As school came to an end for Whitko Community School Corporation, an unexpected visitor was found on the premises of Whitko High School.
A large snapping turtle was camped out on the lawn at WHS, and Joe Jackson, head custodian for the school, took on the challenge of removing the turtle from the property.
The turtle had made its way to the front of the building, but it was uncertain where it came from.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man who pleaded guilty to burglary was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Charles Rector, 18, pleaded guilty last month to burglary, a Class B felony. He was sentenced by Judge James Heuer to six years at the Whitley County Jail, with three years to serve and three suspended.
At his hearing last month, the state dismissed a charge of theft upon accepting his guilty plea to burglary.
Rectorâ€™s admission of guilt was â€śstraight upâ€ť â€” that is, it was not part of a plea agreement. This left Heuer with a 6-to-20 year sentencing range.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Great things are happening for businesses in challenging times.
That is the opinion of U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman. The Republican representative of Indianaâ€™s third district was in South Whitley Wednesday and visited Shindigz, among other stops.
Stutzman lauded the work of the company.
â€śThis is my first visit here,â€ť he said. â€śThere are 450 jobs, and here in the district that is always important.
â€śJobs are the number one focus of what we do in Washington.â€ť
Stutzman was quick to point out that times have been difficult lately for companies.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents of Columbia Cityâ€™s southeast side had the opportunity to participate in a neighborhood meeting to discuss city ordinances Thursday.
Sixteen citizens from the area around Swihart and Collins Streets met with Mayor Ryan Daniel, Councilman Nicole Penrod and Councilman Dan Weigold at Gospel-Land Ministries on Douglas Avenue to discuss issues of importance to the neighborhood.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco will be represented by two throwers in the track and field state competition held in Bloomington today and Saturday.
Senior Katie Monk is competing in girls discus after advancing out of regionals with a throw of 128 feet, 6 inches.
Senior Austin McClure will return to the state meet after claiming the regional championship in shot put with a heave of 51 feet, 9 inches.
Mary G. â€śJerryâ€ť Rothgeb, 91, of Columbia City, died at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since April 23.
She was born Feb. 19, 1922, in Rockville, N.Y. a daughter of Orville Adelbert and Frances Pearl (Jerolds) Robinson. As a young girl, her family moved to California for nine years, returning to New York and later Texas. In 1937, they moved to Fort Wayne where she graduated from Central High School.
Tanner Daniel (left) and Cameron Deckard, Columbia Cityâ€™s senior golfers, played their last match at Eagle Glen Tuesday night.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Community Foundation and United Way of Whitley County in partnership with the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network will be hosting a Board Building Cycle workshop Wednesday, June 19 at the Peabody Public Library from 9:15 a.m. to noon.
A continental breakfast will be provided for attendees before and during the session.
Bryan Orander, president of Charitable Advisors and Board Source Certified Governance trainer, will be leading the workshop.
Topics will include:
- How to identify, cultivate and recruit board members.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 4-H roots grow deep for the Pettigrew family.
Evan Pettigrew is a fourth-year 4-H member and is a part of a family that has been through the 4-H program for many years.
Pettigrewâ€™s four uncles and his father were all part of the organization growing up.
Now Pettigrew and his four siblings continue on the 4-H experience.
Pettigrew, the son of Jerry and Amy Pettigrew, attends Indian Springs Middle School where he is a sixth grader.
He is the third child in his family to be involved in 4-H.
Beta Upsilon of Delta Theta Tau sold geraniums to support Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H program.
The sorority presented a check to the Whitley County 4-H Champion Shirts for 10 shirts. In addition, the group was able to donate money for three Senior Pakâ€™s from Whitley County Council on Aging.
Pictured are Charlotte Lytle (left) and Kendal Klopfenstein (right), members of Delta Theta Tau, presenting Dave Addison, a 4-H leader, with the donation check.