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Local girls attend Hoosier Girls State PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 July 2012 14:18

Lampe and Pescatello(Nicole Lampe (left) and Carissa Pescatello attended Hoosier Girls State at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.)

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Carissa Pescatello and Nicole Lampe attended Hoosier Girls State conducted by the Indiana Department of the American Legion Auxiliary, June 17-23 on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. They participated in a program designed to educate young women of Indiana in the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship. It was a week of living and learning the political system through a mythical city, county and state.
While at HGS, Carissa ran for Superintendent of Public Instructions as well as Democracy County Treasurer. She was elected to the county treasurer position. Carissa spoke about her experience at HGS. “I made lifelong friends and got the opportunity to do my chipmunk noise in front of about three hundred and fifty people.” “For those who don’t know my chipmunk noise, it’s a sound that I can make that sounds exactly like a squirrel or a chipmunk.” She added, “I gained more confidence through running for the positions and meeting new people every day I was there.”
Nicole ran for City Vice Chairman and Senator. She was elected to both positions and also volunteered as the prayer leader. She added, “I made many friends and developed a greater respect for our country.” On Friday, Nicole traveled with other elected Senators and Representatives to the State Capitol in Indianapolis. While serving as Senator, she wrote a bill and participated in the process of submitting, debating, and passing of legislative bills. At the Honor Day program held on Saturday, June 23, Nicole received Outstanding Senator for Hoosier girls State 2012.
Carissa is the daughter of Mark-David and Carrie Pescatello and Nicole is the daughter of Len and Erin Lampe. The Girls State delegates attend Churubusco High School.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 157 and Churubusco Rotary Club sponsored the program locally. The unit was the contributing sponsor.

Carissa Pescatello and Nicole Lampe attended Hoosier Girls State conducted by the Indiana Department of the American Legion Auxiliary, June 17-23 on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. They participated in a program designed to educate young women of Indiana in the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship. It was a week of living and learning the political system through a mythical city, county and state.

 
Churubusco High School FFA receives awards PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 July 2012 14:15

B. Keener, Geiger, J. KeenerChurubusco High School FFA members Bailey Keener, Colton Geiger and Jacey Keener received their State FFA awards during a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 19 in the Elliot Hall of Music on the Purdue University Campus. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree that can be awarded on the state level and is typically awarded to only two percent of the state membership each year.

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Storm rocks Churubusco PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 June 2012 10:07

storm(Many trees fell during the Friday June 29 storm leaving hundreds without power in Churubusco) photo by crabill

by Dave Crabill

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After weeks of drought conditions and record setting high temperatures, residents in Churubusco got a rain that they needed, but it came with a cost.

A severe storm rolled through the area on Friday afternoon taking down trees and power lines as it went.

Winds were clocked in Fort Wayne at 91 MPH causing numerous damage to businesses and homes.

 
Smith-Green Superintendent resigns PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:47

Steve Darnell(Steve Darnell)

by Katie Wagner
Smith-Green Community Schools Superintendent Steve Darnell submitted a letter of resignation to the School Board this past week, effective June 29.
In addition, Darnell sent the following email to SGCS staff:
“I have enjoyed my time at Smith-Green Community Schools these past three years.  With a strategic plan in place and building improvements scheduled, the district is on a solid path for student learning and achievement. Much has been accomplished as we have all worked to improve learning for students.”
“I appreciate the opportunity I have had to be a part of a team that focuses on superior schools in a supportive community. It is time, however, for me to leave the district.  I am resigning effective June 29 for other employment.  Thanks to all for the opportunity to serve students, teachers, parents and the community. I wish you the best.”
Darnell encouraged the implementation of a Strategic Plan for the district, which is in place for 2010-2015. Some highlights of accomplishments regarding the Strategic Plan are as follows:
Superior Education Curriculum mapping with all teachers using a common lesson plan format for instruction; ISTEP+ improvement (10.8% increase in English, 2.2% increase in Math) and named “A” district and “A” schools based on growth data; number of students taking dual credit classes increased from seven in 2009 to 19 in 2011; class sizes in grades K-2 capped at no more than 20 students; over 100 new students/families joined SGCS through open enrollment from 2009-2012, thus increasing the amount of funding granted to the district based on Average Daily Membership (ADM);
Safe Environment
District-wide 800 number in place for reporting harassment; bullying program implemented (character counts, teacher training, student programs); building plan identified to address space and safety needs; all building administrators are trained safety specialists; School Resource Officer (SRO) Chad Fulkerson in place on a part-time basis;
Fiscal Responsibility
implemented new software to reflect operations that are transparent, reconciling monthly with monthly cash flow statements sent to the Board; focused technology on student use and digital learning with over $400,000 secured in technology and staff development during 2011 and 2012; Comparative studies conducted for salaries and benefits for teachers, support staff, and bus drivers;
Community Support
Eagle Garden phases I and II completed; PTO growth; externships for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); facilities open and available for community-based groups and events; open computer time for students and community members each week; monthly open office talk time with Superintendent;
Service Excellence
New teacher turnover rate declined by 31% from 2009 to 2011; significant increase in number of applications for open positions within the district; standardized interview process for administrators and teachers collaboratively developed with Board and administrators that uses a committee selection process; staff evaluations being done on 100% of individuals (100% classified, all teachers in rotation for evaluation).
“I am proud of what Smith-Green has accomplished,” Darnell said via email. “The staff has been great to work with and will be able to move the district forward in the future.”
“In addition, I have enjoyed working with parents and the community to improve student learning at Smith-Green.”
The School Board will appoint an interim superintendent at a special meeting July 2 at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building.

