Archive - May 2012 - News Article
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP ÂÂ Ââ Firefighters from four Whitley County departments as well as Roanoke responded early today to a house fire that destroyed a Southeast Whitley County home.
According to Whitley County Sheriffâs Department dispatch reports, the fire began on the porch of a large farm house located at 9885 S. CR 500 E. where flames were visible.
The call came into WCSD dispatchers at 2:13 a.m. The first units arrived on the scene at 2:28 a.m.
Initial reports say the fire was suspected to have started in the vicinity of where the main electrical feed enters the house.
PIERCETON â Recognized and honored for making a significant impact on education, the 2012 Friend of Education award was presented to April Lehman by Whitko Community School Corporationâs (WCSC) Superintendent, Steve Clason.
The award was presented at Monday eveningâs School Board of Trustees monthly meeting.
âThis award is given to someone who unselfishly gives of their time in an effort to help with our schools to make them a better place,â Clason said.
Clason said Lehman was nominated by three separate individuals which is unusual.
PIERCETON â Committed to providing the best quality education and excellence for all, several leadership changes and retirements are on the horizon for the next school year at Whitko Community School Corporation.
Superintendent Steve Clason introduced two new staff members and elaborated on retirements at itâs School Board of Trustees meeting Monday evening.
COLUMBIA CITY â As a little girl, Michaela Thomas, currently a senior at Columbia City High School, watched young women participate in the Distinguished Young Women (DYW) program, formerly known as Junior Miss.
âYou wouldnât think that something like that would help you discover who you are, but it did, it helped me,â said Thomas. âYou develop confidence, and it makes you realize some of your strengths.â
A recruitment session for prospective participants of the 2013 DYW program has been scheduled for Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â After more discussion on the proposed Wind Energy Ordinance, the commissioners decided to wait until their next meeting to make any decisions.
The meeting began with Commissioner Thomas Rethlake asking, âHow are we going to proceed?â
Rethlake said he had recently received more comments that needed to be considered before making any proposed changes or decisions.
The commissioners decided not to consider any further written comments or suggestions after Mondayâs meeting.
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂ Ââ The United Way of Whitley County recently named Cindy Baker as its executive director. On June 4, Baker will officially take the position, but her enthusiasm is already kicking in.
âI am excited about this opportunity and to get out in the community. I am looking forward to opening up doors for the United Way. One of the things I think I will focus on is educating the community on what the United Way does and what it can offer the community,â said Baker.
COLUMBIA CITY âKenia, The Oaksâ beloved chocolate labrador, was remembered with fondness, love and great fun.
Kenia, who died Feb. 16, was a special therapy dog at the Columbia City nursing home. A special ceremony was conducted last Wednesday and her ashes spread around the base of the pink dogwood tree planted in her memory just outside the entrance of the well known health care facility.
Chad Smyth, executive director of The Oaks, welcomed more than 35 people attending. Many patients watched from the lounge area inside the home.
COLUMBIA CITY â Thanks to the continued generosity of local donors who have given to the Whitley County Community Foundation, 10 local organizations were recently awarded a total of $24,850 in grants. The Board of Directors approved the following funding recommendations made by the 10-member Grants Committee.
âą The Columbia City High School Fine Arts Department, $7,500 toward the cost of upgrading the current lighting system in the auditorium at CCHS.
âą B.A.B.E. of Whitley County Inc.,$3,000 for inventory items.
A farmer with his team of draft horse, supervised by the family dog (foreground), rakes hay in a field off CR 500 W last week. While the recent dry weather has many farmers concerned about recently-planted crops, itâs ideal weather for making hay.
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂ Ââ The fur was flying Saturday night when bidding got competitive at the 13th Annual Humane Society of Whitley County Benefit Auction.
There were many items that had the crowd salivating, but when Rex Schrader of Schrader Real Estate and Auction stepped up to the microphone, the animals that would benefit from the auction were the true winners.
Preliminary results show approximately $17,000 was raised from the benefit.
Jeanne List, the auctionâs clerk for the night, has been involved with the humane society since it started in Whitley County.