Archive - 2014
School officials with Whitko Community School Corporation were exuding â€śWildcat Prideâ€ť after reports from the stateâ€™s Department of Education showed several successes in the district.
â€śI never sit and brag about our schools, but tonight I think itâ€™s deserving,â€ť said Superintendent Steve Clason at Mondayâ€™s school board meeting. â€śOur grades went up substantially.â€ť
Free mulch is available to Columbia City residents.
Located in the back of Morsches Park is a large pile of mulch, collected from leaf pick-up last fall.
City residents are able to load up as much mulch as they want, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Access to the mulch pile may be limited throughout the day due to U.S. 30 bridge repair that effects Morsches Park.
Indiana Department of Transportation officials say bridge work should be completed by 5 p.m. every day, and the road to the back of the park is expected to be open.
The 13th Annual Leadership Whitley County Celebration was held at The Van Buren in downtown Columbia City in honor of servant leadership and its 25 graduating members of 2014.
â€śIt was the largest celebration since its inception and our second largest class in its 13 year history,â€ť said Kelley Sheiss, program director for Leadership Whitley County.
Columbia City officials are taking a thorough look at their options for the future of Blue River and the greenway trail.
Recently, two large sections of the bank have been washed away by the river, creating a dangerous situation for those on the trail between Van Buren and Whitley Streets.
The areas have been fenced off, and Park Director Mark Green received quotes from two local businesses to repair the riverbank.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ "Let's go to the furniture store for Saturday breakfast."
That may seem like an unusual statement, but it's a recipe that's worked well for Ball Furniture & Mattress Co. in downtown Columbia City during its annual "Breakfast Sale."
In addition to providing free breakfast, Ball Furniture will be slicing all prices in the store by 50 percent for four hours only this Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.
Pierceton Elementary School recently hosted Donuts for Dads where students were able to bring their dad, or other important men in their life, to a breakfast. Dads were served a breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy, donuts, juice and coffee. â€śPierceton students had a lot of important people in their life because the cafeteria was packed with more than 335 attendees,â€ť said school officials. â€śIt was a great morning for the students.
A shell building is nearing completion at Rail Connect Business Park, located off of County Road 600 E. The building was constructed to be adjusted to meet the needs of a future occupant. A shortage of commercial real estate prompted the building project, which should be finished at the end of April.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 12-person jury found a Columbia City man guilty of six crimes Wednesday evening. Steven W. Slater, Jr., 38, was also named a habitual felony offender by the jury, due to having two prior, unrelated, felony convictions on his record.
Wednesday, the jury found Slater to be guilty of two charges of burglary, a Class C felony, two counts of theft, a Class D felony, and two charges of criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor, for a string of five crimes in the downtown area of Columbia City in January.
Slater will be sentenced Monday, May 19, at 9 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In an effort to thwart prescription drug abuse, Whitley Countyâ€™s Drug Task Force is opening three locations for residents to drop off old pills on Saturday.
Several agencies are working together for the event, including Columbia Cityâ€™s, South Whitleyâ€™s and Churubuscoâ€™s police departments, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Saturday marks the eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft. Officials say ridding homes of potentially dangers expired, unused and unwanted drugs helps keep them from getting in the wrong hands.
WHITLEY COUNTY Ââ€” Consider the following â€” â€śWhat should be the biblical response to the tumultuous wind of change in our country and world which most of us can acknowledge is alarming?â€ť
This question was posed by Jeremy Wike, senior pastor at Community of Hope Church in Columbia City, which will host the National Day of Prayer service May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 1, and a prayer session is planned for noon at the Whitley County Courthouse gazebo.