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Busco Police Log Nov. 15-27

Sunday, November 15: Came into the police department and advised her softener won’t stop running and the only way she could get it to stop was to shut off the water to the house. Out at block of W. Whitley, valve was stuck open. Took it apart and got the valve closed but it is broken. She now has water to the house. She’s going to contact G&S tomorrow or Monday to get it fixed; Unwanted party on 550E. Does not want his daughter there. She was told not to come back.
Monday, November 16: Complaining about Clingerman Avenue in reference to loose 10-11’s and loud noise. Neighbor has tried to talk with the female and has gotten nowhere. I told him when the dogs are out to call us and if the music is too loud to call us. I will stop by and tell her again to keep dogs on her property. Also excessive barking; Dawson vs. Griffin. No alcohol cad#141723.
Wednesday, November 18: Valero in reference to a truck that has been parked there for about two hours. Talked to and told him he had to move on. He was parked at the pumps. He then wanted to start arguing about me making him leave. I then told him that if he did not leave he would be going to jail. Drives a black Chevy truck. He then went to McDonald’s to work on his truck. He is a known resister thru Allen County. Think he may be a little 10-96; Pickup with open door on Maple Lane and South Main. The door on the truck was hard to close.
Thursday, November 19: Vehicle crash US 33 close to IU pond. He thinks he fell asleep. Has Rohrer’s pull him out. No accident report 141/36. Citation passing school bus while unloading. Subject stated he realized it to late too stop on wet pavement; Unwanted party 200E. He took his washer and dryer and was told not to come back on the property; Unwanted party at Busco One Stop. I guess has been coming in bothering the help and taking hand fulls of straws. He was told today that he was not to be on the property anymore and I also spoke with (owner) and he also stated he did not want him on the property anymore.
Monday, November 23: Subject on station to report theft. Subject stated he moved out of 314 South Main at the end of October. The landlord is now missing a dresser and a sofa from that apartment #2. He wanted to report it stolen. He did have a lamp in the truck that he took by mistake and was going to return it. He advised he was two months behind in rent; Semi took down a power line at Mulberry and Egolf Streets. Medic 140 observed truck leaving the scene at a high rate of speed on 205 towards LaOtto. Medic 140 is following the semi traveling 70-75 mph passing Wesley Chapel; Sig. 27 with Semi northbound on old 3 from 205 in LaOtto. Avilla 5 Lawson is out with me. Citation for leaving the scene of  a property damage crash. Per Matt Rentschler subject signed promise to appear for Monday, November 30. Collected statements from Egolf Street, took photos of pole and damage to a yard. I’ll complete the report and case report Tuesday morning.
Tuesday, November 24: CP report of light pole down at Fort Financial; Confirmed damage, also at NAPA, left note for them to call when in. Returned at 8:30. They have video of a General Logistics truck causing damage. Spoke with GM. He stated he is sure he knows who the driver is that did the damage, and that he would talk to me. Received a call from him. He admitted to the damage. He came to W3 for an interview. Read Miranda and he wrote and signed a confession. Signed promise to appear in court on Monday. Citation for leaving scene of property damage crash.
Wednesday, November 25: W3 in reference to Swinehart/Goelz property damage report; School detail; Received fax for truck info from 10-50 at Fort Financial. W3 in reference to Fort Financial 19-50 and case report. Case report still not done; School check; 10-50 at U.S. 33 and Thresher Run, CAD 141762; 10-50 unknown U.S. 33 and Blue Ridge. Car in ditch. He is ok. Just pd cad 141763.
Thursday, November 26: CP on station to report he has been receiving threats from who lives in Ohio. Owes him money and when he called to get the money, advised he was coming over to his mother’s residence on 33 to get a shotgun and head to residence in Shady Grove.
Friday, November 27: Suspicious light at Turtle Run. Trash truck; U2 accident at 33 and Blue Lake Road. No one hurt. Pole snapped off. Pole is still standing, CAD 181136.

Sunday, November 15: Came into the police department and advised her softener won’t stop running and the only way she could get it to stop was to shut off the water to the house. Out at block of W. Whitley, valve was stuck open. Took it apart and got the valve closed but it is broken. She now has water to the house. She’s going to contact G&S tomorrow or Monday to get it fixed; Unwanted party on 550E. Does not want his daughter there. She was told not to come back.

