Archive - 2014 - News Article
Columbia City High Schoolâs National Honor Society (NHS) held its annual convocation recently.
NHS gives students the chance to display their hard work throughout the school year.
To be a part of NHS, students apply and are inducted into the group their sophomore or junior year of high school.
Seniors were honored with commemorative stoles, which will be worn during the high schoolâs graduation ceremony.
New senior inductees included Dakota Goldwood, Jade Shoppell, Katie Case and Samantha Roush.
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.
Columbia Cityâs 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.
Graduating seniors from TROY Center, an alternative school in Whitley County, received their diplomas Monday evening at a ceremony held at the school.
TROYâs Class of 2014 included seven graduates â Tyce Johnson, Courtney Myers, Nathan Norton, Brandon Potter, Tristan Ray, Seth Slabaugh and Everett Stocklin.
âWe are proud of you,â said Nicole Trier, TROYâs administrator. âYouâve worked hard and have come so far.â
As part of the nightâs ceremony, TROY math teacher Bill Webber spoke and offered âsix rules to live by.â
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Board of Works recently approved the hiring of two law enforcement officers to the cityâs police department.
Currently, there is only one vacancy in the departmentâs 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 departmentâs schedule for officers on duty.
COLUMBIA CITY â A pair of Columbia City utilities have taken the opportunity to help each other out.
Columbia Cityâs 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 cityâs 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â 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 âBreaking Free,â 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.
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.
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.
âItâs an opportunity for young women to grow, learn and make new friends,â said coordinators.