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April 13th

LEAVING OFFICE EARLY: Assessor stepping down in July

April 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Originally planning a paid hiatus from May to October, Whitley County Assessor Angie Heath now says she will resign on July 7.

Heath was planning a trip to help her husband, a Larwill resident, run a resort he owns in Canada. The resort does not have any employees. “It’s the two of us, we do it all ourselves,” Heath said in March.

Now in her 13th year with the Assessor’s Office and in the second year of her third term, originally planned to return after October and remain in office until Rita Sauders, deputy assessor, was fully trained at the position.

HOOSIER WOMEN'S ARTIST COMPETITION: Lt. Governor picks winners

April 13, 2012

For the past six years, the product of women artists from Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists competition has graced her office. At the end of March, she recognized the 11 winners of the 2012 competition during a statehouse ceremony.

Congratulations to the following women:

Jeanne Amsler, Evansville, The Ross Theatre
Amanda Fruits, Brownsburg, Hostas and Coneflowers
Sarah Hackney, Indianapolis, Amazing Maize
Brenda Jalaie, Zionsville, Super Charged Super Cars
Savreen Kaur, Bloomington, Colors of Griffy Lake

RAISE THE CURTAINS: CCHS putting on first full play in years

April 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The 15-20 theater actors at Columbia City High School will present the first full play they have performed in years. The play, entitled “The Miracle Worker,” is directed by Play Director Shane Barkley with the help of his assistant director, Keith Gilbert.

Barkley said the reason he choose this story was to stretch the students’ acting abilities.

“This is the first play we’ve done in a while, and I told them we’re going to do something that’s going to stretch them a little bit,” said Barkley. “They really have to rely on their acting abilities.”

POOCH TEACHING SAFETY: CCFD welcomes fire dog to demonstrate safety to kids

April 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — On May 11, the Columbia City Fire Department is welcoming the Fire and Life Safety Dog, Kasey.

Kasey, a black Labrador Retriever, and firefighter Jeff Owens, as part of Koorsen Fire and Security, travel the country performing “an exciting educational program that teaches children fire and life safety skills.”

“We have the opportunity to have the fire dog come in and do fire prevention for kids,” said Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue.

April 12th

Sunset over Whitley County

April 12, 2012

A springtime sun sets over silhouetted silos and outbuildings on a Whitley County farm in the area of CR 550 E and CR 150 N.

City Council seeking a safer intersection

April 12, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council is taking a hard look at the accident issue occurring at the intersection of U.S. 30 and W. Lincolnway in Columbia City.

Councilman Bill Simpson raised the topic and reported having received several recent complaints about the intersection.

“Several people have come to talk to me and they feel it is dangerous crossing the intersection coming onto U.S. 30,” Simpson said.

Mayor Ryan Daniel said he grew up near the intersection and was familiar with the sound of “crashing metal.”

"GRIDDY" MURPHY: Columbia City’s Murphy receives state honors

April 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Columbia City football stand-out Jared Murphy was named to the 2012 Indiana Football Digest Prime-Time 25 at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in Indianapolis March 18.

Each year, over 400 people attend this banquet and award ceremony to recognize the best players, coaches and media representatives in Indiana High School Football.

These current juniors (Class of 2013) will appear on the cover of the 2012 Indiana Football Digest which will debut at the North-South All-Star Classic on July 13 at North Central High School.

SCHOLARS: Schneider, Thomas top CCHS class

April 12, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Eighteen-year-olds Jenee Schneider and Michaela Thomas, were selected as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at Columbia City High School – and the academic honors are opening doors.

Jenee is the daughter of Robert and Julie Schneider, and Michaela, the salutatorian, is the daughter of Micah and Michelle Thomas.

Both girls are good friends, playing volleyball together in high school and hanging out around Columbia City, as they both enjoy the lessons they have learned in high school.

PROCLAMATION: Commissioners proclaim April as Government Month

April 12, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The National Association of Counties (NAC) is an organization that helps promote County Government. April has been designated as Local County Government Month, with the 2012 theme being “Healthy Counties, Healthy Families.”

In a press release issued for the month, Whitley County leaders have proclaimed they take seriously their responsibility to protect and enhance the health, welfare and safety of residents in a sensible and cost-effective way.

LUNCH & LEARN: Leadership Whitley County hosting HR expert April 20

April 12, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Mark your calendars for a leadership refresher April 20.
As part of Excellence in Servant Leadership Week, Leadership Whitley County is hosting a lunch and learn session.
The session is titled “Lead From Where You Are.”
The featured speaker is Bob Aibel, a Human Resources practitioner and instructor, with over 25 years of experience.
Aibel has worked and consulted in various industries, including medical device, consumer products, restaurant and hospitality, insurance and service organizations.