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Parish student teaching

Parish Student Teaching
Winona Lake — Senior Michael “Drue” Parish is student teaching this semester in fulfillment of requirements for his transition to teaching major at Grace College.
Mr. Parish, son of Dallas Parish of Churubusco and the late Janice Parish, and a 1991 graduate of Churubusco High School, is teaching in the business classes of Ben Jagger and Jeni Cripe at Churubusco High School.
Grace College is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college that applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service.  Grace enrolls more than 1,600 students from 37 states and 17 countries who represent 30 denominations and many non-denominational churches in over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 165 acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana. For more information visit www.grace.edu.

WINONA LAKE — Senior Michael “Drue” Parish is student teaching this semester in fulfillment of requirements for his transition to teaching major at Grace College.

Local resident heads to world’s largest purebred livestock expo

cn  10-21-09
Local resident heads to world’s largest purebred livestock expo
Christian Stoner, of 5725 E. 600 S-57 of Churubusco has entered two head of market hogs in the Swine Division of the 36th annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). The NAILE is recognized as the world’s largest purebred livestock show with more than 22,000 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for November 7-20, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.
Purebred farms from nearly every state and Canada bring livestock to compete in one of ten expo divisions: dairy cattle, dairy goats, Boer goats, beef cattle, quarter horses, draft horses, mules and donkeys, sheep, swine, and llamas and alpacas. More than 210,000 American and foreign visitors attend the hundreds of individual breed shows, sales and events. In addition to the recognition and prize money that comes with winning at the NAILE, the value of the champion breeding stock is significantly enhanced.
Breed association events are not the only NAILE feature. The expo is also home to numerous youth events that are an important part of the livestock industry’s traditions, including: Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup; Youth, Junior College and Senior Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest; Dairy Quiz Bowl; National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest; Junior College Livestock Judging Contest, and National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference.
Additionally, youth exhibitors enter market animals, those targeted for meat production, in the Junior Steer Show, Junior Market Swine Show or Junior Wether Show. These youth shows are sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and are nationally recognized for both the quality of competition and prestige of winning. Champions from these shows are sold at the Sale of Champions on November 19 at 6 p.m.
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo Finals takes place November 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets for the invitational finals rodeo are $17 on Thursday; $27 on Friday and $32 for Saturday’s performance. Children under 12 get in for $10 on Friday and Saturday with paid adult. Tickets are available at TicketMaster.com or by calling 502-361-3100 or 800-487-1212.
From the 200,000 square foot giant country store and food court, to the entertaining PRCA Rodeo, NAILE visitors find lots to do and see in addition to attending the livestock competitions.
The NAILE is produced by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky State Fair Board. It is held at the Commonwealth’s giant Kentucky Exposition Center, which features over 1,200,000 square feet of climate-controlled exhibition space.

Christian Stoner, of 5725 E. 600 S-57 of Churubusco has entered two head of market hogs in the Swine Division of the 36th annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). The NAILE is recognized as the world’s largest purebred livestock show with more than 22,000 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for November 7-20, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.

