November 9th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Due to cooler temperatures, energy assistance programs are working with county citizens to help them pay their heating bills.
Whitley Co. Energy Assistance Fund
âWe only help each household once every 12 months,â said Steve Weaver with the Whitley County Energy Assistance Fund. âThe maximum we pay is $150, and if someone comes to us with an electrical bill, we ask them to come up with a budget of how they can continue to manage their own bills the next month. We do not help pay if they cannot plan to pay their next bill.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Community Foundation held its 17th Annual Heart of Gold awards ceremony last night to recognize county residents who have given back to the community.
The foundationâs Executive Director September McConnell said, âThis has been a very good year. This night is a chance for us to say âthank youâ to all of you who help make Whitley County a better place to live.â
Thirteen Heart of Gold recipients received gold medallions, a certificate and $100 to be awarded to the charity of their choosing.
COLUMBIA CITY â During the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees meeting Monday, Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff notified the board that the district school calendar would be presented at the next regular board meeting.
âI met with the calendar committee Sept. 26,â said Reiff. âWe looked at two options. One option was to start school Aug. 19 and end June 4. The second option starts school Aug. 12 and ends May 28.â
CHURUBUSCO â Rate hikes were debated at Churubuscoâs Town Council meeting Wednesday night.
Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl suggested increasing the rental fees for the parkâs Scout Building to increase revenue and offset upcoming renovation and upgrading costs. The proposed increase would raise the price from $95 to $115, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
She explained that most other facilities charge more money. The proposed rate increase would make Churubuscoâs Scout Building rental fee more comparable.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Veterans Marathon is not just another running event. It is a morning that puts Columbia City on the map in running circles.
After flood waters forced the New York City Marathon to be cancelled, Columbia City is anticipating an influx of additional runners, increasing exposure to the city as well as the Whitley County area.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said the event will be an economic boost to the area.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Council reviewed an interlocal agreement between the county and the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District. It was later tabled for further clarification on the agreementâs requirements.
The agreement is a formality describing how the county and the Solid Waste Management District work together. It came before the Whitley County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Monday.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubusco Elementary School Chimers and Churubusco Junior-Senior High School show choir gave their first concert this week at Sweetwater music studio, Fort Wayne, as part of its annual Sounds of the Season.
This special performance was professionally taped to air on several television channels. Beginning Thanksgiving Day, the performances can be viewed on Indianaâs News Centerâs channels 21 and 33.
It will also run periodically until Christmas, along with other area schoolsâ performances.
CHURUBUSCO â Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees discussed financial concerns at its regular meeting Monday.
The board discussed concerns over the governmentâs Budget Control Act of 2011 which will take effect next year. The act will cut SGCSâs funding by almost $35,000. This cut follows a previous federal funding cut of more than $385 million nationwide in 2011.
COLUMBIA CITY â Coesse Elementary School is bringing World War II to life for students and the community.
A 1944 World War II Reconna Jeep, which landed on Normandy Beach one day after the invasion, is on display at the school today and Friday. This jeep was used as a scout vehicle throughout France and Normandy, and is being used as a visual aid for the schoolâs Veterans Day program Friday.
Both students and community members are invited to visit the display, which will be available today from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and Friday from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. and 2:40 to 4 p.m.
Mary L. Downen, 69, passed away Oct. 30, 2012, at her home in Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 9, 1942, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late David and Ruth Hostetter.
She married Bobby Downen in 1969. Surviving relatives include her husband, a daughter and two granddaughters.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
Memorials may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Communities Respite Scholarship Fund or Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid-LWML.