Gaff Reunion

100th Gaff Reunion held

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The Gaff family held their 100th annual reunion on September 27, 2009 at the Christian Life Building at the Churubusco Church of the Nazarene with about 250 people in attendance. A good time was had by all and much interest was given to the history of the family through photos, stories and the lineage of the family members back to the beginning of the Gaffs in America. The family hopes to continue to hold a yearly reunion for many years to come.
On September 9, 1909, the first Gaff family reunion was held at the log cabin home of Georges Hayes and Catherine Gaff. According to the newspaper account, “160 persons were present and a day of much pleasure to all was had. The dinner that was served was an elaborate affair and hardly anything that could be thought of was lacking.”

The Gaff family held their 100th annual reunion on September 27, 2009 at the Christian Life Building at the Churubusco Church of the Nazarene with about 250 people in attendance. A good time was had by all and much interest was given to the history of the family through photos, stories and the lineage of the family members back to the beginning of the Gaffs in America. The family hopes to continue to hold a yearly reunion for many years to come.

Busco Police Log November 3-12

Monday, November 2: Male left for the night, female was pbt’ed reference being on probation out of Huntington County, forwarding a report to their probation; In front of the Ag Plus on a traffic stop, found paraphernalia and suspected marijuana on the driver; At 600N ended up being a cell phone call, subject kept calling in but wouldn’t talk to dispatch.
Tuesday, November 3: School, raccoon in playground. I took it out to the county.
Wednesday, November 4: On station to report they are expecting problems with ref. custody of their granddaughter. She would like extra patrol and gave us the heads up; School reported kid at school with two guns, one bb and other air soft. Shot subject in foot. I cited him into probation and the school is expelling him. WC area B&E in progress at The Village. No one close utl on suspect.
Friday, November 6: Red vehicle shooting paint balls, 205 northbound, Allen County. Paint ball again, this time a white vehicle on 205 northbound Allen County.
Monday, November 9: Phone harassment, told to call Allen County. That is where she lives. I did add it too. PD Main and Egolf. Beuker vs Eucker little damage cad. only.
Wednesday, November 11: Check residence at West Whitley. Neighbor advised rear door is wide open.  No forced entry, nobody home, cleared house, seems in order. Rear door was locked. secured; At residence on 550 East. Brother claims other brother stabbed him in the arm with a kitchen knife. Brother was arrested on a probation violation.
Thursday, November 12: Lady brought in statement for Paul in reference to being stopped out on Green Center Road. I can’t think of the guy’s name but I know who he is; Complaint on driving Northbound on 205. Checked out. Just looking for 575 north.
Friday, November 13: Two car deer accident on 33 south of Old US 33, Powell/Mattes.

Monday, November 2: Male left for the night, female was pbt’ed reference being on probation out of Huntington County, forwarding a report to their probation; In front of the Ag Plus on a traffic stop, found paraphernalia and suspected marijuana on the driver; At 600N ended up being a cell phone call, subject kept calling in but wouldn’t talk to dispatch.

JR Ford and Bryan Gipson

Gipson is Eagle Do it Best winner

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Bryan Gipson, right, is congratulated by J.R. Ford after being chosen as the winner of the Eagle Do it Best $1,000 shopping giveaway. Gipson’s name was drawn from more than 1200 entries submitted at the store.

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Eagle Do It Best $1000 winner
The Eagle Do it Best Lumber & Hardware in Churubusco Shopping Giveaway winner took home $1000 in merchandise.
The fall season just got a little more golden for Eagle Do it Best customer, Bryan Gipson. On November 27, Gipson’s name was chosen as the winner of the Eagle Do It best $1,000 Shopping Giveaway. Gipson’s name was selected at random from more than 1200 entries submitted at the store from August 31 – November 16.
J. R. Ford said that Eagle Do it Best is delighted to provide one of its customers with the opportunity to make their fall projects a little more exciting. “Everyone has a few extra chores this time of year, and we’re glad that Bryan will be able to choose whatever tools he wants to get the job done. We thank all those who entered the Giveaway for their participation.”
Eagle Do It Best is located at 3640 N. U.S. 33 and has been serving customers in the Churubusco area for one year. Eagle Do It Best offers a complete line of hardware, plumbing, lumber, housewares, etc. supplies for everyone from the do-it-yourself homeowner to the professional. Ford has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2009.
Based in Fort Wayne, Do it Best Corp. is the only full-service U.S. – based, member-owned hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.65 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving 4,100 member-retailers in the United States and in 47 foreign countries.

