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Slick roads cause accident PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 22:00

Truck AccidentA light snowfall Friday morning made area roads slick. This truck was seen in a cornfield outside of Churubusco on Line Street extended. Temperatures have been climbing and are expected to reach 50 degrees today and tomorrow.

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"Red Out" Basketball game Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 15:53


by Katie Wagner
The Churubusco Eagles will be sporting red in lieu of their traditional black and gold at the Varsity Boys Basketball game on Saturday versus West Noble starting at 7:30 p.m.
Come support Churubusco High School students as they raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA) with a “Red Out.” Players plan to wear red jerseys and cheerleaders will wave red and black pom poms and wear “Red Out” t-shirts.
As part of an integrated Speech/Biomedical Science project based learning assignment, CJSHS teachers Aimee Karacia and Valerie Hardesty and their students organized the “Red Out,” a week-long event culminating with a “Red Out” basketball game followed by a “King of Hearts” dance on Saturday night.
The speech class also made commercials to promote Saturday’s “Red Out.” Each of the three commercials may be viewed on the Churubusco News website at busconews.com.
Community members and businesses can help sponsor the event by donating gift cards or merchandise for raffle or money for the red jerseys and pom poms or they can sponsor t-shirts for the event by making a tax-deductible contribution to the school.
With a $10 donation to the American Heart Association, community members will receive a red t-shirt to wear to the basketball game on December 10. All of the money raised goes straight to the American Heart Association. T-shirts are for sale at the school all week and will also be available at the entrance to the basketball game on Saturday starting at 5:30 p.m.
All students and community members wearing the AHA t-shirts will get into the game for free.
The “King of Hearts” dance following the game will celebrate the donation the school is making to the AHA.
Any community member who is a survivor of any type of heart disease is encouraged to contact either Aimee Karacia ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Valerie Hardesty  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are willing to be recognized at half-time of the basketball game.
On November 11, twenty female students in the Speech/Biomedical Science classes attended the “Go Red for Women Luncheon” in Fort Wayne put on by the American Heart Association where they were able to meet with various medical professionals for health questions, hear a keynote speaker discussion on heart arrhythmias and have a heart healthy lunch. The luncheon provided not only first-hand information needed to make the project based learning project a success, but also the opportunity to gather more funding, opportunities and ideas from those experienced in heart-disease awareness.

by Katie Wagner

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The Churubusco Eagles will be sporting red in lieu of their traditional black and gold at the Varsity Boys Basketball game on Saturday versus West Noble starting at 7:30 p.m.

Come support Churubusco High School students as they raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA) with a “Red Out.” Players plan to wear red jerseys and cheerleaders will wave red and black pom poms and wear “Red Out” t-shirts.

 
Smith-Green settles year-end claims preparing for 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 15:51

by Katie Wagner
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Smith-Green Community Schools Business Manager Todd Fleetwood was busy presenting resolutions and other recommendations to the School Board at Monday’s meeting to take care of year-end business and to get the fiscal ball rolling for 2012.
The Board authorized the Business Office to pay as many outstanding claims as possible by December 31. In addition, the Board approved a resolution to adjust appropriations in the 2011 budget to cover expenditures that will cause the appropriations to be negative. The budget is based on estimates of expenses and revenues for the calendar year, so balances may be either positive or negative depending on the line item.
The Board also adopted the Expenditure Goal Resolution, which is required by every school corporation and essentially states that SGCS will do an analysis of the budget and attempt to increase expenditures for student instruction.
Finally, the Board authorized SGCS to make short-term loans in the form of Tax Anticipation Warrants (TAW) for 2012 to help the district meet its expenditures, which may otherwise fall short due to property tax distribution delays.
The need for TAW is determined by 2011 cash flow projections. Fleetwood projects cash flows in the Transportation Fund and Capital Projects Fund to be negative at various times throughout 2012.
The TAW will be issued by the Indiana Bond Bank and must be repaid by December 31, 2012.
“Repayment should not cause any financial hardship for our district,” Fleetwood said. “We will be borrowing only short-term until property taxes are back on a timely distribution by year end. The 2012 budget includes money for interest on these loans.”
Fleetwood projects loans to total less than $200,000 for Capital Projects and $86,000 for Transportation—figures much lower than the $400,000 borrowed in 2011 and between $500,000 and $600,000 borrowed in 2010.
With counties collecting taxes more efficiently, Fleetwood said he hopes to continue to decrease the amount needed to borrow in the form of TAW.
In other Board news:
CES teacher Judy Plat submitted a retirement letter effective at the end of the 2011-12 school year. Board members approved new hires Chris Telluf as the sponsor of an archery club at CJSHS at an annual salary of $345.00 and Douglas Cowdin as a substitute in the custodial department. In addition, the Board approved a part-time paraprofessional position to help children with special needs in the elementary school from 8:00-11:30 a.m. The paraprofessional will assist students in six different rooms, including in a kindergarten classroom with profound needs, in Cindy Kostoff’s expanding preschool class and an individual student with special needs who recently moved into the district. The position will be funded through a special education federal grant and will be re-evaluated based on the needs of the student population next school year.
• CES music teacher Sue Lough will use a HANDS grant in the amount $492 to buy individualized books for each grade level for an integrated literacy program.
• Wayne Krider gave a report to the Board regarding Maintenance, Buildings and Grounds. Some highlights of the past year include repainting the cafeteria and elementary halls and doorways—a 45-gallon paint job—in addition to the installation of 3,500 feet of network cable for wireless access points and drops. Krider said the custodial staff cleans over 200,000 square feet of building in an average day.
Each member of the Board, Superintendent Steve Darnell and Building Principals Shellie Miller and Austin Couch praised Krider for his commitment to the corporation.
“You can tell Wayne has a passion for his work,” School Board President Tanya Young said.
“He does a fantastic job keeping the equipment going and keeping the custodial staff going,” Darnell said.
“I can’t take all the credit,” Krider said. “I have a good group of people over there.”
• Boardmembers previously questioned CJSHS administrators regarding the policy of weighted grades. As parents of gifted students themselves, several Board members were concerned that students who take an easier course load end up graduating with a higher class rank than students who participate in more difficult Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and Dual Credit (college) classes. CJSHS Principal Austin Couch presented a report regarding the school’s policy for weighting grades and figuring a student’s grade point average (GPA).
Couch reported that the high school has used a weighted grading system since the 2005-06 school year, though it is not widely known about among students and parents. Couch said he will be attending a principal study council in January to investigate other school districts’ policies regarding weighted grades and then he will report back to the Board.
Board member Cathy Petrie is an advocate for weighted grades because she said the policy rewards kids for taking tougher courses even though they face the possibility of getting a lower grade. She also said that parents have expressed concerns about their 8th grade student taking Algebra and the effect it has on his or her high school GPA.
Couch said that students must weigh their AP opportunities and put a lot of planning into the scheduling process to get the most out of the limited staff and opportunities offered at a district the size of SGCS. However, Couch assured the Board that the district keeps expanding course offerings.
“More opportunities are being offered in grades 8-12 than ever before for a school of our size,” Couch said.
• The CES Character Counts team, comprised of Karen Eckert, Cassie Hill, Jennifer Lee and Dawn O’Connor, was recognized as the Teachers of the Month.
“These ladies volunteered to be a part of this committee and have worked endless hours to embed this program into our family culture at CES,” CES Principal Shellie Miller said.
The Character Counts team organized a 5k family friendly walk/run and raised and donated $1,529 to the Whitley County Humane Shelter.
The next regular scheduled Board meeting is Monday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administrative Building.

