July 10th, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
‚ÄúWe are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,‚ÄĚ said Sharyn Whitman, CEO, Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.
‚ÄúEvery two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Salvation Army of Whitley County‚Äôs ‚ÄúCelebrity Shoe Off‚ÄĚ is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Shoe Show in Columbia City.
The goal is for local ‚Äúcelebrities‚ÄĚ to generate money for the nonprofit‚Äôs drive to provide new school shoes for children in need.
Those wanting to contribute can drive by and put financial donations in a shoe of a local celebrity during the time they present at the store.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Cassandra Petrie, the 2011 Whitley County Junior Miss, will join Greg Hockemeyer as emcee for the Distinguished Young Woman Program/Junior Miss Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
Hockemeyer, a Columbia City attorney, is in his 15th year of emceeing the program, which will be held in the auditorium at Columbia City High School.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students kindergarten through 12th grade.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúWho is your favorite firefighter?‚ÄĚ
In an effort to raise money and increase food donations, the South Whitley Emergency Food Bank is holding a contest for residents to vote for their favorite Cleveland Township Firefighter.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, votes will be gathered.
When a voter brings a nonperishable food item to the station, one vote will go toward the count for their favorite firefighter.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Utility Rate Advisory Board took the next step in reviving from dormancy Tuesday.
After much discussion at the June 25 Columbia City Common Council meeting, changes were made to the city‚Äôs Utility Rate Advisory Board.
The council unanimously approved eliminating the connection between political parties and seats on the board. The Utility Rate Advisory Board will now be apolitical.
A provision was written to include a city utility user whose property or leased premises is located outside the city limits.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In July of 2012, Cindy Baker presented her plans for the United Way of Whitley County at the nonprofit‚Äôs Annual Celebration of Giving.
At that time, she was new to her role as executive director. Fast forward a year to the 2013 annual breakfast ‚ÄĒ Baker celebrated a long list of accomplishments for her first year with the United Way Tuesday.
‚ÄúIt really isn‚Äôt about me. I am just one person,‚ÄĚ Baker said. ‚ÄúIt really is about all of you who have helped the United Way be successful.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Sheriff‚Äôs department will have some personnel changes in the next week.
The department will be promoting a second-shift sergeant today and plans to choose two new deputies for hire on Monday.
The sergeant position opened up last month after former second-shift sergeant, Jason Spencer, was promoted to detective.
Three deputies put in for the position ‚ÄĒ Tony Helfrich, Cory Patrick and Scott Schmitt.
The candidates will go through a test on policies and procedures today, followed by an interview.
Recent Whitko High School graduate Alex Stoddard has been named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A Honorable Mention All-State Baseball Team as an outfielder.
With the honor, Stoddard becomes the first player in program history to be named to an all-state team.
This past season, Stoddard hit .408 with 3 home runs, 2 triples, 12 doubles, 28 runs batted in, and 15 stolen bases.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúThere she is, Miss Whitley County.‚ÄĚ
Jennifer Hinen, a 10-year 4-H member from Columbia City High School, was crowned 2013 Miss Whitley County July 1 at the Mr. and Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program.
Hinen is the daughter of Jeff and Cindy Hinen. Her two older brothers, Jeremy and Justin, have already been through 10 years of 4-H.
Besides being the official host of the 2013 4-H Fair, and in addition to all of her duties as Miss Whitley County, Hinen is also busy with her fair projects ‚ÄĒ beef and swine.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Work will soon begin on the expansion project for the Blue River Trail in Columbia City.
The city‚Äôs Board of Works and Public Safety approved a $34,500 bid from Niblock to begin another phase of the trail‚Äôs expansion, which will extend it from Main Street to Line Street.
The trail‚Äôs route will cover approximately two city blocks via Vine Street.
The city received three bids for the project, with Niblock‚Äôs being the lowest. It was requested of the contract company that work be completed by the end of September, 2013.