The Eagle Do it Best Lumber & Hardware in Churubusco Shopping Giveaway winner took home $1000 in merchandise.

Churubusco High School named “Best Buy”

December 15, 2009 (INDIANAPOLIS) — Hoosier high schools offering the highest educational achievement levels for the lowest amount of tax dollars were recognized today by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce with the release of the 11th edition of its Indiana’s Best Buys report. Churubusco High School was again named to the Chamber best Buy list for 2009.
The study examined 357 Indiana public high schools with the appropriate available data. Using ISTEP+ pass rates, ISTEP+ Pass+ rates, graduation rates, SAT participation rates and average composite scores, and Advanced Placement (AP) passing scores, the Indiana Chamber developed a total school performance index for each school.

Board tables K-6, 7-12 restructuring

Board tables K-6, 7-12 Restructuring
by Katie Wagner
Administrators representing all three levels of Smith-Green Community Schools presented a Power Point presentation at Monday night’s School Board meeting outlining the proposed restructuring of the schools into a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school and seventh through twelfth grade junior/senior high school.
CES Principal Nicole Singer, CMS Principal John Davis, CHS Principal Austin Couch and Superintendent Steve Darnell have been researching the idea of a restructuring project for several months by looking at the models of other K-6, 7-12 configured schools and also attending conferences such as the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Conference. They also held several meetings involving staff, students, parents and community members.
The first phase for SG schools, if reconfigured, is as follows:
* Shift to Elementary and Junior/Senior High resulting in K-6 and 7-12 buildings
* Shift MS principal to Jr/Sr high school assistant principal in charge of student services
* Appoint a new assistant principal at the elementary level using funds saved through restructuring of selected positions
* Restructuring of certified and non-certified staff assignments with no loss of personnel but likely change in responsibilities
* Reassess utilization of physical space for classrooms and offices
* Researching the implementation of an alternate schedule in the Jr/Sr High
CMS Principal John Davis has been working with CHS Principal Austin Couch to identify factors that put students “at-risk,” beginning at the middle school level and continuing on through graduation. Some of the risk factors include poor attendance, disciplinary referrals, failure on standardized testing and “F’s” on report cards. Davis noted that the ISTEP passing rate is between 78 and 80 percent, which is above state standards, but also means that 20 to 22 percent of students fail. With the proposed restructuring, Davis said he would be reassigned as a counselor or mentor for at-risk students and keep them from falling through the gaps.
“Hopefully we will make a difference and give kids a hope that they can succeed,” he said.
Staying on the topic of success and failure rates for ISTEP scores, CHS Principal Austin Couch noted that the restructuring would offer time and space to benefit all students. Advanced Placement (AP) students would benefit from 80 minute classes, while at-risk students would have special mentoring times.
“We will be enhancing what we already do well,” Couch said, “bolstering the 80 percent and pushing for the 20 percent.”
In addition to academics, Couch said the District needs to take a proactive approach in restructuring to designate space for various programs, such as Navigation 101–a careers and college program–and to become ADA compatible.
At the elementary level, Principal Nicole Singer said the restructuring will allow for character education and peer mediation beginning with fifth graders and continuing into the sixth grade. Singer noted that sixth grade students have a higher leadership capacity and could mentor younger students. Davis said many parents share concerns that their children just aren’t ready for the independence and structure of middle school at the sixth grade level and often have a difficult transition.
To conclude, Couch said the time is now to restructure.
“If we keep doing the same things over and over again, we’ll get the same results. We’ll be good, we’ll be adequate, we’ll be better than average on a lot of things,” he said, “but why not be better? Why not be the beacon for the entire area? Why not have other schools look at us and go, ‘Wow, look what they’re doing. They took a chance.'”
Noting that SG has the time and resources to reconfigure, Couch called it the “perfect storm.” “It’s all coming together, we can make this work.”
Calling the reconfiguration an “opportunity,” Davis added, “What we’re really trying to do is make a difference for those kids who are at-risk. If we’re not in this business for what’s good for kids, then we might as well just give it up. I don’t see how we can put this off if we want what is best for kids.”
