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Columbia City track begins on high note

April 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s girls track team is en route to another successful track season this year.

The Lady Eagles had a repeat title in its first meet, topping both Churubusco and Whitko in the county competition by more than 30 points each.

Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said he feels confident in this season’s team of 31 tracksters.

“We’re in pretty good shape,” Fahl said.

The Lady Eagles return nearly all of their athletes from last year’s sectional-title winning team, and adds a few key newcomers that may play a large role on this season’s team.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: County tables Passages' funds request

April 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners heard a request from Passages, Inc. for funding, but decided to table a decision until the next meeting.

Tom O’Neill, president of Passages, was on hand at the meeting. He presented facts in support of the organization. O’Neill cited there are more than 180 employees that work for Passages and over 85 percent of those individuals live in Whitley County.

Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio expressed support for the organization as well.

HOORAY HORTICULTURE: Green thumbs produce greenbacks

April 2, 2013

LARWILL — “You get to get hands dirty.” According to Kaitlin Frank, a sixth grader at Whitko Middle School, that is one of the bonuses to being a part of the school’s Clean World Association (CWA).

The after-school group works as a hands-on club learning the ins and outs of horticulture.

Laura Thong-Umphai, a teacher at WMS, is the groups leader and started the club to give students the opportunity to experience a working greenhouse and learn a viable trade they could carry on into their adult lives.

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY: Whitko keeps busy with end in sight

April 2, 2013

PIERCETON — With each passing day, Whitko schools are getting closer to the end of the school year, but that doesn’t mean that these next few months will go by without any activity.

At last week’s school board meeting, the agenda was full and three principals gave in-depth reports on the events going on at their particular schools.

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Principal Bruce Hansen announced that South Whitley Elementary Sch-ool will host Donuts for Dads April 11 from 7:20 to 7:50 a.m. This will be a chance for students to join their fathers in the cafeteria for breakfast.

WHITLEY ON THE MOVE: EDC reaches out to support town growth

April 2, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — As the town of South Whitley progresses with its Whitley On The Move initiative, partnerships with agencies such as the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation are vital.

Alan Tio, president of the EDC, was present at last week’s town council meeting to share with South Whitley’s leaders how his corporation could benefit the town’s desire to grow.

“We can work together to get a lot of things done,” Tio said. “We are learning from other cities, such as Wabash and Angola, to see what has worked for them.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BILL: Gov. Pence applauds decision to move ahead

April 2, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Governor Mike Pence praised the passage of the Higher Education Student Loans Bill, SB 532, which passed the House recently with a vote of 71-24.

"Indiana legislators took a step in the right direction to make college education more affordable for Hoosier students and their families," said Governor Pence.

HEUER'S BILL PASSES: Funds now available for job retention, expansion

April 2, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Representative Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) authored legislation to promote employee retention through the Training 2000 Program. The bill passed through the Senate Monday with a 48-1 vote.

“By making sure that businesses have proper resources to keep employee training up to date, Hoosier businesses will continue to thrive,” said Rep. Heuer. “We need to continue our focus on workforce development in order for our economy to continue to grow.”

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