Archive - Mar 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” A fast-moving virus that has infected hogs across much of the U.S. has become rampant in Indiana, agriculture officials say.
Dave Addison, of the Whitley County Purdue Extension Office, reported Monday that the virus has been reported by local farmers.
The disease was first introduced into the U.S. less than a year ago, and is rapidly spreading through Indiana.
Officials from the Indiana State Board of Health reported March 14 that the disease, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED) has infected farms in 43 of Indianaâ€™s 92 counties.
Walkers and joggers rouse from their winter slumber at Morscheâ€™s Park as sunshine made an appearance this weekend. Although the bright sky was a welcomed change, temperatures were still chilly and snow is predicted for tomorrow. Pictured is Mary Beth Clark with Finnegan an Australian-labrador doodle, and Randy Grimes with Brooklyn, a labradoodle.
Indianapolis â€“ Governor Mike Pence today signed Senate Enrolled Act 91, which requires Indiana to adopt its own academic standards. The Governor issued the following statement:
â€śI believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level. By signing this legislation, Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high, and I commend members of the General Assembly for their support.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In the words of Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Patricia Oâ€™Connor, Kirk Doehrmann has â€śbig shoes to fill.â€ť
Doehrmann will be replacing longtime WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, who announced his retirement last fall.
Zickgraf has 19 years of experience as the the business manager, and will end his term June 30 of this year.
â€śWeâ€™ve been fortunate to have Tony for all of these years, and I think weâ€™re going to be fortunate to have Kirk as his replacement,â€ť said Don Armstrong, school board president.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A chili cook off will be held Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Columbia City United Methodist Church, located at 605 N. Forest Parkway, Columbia City.
The cook off is opened to the public. Eleven teams will vie for bragging rights and the Golden Ladle Award.
The event will raise funds for local missions and church ministries. The cost is $5 at the door, per person, to taste all 11 varieties of chili. Included in the cost is a dinner, which is comprised of a grilled cheese sandwich, homemade cookies and beverage.
Teresa Ousley, of Columbia City, was born in Louisville, Ky.
She is a stay at home mom, and in her free time, she goes to church, draws, and volunteers at different places and events. She has lived in Columbia City for eight years.
P&M: What is your favorite wild animal?
Ousley: â€śA tigerâ€ť
P&M: What do you love about living in Whitley County?
Ousley: â€śI see someone I know everywhere I go.â€ť
P&M: If you could go back to high school, what would you do differently?
Ousley: â€śI would be more out going.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śPopular prognosticatorâ€ť and â€świtty concerned citizen,â€ť Jim Oâ€™Donnell, returned to Columbia City for his annual discussion regarding the twists and turns of the global and U.S. economy.
Oâ€™Donnell took a comedic and casual approach to a serious topic â€” investments and money management.
The financial and investment luncheon was sponsored by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and was held Friday at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s Department hired a new deputy and several confinement officers, who were all sworn in at the Whitley County Courthouse Friday afternoon.
Deputy Dustin Auer was hired as a deputy after working for five years as a confinement officer.
Auer said it has been one of his career goals to become a deputy. He spent two years as a reserve in South Whitley.
Auer also has military experience, working in the armory for the military police maintaining weapons. He also served a tour in Iraq.
The Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities honored the Whitley County Community Foundation for its support of those with disabilities. Pictured is the award that was given to the WCCF at a recent event in Indianapolis.
Columbia City UM
Sundayâ€™s sermon title is â€śThe House of the High Priest: Courage,â€ť from the book, â€ś24 Hours That Changed the World,â€ť by Adam Hamilton.
The Scripture will be from Mark 14:53, 55, 61-68, 70-72. Columbia City United Methodist Church will be studying this book through Lent. Sunday school classes are also participating in the study.
There will be a cook-off Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Columbia City United Methodist Church, located at 605 N. Forest Parkway, Columbia City.