July 11th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs 4-H Fair officially begins Friday with a Dairy Show at 11 a.m.
Cathy Heritier is overseeing the fair festivities. She said this yearâs events bring many opportunities for âgood wholesome family fun.â
âOur fair is really unique in that we donât charge for admission. Itâs free,â Heritier said. âAll the people who are working down there are volunteers. Auctioneers volunteer their time and so do the people at the grandstands.â
COLUMBIA CITY â One of Whitley Countyâs younger sheriffâs deputies is working his way up the ranks of the department.
Cory Patrick, who has five years with the department, was promoted as the second-shift sergeant Wednesday afternoon.
Patrick was one of three candidates who put in for the position, and he is looking forward to his new role in the department.
âThereâs not a lot of room to move up in a smaller department like ours,â Patrick said. âItâs a great opportunity.â
Two years ago, Patrick was the youngest and newest deputy on the department
INDIANAPOLIS â 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.
âWe are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,â said Sharyn Whitman, CEO, Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.
âEvery two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Salvation Army of Whitley Countyâs âCelebrity Shoe Offâ is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Shoe Show in Columbia City.
The goal is for local âcelebritiesâ to generate money for the nonprofitâs 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 â 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 â âWho is your favorite firefighter?â
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 â Columbia Cityâs 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 cityâs 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 â In July of 2012, Cindy Baker presented her plans for the United Way of Whitley County at the nonprofitâs 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 â Baker celebrated a long list of accomplishments for her first year with the United Way Tuesday.
âIt really isnât about me. I am just one person,â Baker said. âIt really is about all of you who have helped the United Way be successful.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Sheriffâs 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 â 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.