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July 11th

CONCERNED: SGCS addresses ADA issues

July 11, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Members of Smith-Green Community Schools showed their concern for students with disabilities during the public work session Monday night.
Greg Wehling from Moake Park Group showed the board the final architectural drawings for a proposed building project.
Wehling explained the $6 million project which includes a new cafeteria for the elementary school, five new classrooms, ADA bathrooms, a new special needs classroom and a new security system at the main entrance at CES.

FILLING IN: Bailey named SGCS interim supt.

July 11, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Ralph Bailey took charge of the board meeting at Smith-Green Community Schools Monday. The board asked Bailey to be interim superintendent July 2 at a special meeting after the surprise departure of Steve Darnell June 29.
Bailey is a long-time educator who served for many years at Whitley County Consolidated Schools and since retirement has been interim superintendent at many schools in northeast Indiana.

MDA: Community leaders get locked up to raise money

July 11, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Business and community leaders in Whitley County were “locked up” for an hour jail sentence Tuesday to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The fundraiser was held at Paige’s Crossing in Columbia City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allison Eckert, fundraising coordinator, said the sheriff’s department was helping to pick up people and drop them off at Paige’s Crossing.
“They ‘arrest’ them and bring them in, and some people decide to turn themselves in just depending on what their schedules are,” said Eckert.

4-H FAIR: Annual event approaches

July 11, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The beginning of the 88th annual Whitley County Fair, packed with fun, food and competition, is only a few days away.
The fair begins Friday and runs through July 19 at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
“It’s a perfect way for us to cultivate and teach our kids life lessons,” said Whitley County 4-H Clubs Inc. President Cathy Heritier.
Without the support of the local community, Heritier said the fair would not be available to the public for free.

LITTLE HERO: 8-year-old kid saves day

July 11, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­ — Eight-year-old Sammy Varga may wear a cape when pretending to be a super hero, but to his family and neighbor, Angie Cotter, he is a hero.
Sunday morning, Sammy was outside when he saw smoke coming from the Cotter residence.
“I told my dad that they must be cooking a lot of bacon because there was a lot of smoke,” said Sammy.
Kim and Tad Varga are the parents of Sammy. Kim said that she was very proud of her son.

July 10th

THE LIGHTHOUSE: More than a home for the displaced

July 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­ — Located high on a hill off Bus. U.S. 30, The Lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope to those who find themselves in the darkness of life’s troubles.
Michelle Woodard is a case manager at The Lighthouse. She said The Lighthouse is more than just a homeless shelter.
“We’ve been labeled as a homeless shelter and I guess in some ways we are, but we offer so much more than a roof over their heads. It is really our mission to not only help people get back on their feet, but to provide healing in areas of their life that brought them here in the first place.”

July 9th

SOUNDS OF SUMMER: Singers from Teen Idol perform at concert

July 9, 2012

ZUMBATHON: Exercising for a good cause

July 9, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A fun and healthy fundraiser known as Zumbathon provided a hard workout for a good cause Saturday. The fundraiser was held at the First Church of God Gymnasium.
Pat Mossburg, the religious communities director for the Whitley County Salvation Army, said the Zumbathon was held for “A Sole Purpose” — a program to help money for new school shoes and backpacks for local children in need.
“We are about half way to our goal,” said Mossburg. “We’ll probably keep collecting monetary donations through mid July.”

ANOTHER WEEK: Burn ban extended

July 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Board of Commissioners chair Don Amber announced today the county-wide ban on open burning, which includes the use of fireworks, would be extended another week.
“I heard a forecast that we could get rain (during the weekend) so we’ll see,” said Amber.
The extension of the ban will take the prohibition up to the next meeting of the commissioners.
The current ban was set to expire today at 1 p.m.
Whitley County followed the lead of other counties and the city of Columbia City in banning open burning when it issued an executive order June 25.

JAIL: Leaders locked up for good cause

July 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­— The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is locking up business and community leaders in Whitley County on Tuesday.
These jailbirds will serve their one hour jail sentence between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Paige’s Crossing in Columbia City.
The event to raise money for MDA benefits local Whitley County residents.
Blake Van Houten and his brother Cole are both diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystropy.
The boys serve as Goodwill Ambassadors for the MDA.
As each participant works to get out of jail, bail money is raised.

 

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