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Strategic planning begins at Smith-Green

Strategic Planning Begins at Smith-Green
The Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees has identified a group of students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and board members charged with the responsibility of developing a strategic plan for the school district. The plan will provide district personnel with a written plan for establishing and periodically monitoring achievement of district goals.  The plan will identify direction of the district and future student learning and achievement through the year 2015.
Board President Mrs. Tanya Young is excited about starting strategic planning in the district.  She notes that the strategic plan is something the district has needed for several years.  Fellow Board members agreed and adopted revised mission and vision statements on October 5, 2009 that will guide development of goal areas, descriptive objectives and performance targets by the planning committee.  The revised mission and vision statements are as follows:
Mission Statement
The mission of Smith-Green Community Schools is to provide a superior education that ensures success for every student through excellence in teaching and learning.
Vision Statement
A superior education is the fundamental right of every student.  All students will receive the respect, support, and opportunities they need to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful contributing members of a global society.
The committee will start with new goal areas building upon board goals adopted in 2007.  These areas include:  superior education, safe environment, fiscal responsibility, community support, and service excellence in a working and learning environment.  Performance targets will be identified for each goal area with descriptive objectives that lead to improved levels of student achievement and school district functioning.
Strategic planning committee members include:  Shelbi Krecik and Ronnie Speaker (students); Rick Trump and Nick Uecker (parents and board members); Carey Jacquay, Dean Geiger, Luke and Kelly Gross, Rob Marr (parents and/or community members); Austin Couch, Jerry Lange, Lee Etzler, John Davis, Nicole Singer, Nancy Becker, Adam Skiles (school administrators); Pat Naragon, Nicole Veit, Stacie Chambers (teachers); and Steve Darnell (school superintendent).
The committee will meet the second Thursday evening of each month for the next five months at the school administration center.  Parents and community will be surveyed to assure their input is heard for the direction of the school district for the next five years.  Surveys will be mailed and posted on the district’s website to assure everyone has a voice in the direction of the district in future years.

The Smith-Green Community Schools Board of Trustees has identified a group of students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and board members charged with the responsibility of developing a strategic plan for the school district.

October 14, 2009

One Year Ago
The Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health announced, for the fifth consecutive year, certificates for free mammograms were available to Whitley County women with  no insurance and could not afford the vital screening.
The CHS Class of 1943 met at the Mountaintop Coffeehouse and Bake Shop for their 65th Reunion.
Bradley and Kristin King announced the birth of their daughter, Emily Elizabeth.
Five Years Ago
Tyler Binkley of Ft. Wayne was named the new director of the Churubusco area Campus Life.
Calvary Chapel of Churubusco celebrated their silver anniversary. Reverend Steven Ardhuerumly founded the church and was still the pastor.
Tim Leazier was named first place winner in the 42nd annual Trophy Shoot.  He hit 47 out of 50 birds.
Gary and Jan Hooten celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Jason and Daphne Guise announced the birth of their daughter, Alexis Marie.
Will and Rosie Aspy announced the birth of their son, William Lucas.
Ten Years Ago
Two Churubusco businesses located in the Turtle Town Plaza, the Blue Lake Cafe and Country Cousins Bait and Tackle were burglarized.
Recent lab tests revealed the sanitary and storm sewers throughout Churubusco were badly cracked. There was a large discrepancy between the amount of water pumped from the tower and the amount of waste water returned for processing.
Phase I construction was scheduled to begin. Plans were for new sidewalks, curbs and miniature flowering trees along both sides of Main Street in the downtown area.
Golfers could now enjoy their sport all year at Eel River Golf Course, thanks to indoor golf simulators.
Mr. and Mrs. Luke Gross announced the birth of their daughter, Brien Nicole.
25 Years Ago
Kelli Walker was homecoming queen.
Larry Klein, son-in-law of Ross and Evelyn Clouse, was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Bell Center Bible Church in Burnettsville, Indiana.
Dan and Lowell Poyser were the winners at an outing and play-off of the Wednesday and Thursday Golf Leagues at Eel River Golf Course.
Churubusco Marching Pride and band director, Drake Omstead were awarded second place in the ISSMA Marching Contest.
50 Years Ago
The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce joined with other civic groups in the Fort Wayne area in opposing proposed rate increases by the General Telephone Company of Indiana.
Floyd’s Auto Sales in Churubusco was  having a three day Auto Show to introduce the all new design of the 1960 Fords.
A total of 110 drivers competed in the Green Center Tractor Pull.  Larry Herendeen was first place winner in the 5,000 lb. class.
The Churubusco High School junior class presented the light comedy, “The Magic Touch” at the high school gym.
“Anatomy of a Murder” starring James Stewart and Lee Remick was showing at the Columbia Theater.