After the presentation, Board members shared comments and concerns.
The administrators agreed that the majority of staff and parents are mainly concerned about logistical issues, such as space and scheduling, rather than learning and curriculum issues.
“The space is there,” Couch said, “we just haven’t done well with how we’ve delegated that space.”
School Board President Tanya Young said she needs to see three years of data from schools who are configured K-6, 7-12, including graduation rates and ISTEP scores.
“I believe it is the right thing to do, but I’m missing information tonight,” she said.
Board Vice President Cathy Petrie presented concerns about space in the elementary since reports indicate a possible increase in enrollment in the next few years. Petrie said it is not the time economically to ask taxpayers to pay more to make possible building additions to allow for more space.
Board member Rick Trump said although he is supportive of the restructuring, he still has some questions and concerns regarding the plans and thus motioned to table the issue for a few weeks. With the motion, Trump proposed a Board/Administrator retreat to discuss the plans, in addition to taking the plans to the Strategic Planning Committee. The Board will hold a special meeting, with a date yet to be determined, to make a final decision.
In other Board news:
* CHS Senior Zane Sade was honored as the “Spotlight on Success.” Throughout his high school career, Sade has maintained high academic performance in combination with his numerous involvements in extracurricular activities. Sade is involved in New Era and NE12, CHS’s select a capella singing ensemble. Sade was recently awarded as a National Merit Commended Student, which puts him in the top five percent of students nationally on his PSAT. In addition, he scored a “5” on the AP Chemistry Exam and a 141 on the InView test for High Ability, which is a perfect score. Sade plans to major in music after high school.
* CHS Science/Chemistry teacher Jim Folland was named Teacher of the Month for his tireless work in preparation and delivery of material and for giving freely of his time to students at all levels. CHS principal Austin Couch said, “This recognition comes not only from staff members, but from students. Several students have commented that he is the hardest teacher in the building. Those same students nominated Jim because of those challenges. He epitomizes how to challenge students and gain respect while nurturing the drive for life-long learning.”
* Athletic Director Lee Etzler presented a list of winter lay coaches for which the Board approved 5-0.
* Girls Basketball–Head Coach: Jamie Perlich; Varsity Assistant: Justin Snyder, Lay Coach; JV Coach: Denny Bucler, Lay Coach; 8th Grade Coach: Molly Snyder, Lay Coach; 7th Grade Coach: Larina Spieth, Lay Coach; 6th Grade Coach: Jessica Wright;
* Boys Basketball–Head Coach: Michael McBride, Lay Coach; Var.Asst.: Phil Brackmann, Lay Coach; JV Coach: Jon Pelz,Lay Coach; JV Asst: Jody Herendeen, Lay Coach; 8th Grade Coach: Tom Mercer, Lay Coach; 7th Grade Coach: Tim Herendeen, Lay Coach; 6th Grade Coach, Doug Pence, Lay Coach; 6th Grade Volunteer Coaches: David Keister and Dean Geiger, Lay Coaches;
* Wrestling–Head Coach: Sam Riesen; Asst. Coaches: Randy Dreibelbis, Rick Hamilton and Andrew Zolman, Lay Coaches; HS Vol.: Jake Riesen, Lay Coach; Middle School Head Coach, Joel Barrett, Lay Coach; MS Assts. Brad Knapp and Daymon Schinbeckler, Lay Coaches;
* High School Cheerleading–Head Coach: Carla Horne; Asst. Coach: Melissa Shearer; Lay Coaches
* Middle School Cheerleading–Head Coach: Emily Polakovic, Lay Coach;
* The Board accepted grant funds of $600 from the Noble County Foundation and $150 from HANDS to be used for the CES Study-A-Country Program. CES Art Teacher Jill Bontrager applied for the Celebrating Diversity grant through the Noble County Foundation. She has requested the funds so all of the elementary students would be able to experience the Egyptian culture through many activities during the Study-A-Country Program.
* CHS Principal Austin Couch recommended seven new course offerings, including Career Planning and Success Skills, Medical Intervention, Biotechnical Engineering, Early Childhood Education, Construction/Building Trades, World Geography and Personal Finance, for the Board’s approval. The first five courses are vocational and would generate over $100,000 for the school district if taught by vocationally licensed teachers. World Geography would meet the history graduation requirement and Personal Finance would be required for all sophomores to meet the graduation requirement.

by Katie Wagner

Administrators representing all three levels of Smith-Green Community Schools presented a Power Point presentation at Monday night’s School Board meeting outlining the proposed restructuring of the schools into a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school and seventh through twelfth grade junior/senior high school. 