S-G School Board approves Budget and Technology Plan

S-G School Board approves 2010 Budget and 3-Year Technology Plan
by Katie Wagner
SGCS Business Manager Adam Skiles was on the spot as he presented the 3rd Quarter Budget Report and Update, along with summaries of the 2010 Budget and three-year technology plan. The Board unanimously approved adoption of the 2010 Budget, Capital Projects Fund (CPF) Plan and Bus Replacement Plan, despite reservations about some line items.
Board member Rick Trump said he would like to see a greater breakdown of claims and individual expenses reported on the budget, while Board member Cathy Petrie questioned some line items, such as the $300,000 designated for technology upgrades in the CPF.
“I see the value of the technology,” she said, “I just wonder if $300,000 is necessary.” Petrie also said the money used for technology had to be taken from another line in the CPF, so she wondered what part of the Captial Projects Fund may be lacking because of the push towards technology.
Skiles said the district only designated $75,000 to technology when he came on board in 2005, which left the district lagging behind–with some computers on a ten-year replacement plan and several different versions of Microsoft Office throughout the building. He said he revamped the plan in 2005 to help get SGCS back on track with updated technology, including replacement of teachers’ computers and the addition of smart boards in several classrooms. With the new plan came a higher price tag, but he said he feels the district is now moving in the right direction as far as technology.
In other Board news:
• The Board unanimously approved the extension of Angela Schubert’s maternity leave and the hiring of Mary Turner to fill the teaching vacancy through the end of the 2009-2010 school year.
• The grassy area on school property at the intersection of Tulley and Mulberry Streets will be used for the sole purpose of Eagle Garden, a memorial garden to recognize and remember those students and staff member of the SGCS family who have passed away, as designated by the School Board.
• Superintendent Steve Darnell and the Board recognized each of SGCS’s principals as part of House Resolution 811 from the U.S. House of Representatives, which designates October as National Principals Month. Board President Tanya Young presented certificates to Nicole Singer, CES principal, John Davis, CMS principal and Austin Couch, CHS principal. CHS vice principal Jerry Lange was absent.
• Caden Bonar, a student at CES in Cindy Zollinger’s 4th grade class, was recognized by Spotlight on Success. According to his teachers, Caden is cheerful, kind and helpful and gives his personal best to class work. He is involved in football, basketball and baseball and is on the A/B Honor Roll. Caden is the son of Jason and Alicia Bonar.
• The Paul Muller Memorial Pool Committee, represented by Liz Schemm and architect Lucas Konger, came to the Board to ask for the release of funds from the Paul Muller/Smith-Green pass-through account to pay for a Churubusco pool feasibility study. The Board authorized the Whitley County Community Foundation staff to use the funds for the study, which will be conducted by the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) and should cost $2000 or less.
The late Paul Muller designated funds for SGCS to construct a swimming pool; however,    the district cannot afford to build and maintain a pool. The pool committee is now planning to develop a splash pad for the community.
The Churubusco Town Council approved an initial plan to build the splash pad in the park. Konger said the splash pad will cost $270,245 to build and will have money left over for upkeep.
He also spelled out a tentative timeline for the splash pad project, with the feasibility study being initiated by November and a judge changing the directive of Muller’s will by the end of the year. Konger said he was hopeful that construction could be started on the splash pad by Spring 2010.
An executive session was held following the regular meeting to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees, and with respect to any individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction, to discuss, before determination, the individual’s status as an employee, a student or an independent contractor who is a physician or a school bus driver.
The next regular scheduled Board meeting will be Monday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Administrative Center.

by Katie Wagner 

SGCS Business Manager Adam Skiles was on the spot as he presented the 3rd Quarter Budget Report and Update, along with summaries of the 2010 Budget and three-year technology plan. The Board unanimously approved adoption of the 2010 Budget, Capital Projects Fund (CPF) Plan and Bus Replacement Plan, despite reservations about some line items.

School Board recognized for achievement

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Local School Board recognized for achievement
School board members and administrators from around the state, including representatives from the Smith-Green Community Schools Corporation in Churubusco attended the Indiana School Boards Association regional meeting on Thursday, October 15, at Goeglein’s Kercherval Room in Fort Wayne. The ISBA is conducting meetings in each of its 10 regions across the state to discuss the legislative positions it will advocate during the 2010 Indiana General Assembly.
The regional meetings, which acquaint board members and superintendents with ISBA’s adopted legislative program, will be conducted throughout the month of October, Exemplary, Master and Outstanding School Boards in the ISBA’s Certification Awards Program (CAP) were also given recognition. The CAP program recognizes individual board members and school boards for their voluntary participation in ISBA and other school board training activities. Smith-Green Board members, Cathy Petrie and Tanya Young, were recognized as Level 1 CAP awardees at the meeting.
Local board members and administrators attending were Cathy Petrie, Rick Trump, Nick Uecker, and Steve Darnell.
ISBA is a non-profit organization with 290 members, including every public school board in the state. ISBA member services include, but are not limited to, legislative services, legal and school financial advice, board member training seminars and dissemination of information on various topics such as collective bargaining.

School board members and administrators from around the state, including representatives from the Smith-Green Community Schools Corporation in Churubusco attended the Indiana School Boards Association regional meeting on Thursday, October 15, at Goeglein’s Kercherval Room in Fort Wayne. The ISBA is conducting meetings in each of its 10 regions across the state to discuss the legislative positions it will advocate during the 2010 Indiana General Assembly.

