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Pet presentation

May 2, 2014

Breanna Kennedy, a fourth grader at Pierceton Elementary School, presents her Envision project to Whitko Community School Corporation’s school board members at the April meeting. Envision is a program offered to students who might have exhibit advanced learning skills.

Through multi-media projects and presentations, an independent work, elementary students can take part in additional academic programming. Kennedy chose to prepare a presentation on her pet bird.


May 2, 2014

Board of Works

The Columbia City Board of Public Works and Safety will hold an executive session Thursday at 5 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers for the purposes as allowed IC 5-14-1.5-6.1., which is to interview prospective employees.

Board of Zoning

The Columbia City Board of Zoning Appeals will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. Items on the agenda include a request for a special exception to allow for outdoor storage in conjunction with an automobile sales lot.

Plan Commission

The Columbia City Plan Commission will meet Monday at 7 p.m.

Spiral rope beading class to be held at historical museum

May 2, 2014

The Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City will be having a Spiral Rope Beading Class Saturday, May 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Spiral beading is a stitch that appears to be a twisted bead rope. Spiral beading looks particularly effective using contrasting color beads.

This is a versatile stitch that can be used to make many different projects such as necklaces, purse handles, bracelets and more.
Participants will go home with a finished bracelet as well as the knowledge to do it again on their own.

Pat Smith, a Potawatomie citizen, will teach the class.

Superb student

May 2, 2014

Andrew Wood, a sixth grader at Whitko Middle School, was recognized at the school’s Student of the Month for April at a recent Whitko Community School Corporation board meeting.

He was nominated for the honor by a group of his sixth grade teachers. Presenting him with his certificate is Rochelle Leininger (left).

Gesture of appreciation

May 2, 2014

Columbia City’s electric department recently honored its linemen during National Linemen Day, April 18. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel signed a proclamation, and a special lunch was held for the city’s linemen. “Linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity, high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing,” the proclamation said. Pictured are Columbia City’s linemen, from left: Angie Hildebrand, Ryan Barnett, Randy Bockelman, Jason Branning, Shane Mills, Brent Buckles, Jason Buckles, Zac L. Bireley and Department Head Shawn Lickey.

Biker group to benefit veterans with ride

May 2, 2014

Motorcycles of all sorts will put rubber to road Sunday as part of an initiative to honor veterans.

The Old Fort Motorcycle Club is holding a charity ride to raise money for a memorial to be erected for veterans who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan and in other wars and military efforts.

“These veterans deserve to be honored just as much as those who are already on Vietnam War and World War memorials,” said Dan Hall, the club’s president.

“We think it’s important to find a way to show these men and women how much we appreciate their service.”

Praying people put faith into action

May 2, 2014

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Gardeners to hold plant sale Saturday

May 2, 2014

The Whitley County Master Gardeners are holding their first plant and seed sale of the season Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

It will be held at the Whitley County 4-H Center, in conjunction with the Boomerang Backpack fundraiser.

The fundraiser will feature a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., a 5K run, as well as various vendors inside the community building.

In addition, the Master Gardeners will be selling plants on the opening day of the Whitley County Farmer’s Market, in Columbia City, Saturday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Financial fitness and literacy at Eagle Tech

May 2, 2014

Indiana’s Secretary of State Connie Lawson made an appearance at Eagle Tech Academy in Columbia City Thursday afternoon to speak with students about the importance of financial literacy, with a focus on understanding the importance of budgeting and how credit cards impact credit scores before graduation. For more information on financial literacy for Hoosiers, visit

PROSECUTOR RACE HEATS UP: Second of a three-part series

May 2, 2014

Local races are heating up in Whitley County as residents are preparing to cast their votes in Tuesday’s primary election.

Three Republican seats are contested on the ballot — House Representative, Whitley County Prosecutor and Whitley County Sheriff.

The candidates of these races have been present at numerous community events to share their viewpoints on several issues.

In the prosecutor’s race, incumbent Matthew Rentschler is opposed by Bruce Scott.

Q: If people could know one thing about you to decide whether you would make a good prosecutor, what would it be?

Columbia City's Parks Department's Valero Junior Golf Tour played Monday at Eagle Glen Golf Course...
Whitko's 10-and-under baseball travel team advanced to the second round of semi-state play where...
Columbia City's volleyball team competed in the Hoosier Open Thursday and Friday at Bishop Dwenger....


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