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May 24th

EMOTIONAL HOMECOMING: Raver returns from Honor Flight to warm welcome

May 24, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — In celebration of Memorial Day, many Whitley County residents will host cookouts and spend time with friends and family.
However, among the hotdogs and holiday fanfare, residents should pause to thank those who have served the U.S. in military service.

One initiative working to recognize veterans is the Honor Flight program. The inaugural Honor Flight Tour took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking 12 World War II veterans on a visit to the memorial in Washington, DC.

HOLIDAY EVENTS: Flag ceremony Sunday, parade Monday

May 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — During the holiday weekend, two events are slated to give Whitley County residents a chance to honor the United States and those who have served to protect it.

The Leatherneck Coffee Club of Northern Indiana will hold an official United States Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Whitley County Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to the formal flag retirement there will be patriotic songs performed by the Chain O’ Lakes Barbershop Chorus, Leatherneck Coffee Club Marine Color Guard and a Mortar Salute.

May 23rd

READER SNAPSHOT: Successful ’shroom scavenging

May 23, 2014

Pictured are a slew of mushrooms gathered in Whitley County by father-son duo Dave and Andrew Kessie, of Whitley County. Submit your mushroom photos to Submissions should include first and last names as well as where the mushroom finder is from. Always include a daytime phone number with your submission. For more information, call 244-5153 x 209.

POOL HAS LEAK: Still planning on opening for holiday

May 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Memorial Day weekend is traditionally when the Burnworth Memorial Pool opens in Columbia City.
It will open as scheduled this weekend, but a leaking liner will mean the pool facility will be shutdown shortly after the holiday.
“During the last couple of years, the liner of the pool has been a real concern,” said Mark Green, Columbia City Park Department director. “There have been multiple areas that have been patched to repair holes and leaks.”
Green said when the pool was filled last week without any problems.

WMS named state champs for academic bowl

May 23, 2014

Whitko Middle School’s Academic team was declared state champions at the 27th Annual Purdue Academic Super Bowl competition Saturday May 3 at Indian Springs Middle School.
Competing against 44 other Class-Three schools across the state, both social studies and science teams won first place.

The language arts team placed ninth, and the interdisciplinary team brought home a 15th finish.

This is the second state championship in a row and the third in the last eight years for the social studies team, and the second state championship for the science team within the past seven years.


May 23, 2014

Group to host annual garden walk

May 23, 2014

Master Gardeners will once again offer a walk to feature gardens in Whitley County.

Whitley County Master Gardeners annual Garden Walk will be held Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This project is sponsored by Whitley County Master Gardeners and assisted by Purdue Cooperative Extension’s Whitley County Office.

The following locations have been named for this year’s event:

•Garden #1: 3363 E. Cider Mill Rd., Columbia City
•Garden #2: 366 N. CR 150 E., Columbia City
•Garden #3: 305 N. Whitley St., Columbia City
•Garden #4: 106 E. Jefferson St., Columbia City

Backyard bolstered

May 23, 2014

PASSAGES’ PROGRAM TO PROPEL LEARNING: Summer session application deadline is May 30

May 23, 2014

Parents and teachers are all too familiar with the academic forgetfulness that plagues students during summer break.

The same concern exists for parents and teachers of special needs students. However, Passages, Inc., has a solution to help students with intellectual disabilities.

A Summer Youth Enrichment Program is designed for individuals, ages 12 to 22, who are enrolled in a Whitley County school program.

The program focuses on practicing and enhancing academic, social, and vocational skills in a structured and “fun” environment.

ISMS garners creative nod in contest

May 23, 2014

Indian Springs Middle School students recently competed in a creative contest highlighting their skills behind the camera.

Middle school students from Mary Hilger’s Digital Photography Class submitted 70 entries in the 2014 Allen County Public Library Teen Photography Competition.

Three of the submissions won Honorable Mention in the Junior Division for ages 11 through 14.

The following contest entries receiving a nod at the competition were:

Alissa Jagger — “Looking Upward”
Hunter Reed — “Facing the Dark Side”
Ava Winters — “Lock in Place”


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