CES builds Friendship Chain

CES builds friendship chain
Every month, students at Churubusco Elementary have a classroom lesson with Mr. Shearer, the School Counselor.  Last month, each class made a friendship chain. Students decorated a slip of plain white paper with compliments about the person to their left. Then they decorated them and handed them to the person they wrote about.
Mr. Shearer collected them all and made a paper chain that was displayed, in the classroom, for the remainder of the month.
Then, with the help of Student Council, they collected all chains and connected them into one giant chain.  It’s a symbol of friendship, teamwork and the power of saying nice things.
“Every student is a unique and amazing individual who can accomplish many things with their own special talents,” said Shearer.  “When we combine those skills and work together, we can accomplish incredible things.”
Each class is a team and made their own chain.  Now the chains are connected to show that the whole school is one big team and the students should always be kind, helpful and supportive.

Every month, students at Churubusco Elementary have a classroom lesson with Mr. Shearer, the School Counselor.  Last month, each class made a friendship chain. Students decorated a slip of plain white paper with compliments about the person to their left. Then they decorated them and handed them to the person they wrote about.

Town recycling procedure will change on December 18

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Recycling procedure changes
December 18 will be the last day that National Serv-All will be picking up recyclables in the Churubusco area. Whitley Environmental will begin picking up the recyclables in January.
An important change after the first of the year will be the acceptance of all plastic material, including all plastic bags.
Another change is you will no longer need to separate your recyclables. A new 96-gallon container with wheels will be placed at homes and all recyclable items will be placed in the one container. If you receive your new container before December 18, the last scheduled day of pickup from National Serv-all, do not use the new container until January. National Serv-All will pick up the black and gray containers currently being used after they finish their December 18 pickup.
For more information about recycling pickup with Whitley Environmental, please call 609-1112. There is no charge for this call.

December 18 will be the last day that National Serv-All will be picking up recyclables in the Churubusco area. Whitley Environmental will begin picking up the recyclables in January.

Ladies Auxiliary to Meet and Greet at Camp Atterbury

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Ladies Auxiliary to Meet and Greet at Camp Atterbury
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, State Department, has been asked to do a “Meet and Greet” at Camp Atterbury. Approximately 400 Department Officers and members of our local Auxiliaries will meet at Camp Atterbury on Tuesday, December 15 at 8 a.m. They have been asked to bring “home baked items,” cookies, candy, etc. and they get to help give these items out to the returning veteran heroes, and to those who are deploying to a foreign country, to continue our military’s fight to keep America free for all who remain at home, comfortable in our homes while these valiant military persons are leaving all this to go and fight for us. There are approximately 5,000 military personnel, men and women, processed thru Camp Atterbury every month. The Auxiliary of Churubusco is requesting that the community of Churubusco do their part in this event to show our “honor and appreciation” to these military persons.
As part of the Indiana Department officers, Sue Hamilton, Department Secretary, will be attending this function on December 15. She is asking that anyone from the community who wishes to help out, bring their donations to the VFW on Saturday afternoon, December 12, (or call her at 693-3055 if you need anything picked up).
There is also a need for the following items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, note pads, stamps, hand sanitizer, bottled water, dental floss, ink pens, mouthwash, ear buds, plastic combs, warm socks, current movies, books, envelopes, and shaving cream. Sue will be happy to take any of these items and turn them over to the USO for distribution as needed.
Please do what you can to help our military out, and show them a small token of our great appreciation for what they do for our country, and bring your donations to Sue for delivery.
Thank you in advance. Let’s not let our soldiers down.

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, State Department, has been asked to do a “Meet and Greet” at Camp Atterbury. Approximately 400 Department Officers and members of our local Auxiliaries will meet at Camp Atterbury on Tuesday, December 15 at 8 a.m.