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March 20th

2013 LEADER OF TOMORROW: Connor Stouder of Whitko High School

March 20, 2013

Editor’s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and have been highlighted during the last week. Connor Stouder was The Post & Mail’s top pick in the Leaders of Tomorrow search.

SOUTH WHITLEY — “Never take a day off.” That’s the advice Connor Stouder, a senior at Whitko High School, would give to students just starting their high school career.

TRADING SPACES: County turns property over to state

March 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to turn a fish hatchery property back over to the state of Indiana Monday.

The commissioners also discussed the Camp Samaritan property, which had been in the county’s control since 2010. Camp Whitley was interested in purchasing the land. The stipulation of the contract was if the county did nothing to make Camp Samaritan into a public park, then it would revert back to the DNR.

PHOTO ACCOLADES: ISMS student takes national award, inspires teacher

March 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY —­­ Megan Jagger, an 8th-grade student at Indian Springs Middle School, won several regional honors in the Scholastic Art Awards competition for her photographs.

However, in a ceremony held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Jagger was awarded a National Silver Medal for a photograph of an old tractor entitled, “Antiquity on the Farm.”

Mary Hilger is Jagger’s art teacher at ISMS and was elated to see one of her students receive the artistic honor.

March 19th

SEWER BILLS: Tri-Lakes dwellers may see rate increase

March 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Tri-Lakes residents could possibly see an increase in their sewer bills starting in June.

Expensive sewer repairs and rising maintenance costs have led the Tri-Lakes Sewer District to visit the idea of increasing rates .97 cents.

According to the District Administrator Carol Martin the average sewer bill will increase from $37.88 to $38.85 for Phase I customers. Phase II customers, on average, will see a new amount of $51.40.

COMPANION CROPPING: Australian farmer visits Churubusco

March 19, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Chuck Zumbrun has been farming off and on for nearly 40 years. He recently swapped farming notes with a visiting farmer from Australia.

As a fourth-generation farmer, Zumbrun connected through social media with Bryan Granshaw, a third-generation farmer from Queensland, Australia.

The two were able to come together to share ideas about soil sustainability and management through the concept of companion cropping.

2013 LEADERS OF TOMORROW: Colton Geiger - 'Busco

March 19, 2013

Editor’s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and will be highlighted during the next week. One student will be selected by The Post & Mail as the overall Leaders of Tomorrow.

CHURUBUSCO — Colton Geiger is a senior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School and The Post & Mail’s pick as runner up in the Leaders of Tomorrow search.

Q: What activities are you involved in at school or within the community?

March 18th

BARN FIRE: Battling the blaze

March 18, 2013

Crews battled a fully engulfed barn fire west of South Whitley late Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

The calf barn, located at 7900 W. Ind. 14, was on the property of Dewayne Gable. Firefighters from multiple townships battled the blaze, that was fully involved when they arrived on the scene.

No injuries were reported, but approximately 100 calves were lost in the fire. The blaze remains under investigation.

PROPERTIES REASSESSED: Whitley County releases tax information

March 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — May 10 is the due date for residents of Whitley County to pay their first installment of property taxes.

The fall bill will be due Nov. 12. Forms will be in the mail by April 15.

According to Auditor Jen McGuire, Whitley County’s properties were re-assessed last year with a total value calculated at $1,336,049,342.

Most residents will see property tax increases, although the amount will vary from township to township and will depend on what city or town the property is located in.

GPA SCALE: WCCS weighs grade bonuses

March 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Course rigor is one of the goals of Whitley County Consolidated Schools.

Part of that goal is offering classes that are a challenge for students. To meet that aim, Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered at Columbia City High School, as well as dual-course offerings with area colleges. There are also honors courses offered.

2013 LEADERS OF TOMORROW: Kohltin Hoeppner

March 18, 2013

Editor’s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and will be highlighted during the next week. One student will be selected by The Post & Mail as the overall Leaders of Tomorrow.

COLUMBIA CITY — Kohltin Hoeppner is a sophomore at Columbia City High School.

Q: What activities are you involved in at school or within the community?

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