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February 22nd, 2014

Puttin’ on the Ritz: State superintendent visits Whitley Co. schools

February 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Surrounded by elementary students, Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz took time to tap into her inner child Friday at Coesse Elementary School.

Speaking in colorful voices that helped to portray thought-provoking life lessons, Ritz read books to students as part of the school’s Emphasis on Reading Week.

“Literacy is so important,” Ritz said. “It is something these kids will need for the rest of their lives.”

February 21st

Sunday bulletin

February 21, 2014

Columbia City UM
This Sunday at Columbia City United Methodist Church, the message title is “Turning the World Upside Down.” The Scripture is from 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, and Matthew 5:38-48.
The February Mission Project of the Month is Habitat for Humanity. In Whitley County, this group has completed four houses within the last seven months.
The Columbia City United Methodist Church Lent Study will begin March 2 through April 19, and the book to be studied will be Adam Hamilton’s 24 Hours That Changed the World.

Council on Aging makes plans for seniors in March

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Council on Aging announced its events for March.
Events are held at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City.

Special events
•AARP — March 4 at 1 p.m.
•Bingo & Farm Wagon — March 5 and 19 at 9:30 a.m.
•MMM Bingo — March 6 at noon
•Tipton House donuts — March 7
•Foot care — March 10 at 8:30 a.m.
•Silver Striders — March 10 at 10 a.m.
•Renaissance Village & North Ridge Bingo — March 10 at noon
•Haircuts — March 12 at noon.
•Massages ­— March 12 at 9 a.m.
•MMM Crafts — March 12 at 9:30 am
•Blood Pressure — March 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Parkview Hospital welcomes new full-time pediatrician

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Parkview Physicians Group and Parkview Whitley Hospital are pleased to welcome Carla Bystricky, MD, to Whitley County.
Bystricky received her medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

She completed her residency at the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program in Hartford, Connecticut.

Dr. Bystricky is a Fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics.

She also served two years as a locum tenens, serving as a pediatrician for hospitals throughout the United States including, Connecticut, Oregon, Missouri and Indiana.

Writing workshop to be held at county historical museum

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Historical Museum will be hosting a writing workshop Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m.

The event will feature local author Monica Koldyke Miller. Miller is the author of a historical romance book titled, “Threads of Betrayal.”
Admission to this program is free. This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation.

WEATHER WORRIES: SGCS dismisses early as precaution

February 21, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Excessive ice and snow build-up, in combination with heavy rain, caused Smith-Green Community Schools to dismiss early Thursday at 1:10 p.m.

Portions of the roof above the library were sagging due to heavy rain Thursday and snow and ice that had not yet melted. The roof did not collapse, though.

Students were dismissed from school early as a precautionary measure.
According to SGCS Superintendent Galen Mast, the lack of quick draining affected the roof.

Col. City man fifth snowmobile death in Mich. county

February 21, 2014

LUCE CO., Mich — A Whitley County man was the fifth to die in snowmobile crashes in a northern Michigan County.

Timothy Hearld, 43, of Whitley County, passed away in Luce County, Mich. Wednesday night.

A preliminary investigation by the Luce County Sheriff’s Department revealed the fatality was a result of a head-on collision between two snowmobiles.

Police say the accident happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

SNOW COLD RAIN: No end in sight for wicked weather

February 21, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Snow. Cold. Snow. Cold. Snow. Rain. Thunderstorm — Snow. Cold.

It appears the area is in a never-ending cycle of bad weather this winter.
After being in a vicious cycle of snow and frigid temperatures, forecasters predicted warmer temperatures Thursday, bringing some hope for the beginning of the end of winter.

But the “warm” weather Thursday wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
Though temperatures reached the upper 40s for the first time this year, it came with rain — a lot of it.

MCDERMOTT CLIMBS THE RANKS: WCCS names new assist. superintendent

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — At Whitley County Consolidated Schools, the position of assistant superintendent has been vacant since 2010. In an effort to save money, the district elected to freeze the position until funds were available.

This year, officials were able to work the position into the budget, and Thursday night, the school board named Dr. Laura McDermott as the WCCS assistant superintendent. McDermott is currently the principal at Coesse Elementary School, and has 19 years of experience in education. She will finish out the school year at Coesse and take on her new duties July 1, 2014.

WCCS: District to add 30 minutes to each day

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Since State Superintendent Glenda Ritz made the decision to offer other options for make-up days for Indiana schools, many are weighing their options, after most have missed at least two weeks of classes.

Ritz offered making up days on Saturday, extending the school day, adjusting the school schedule to remove teacher in-service days, as well as a technology option with online classes.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools have missed 15 days since Christmas break, pushing the last day of school into mid-June.


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