwell, 11-0

April 22, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team fell to visiting Norwell Saturday.
The Knight pitching held Whitko to just one hit in an 11-0 loss. Wyatt Wolf had the lone Wildcat hit.

Norwell took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, 5-0 advantage by the second frame, and was ahead 8-0 by the end of the fourth before winning 11-0 by the 10-run rule.

Whitko is now 7-4 on the year and plays New Haven tonight.

Norwell’s Luke Hunter was the winning pitcher, while Whitko’s Avery Robbins was handed the loss.

TURTLETOWN CHAMPS: Lady Wildcats top host ’Busco

April 22, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — The “black division” team championship of Saturday’s Turtletown Classic girl’s track meet came down to the final two races.

When the smoke cleared, the Whitko Lady Wildcats topped host Churubusco by a narrow, 90-83, margin to claim the team title, while in the Gold Division for larger schools — the Columbia City Lady Eagle squad placed third behind Warsaw and Bellmont.

The Wildcats and Churubusco paced an 11-team black division that included teams from Woodlan, Fremont, Westview, Central Noble, Manchester, Canterbury, Culver, Garrett and Prairie Heights.

’Busco 10-runs Whitko

April 22, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Unlike Saturday’s close battle at Churubusco’s track invitational — when Whitko topped the Lady Eagles by a close margin — ’Busco’s softball team beat the Lady ’Cats by a definitive 13-3 score.

Churubusco scored seven runs in the fourth inning to cut the game short, ending it by the 10-run rule in five frames.

The Lady Eagles tallied 13 hits to Whitko’s three, but the opening innings weren’t so lopsided.

Churubusco scored its first run in the bottom of the first inning, but Whitko retaliated with a run of its own in the top of the second to tie the score.

WHITLEY BIRTHDAY: County turns 175 years old

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Genealogical Society of Whitley County celebrated 175 years since the founding of Whitley County, April 1, 1838, at a ceremony held at the Peabody Public Library Thursday.

“Think of the courage our ancestors must have had,” said President Charlotte Blair about the early settlers.

“To leave everything, travel and settle here, despite uncertainty. Leaving everyone and everything behind so they could have the chance to work hard and make the land a better place for their children. They’ve left us such a wonderful heritage.”

LEGO LEARNING: Robotics to build new class at WMS

April 22, 2013

LARWILL — LEGOs are more than just toys to students at Whitko Middle School. They are building blocks to futures in engineering, design and computer programming.

Last week, members of the Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees heard from LEGO Robotics Advisor Teresa Knepple on her petition to turn what is an after-school club into a class.

“The LEGO portion is just the tip of the iceberg,” Knepple said. “We’re talking about giving students a chance to hit on math, science, forensic sciences and engineering.”

FLOODED FIELDS: Morsches tries to recover from rain

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Flood waters saturated Morsches Park last week, shutting down Columbia City’s recreation hub by postponing games and cancelling practices, and leaving its new playground submersed in water.

While the park is drying out, more rain is expected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, leaving many youth league and high school athletes wondering how much more the park can handle.

As of Monday’s presstime, Columbia City park officials said Saturday’s Opening Day for youth league baseball and softball will be on as scheduled.

CIRCUIT COURT: Raber receives sentence for meth

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man arrested for having a methamphetamine lab in a motel received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last Monday.

Michael Raber, 27, was arrested in January on seven charges related to a meth lab at the Budget Inn, Columbia City. He was sentenced to 12 years, with 10 to serve and two suspended, at the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he gave Raber more than the advisable sentence due to a previous criminal history in Huntington County, which included theft and forgery.

MEDICAL MUSEUM: Luckey Hospital holds a healing history in Wolf Lake

April 22, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a two-part series on the historical Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake.

WOLF LAKE — In Wolf Lake, a town of less than 500 people, stands a piece of history that has restored, but on the brink of being obsolete.

The Luckey Hospital Museum stands on the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 109. It was originally built in 1929 by Dr. James E. Luckey, and began as a fully operational hospital in 1931.

Healing history

Together with two of his three sons, Robert (Bob) and Harold, Luckey ran the hospital until his death in 1938.

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