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COLUMBIA CITY — On nearly any day, there are more than 100 people working at the construction site of the new Columbia City High School. Site Manager Scott Conaway said the project is progressing well, considering some weather-related struggles. “We’re progressing really well with the winter…

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High school in itself is a big change. Current eighth-graders that will be making that leap to freshman year in the fall will be adjusting both to a new school setting and also a new set of graduation pathways set to become the new standard with the class of 2023. In with the new The […]

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COLUMBIA CITY — The elementary schools of Whitley County Consolidated Schools will host Kindergarten Round-Up for 2019-20 students on Tuesday, March 26. Students are eligible for round-up screening if they will be 5 years old before Aug. 1. Contact the elementary school that would service yo…

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The stage in the Churubusco Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium will celebrate the contributions and legacy of Harold Norman, a retired English teacher and theatre director. During its meeting on Monday, Jan. 28, the Smith-Green Community Schools board of trustees adopted a resolution that establ…

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GARRETT — Churubusco High School’s New Era Show Choir competed at the Garrett Railroader Rush Invitational on Saturday and was named second runner-up overall and won the Best Choreography caption award. Kenzie Pittenger was selected as Churubusco’s Outstanding Performer. Other choirs in the …

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COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School continues to expand its definition of student success with two new vocational programs that have proven beneficial for students as well as the community. The new school year saw the launch of the welding and CNA programs at CCHS through partnerships …

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COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School continues to expand its definition of student success with two new vocational programs that have proven beneficial for students as well as the community. The new school year saw the launch of the welding and CNA programs at CCHS through partnerships …

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Indiana Department of Education recently announced that Whitley County Consolidated Schools was one of 47 school districts to receive an $8,000 grant. The grant is intended for the implementation of the Project Lead the Way Cybersecurity course. Awards may be used to cove…

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What started out as a class that involved the analysis of films and evaluating a story’s transition from book to film soon found itself awash in movie magic as Film Literature teacher Melanie Mason decided to move students behind the scenes. “We did lots of film analysis and wrote papers and…

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CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s Business Professionals of America Chapter traveled to its Regional Leadership Conference at Heartland Career Center in Wabash on Dec. 8, where members placed in the Top 10 in many categories of academic competition. Many of the winners are now qualifiers for their r…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Two girls and two boys from each class at Northern Heights Elementary School received the PRIDE Award for respectfulness. Pictured are the students from each grade level.

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The Indiana Department of Education recently published the graduation rates for every school corporation in the state, which showed two out of three local districts reporting higher rates than 2017. According to the data from the DOE, both Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Smith-Green …

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  Whitko Community School Corporation superintendent Steve Clason announced plans to retire at the school board meeting March 19. Clason has served as Whitko superintendent for the last 10 years. During his 40-year career in education, he has served school corporations in Mishawaka and Goshe…

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By Grayson Bradberry, Julian Herron The LTES Student News Group Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of articles written by the Little Turtle Student News Group. COLUMBIA CITY — You might have noticed the new building being built while you are driving down State Road 9. That…

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CHURUBUSCO — New Era’s show choir pulled a rare doubleheader late last week. The group attended two competitions on the same day — at both the Garrett and East Noble competitions. New Era started the day by performing a preliminary performance at Garrett, then traveled to East Noble to perfo…

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  The Whitko Community School Corp. board of trustees met for a work session Feb. 26 to review funding options for consolidating the middle and high schools into a 7-12 grade campus. In January, the board voted to close Whitko Middle School in Larwill and consolidate grades 7-12 at the curre…

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  Construction is on track at the site of the new Columbia City High School, according to officials for Whitley County Consolidated Schools. Winter weather has had little impact on the project’s timeline. The school corporation broke ground on the project last June. The new 250,000-square-fo…

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  A Whitley County nonprofit is bringing new programming to area middle and high school students in 2018 as part of its outreach. The Center for Whitley County Youth started in 2005 and hosts a variety of youth development programs throughout the week for local students. It first started eng…

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  CHURUBUSCO — Seven students battled it out for the title of best speller at the 2018 Whitley County Spelling Bee at Churubusco Jr./Sr. High School Jan. 24. The contestants each hold the title of champion speller at their respective schools, advancing to the county competition with winning …

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City FFA program recently received a generous gift through its booster program from Etna-Troy farmer Tom Western. Western, owner of Western Farms, was one of 10 recipients in the region of the 19th annual Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award. Volunteers…

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COLUMBIA CITY —Columbia City High School’s Liam Hesting was recently accepted into the prestigious “Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom, Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute,” by the Indiana Historical Society. Along with his teacher, Kristin Rentschler, Hesting will embark on a year-lo…

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  CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools’ Board of Trustees approved a resolution for taxpayers to vote for a referendum of $0.628 per $100 of assessed value to assist in budget shortfalls for the next eight years. The $0.628 is a maximum tax rate the board could approve for the next eig…

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COLUMBIA CITY — As part of the Whitley Works! Initiative, educators from Smith-Green Community Schools, Whitko Community Schools and Whitley County Consolidated schools were invited to visit and tour Steel Dynamics Structural and Rail Division on Jan. 19. During this visit, school representa…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School announced its valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2017 Monday afternoon. Madyson Grace Stricker is the school’s valedictorian. She is the daughter of James and Beth Stricker, of South Whitley. Madyson plans to attend Indiana University in…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — Hard working, reliable, self-motivated and teachable — these are just some of the adjectives used by local business professionals and educators to describe their ideal worker. Whitley County business professionals came together Wednesday for the Whitely Works Summit, organi…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools is one step closer to breaking ground on its new Columbia City High School building this summer. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the school’s design plans, and the job will now open for contractors to bid on construction projec…

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  CHURUBUSCO — Jeremy Hart was selected to be Smith-Green Community Schools’ newest board member on Monday. Hart was one of three applicants for the at-large position, which was vacated by Carey Jacquay at February’s board meeting. Hart is the town supervisor for Churubusco and in his interv…

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CHURUBUSCO — Kasey Snyder, a fifth-grade student at Churubusco Elementary School, is no stranger to raising money for her favorite charity, Ray Of Hope Medical Missions. In years past, she has helped with a fun run, two music festivals, a babysitting night so parents could go out on dates an…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Preparing students for the future can be tough, but Whitley County’s three school districts are coming together to help their students become a talented work force. This program is possible because of a grant the schools received from the Lilly Endowment. The new program is c…

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  CHURUBUSCO — “Personally, this was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made.” Churubusco Superintendent Galen Mast was approved last week to become the new superintendent at West Noble Schools. Mast says he’s enjoyed his time at Smith-Green schools, and the decision was made most…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Thirteen public school systems in Indiana have their own radio stations. That number may be reduced to 12 if Whitley County Consolidated Schools doesn’t find funding for its station, 91.5 FM, WJHS. The station has been in operation since 1985. It is operated by students under…

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The graphic above depicts an example of a commons area in the new Columbia City High School, which will open in 2020. COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools officials are putting the final touches on their plans for the district’s new high school, which is set to begin construct…