PIERCETON â An after-school choir, comprised of elementary students from South Whitley and Pierceton Elementary Schools performed at the Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting Monday night. Whitko After-School Choir consists of fourth and fifth graders under the direction of Patricia Schoemaker. Forty students practice once a week at the school they attend for an hour. The performance Monday was a holiday theme made up of three Christmas songs.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Commissioners heard a proposal for a fiber optic cable plan that would aid industry in the area.
Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, spoke at Mondayâs meeting with Bill Overdeer of the Whitley County Redevelopment Com-mission.
The pair petitioned the commissioners for $40,000 to put toward the project. The remainder of the funds would come from grants and other sources.
A trio of Indian Springs Middle School seventh-grade students, called the Hyrdropolis Team, presented their project at the Whitley County Consolidated School Board meeting Monday night.
The students had to solve a problem of rain water runoff for a futuristic city.
Pictured, from left, are Eric Burkholder, Caleb Binkley and Jake Rensner.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated School Districtâs board of school trustees approved a measure at Mondayâs meeting to look into a solution to the flooding difficulties at Columbia City High School.
The board approved, by unanimous vote, to build a conventional, closed-pipe storm sewer system. Business Manager Tony Zickgraf said he had looked into an open-ditch option, but the it would cost between $353,000 and $413,000, while the closed-pipe method was estimated at $337,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team went from hockey-like, physical play on Friday against East Noble to the run-and-gun tempo of Wawasee on Tuesday.
Despite being caught off guard early in the contest and facing a 14-point deficit, the Eagles pulled out an 89-66 win over the Warriors.
âIâm proud of the way our guys stuck with it,â said Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict. âThey did a really good job of keeping their composure.â
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ âWe offered our kids a lot of T.L.C.,â said South Whitley Elementary School Principal Bruce Hansen at Tuesdayâs school board meeting.
Hansen shared with Whitko Community School Corporationâs Board of School Trustees that after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, faculty at SWES was briefed and a safety drill, which was already planned, was held.
âWe worked hard to reassure the kids that they are safe,â said Hansen. âWe gave out a lot of hugs.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A six-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries Monday night after she was struck by a car. According to police, the girl was walking home from her neighborâs house on W. Ellsworth Street in Columbia City at approximately 5:45 p.m. The girl was crossing from the south side of the road to her house at 614 W. Ellsworth St. as a car backed out and headed east.
A westbound vehicle didnât see the girl, who was âjust a few steps away from her driveway,â according to Columbia City Police Sergeant Trey Insley.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man accused of two felonies pleaded not guilty in the Whitley County Circuit Court Monday morning.Charles Norris, 29, of Cromwell, was accused of attempted escape, a Class B Felony, and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class C Felony.
The Class B felony carries a sentence of six to 20 years in prison, with 10 years being the advisory sentence. The Class C felony carries a sentence of two to eight years, with four being the advisory sentence.
Both crimes also have a maximum fine of $10,000 each.
COLUMBIA CITY â âWhat do you want to be when you grow up?â For high school juniors and seniors, this is a daunting question. With graduation looming in the near future, college and career choices become critical for students. But trying to make a decision with little to no real-life experience in a particular field of interest can make the selection stressful.
Laying the ground work
Judy Moore, Columbia City High Schoolâs director of Career Development and Internships saw the need for students to get first hand experience in certain careers.
David J. Riker, 70, formerly of Columbia City, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Wabash County Hospital where he had been taken following a seizure.
He was born Nov. 5, 1942, in Columbia City, a son of the late Rubim B. and Marie Elizabeth (Jones) Riker.
There are no surviving relatives.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with visitation from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service. The burial will be in the Eberhard cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to ARC of Wabash.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.