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June 4th

Students ‘roar’

June 4, 2014

Whitko Middle School held a school-wide convocation to celebrate students as part of its Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (P.B.I.S.) program. Middle school staff wrote 12,000 Paw Prints during the school year, recognizing students for demonstrating Respect, being On Task, Advocacy, and Responsibility (R.O.A.R.). Paw Prints are collected throughout the year. Live drawings were held, and students won $25 of $50 gift cards to Wal-Mart. Pictured are the winners. Front row, from left: Kaden Templeton, Claire Keirn, Bailey Wright and Makayla Compton.

Col. City Tree Board receives national recognition — again

June 4, 2014

Columbia City’s urban treescape was touted as a Tree City, USA for the 20th year in a row.

Carrie Tauscher, urban forester at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, was present at a recent Columbia City Common Council meeting to present Tree Board President Ken Lundquist with a 20-year plaque.

Columbia City is one of 53 cities in Indiana that have earned the designation. There are a total of 567 communities in the state, and Tauscher said the honor is something the community should be proud of.

‘Rules to live by’ shared with seniors: TROY Center graduates seven students

June 4, 2014

Graduating seniors from TROY Center, an alternative school in Whitley County, received their diplomas Monday evening at a ceremony held at the school.

TROY’s Class of 2014 included seven graduates — Tyce Johnson, Courtney Myers, Nathan Norton, Brandon Potter, Tristan Ray, Seth Slabaugh and Everett Stocklin.

“We are proud of you,” said Nicole Trier, TROY’s administrator. “You’ve worked hard and have come so far.”

As part of the night’s ceremony, TROY math teacher Bill Webber spoke and offered “six rules to live by.”

Truck stop proposed for Whitley County

June 4, 2014

Rezoning a parcel of land could allow for a large truck stop to be constructed in Whitley County.

A proposed plan to build K & M Junction is set for the northwest corner of East County Line Road and U.S. 30.

However, before any further progress is made on the venture, the parcel of acreage will need to be rezoned from an agriculture status to a general commercial designation.

Dave Sewell, the executive director of the Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department, said a rezoning hearing is set for June 18 at the Whitley County Government Center.

June 3rd

MORE NEW COPS: Two new officers to be hired

June 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works recently approved the hiring of two law enforcement officers to the city’s police department.
Currently, there is only one vacancy in the department’s schedule, after a master patrolman moved his duties to Whitely County Consolidated Schools, in a position jointly paid by the school district and the city. His departure left a void in the department’s schedule for officers on duty.

HALF A MILLION: Columbia City utility departments make $498,000 internal loan

June 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair of Columbia City utilities have taken the opportunity to help each other out.
Columbia City’s Common Council recently approved for the Electric Department to loan the Wastewater Department $498,000 to complete the first phase of a project.
The Southwest Stormwater Project is intended to reduce flooding in the city’s southwest side, as well as separate stormwater from wastewater, saving the wastewater treatment plant from having to process water that is already suitable for the environment.

8th GRADE EXODUS: ISMS bids farewell to ‘transitioning’ students

June 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School held its annual ceremony for students who completed the eighth grade and will move on to Columbia City High School.
The Transition Ceremony featured the eighth-grade choir singing “Breaking Free,” under the direction of ISMS choir teacher Karyle Genth.
Hannah Foor, who represented the Eagle Team, and Abigail Schrader, representing the Star Team, spoke about memories of middle school and preparing for the future.
The ceremony also featured recognition for several student accomplishments.

June 2nd

J.A. car show to return to Col. City

June 2, 2014

Junior Achievement (JA) Serving Whitley County board members are busy making plans for the 13th Annual Car, Truck, Motorcycle & Golf Cart Show Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whitley County Courthouse Square.

City Chevy/City Ford is a Vintage level sponsor of this event.
The morning of the event, the gates open at 8 a.m., judging will end at 11 a.m. and awards will be presented at 1 p.m. Awards will be given for the top five in age categories as follows: 1949 & older, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000 & newer for cars and trucks.

Pageant seeking participation

June 2, 2014

The Miss Whitley County Queen Scholarship Pageant is seeking contestants for the 2014 Miss Whitley County Queen Pageant that will take place July 7, at 7 p.m., at the First Church of God, Columbia City.

Miss Whitley County is run in conjunction with the Whitley County 4-H Fair and is open to all young women, 17 to 21 years of age, that live in Whitley County.

Contestants will compete in four categories: interview, professional wear, evening wear and on-stage question.

“It’s an opportunity for young women to grow, learn and make new friends,” said coordinators.

Camp Whitley to host 5K Fun Run

June 2, 2014

riends of Camp Whitley are invited to participate in the 8th annual Tinkham’s Spirit 5K Fun Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast Saturday, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

This is Camp Whitley’s annual fundraiser to support the adopt-a-camper scholarship program.

Camp Whitley remains a nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any organization or entity.

For more than 85 years, Camp Whitley has ensured that no child is turned away from a week of fun due to a family’s financial situation.

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