(DEC. 20,2013) â€” The Indiana Department of Education released the most recent A-F grading report for that state's schools. See Saturday's edition of The Post and Mail to learn how schools in Whitley County were graded.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Traditionally, people circle Jan. 1 on their calendars as the day they will implement a healthier lifestyle.
Barb Ward, of Churubusco, has turned tradition on its head by beginning early.
Ward started working out at Anytime Fitness in September of this year, when she began Care2BFit, a health class that targets women.
Since that time, Ward is down four pants sizes and has seen other remarkable changes.
â€śI was getting out of breath coming up and down the stairs, it was going from bad to worse,â€ť she said of her health before she started the class.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As many people are wrapping up their Christmas shopping this week, Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s Department lent a helping hand to local children.
Eighteen children spent the evening with WCSD staff, first having dinner at the Whitley County Government Center, before heading to Walmart to go shopping.
Each child received a $100 gift card to spend on toys, clothing and other necessities.
Children were chosen by guidance counselors from all three Whitley County school districts.
The event was coordinated by Tim Johnson, of the WCSD reserves.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools officials are seeking input from the community on the long-term plans for the district.
In September, officials conducted an online and telephone survey in reference to the possibility of a new high school.
â€śFor several years, the school districtâ€™s long-range planning committee has considered options for replacing the current Columbia City High School,â€ť WCCS Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several county nonprofit organizations and groups benefited from the Whitley County Community Foundationâ€™s (WCCF) most recent funding session.
The announcement of those receiving the awards comes with one particular sizeable grant of $150,000 to the Whitley County YMCA.
Recently, YMCA officials announced that planning would begin for expanding the current Columbia City location in order to house its full-day childcare center.
The Early Learning Center has been operating out of New Hope Wesleyan Church since it took on the initiative almost two years ago.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” When two athletic and quick teams meet, one might expect a clean, fast ballgame. Thursday nightâ€™s Whitko girls basketball game with the visiting West Noble Lady Chargers showed that something very different is also a possibility.
The Chargersâ€™ and Wildcatsâ€™ pressure defense forced a combined 59 turnovers and went to the free-throw line for 77 attempts on the game.
With less than a second left, the Lady Wildcats got a rebound basket at the buzzer to pull out a stirring 64-62 home win giving them their best start to a season since the early nineties.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Farmers Mutual Insurance of Whitley County, 518 Branch Court, sends a colorful holiday greeting to all.
"Wishing you a truly inspiring holiday season filled with lots of beauty, joy and laughter," note the staffers at Farmers Mutual. "We appreciate your patronage and look forward to your continued friendship in the years to come."
You can reach Farmers Mutual Insurance of Whitley County at 260 244-5571.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Mike's Barber Shop, located at 204 E. Van Buren St., is sending best wishes during the holiday season.
"Wishing all our friends and neighbors a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," says Mike Biddle.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ Dennis G. Norris and the staff at Merritt L. Norris Insurance offers "season's greetings" to all.
Proud to be affiliated as an Independent Insurance Agent, Merritt L. Norris Insurance, located at 307 N. State St. in South Whitley can be reached at 260 723-4722. For more information, you may go to the business website at www.mlninsurance.com
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Detectives have released more information and names that are related to the shooting incident that occurred last night near the Barbee Lake Chain south of North Webster.