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Triton receives grant to fund K-2 summer school

January 18, 2012

BOURBON — Triton Elementary School principal Jeremy Riffle announced at the school board meeting Monday evening that the school had received an early literacy grant from the Department of Education in the amount of $43,000.
“These funds will be used to help ‘at risk’ kindergarten through second grade students by paying for supplies and teacher’s salaries (for summer school),” said Riffle in an interview later.

Triton grad recognized

January 18, 2012

BOURBON — Zak Hoffer, of Bourbon, is a fairly average 21-year-old. A fan of classic rock music, he enjoys playing his guitar, spending time with his family, and bowling. But what’s not so average is Zak’s past. When Zak was 10 years old, he was hit by a car while out riding his bike, landing him in the hospital for three months and causing permanent brain injuries.
“We didn’t think that he would have a future,” said Zak’s mother, Patty Hoffer-Steele. “When we left the hospital the psychologist told us he would never have a normal conversation again.”

Triton superintendent Carl Hilling resigns

January 10, 2012

BOURBON — Triton School Corporation superintendent Carl Hilling announced his resignation at a regularly scheduled school board meeting Monday evening. He will continue his duties as superintendent until the end of the 2011-12 school year.
“It’s been a good four years,” said Hilling, “but I have a wife who needs me in Michigan.”

Bourbon Year in Review

January 4, 2012

January
• Bourbon Public Library began a new program called "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten," intended to promote reading for children ages birth through preschool. A book bag was given to each child who reached 1,000 books. Hannah Snyder, 4, was the first to reach that goal and receive her new book bag. She is the daughter of Jeff and Johna Snyder, Bourbon.
February

Father walks for PTSD, inspired by son's experiences

December 6, 2011

BOURBON — It was five years ago when John McClellan, of Fostoria, Ohio, promised his son Josh that he would do something to help him. Josh was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of three Army tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Things were arising that just weren't Josh," explained John. "I told him that if he got help, I would do something."
When Josh's symptoms put him in the psychiatric ward of the hospital for a week last summer, John decided that it was time to make good on his promise.

Community support provides beginning for 'Kyle's Klass Fund'

December 6, 2011

BOURBON — It's been four months since a tragic go-kart accident took the life of 6-year-old Kyle Pugh. Recently, community members showed their support for Pugh's family during a unique turn of events—a fundraiser initially intended to raise just a few hundred dollars instead brought in more than $1,000.
"Kyle was an awesome guy," said Triton Elementary School principal Jeremy Riffle. "It's a small town and everybody comes together. Friends of the family knew it was for a good cause."

Town to begin ticketing for ordinance violations

November 15, 2011

BOURBON — Beginning in January, the town of Bourbon will be enforcing various ordinances through the newly established Ordinance Violations Bureau. Town clerk Kim Berger said that while these ordinances are not new, the method of enforcing them is.

Triton Elementary students celebrate Veterans Day

November 15, 2011

BOURBON — It’s never too early to start teaching children gratitude for our country’s freedoms, and that’s just what teachers and faculty at Triton Elementary have been doing recently. The student body turned out Friday to honor area veterans with a special performance.
The 6th grade class kicked off the festivities, singing a song about different branches of the military to the veterans gathered.

‘Joyce East meets Joyce West’

October 11, 2011

BOURBON — Joyce Rust, resident of Bourbon for 31 years, recently had a special visitor — Joyce Rust of Chehalis, Wash.
The women found each other two years ago, after Washington Joyce did an Internet search of her own name out of curiosity. The search turned up Bourbon Joyce—and the women discovered that they not only shared the same name, but also the same passion — flying.
‘Joyce East and Joyce West,’ as they began to call themselves, are both pilots who had been flying their own Cessna planes for years.

First-grader wins statewide contest

October 11, 2011

BOURBON — Lilee Stetzel, a Triton Elementary School first grade student, recently chalked up a doozy on her list of life experiences. She visited Governor Mitch Daniels’ Indianapolis residence with her parents and was allowed to sit in the governor’s chair.
The family was there for an award reception. Lilee won honorable mention in the statewide art contest held by REMC of Indiana — beating out 3,000 other entries — earlier this year. Her drawing of a cowboy riding his horse in the desert appears on the cover of this year's REMC calendar.

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