by Katie Wagner

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Smith-Green Community Schools Business Manager Todd Fleetwood was busy presenting resolutions and other recommendations to the School Board at Monday’s meeting to take care of year-end business and to get the fiscal ball rolling for 2012. 

The Board authorized the Business Office to pay as many outstanding claims as possible by December 31. In addition, the Board approved a resolution to adjust appropriations in the 2011 budget to cover expenditures that will cause the appropriations to be negative. The budget is based on estimates of expenses and revenues for the calendar year, so balances may be either positive or negative depending on the line item.

 
New Era Christmas Bazaar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 15:49

New Era Bazaar

The Annual New Era Show Choir Christmas Bazaar was held last Saturday at Churubusco High School. Crowds enjoyed the many baked goods made by show choir members and the wide variety of crafts and merchandise for purchase by the many vendors. Entertainment was provided by the Churubusco Chimers and the show choir.

The Annual New Era Show Choir Christmas Bazaar was held last Saturday at Churubusco High School. Crowds enjoyed the many baked goods made by show choir members and the wide variety of crafts and merchandise for purchase by the many vendors. Entertainment was provided by the Churubusco Chimers and the show choir. (photo by ross)

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Elvis lives and westward ho PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 15:40

Elvis gravesite(Elvis Aaron Presley rests in the meditation garden at Graceland, with his father, Vernon, his mother, Gladys, and his twin brother Jesse Garon. Elvis was named Elvis Aron and he alway planned to get the spelling changed, so it is spelled the way he wanted on his grave. The garden was a fitting end to our tour of Graceland in Memphis.)

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by Linda Allman

Bob and I normally go east for the Thanksgiving Holiday with our oldest son, Tony, and his wife Diane.  This year we went early to avoid snow and ice through the mountains, and we ended up driving  back in mega ice and snow. The news reports were calling it Snowtober and some areas were without power for over a week.  Since we were having our Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we were free to go on a short trip to Memphis via the St. Louis arch.

 
Christmas cantata Sunday at Churubusco United Methodist Church PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 15:38

On Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. the Churubusco United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, under the direction of Kevin Hege, will present a Christmas cantata entitled “Lead Me Back to Bethlehem.”
During the cantata presentation, the joyful exuberance of the shepherds will be witnessed along with the serene peace of Mary. The redeeming love of the newly born Christ child will be experienced through the use of a live nativity. Carols, familiar folk songs with new seasonal texts, original music and narrative by the Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker and Tim King will lead the audience through the Bethlehem story.
Vocal soloists in the program will include Greg Childs, Cheryl Stucker, Karen Krieger, Val Eakins, Jerilyn Edwards and Pat Powell. Trombone soloist Bill Anders will also perform. A liturgical dance offering from Emily and Julia Folland will be included in this advent season program. Child care will be available and refreshments will be served following the program. The church is located at 750 North Main Street, Churubusco.

On Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. the Churubusco United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, under the direction of Kevin Hege, will present a Christmas cantata entitled “Lead Me Back to Bethlehem.”

During the cantata presentation, the joyful exuberance of the shepherds will be witnessed along with the serene peace of Mary. The redeeming love of the newly born Christ child will be experienced through the use of a live nativity. Carols, familiar folk songs with new seasonal texts, original music and narrative by the Rev. Corinne Boruff-Stucker and Tim King will lead the audience through the Bethlehem story.

 
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