One Year Ago

The Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health announced, for the fifth consecutive year, certificates for free mammograms were available to Whitley County women with  no insurance and could not afford the vital screening.

The CHS Class of 1943 met at the Mountaintop Coffeehouse and Bake Shop for their 65th Reunion.

Bradley and Kristin King announced the birth of their daughter, Emily Elizabeth.

Military photos wanted

The American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco is looking for photos for the Veteran’s Day slide show. They will be…

Memorial Garden named

by Dave Crabill
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Smith-Green Schools will construct a Memorial Garden near the entrance of the campus. Incorporating the existing school sign, the garden will feature new landscaping, an updated sign and a walking path featuring personalized bricks.
A Memorial Garden committee has been meeting over the last month to discuss the possibilities for the garden. Board Vice-President Cathy Petrie told the crowd that,

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Local family receives a home ‘makeover’

With their highest heat bill of the winter of $1200, Chris and Latisa Baryo are so grateful for the gift that the REMC bestowed upon them recently. With the combined efforts of REMC volunteers from state co-ops,

October 7, 2009

CN October 07, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
Local resident, singer-song writer Dan Nightingale performed at the Sixth Annual Military Appreciation Party and Freedom Rally.
The Churubusco Lions Club donated a Thesaurus to every third grader at Churubusco Elementary School.
Governor Mitch Daniels and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman presented two Whitley County businesses with the Governor’s Half Century Award. Whitley Manufacturing and Shindigz were among 87 Indiana businesses to receive the award.
Jason and Racheal Geary announced the birth of their son, Jacob Michael.
Five Years Ago
School enrollment was down by 28 students. A concern was if the kindergarten numbers didn’t increase, it would affect the staffing.
Ashlee Pequignot was crowned Homecoming Queen.
Out of six top finishers at Victory Christian SK8 competition, three were from Churubusco. Winners were Paul Maillet, Mason Myers and Chris Rosswurm.
Donna and Darren Dafforn announced the birth of their son, Drew Fancis.
Tom and Stacey Keily announced the birth of their son, Jacob Daniel.
Chris and Molli Hamman announced the birth of their daughter, Kena Lynn.
Ten Years Ago
Smith-Green Schools approved a new long term disability insurance carrier that resulted in a savings of over $15,000 annually.
CNN sent a three man crew to Churubusco to film John Krieger and the businesses who had employed him over the years.
Roger and Sharon Gorsuch celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. The couple also took an anniversary trip to Europe.
Alex Murphy was in the Fort Wayne Youth Theater production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at the Civic Theater.
Steve and Kathy Lawson announced the birth of their daughter, Sara Grace.
Kenneth and Deborah Blessing announced the birth of their son, Dalton Kenneth.
Daniel and Emily Stangland announced the birth of their daughter, Ruby Anne.
Jonathan and Katherine Parker announced the birth of their son, Klayton Lee.
Phil and Tara Lemper announced the birth of their daughter, Callie Morgan.
Brian and Noeloni Stephens announced the birth of their son, Dakota Spencer.
25 Years Ago
Green Center General Store, operated by Mary Younis, closed ending 52 years of service to the community. Mary was not selling the building or land, just the contents left in the store.
Tri-County Truth was gearing up to celebrate its 100th birthday. An open house with refreshments and door prizes was planned for October 18. The paper was founded in 1884.  The People was the first name, as chosen by the Kenzie Brothers. Omar Downey bought The People in 1888 and changed the name to The Saturday Truth, which later became The Churubusco Truth.  Jim Kirtley purchased it in 1940 and owned it for 41 years. He changed it to the Tri-County Truth. He sold the paper in 1981 to Edward Dooley.
In support of United Way, Dana Corporation Foundation made a $2500 donation.  Churubusco lead the county in the annual drive.
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lynn Geiger announced the birth of their daughter, Jessica Dawn.
Dr. and Mrs. Ed McEowan announced the birth of their son, Benjamin Lee.
Bill and Ruth Johnson announced the birth of their son, Joseph C.
50 Years Ago
Ethan Stangland took his case to the U.S. 7th District Court of Appeals in Chicago in another attempt to reclaim a tractor confiscated because he exceeded his wheat quota in 1954.  The judges took the case for study.
The 1959-60 Community Chest campaign in Whitley County set their goal at $26,550.
Barnhart Drug Store on Main Street remodeled their store and added a new store front. To celebrate, they had many bargains including Sealtest ice cream, 1/2 gallon for .89.
A Noble County Circuit Court jury found Walter Campbell not guilty of aiding his brother-in-law, Arnold Hobbs in the embezzlement of Noble County Credit Union funds.
PFC and Mrs. Myron Dominy announced the birth of their son, Terri Lynn.

