August 30th, 2013
PIERCETON â The public is invited to attend a special presentation by the Bob Jones University Drama Ministry Team at First Baptist Church of Pierceton Thursday at 7 p.m.
The program will feature an original drama, âInstant Message.â
The Drama Ministry Team is touring the Midwest this fall.
CHURUBUSCO â Projected enrollment numbers for Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) could be higher than originally believed.
SGCS Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the districtâs numbers, which were expected to decline for the 2013-14 school year, have actually ticked up.
âOur enrollment is up, and itâs a great thing,â he said.
So far, Fleetwood said the district had 18 more than expected in the elementary school, and were down approximately nine students in the junior-senior high school.
PIERCETON â Whitko Community School Corporation continues to move forward on its plans to renovate South Whitley Elementary School and construct a new Pierceton Elementary School.
At a recent meeting of the corporationâs Board of Trustees, Superintendent Steve Clason gave an update on the timeline in which work will commence during the following months.
âWe are definitely in the design phase,â Clason said. âWe are working on obtaining feedback from community members as well as faculty.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Board of Works approved the final step of an agreement between the city and Whitley County Consolidated Schools for a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Tuesday nightâs meeting.
The board approved a memo of understanding that clarifies the responsibilities of each party if an SRO is hired by WCCS.
The memo of understanding (MOU) was approved by the WCCS Board of School Trustees at its Aug. 19 meeting.
With the MOU approved by both parties, WCCS can now apply for a grant that would help fund the officer.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubuscoâs football team opened 2013 with an impressive shutout victory over Fremont Friday.
Now, the Eagles want to keep their momentum going, and will welcome Central Noble this Friday for their home opener in Churubusco.
Recognition from around the state has already come the Eaglesâ way. They opened the year ranked 10th in the Class 2A Associated Press preseason poll and moved up to eighth for this week after defeating Fremont.
âBusco beat Fremont 56-0 last week to open the year at 1-0. Central Noble fell to Fairfield last week, 35-21, and is now 0-1.
COLUMBIA CITYâ Two football teams searching for their first win would be enough for excitement on any Friday night.
When the two schools involved are Whitley County rivals, such as Columbia City and Whitko, the tension goes up another notch.
The Eagles and Wildcats will kick off their annual battle for Whitley County supremacy tonight at 7 p.m. at Columbia City High School.
Last week, the Eagles fell to Warsaw, 33-14. Whitko dropped a 42-20 game against Wawasee, in the first game as Wildcat head coach for Josh Mohr.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Board of Works made an exception to the fireworks ordinance for this weekend.
According to the ordinance, on this holiday weekend fireworks are only allowed on Labor Day and the Sunday before.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said a citizen requested that an exemption be made for Saturday as well.
The Board of Works agreed, and an exception was made for Saturday until midnight.
âIt just makes a lot of sense,â Daniel said. âWe may possibly permanently change the ordinance as well.â
Water pressure is expected to be low in the Eagle Glen and Irish Glen areas due to a water main break on Ind. 205 near Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Crews are currently working to repair the water main, and city employees said work may take most of the day.
Traffic is slowed on Ind. 205, as the break was directly under the road.
TOPEKA â Whitkoâs boys tennis team lost a tough road contest to Westview Wednesday.
The Wildcats lost to the Warriors 4-1.
Picking up the lone win for Whitko was Tyler Baugher at No. 1 singles, who beat his Westview foe 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
In other singles action, Blake Castle and Cole Bechtold lost for the Wildcats in No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.
Castle pushed his foe to three sets while Bechtold fell in two.
PLYMOUTH â Whitkoâs boys soccer team fell on the road to Plymouth Tuesday.
The Wildcats lost to the Pilgrims by a 9-0 margin.
Whitko picked up nine saves at the goalkeeper position.