Archive - 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â Gasoline prices in Whitley County surged 25 cents overnight to $3.69 a gallon, causing Thursday morning consternation for local motorists.
Questions abound for tight-budgeted citizens who have been told to brace for $4 per gallon prices by Memorial Day â and perhaps $5 this summer.
As if on cue, the White House is scheduled to address American gas prices later Thursday.
COLUMBIA CITY â Col-umbia City Rotarians hosted 120 bidders at its annual scholarship auction Saturday night at the Eagleâs Nest Event Center, raising more than $21,000 at the Hawaiian-themed banquet.
The top single purchase of the evening was a week of leisure at a condominium in Naples, Fla., provided by Don Armstrong. Candice and Barry Yeakle were top bidders for the get-away.
PIERCETON â The 2012-2013 school calendar year for Whitko Community School Corporation (WCSC) will change a bit from previous years, according to Superintendent Steve Clason. The first full-day for WCSC students will be Aug. 15 with the last day set for May 23, providing there are no make-up days for weather.
âI think this (2012-2013 school calendar) is one of the better calendars we have had,â school board secretary Roger Boggs said at its Board of School Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday evening.
By JAMES THOMLISON
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) Board of Directors and the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced Tuesday they are coordinating together in efforts to more closely align their work with local business and industry.
Following a recent discussion involving members of both boards of directors, a committee was formed to explore options to form a partnership between the Chamber and EDC.
COLUMBIA CITY âA party of family, friends and fellow classmates hugged and congratulated 18-year-old Columbia City High School student Michaela Thomas as she prepared to leave for Kokomo Friday.
Michaela is Whitley Countyâs 47th representative to compete at the Indiana state level for the 52nd Annual Distinguished Young Women (DYW) program, formally known as Junior Miss.
Michaela believes the program has already taught her some valuable life lessons.
COLUMBIA CITY â It was supposed to be rain, but precipitation in Whitley County shortly before 7 a.m. today came in the form of moderately heavy wet snow.
The surprise snow was coating roadways and causing traffic to go no more than 35 mph in places on U.S. 30, extending commute times considerably.
The good news is that warming temperatures should change the snow to rain . . . soon.
FORT WAYNE â The Whitley County Dazzlers performed at their first cheerleading competition Feb. 11 at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne.
The Whitley County troupe received the Outstanding Performance Award for cheerleaders in the Special Needs category at the Speedway Slam for Great Lakes Cheerleading Competition.
The cheerleading squad includes Mary Hyndman, Payton Jagger, Alisha Kimmel, Sydney Pequignot, Samara Pfeiffer, Brooke Silk.
Coaches include Vanessa Bills, Kaycee Bills, sophomore at University of St. Francis, and Sarah Horn, junior at Churubusco High School.
SOUTH WHITLEY â What remains of South Whitleyâs longtime movie theater continued to smolder Sunday while shocked residents stared in disbelief and some harkened back to a day when the historic building hosted celluloid images of Gable, Grant and The Duke.
âIn 1947, I sold tickets to the Kent Theatre movies and admission was 35 cents then, along with a big bag of popcorn for 10 cents,â said Donna (Wendel) Thomson.
âOn Friday and Saturday evenings there were two movies, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. and the theater was completely full with both show times.â
COLUMBIA CITY â When Mayor Ryan Daniel was elected, he said he wanted the inner-workings of city government to be more accessible to the public.
Minutes of public meetings have always been available to read on the cityâs website. As of the beginning of Danielâs term, audio recordings of Columbia City Common Council and Board of Works and Safety has been made available. Now, talks have begun about adding video into the mix. "We're looking to potentially provide council and board of works live for our residents to watch,â said Daniel.
COLUMBIA CITY â He has a zest for life. Lester Sheets also has great reverence for the dead.
Lester and Doris Sheets are retired and living in Columbia City. The young couple bought a funeral home in 1950 located on Main Street in Churubusco from Frances and Dasie Sonday.