by Katie Wagner

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Smith-Green Community Schools Superintendent Steve Darnell submitted a letter of resignation to the School Board this past week, effective June 29.

 
Burn ban in place until July 2 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:45

As one of the worst droughts in recent memory continues with no end in sight, the Churubusco Fire Department is asking citizens to use extreme caution.
Although a burn ban has been issued for Whitley County as of noon Monday, June 25, fire officials are asking for citizens to use extreme caution when it comes to other things that can easily start fires during these dry conditions.
“We’ve already responded to two incidents in the last week where discarded smoking materials caused fires in town that could have caused a lot of property damage,” said Churubusco Fire Chief Chris Tomlinson.
The burn ban in Whitley County does prohibit fireworks as well and that’s something the fire department is very concerned about as the July 4th holiday approaches.
“We know that some people are still going to use fireworks whether or not there’s a burn ban,” said Tomlinson. “But it’s just not worth the risk right now,” he continued.
When it comes to enforcing the burn ban, the fire department asks everyone to do their part and continue to be diligent in abiding by the ban and be mindful of how quickly a fire can spread during these extremely dry conditions.
“One cigarette discarded into a yard or a spark from even a small fire could become a very serious situation in a matter of minutes,” he continued.
Churubusco, along with four other fire departments responded to a field fire two weeks ago near Felger’s Peat Moss business that consumed over eight acres of land and took nearly five hours to bring under control.
The Whitley County burn ban currently prohibits the following:
Campfires and other recreational fires, open burning of any kind using conventional fuel such as wood, or other combustible matter, with the exception of grills fueled by charcoal briquettes, natural gas or propane, the burning of debris, such as timber or vegetation (grass and leaves), including such debris that result from building activities, burning in burn barrels and no use of fireworks.

As one of the worst droughts in recent memory continues with no end in sight, the Churubusco Fire Department is asking citizens to use extreme caution. Although a burn ban has been issued for Whitley County as of noon Monday, June 25, fire officials are asking for citizens to use extreme caution when it comes to other things that can easily start fires during these dry conditions.

 
Wolf Lake man dies in motorcycle accident PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:44

David L. Sible, 58, of Wolf Lake was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident, just north of Churubusco, after his motorcycle crashed on US 33, at CR 550 N, according to the Whitley County Sheriff's Department. The driver of the truck he collided with, 48- year-old Ellen M. Britland of Fort Wayne, was not hurt.
Britland was northbound and making a left turn onto the CR at about 6:15 p.m. when Sible, who was also headed north, drove into the back of her 2000 Dodge Durango. Police say Sible wasn't wearing a helmet and was apparently killed instantly.
The Durango and the 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle sustained an estimated $7,500 damage in the crash.

David L. Sible, 58, of Wolf Lake was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident, just north of Churubusco, after his motorcycle crashed on US 33, at CR 550 N, according to the Whitley County Sheriff's Department. The driver of the truck he collided with, 48- year-old Ellen M. Britland of Fort Wayne, was not hurt.

 
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