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May 22nd

Petition presented for ‘no trucks’ on CR 800 E

May 22, 2014

Whitley County government officials allow for public comment during regular meetings, and Monday, Commissioners entertained a petition from John Bloom, a resident of Allen County.

Bloom’s residential property lines run along County Road 800 E., which is the dividing line between Allen and Whitley County.

His concern was for the safety of himself, as well as other residents who live on a road he called a “clear and present danger.”

County Road 800 East is used for commercial truck traffic traveling to manufacturing facilities located near U.S. 30.

FUNDING WOES LEAD TO TEACHER CUTS:WCCS forced to reduce three positions

May 22, 2014

With no other place to turn, Whiltey County Consolidated Schools officials were forced to eliminate three teaching positions for the next school year.

“School districts are being financially strangled,” WCCS Superintendent Patricia O’Connor said. “This is the unfortunate reality of what has happened to our funding.”

Several years ago, the state took control of the school districts’ General Funds, collecting all money and passing it out to schools based on attendance.

With every year that has passed, school funding has become more and more of an issue.

Pool opens this week

May 22, 2014

Pool season is just around the corner.

Burnworth Memorial Pool will have its final opening day this weekend.
The pool is scheduled to close for good at the end of this summer, and a new facility is in the works.

Burnworth will be open for all of Memorial Day Weekend, from noon to 5 p.m.
The pool will also be open the following weekend, May 31 to June 1 from noon to 5 p.m.

The facility will open on a daily basis starting June 3, after Whitley County Consolidated Schools are out for the summer. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays.

LIFE-SAVING EFFORT EARNS DISTRICT HONOR: Weeks named Whitko Friend of Education

May 22, 2014

An annual award was presented to a community leader and school volunteer at Whitko Community School Corporation’s board meeting Monday.

The Friend of Education award was given to Tonya Weeks, of Larwill, who has worked within the district to teach life-saving tips to students, faculty and families.

“Tonya has provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction for our students, staff and community members for the past six years,” said Sara St. Clair, WCSC’s nurse.

May 21st

Congregation to bid farewell to long-time church pastors

May 21, 2014

Pastor David and Michelle Salyer, long-time leaders of Victory Christian Fellowship church in Columbia City, recently announced their resignation after 16 years of pastoral service.

The church family will be hosting a special event honoring the Salyer’s Sunday at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 1330 W. Business 30 in Columbia City. The community, and those that know the Salyers, are invited to attend.

After the celebration service, a lunch will be served. Cards and letters with messages of well wishes may be mailed to the church office.

Busy bikers

May 21, 2014

Mary Raber Elemetary School held its Bike to School Day Wednesday. A quick, early-morning thunderstorm moved out of the area in time for students to hop on their bikes and ride to school. After school, students had the opportunity to ride their bikes to Morsches Park for the school’s parent group’s Bike-a-Thon. Businesses in the community donated money for bicycle give-aways, snacks and water for students. Earlier this week, Columbia City Police Officer Shad Hunter presented bicycle safety information to students in physical education classes.

Perry exemplifies ‘care’ in the classroom

May 21, 2014

Amy Perry, a second-grade teacher at Mary Raber Elementary School, has been a “positive leader” for her students for seven years.

“She is caring and works diligently to meet all of her students’ needs while supporting the rest of the staff and our families,” said Julie Turpin, MRES principal. “She is an inspiring example of the caring and dedicated way our teachers give 110 percent to do their very best for our students each day.

EVENT TO COMMEMORATE SGCS GARDEN: District celebrates 50 years of education

May 21, 2014

Smith-Green Community Schools has been evolving for 50 years, and the district is celebrating the half century mark with several events.

The Smith-Green Community Schools’ website,, currently displays many articles noting historical facts, statistics and pictures of the district’s history.

Celebration activities have been taking place throughout the 2013-14 school year in commemoration of the 50th anniversary.

Another celebration is planned for Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. An event will be held to commemorate the district’s Eagle Garden.

Holiday weekend offers a chance to remember

May 21, 2014

Memorial Day weekend will offer two events for residents to take part in.

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.

The community is encourage to attend, and children are welcome.

May 20th


May 20, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (May 20, 2014) The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Whitley County until 5 a.m. Wednesday. There are some strong storms already in the Chicago area. Meteorologists predict when storms make it to Whitley County, the area will likely see heavy rain, lightning, gusty winds, and the possibility of small hail.

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