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Schuman sings for FFA

October 31, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tiffany Schuman, a member of the Whitko FFA chapter in South Whitley, is on stage and in the spotlight beginning yesterday through Saturday during the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

Schuman, a freshman in college and the daughter of Keith and Priscilla Schuman, has been selected to the National FFA Chorus.

WHS thespians take stage

October 31, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — They are at it, again.

Dawn Hinthorn and Susie Trixler have directed an event for all ages.

The Whitko High School fall play “The Butler Did It, Again!” starring Ivory West, Jalen Gregory, Shelby Smiley, Ashlyn Goff, Michael Thompson, Sydney Walters, LiaAmia Gregory, Danielle Glunt, Lexi Shuman, Jaima Ferguson, Rebekah Dixon, Rozlyn Bishop and Sam Richerd will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Whitko High School Auditorium.

FINALISTS: Indian Springs M.S. to send spellers to state showdown

October 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Competition doesn’t just take place on a grassy field. For Indiana Springs Middle School Spell Bowl team, competition will take place at Purdue University with pencil and paper in hand.

Middle school students recently learned that for a second year in a row, they will be spelling at the state level. This year, ISMS is the only school from Whitley County to advance, after being named conference champions Oct. 17.

LOCAL LEGACY: Pontzius ponders points of family history

October 31, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a two-part series on Jon Pontzius and his family farm.

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County has numerous farms that continue to operate under a family name.

Tradition and legacy are rooted deep in these homesteads, which span more than 100 years for some.

The Pontzius farm is no different. In 1835, a county pioneer purchased 80 acres in Thorncreek Township and 80 acres in Smith Township.

For $200, the family farm of Joseph Waugh was started.

DONATED TREES: Local Shrine Club helps beautify city

October 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Recently, Whitley County’s Shrine Club donated several hundred dollars to The Woodlands Senior Center, in Columbia City.

The Shriners are continuing to pitch in for the community, this time helping beautify the city’s downtown area.

The club is donating two trees to be planted along West Van Buren Street, east of Line Street, on the south side of the road.

“We just want to give back to the community,” said Ken Lundquist, Whitley County’s Shrine Club secretary-treasurer. “They’ve supported us so well over the years.”

October 30th

Helen Carter, 82

October 30, 2013

Helen E. Carter, 82, of Columbia City, died at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since Sept. 30.
She was born Aug. 18, 1931, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Guy and Mabel (Graves) Putman. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School.
In addition to working at Blue Bell for eight years, she was employed at Lyall Electric for 26 years.
From 1956 until 1992 she lived at High Lake then moving into Columbia City.
Her memberships included Eagles #1906.

Reading gets crafty

October 30, 2013

Many local youngsters attended Story Time at the Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Tuesday.

Young children listened to stories, danced to music and created “dust bunnies,” a craft related to the stories they read.

Pictured is Audrey Clegg, 4, concentrates on making her pink dust bunny.

PAY RAISE: Council approves employee salary ordinance

October 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— At last week’s meeting, Colulmbia City’s Common Council approved the 2014 employee salary ordinance, a yearly responsibility handled by city officials.

The employee ordinance includes a slight raise for the city’s 90 full-time employees.

Full-time employees are expected to receive a $1,040 per year bump, a raise that hasn’t happened in several years.

REAL ESTATE: Delinquent taxes mean numerous sales for county

October 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Once a year, real estate sales become the focus of the Whitley County Treasurer’s office.

Annual tax sales take place in the fall, and this year, county officials moved 29 properties in its sale Oct. 15.

“It was a big day for the county,” said Treasurer Laurell Hodges. “There’s a lot that goes into the tax sale day, but I have an excellent support staff that makes things go a lot smoother.”

In 2012, the tax sale produced 14 transactions, which means Hodges juggled twice as many sales for the county not including the other 14 properties that didn’t sell.

IN COURT: Man to serve 2.5 years for theft from family

October 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man will serve 2.5 years at the Whitley County Jail for stealing from his family.

Stephen “Nathan” Lawrence, 23, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to theft and residential entry — both Class D felonies, and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.

He was given a sentence of 2.5 years, with two to serve in the Whitley County Jail, by Senior Judge Mike Rush at the same hearing.

 

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