Archive - Oct 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â Thunderous applause and a standing ovation greeted Tom Zeisig as he accepted the 2013 Friend of 4-H Award.
Zeisig was nominated for the honor because of his tireless volunteer efforts with Whitley Countyâs 4-H program.
Also garnering an award was Matt Gibson. He received the 2013 Adult Leadership Award for work in developing a 4-H program that ensures growth and education in its youth participants.
A host of other awards and recognition was given to adult leaders, volunteers and 4-Hers Monday night at the annual Achievement Program.
COLUMBIA CITYâ A Columbia City man pleaded guilty Monday to supplying his son with ingredients for the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Jay B. Greer, 56, was pleaded guilty to aiding in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
That crime carries a sentence of 6 to 20 years.
As part of a plea agreement, Greer will have five other charges against him dismissed, but sentencing will be entirely at the discretion of Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.
Greer will be sentenced Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County employees are making way in their goal to collect one million â pop tabs, that is.
This will be the second year the county had gathered a million tabs.
In 2000, employees collected a million aluminum tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis.
Recently, the Whitley County Engineerâs office, who spearheads the collection with the support of the County Commissioners, received a generous donation of 149 pounds of tabs from the Living Waters Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake.
Members of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force converged on the Courthouse lawn to decorate the square with purple ribbons in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Joining in the effort were Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, Columbia City High School Key Club members and other volunteers.
See a special publication inserted in todayâs Post & Mail for on the task force.
COLUMBIA CITY â With news of her leaving the Salvation Army, Facebook comments flooded Pat Mossburgâs page.
âI didnât even know I was that well-liked,â Mossburg responded to her Facebook comments.
Mossburg has been the ministries director for Whitley Countyâs Salvation Army for seven years.
Earlier this month, she announced she would be leaving her post, effective Oct. 31.
A special open house is planned in her honor Monday, Oct. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Salvation Armyâs office, inside the First Church of God in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â While Whitley County Consolidated Schools posted competitive scores in the recent release of the ISTEP+ results, school officials are still working to make improvements for next year.
WCCS collectively had 78 percent of its students pass the test, but noted some areas where scores were lower than others.
COLUMBIA CITY â Squad cars flooded the parking lot at Columbia City High School Saturday, as nearly every law enforcement officer who serves Whitley County participated in a special training.
The training was held by the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team to assist the county with its recent focus on school safety.
The ISP team has traveled to several school districts in Indiana to help prepare agencies with the best tactics in the event of a school shooting.
âWe wanted everyone to be on the same page,â said Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh.
Although chalk doesnât leave a permanent mark, the message displayed in a variety of colors is a powerful one.
Students at Columbia City High School gathered to decorate the pavement leading to the schoolâs entrance with words and drawings in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Chalk It Up has been a county-wide campaign as students across Whitley County have etched sayings on sidewalks at numerous schools advocating a stop to violence.
Pictured is Maddison Berlin working on her chalk drawing.
COLUMBIA CITY â The thought of saying goodbye to those she has worked with for so long brings mixed emotions for Jackie Hake, evident in teary eyes.
For 18 years, Hake has been the executive director for The Woodlands, a county-wide center servicing the areaâs senior community.
âThis has been my life,â Hake said. âIâve been here to witness some of the biggest successes of this organization. Although I am ready to retire, itâs hard to say goodbye.â
Officially Hake will retire at the end of the year, but she is already making plans with her family.
COLUMBIA CITY â When a park at Tri-Lakes had to have its bathroom facilities shutdown due to a contaminated well, Whitley County Commissioners proposed a new owner for the property.
âThis is the only park still under the countyâs umbrella,â said Commissioner Don Amber at a recent meeting. âI guess I would rather see the township take it over.â
After discussing the possibility of the park becoming the property of Thorncreek Township, its trustee, Gene Heckman, said there was interest from both his township board and the Tri-Lakes Association.