August 2nd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For some students, it might feel like summer has just started.
Despite those potential thoughts, classes will be beginning for Whitley County schools later this month.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will have its first day of classes Tuesday, Aug. 13. Whitko begins Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) will commence Friday, Aug. 16.
If students are thinking their summer break is shrinking, they might be correct. WCCS held its last day of school June 10. Smith-Greenâ€™s was Wednesday, June 5 and Whitkoâ€™s was May 28.
Benjamin Wheaton, 21 months, watches streams of water cascade from brightly lit pipes at Churubuscoâ€™s splash pad, known as Paulâ€™s Pad, Tuesday.
He was at the splash pad with his mother, Alicia. Churubuscoâ€™s park is undergoing some improvements. New bathroom facilities are being planned, which is made possible in part by private donations as well as grants. There are also some upgrades to the soccer fields that have recently been completed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śHidaya Neoâ€ť â€“ in Africa means â€śbeautiful gift,â€ť and it happens to be the name of a special workshop designed for high school girls at Eagle Tech Academy, Columbia City, taking place Aug. 15.
Several community leaders have joined with ETA students to collaborate on a one-day event that will feature six workshops to help develop female students in areas that can better them for the future, but also give them practical tools for present challenges.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Children playing at Morsches Park is not an uncommon occurrence on a summer Saturday morning. However, this Saturday, the park will serve two purposes â€“ fun and function.
The Salvation Army of Whitley County has been collecting school supplies for Whitley County children in need. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Morsches Park in Columbia City, school-aged children can receive supplies to help ease the financial burden parents face when preparing for school to start.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A mother and son accused of selling chemicals to make methamphetamine pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
Melodie Meyer, 39, and Robert Barnett 22, both of Columbia City, were arrested July 24 for unlawful sale of a precursor and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.
Both crimes are Class D felonies, which carry a minimum period of 6 months of incarceration and a maximum sentence of three years.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will be selecting a new member for its Board of Trustees Monday.
WCCS will hold a work session Monday at 5:30 p.m. At that time, potential board members will be interviewed and a decision is expected.
A vacancy came up for the WCCS board when board member Chris Bechtold resigned to take a teaching position in the district. Teachers in the district are not permitted to be board members.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With summer ending and a new school year soon to begin, high school marching bands are starting to rehearse.
Whitko Marching Pride, with about 30 members for the 2013-14 school year, has been working on their show this week, and will continue next week during the annual band camp.
The camp is dedicated to the learning the yearâ€™s marching band showâ€”the music and drillâ€”for eight hours a day, every day, usually for a week.
Three pieces of music, which run for a total of about seven minutes, must be memorized by the band members.
iming to provide more job opportunities for those with a criminal history, took effect in Indiana July 1.
House Enrolled Act 1482 was designed for individuals to have criminal convictions removed from their record. One hope accompanying the law was to increase potential employment for those with a criminal record.
However, according to Whitley County Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl, it is not the content of the law, but the implementation, that has been a problem during its first month on the books.
South Line Street has been closed for several projects this summer. Water main work is being done below the surface, and above ground work is being done on sidewalks, curbs and repaving the street. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the street will be closed intermittently between now and the end of August. The mayor hoped the project would be finished before the end of the month, but some of the work is dependent on contractor schedules, so he was unsure of a finish date. â€śWe know this can be frustrating for our residents,â€ť Daniel said.
Barbara J. Bloemker nee Denzel, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Barbara served more than 30 years as a volunteer and past president of the Parkview White Cross Auxiliary,
She enjoyed crafts, making candy and baked goods to share with others.