October 21, 2009

One Year Ago
Jim Horne, owner of Parker Insurance, announced the merger with Bonar Insurance.
A free health clinic for people without health insurance and who met financial qualifications, opened in Wolf Lake.
Kara Mawhorter was named Whitley County Junior Miss. Paige Hunsberger was named first runner-up.
The Arcola Lions Club honored Homer Ohlwine with the Annual Community Service Award. Pastor Harold Klinker described Ohlwine as a humble man who put his faith into action.
Five Years Ago
The Town Council voiced their concerns over the lack of a formal agreement between Smith-Green Schools and the Town for the schools using the park. One of the members said, “The Park and the community should come first, the school should come second, as far as the Park (usage) goes.”
Keith Bohde, a third grader at CES, was the winner of the “Soaring for Excellence” award given by Indiana Tech and WMEE Radio.
Green Center United Methodist Church held a groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion to the church.
Scott and Karyn Harden announced the birth of their daughter, Aimee Elizabeth.
Adam and Christine Neireiter announced the birth of their son, Wyatt Lewis.
Ten Years Ago
CHS was rated as a “Best Buy” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The 120 schools chosen from 346 Indiana Schools listed as “best buys” gave the taxpayers the most for their money.
At the School Board meeting, Doretha Straw was honored for serving as crossing guard for four years, braving the weather and not missing a day unless she was ill.
Due to construction and paving at the Community park, the annual Halloween Costume Party and judging was not held.
C & A Tool hosted an open house at their new complex. Over a thousand visitors toured C & A’s newest building during the two day open house.
25 Years Ago
Tri County Truth celebrated its 100th birthday. An invitation was extended to all to tour the Truth office. Old pictures, newspapers and other memorabilia were on display.
The Churubusco Lions Club began their 29th year.  David McComb was the new president.
“Pure as the Driven Snow” was the Churubusco High School fall play.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Campbell celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary with an open house.
Congressman Dan Coats earned the Award “Guardian of Small  Business” from the National Business Association for his outstanding voting record on small business issues.
Indiana was in first place among the states in government support for small business.
50 Years Ago
Former Journal-Gazette copy editor Dick Harmeson was named editor of the Tri County Truth.
Between 400 and 500 girls and their advisors were scheduled to attend the annual meeting of the Northeast District of the Indiana Association of Future Homemakers of America at the Churubusco High School.
Carl Elster, Eel River-Perry Township School announced the proposed construction of a new eight classroom addition to the school.

One Year Ago

Jim Horne, owner of Parker Insurance, announced the merger with Bonar Insurance.

A free health clinic for people without health insurance and who met financial qualifications, opened in Wolf Lake.

Kara Mawhorter was named Whitley County Junior Miss. Paige Hunsberger was named first runner-up.

The Arcola Lions Club honored Homer Ohlwine with the Annual Community Service Award. Pastor Harold Klinker described Ohlwine as a humble man who put his faith into action.

Hayride

Turtle Days thanks community

The Turtle Days Festival Board of Directors would like to thank the many generous sponsors and merchants who gave so generously to the fall fundraiser for the Turtle Days Festival Association, the October 10 OKturtlefest, held in the Churubusco Park.

Town agrees to splash pad

by Dave Crabill
cheditor@app-printing.com
If all goes as scheduled the town of Churubusco will be enjoying a new water splash pad next summer.
A group that was assembled to help build a community swimming pool, presented their latest plans to the Churubusco Town Council last Wednesday.
Don Page, Liz Schemm, and Lucas Konger representing the Mueller Pool Committee attended the Town Council meeting and told the Council about their scaled back swimming pool plans. The group had hoped to help build a swimming pool on town property with a starting fund of over $300,000 donated by the late Churubusco resident Paul Mueller.
After donating the money to Smith-Green schools for the purpose of building a pool and placing the money with the Whitley County Foundation, the school informed the committee that they couldn’t help with the construction. The group also presented the plans to the town of Churubusco in hopes that the town would help out with the project.
After much deliberation, the pool committee decided to scale back their goals and try to build a splash pad instead. The group attended a Smith-Green School Board meeting and informed them of their plans for the splash pad. Smith-Green Board members were in favor and told the committee that they would give the money back to the group.
Pool committee member Lucas Konger said that the splash pad would be a gift to the town. He said that the construction costs would come in around $270,000 and the remaining roughly $50,000 would be kept in the Community Foundation for the maintenance and upkeep of the splash pad. “Basically we’re giving you a splash pad and the money to operate it for years to come,” said Konger.
“What else can we say except thank you,” said Council member Viv Sade.
The Community Foundation will have to go through legal channels to change the wishes of the donor and then the work on the new splash pad can begin.

by Dave Crabill

cheditor@app-printing.com

If all goes as scheduled the town of Churubusco will be enjoying a new water splash pad next summer.

