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Car and Truck Show needs vendors PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 20:28

The Churubusco Charity Car and Truck Show is still in need of crafters and vendors for the car show on Saturday, June 2 at C & A Tool, 4100 U.S. 33 N., Churubusco.
Cost of a space is $10. The spaces are non-electric and participants must bring their own canopy and table.
All proceeds go to the local food banks, Churubusco scholarships and other local charities.
For more information call Diane Blessing at (260) 704-1408 or 693-3957.

The Churubusco Charity Car and Truck Show is still in need of crafters and vendors for the car show on Saturday, June 2 at C & A Tool, 4100 U.S. 33 N., Churubusco. Cost of a space is $10. The spaces are non-electric and participants must bring their own canopy and table. All proceeds go to the local food banks, Churubusco scholarships and other local charities. For more information call Diane Blessing at (260) 704-1408 or 693-3957.



 
Prom porch collapse students live on NBC Today Show PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 May 2012 15:28

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(NBC Today Show Producer Tammy Sortor reminds the students to smile while they are live on camera. Students stayed in position for their live television appearance for over 30 minutes.) PHOTO BY WAGNER

A student’s Junior/Senior Prom is often touted as a night that they will always remember—and this saying held true for some local teens. Last Saturday evening, 12 Churubusco High School students posed for pictures on the second-story balcony at Greg and Margaret Blake’s home in Whitley County, including

 
Prom porch collapse garners national attention PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 May 2012 13:45

porch fallby Katie Wagner

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A student’s Junior/Senior Prom is often touted as a night that they will always remember—and this saying held true for some local teens.

Last Saturday evening, 12 Churubusco High School students posed for pictures on the second-story balcony at Greg and Margaret Blake’s home in Whitley County, including their freshman daughter, Molly. Then it was time for 12 more, including

 
Fire Station groundbreaking PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 21:55

GroundbreakingA groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the new Smith Township fire station. The new station will be built on John Krieger Drive near the Churubusco Park. Construction is scheduled to begin May 14 with completion of the project this fall. Pictured, left to right, are Joyce DeHaven and Bob Egolf, Smith Township Trustees; Josh Johnson, Lawrence Building Corp., Lucas Konger, Architect; Nate Lawrence, Lawrence Building Corp.; Chris Holloway, Fire Department; Patty Amber, Smith Township Trustee; Spencer Conrad, Chris Tomlinson, Erich Smith, Roger Bennett and Jim Horne, Fire Department. (photo by crabill)

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Intensive Needs program at CJSHS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 21:46

Destination ImagiNation presentation(The Churubusco senior level Destination ImagiNation team presented their challenge to School Board members at Monday's meeting. The DI team, comprised of members Catie Eakins, Brandi Herron, Avery Derr, Robby Pope, Jenna Shambaugh and Rachel Jones are heading to the Global finals in Knoxville,Tenn. near the end of May.) photo by wagner

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With the implementation of an Intensive Needs program at Churubusco Junior/Senior High School, several students will remain in the district for special education instruction.
Nancy Becker, SGCS Special Education Director, said with the establishment of the Intensive Needs program for grades 6-12 at Smith-Green Community Schools, approximately eight students will be part of a program focusing on functional life skills curriculum and hands-on experiences.
Although the district has an Intensive Needs program at the elementary level, Jr/Sr level students are currently bused to Northwest Allen County Schools (NACS) at Carroll Middle and High Schools to participate in such a program.
“We have had wonderful success in sharing the programs, and our students have profited from the excellent educational and socialization opportunities they have been provided at both schools,” Becker said. “However, we have been striving to provide more programs for our students in our own school district and we finally are at a point where we can do so successfully.”
The program for students with emotional disabilities will still be shared with NACS and the district will also allow students who are currently in the program for intensive needs at Carroll High School the option to continue in that program until they graduate, according to Becker.
With the establishment of the new program, Becker recommended the SGCS Board of School Trustees approve full-time employment of Melissa Brenneke as a teacher of students with intensive needs at CJSHS for the 2012-13 school year. The Board unanimously approved the hiring of Brenneke, who currently works as a half-time teacher for students with mild disabilities at CES and as a paraprofessional at CJSHS in the special education department, working with students with mild and intensive needs as well as autism.
“I have so much confidence that Melissa will take this program and run with it and make it one of the best in the state,” Becker said.
“She’s a natural. She’s a first year teacher that looks like she’s been doing it for years,” CES Principal Shellie Miller added.
Becker describes Brenneke as caring, compassionate and committed to students.
In other Board news:
CHS Destination ImagiNation participants presented their project, “The Solar Stage,” to those in attendance at the Board meeting Monday evening. The team of six students created a working solar panel and plan to power their entire presentation set using the panel when presenting at the Global competition in Knoxville, Tenn., later this month. The Board approved the out-of-state field trip request for the trip.
The Board approved the purchase of 150 iPad 2 tablet computers to be used in grades K-4 at Churubusco Elementary School. The purchase will be paid for by the Classroom Innovation Grant 2, which CES Principal Shellie Miller and Vice Principal Nicole Veit worked diligently to receive. Each classroom will receive seven iPad 2 devices for instructional use. In addition, a Macbook Air will be purchased and will allow syncing 40 devices at a time through the charging cart, according to Business Manager Todd Fleetwood. The iPads will be used by teachers for small group work with various applications in all subject groups. They will also be used as teaching tools in addition to traditional teaching methods in the classroom. Miller gave thanks to the CES PTO for purchasing 200 black leather iPad cases and she thanked Fleetwood and David Uchtman for doing research about the devices.
The Board accepted donations of $100 apiece from Farmers & Merchants Bank, Eagle Lumber & Hardware, Pulfer Orthodontics, Magic Wand and McDonald’s for CHS Baseball, Softball and Track Posters. The Board also accepted a $1,000 donation for the Destination ImagiNation team’s trip to Global Competition from the Talent Initiative Fund, a part of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.
CES Principal Shellie Miller presented Cole Hart, son of Jeremy and Deena Hart, as the CES Student of the Month. According to Miller, Cole has demonstrated the character pillar of Fairness for the month of April and is described by
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With the implementation of an Intensive Needs program at Churubusco Junior/Senior High School, several students will remain in the district for special education instruction.

 
Mourdock defeats Lugar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 21:45

In yesterday’s Republican Primary 36 year U.S. Senator Richard Lugar was defeated by Richard Mourdock. Mourdock, the current State Treasurer will face Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly in the fall.
Kevin Boyd defeated five Democratic challengers to earn the right to run against Marlin Stutzman in November for Third District U.S. Representative.
In  local races for State Representative, David Ober won the Republican primary for the 82nd district and  Kathy Heuer 83rd District. Ober will face Democrat Mike Wilber and Heuer will run against John A. Good, Democrat.
Laurell Hodges won the Republican Primary for Whitley County Treasurer.

In yesterday’s Republican Primary 36 year U.S. Senator Richard Lugar was defeated by Richard Mourdock. Mourdock, the current State Treasurer will face Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly in the fall.

 
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