One Year Ago

Local resident, singer-song writer Dan Nightingale performed at the Sixth Annual Military Appreciation Party and Freedom Rally.

The Churubusco Lions Club donated a Thesaurus to every third grader at Churubusco Elementary School.

Governor Mitch Daniels and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman presented two Whitley County businesses with the Governor’s Half Century Award. Whitley Manufacturing and Shindigz were among 87 Indiana businesses to receive the award.

Jason and Racheal Geary announced the birth of their son, Jacob Michael.

Shadarobah Horse Rescue is home to 27 horses. Owner Michelle Heitz and her team of volunteers rehabilitate malnourished or abused horses and get them ready to be adopted into loving homes.

Investing in a better tomorrow, one hoof at a time

by Katie Wagner

Michelle Heitz took six horse-riding lessons as a teenager–but that was the extent of her experience with horses until she met Leroy Brown, a quarter horse who was malnourished and in need of a new home. Michelle felt she had to do something for Leroy, so she agreed to take care of him.

Wyss receives scholarship

cn  9-30-09 Local Purdue Ag student receives scholarships WEST LAFAYETTE — Nathan Wyss, of Churubusco, received the Award of Excellence,…

September 30, 2009

CN September 30, 2009
Yesterday
One Year Ago
Ashley Gilbert was crowned 2008 Homecoming Queen.
The Pool Committee presented three variations of a finished pool to the Town Council. The committee wanted the town to donate two acres in the park for the project. Paul Muller, in his will, left $30,201.40 to the community to build a pool.
The Churubusco Class of ‘53 celebrated its 55th anniversary at the Masonic Temple.
Five Years Ago
Local car buffs Wade Wheeler, LeRoy Blessing and Dennis Duggan competed with 2,400 others at the 25th annual James Dean Run in Fairmont, Indiana. Winning in the top 20 were Duggan for his 1948 Chevy pickup, Blessing for his sleek 1957 Chevy Coupe and Wheeler for his 1958 Chevy Apache.
Police were still searching for the man who robbed Bank One in Columbia City.
Mail carriers across Indiana were collecting glasses and hearing aids.  The collected glasses went to the Lions Recycling Center in Upland, Indiana. Each month 120,000 refurbished glasses ship out. The hearing aids went to the Indiana Lions Hearing Aid Loaner program at Riley Hospital.
Mark and Jackie Young announced the birth of their son, Mason Robert.
Ten Years Ago
Molly Green was crowned Homecoming Queen.
The Churubusco Public Library was in the process of being remodeled. Included was an upgrade to the electrical system, painting, carpeting, shelving, furniture and heating and air conditioning.
The Chamber gave the go-ahead to the downtown sidewalk project. Plans called for new sidewalks and curbs to be installed along the length of downtown Churubusco.
Beulah and Jimmie Allman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception.
25 Years Ago
Whitley County REMC asked for a rate increase caused by a 6.1% increase in the cost of wholesale power from Wabash Valley Power Association.
The CHS class of ‘31 met at the Magic Wand for their  annual reunion.
The Town Board was in need of a clerk-treasurer. The previous clerk, Mary Poynter submitted her resignation citing family and employment conflicts.
Alleged lack of concern over park funds by the Park Board resulted in almost $4,000 of unpaid bills for the Park that the Town Board could not pay.
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Sparkman announced the birth of their son, Tyson Ron.
Dr. and Mrs. Rex Allman announced the birth of their son, Luke Francis.
50 Years Ago
A group of top executives and engineers from Japan toured the J.I. Case plant to observe the latest techniques of the heavy equipment field.
More than 85 drivers competed in a tractor pulling contest put on by the Ideal Fish and Game Club. First place winners were Bernard Wappes, Leon More and Glen Nicodemus.
The Whitley County Opportunity School opened in its new Columbia City location on North Line Street.
Huge crowds filled the CHS gym to hear the Reverend Jack Cochrone during the Community Crusade for Christ.
Mr. and Mrs. Lauren Cox celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a dinner in their honor.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brumbaugh announced the birth of their daughter, Jo Ella.
Bob Iron’s Green Grill featured a special of chicken dinner with a quarter chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, slaw and rolls for 59¢.

One Year Ago

Ashley Gilbert was crowned 2008 Homecoming Queen.

The Pool Committee presented three variations of a finished pool to the Town Council. The committee wanted the town to donate two acres in the park for the project. Paul Muller, in his will, left $30,201.40 to the community to build a pool.

The Churubusco Class of ‘53 celebrated its 55th anniversary at the Masonic Temple.