H1N1 confirmed at SGCS

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SECOND STORY
H1N1 confirmed at SGCS
Officials urge parents not to panic
by Katie Wagner
Two students in the Smith-Green school system have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus within the past week, according to Superintendent Steve Darnell.
Darnell said he could not discuss specifics such as grade levels or gender of the students, but said the first case was confirmed by the student’s doctor in Allen County.
Darnell, along with School Nurse Sara Cartwright, sent a letter home with students Wednesday addressing the matter.
In the letter, Darnell and Cartwright tried to ease parents’ worries, noting that all desks and common areas are being disinfected and hand sanitizer is provided in every classroom. The letter states: “The H1N1 flu is a mild flu. It will not be necessary to close school unless H1N1 becomes widespread.”
As of Tuesday, Whitley County Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher said only one case of H1N1 had been confirmed in Whitley County and it was not one of the cases reported at Smith-Green. She said the discrepancy in reports could be due to the case being confirmed by an Allen County physician and not filtering back to Whitley County.
Despite attempts by officials to offer reassurance, viruses such as H1N1 often lead caregivers into undue worry. Hatcher said she wants parents to stay calm. The vast majority of people infected with influenza, even H1N1, experience a mild case which is highly treatable, she said. She added that everyday household cleaners, which contain bleach and alcohol, kill flu germs, so caregivers need not buy any special cleaners.
Hatcher did warn, however, that a person with the flu should see a health care provider immediately if they seem to be getting better and then suddenly take a turn for the worse. All forms of influenza can potentially cause severe complications or even death, especially in individuals with underlying factors such as pregnancy, diabetes, asthma and very young or very old age.
Hatcher offers some guidelines to prevent the spread of illness:
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue.
• Wash hands frequently, especially before eating.
• Contain the illness–Stay home if possible if you are experiencing coughing, sneezing or fever to prevent spreading it to others.
Hatcher also recommends getting both the H1N1 and seasonal influenza vaccines. Check with your doctor as to the availability of the seasonal flu vaccine.
Whitley County will be receiving weekly or bi-weekly shipments of the H1N1 vaccine. The County currently has 300 doses of H1N1 nasal mist which is being distributed to the Health Department, Parkview Whitley Hospital and Parkview Occupational Health Clinic. Healthy individuals between the ages of two and 49 who are not pregnant may receive the nasal mist vaccine.
The Health Department will hold an H1N1 clinic Thursday, October 15 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. to administer the H1N1 flu mist vaccine to children ages two to nine years. The Health Department, which has 130 doses of the mist, also has 80 doses of the injectible H1N1 vaccine to administer to pregnant women.
Hatcher said she believes the H1N1 vaccine to be as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine because the development of the vaccine is basically the same as the flu vaccine and it has been used in other countries without complications.
To find out more about the H1N1 virus, visit http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1FLU/.

Officials urge parents not to panic  

by Katie Wagner 

Two students in the Smith-Green school system have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus within the past week, according to Superintendent Steve Darnell.

Churubusco students complete hunter education course

Busco Students Complete Hunter Education Course

Students in Mr. Allen’s Natural Resource Management class had the opportunity to take part in the Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s Hunter Education and gun safety course.  Erick Bolt,

CHS to present ‘Fools’ November 20-21

CHS CAST OF “FOOLS”
On November 20 and 21 the cast of the high school play will introduce “Fools” to Churubusco; this is the first time CHS has put on this Neil Simon comedy. Turtletown will soon meet Kulyenchikov, a remote village in the Ukraine. However, this is no ordinary village. Kulyenchikov has been burdened with a 200 year-old verse, wait, I mean curse. What kind of curse you ask? A curse of stupidity. That’s right, the citizens of Kulyenchikov are doomed to be stupid unless a young girl in the village will either marry a descendant of the cursing party or if she can learn something; that is where young Leon, a school teacher, comes in. He adopts the mission of educating Sophia, much to his frustration. So will Leon be successful and free the village from the horrible purse, wait, I mean curse? You’ll just have to see the show to find out.
The cast members are Zane Sade, Harrison Sade, Taylor Sordelet, Colleen Bishop, Avery Dirr, Cole Anderson, Kelsy Listenberger, Cassandra Petrie, Hayden Dirr, and Shannon Kuznar. The cast will be collecting patronages to help support the CHS Fine Arts Department until October 31. These patronages help maintain the theatre and its equipment. If you would like to donate and are not asked by a cast member, you may contact Harold Norman at 693-2965. Tickets will be $5 each and will be available from all cast members soon. The show is in need of various set pieces and props including old, primitive, block-looking furniture (a sofa, chairs, table, etc.), an old wooden barrel, old crates, and other items that could help dress the set to appear as a remote Russian village around the 1600s-1890s. If you would like to loan any items to be used in the show, contact Kayla at (260) 750-5889.

On November 20 and 21 the cast of the high school play will introduce “Fools” to Churubusco; this is the first time CHS has put on this Neil Simon comedy.