Archive - 2013 - News Article
Cory and Maudie Sickafoose, along with their three daughters, helped plant flowers, clean the park, and picked up a lot of litter from alleys and streets.
They were just one of several families who came out to volunteer during South Whitleyâ€™s Spring Spruce-Up Day Saturday.
Garrett Shepherd, a kindergartner at Little Turtle Elementary School, participated in a nation-wide initiative to teach children how to run and operate a lemonade business.
Students were given a booklet to follow and specific instructions. Shepherd had to complete a business plan, create a menu, build a booth and serve customers as part of the program.
Shepherd said he intends to use the money he makes, after he takes out his expenses, to purchase a video game.
Pictured is Shepherd (right) and his father, Marty, operating the lemonade stand on Saturday.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Kirstie Crisp will soon don a cap and gown and graduate with the rest of Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2013.
However, while others go off on summer vacations and senior trips, Crisp will be starting her career â€” in cosmetology.
â€śI had visited colleges and I knew they that they wouldnâ€™t work for me,â€ť Crisp said. â€śCosmetology is something that I love. Why would I do something that I didnâ€™t love just to conform to everyone else?â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High School recognized seniors who excelled in academics, attendance and service at a ceremony held Friday night.
Honors were given to students who had outstanding attendance, had earned academic honor diplomas, and were achievers on the sports field as well as the classroom.
Among the honors given was an award presented by WHS Principal David Parker. The Principalâ€™s Awards are given to Chelsee Christoffel and Alex Stoddard.
â€śThese students exemplify everything we strive to present at Whitko,â€ť Parker said. â€śOverall, I am so proud of the Class of 2013.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After months of planning, South Whitleyâ€™s town park received its last installment of playground equipment Friday.
Cemented across from Doodlebug Village, Adventure Mania is an interactive playground for older children.
Several slides and climbing apparatuses were put in place with work expected to be finished tomorrow.
Michael Vestergaard, owner of Vestergaard & Sons, Inc., and his crew were on hand for the installation.
Whitko High Schoolâ€™s football team joined in on the heavy lifting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Republicans gathered Saturday to hear Indiana lawmakersâ€™ recap on this yearâ€™s legislative session.
Indiana Representatives Kathy Heuer and David Ober joined with Indiana Senator Jim Banks to share what bills had been passed and what effect that might have on the local level.
Although there were numerous wins the trio was able to tally, several issues brought on some heated discussion and concern for those at the breakfast.
Heuerâ€™s rules reform
Members of the Washington Township 4-H Clubs volunteered their time to show their honor and respect to the countryâ€™s World War II veterans.
Students participated in the flight line for the Honor Flight, which provides a free trip for veterans to Washington to visit monuments on May 8.
Front row, from left: Emma Mullett, Samuel Mullett and Jacob Mullett. Back row, from left: Dillon Reed, Erin Trabert, Mady Stricker, Gemssy Munoz, Megan Hinen, Leonie Trabert, Lindsey Hoskins, Ashleigh Hoskins, Brooke Laux and Erin Knepple.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A few weeks ago, April 8 to be exact, Whitley County resident and long-time farmer, Bill Barney observed his 90th birthday â€” that in itself is worth celebrating.
However, when you talk to Barney, itâ€™s not so much about birthday celebrations and farm life that he details with precision, but rather, the events that took place 68 years ago â€” the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan Aug. 9, 1945, and the eventual end to World War II.
As a soldier in his early 20s, Barney was one of nine crewmen who participated in the Nagasaki mission.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Spring weather means lawn mowing, landscaping and yard work of all kinds.
Some South Whitley residents questioned town council members as to the correct procedure in disposing of yard waste.
â€śWe need to cut our grass and clean up limbs,â€ť said a homeowner present at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. â€śNow that we have these trash containers, we donâ€™t know what to do with our grass clippings.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śIt is rare for me to come in and say entirely positive things about my client.â€ť
Those were the comments of Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz at the sentencing hearing for Christopher Padgett, who pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class B felony, last month.
Voelz made his comments in his testimony on Padgettâ€™s behalf while awaiting sentencing from Circuit Court Judge James Heuer. Heuer handed down a six-year sentence for Padgett.