Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Last year, Whitley County saw the formation of an autism support group, and families joined together to raise awareness and funds for the group through a one-mile walk.
Now, the Whitley County Autism Support Group is hosting the walk for a second year, and the eventâ€™s organizers are hoping for more community involvement.
The Whitley County Walk for Autism will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Whitley County YMCA, 950 E. Van Buren St. in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Volunteers took on a variety of community service projects as part of the United Way of Whitley Countyâ€™s Day of Caring Tuesday.
Executive Director Cindy Baker greeted volunteers at a breakfast before the work began.
â€śThis is about helping people,â€ť Baker said. â€śItâ€™s why I do what I do and why we are doing this today.â€ť
Whitley Countyâ€™s Day of Caring came to fruition 10 years ago. The concept of giving back to communities was already in existence in neighboring counties when Star Financial Bank Market President David Smith thought to bring the day to Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After a month of review, Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of Trustees approved the 2014 budget at Monday nightâ€™s meeting.
WCCS held a public hearing at its last work session, Sept. 3, to allow the public to voice their opinions on the budget.
After no disputes from the public, WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf recommended the board move forward with the budget â€” it was approved by unanimous vote.
The budget isnâ€™t final, though, as the district doesnâ€™t know exactly the amount of funds it will receive for the 2014 year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The staff of the Whitley County Community Foundation will be conducting a diaper drive to benefit B.A.B.E. as their 2013 United Way Day of Caring Project.
This is the fifth year for the event.
For those who like to know their charitable donations go a long way, the community foundation will be matching all donations, package for package, up to $1,000.
All sizes of diapers are needed from infant through toddler.
Anyone interested in donating to the Diaper Drive may drop off packages of diapers at the Community Foundation now through Thursday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority, met in September at the Quiet Corner.
Chorister Sandy Whiteleather led the group in singing â€śSeptember Song,â€ť â€śMy Shepherdâ€ť and â€śI Love Christmas.â€ť She also led the creed set to music by Mary Helfrich. Joyce Dubach accompanied the group.
Hostess Kris Richey served chai, green, herbal and decaf teas; coffee; pumpkin pie; dump cake; nuts and assorted chocolates. Susan McClish assisted.
Breece Bays (left) was nominated by her kindergarten teacher, Jenn Bruce (center), as Pierceton Elementary Schoolâ€™s Student of the Month.
Pictured above, Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s Superintendent Steve Clason (right) presents Bays with the award.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Parents will fill the classrooms at Whitko High School as administrators open the doors for parent-teacher conferences Wednesday.
From 4 to 8 p.m. parents will have the opportunity to meet with their studentâ€™s teachers and get a first-hand look at their academic progress.
Itâ€™s an invitation not enough parents take advantage of, according to WHS guidance staff.
â€śWe always encourage parents to get actively involved in their studentâ€™s education,â€ť said Mark Rickerd guidance counselor.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Thousands of people from the South Whitley community and throughout the tri-county region converged on the farm of Roy and Mary Rubrake for the 7th Annual South Whitley Plow Day Saturday.
Antique tractors, horse-drawn plows and contemporary machines all worked together to plow acres of farm land while other activities were offered at CR 350 West in South Whitley.
â€śThis is a fun day,â€ť Mary said. â€śWe are blessed to be able to have this here. Itâ€™s a perfect day for it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools began a survey of the community Monday.
The WCCS district is looking for input from parents, guardians, teachers, staff and other members of the community in regards to a future district referendum, or vote, for funding of a new high school facility, as well as upkeep of current schools and new safety and security measures.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man will spend three years in jail for staging a dog fight in Whitley County.
Edward E. Smith, Jr., 37, was sentenced to three years at the Whitley County Jail for promoting an animal fight, a Class D felony. He was given a concurrent three-year sentence for purchasing an animal for use in a fight and a concurrent one-year sentence for possession of paraphernalia.
The sentences were the maximum Smith could receive for the crimes, a fact noted by Whitley County Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler.