Archive - 2014 - News Article
John Woodmansee will be the guest speaker at the South Whitley Area Gardeners meeting, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Whitley Community Public Library.
Woodsmansee recently joined the Whitley County extension agency as the extension educator and is âeagerâ to meet others in the community and serve as a resource for homeowners.
The main topic will be landscape tree selection and care.
Woodsmansee will also provide help for other landscape issues such as pest problems, garden and yard care, and pruning guidelines for trees and shrubs.
Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges wants to remind taxpayers that property taxes are due Monday.
The fall installment will be due Nov. 10.
Property owners can view the new tax amounts for their parcels at www.beacon.schneidercorp.com.
The following payment options are available:
âąElectronic payment at www.whitleygov.com.
âąIn person at the Whitley County Treasurerâs Office, second floor of the Whitley County Government Building.
âąBy mail â all payments must be postmarked by May 12.
South Whitley Main St. is organizing a second Spring Spruce-Up day Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to participate in a few hours of cleaning to spruce up the town.
Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and need to meet at the bandstand by Town Hall to register, pick up a trash bag and a water bottle before heading out to clean.
Volunteers will be assigned an area. Neighbors and friends may also join together to clean up their own neighborhoods. Groups need to register at the bandstand so total tally of participants can be collected.
Clean water, specifically in lakes and streams, was the subject of a recent program at the Columbia City Rotary Club.
Lyn Crighton, director of the nonprofit, Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation, gave an overview of the many different facets of the organization - from working with lake associations, consulting with farmers, to acting as an adviser to municipalities attempting to increase the quality of the water moving through the watershed.
A new leader has been named to work on preserving Whitley County's history.
Russ Gilliom, of Churubusco, is the new Whitley County Historical Society president. Gilliom attend Monday's Commissioners meeting where he shared some of the society's projects.
âWe want to be good stewards of the museum building,â said Gilliom. âI wanted to get your approval to have the building evaluated by an inspector.â
May is National Beef Month, a 40 year old celebration in honor of cattle producers and food marketers who produce and bring to the marketplace high quality and nutritious beef.
Farm Credit Mid-America is an agricultural lending cooperative serving farmers, rural residents and agribusinesses throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
âThe beef cattle industry is important to our organization, ranking among the largest agriculture commodities in our portfolio,â said Sandy Hacker, with Farm Credit of Columbia City.
Arbor Day was celebrated April 25 at Mary Raber Elementary School.
Mayor Ryan Daniel read a proclamation declaring April 25 to be Arbor Day in Columbia City.
It was explained by Daniel that some trees growing in Columbia City are considered âcityâ trees because the health of those trees are maintained by the Columbia City tree board.
Daniel also explained that removing damaged and diseased trees is important because of the danger posed to city residents. The tree board replaces those trees with new ones.
Vendors and merchants will gather Saturday at the Whitley County Courthouse Square for the opening day of the countyâs Farmerâs Market.
The seasonal market will feature a variety of baked goods and crafts, as well as vegetables, plants and fruits each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesdayâs primary election turn out may have been low, but nonetheless, votes were tallied and party candidates were selected.
Gatton, who currently serves as the Whitley County Sheriffâs Departmentâs chief deputy, won the Republican sheriffâs race with 69 percent of the votes.
âThis has been a great experience â not only within the department, with with the whole community,â Gatton said. âA lot of people have helped me.
âNot only have I grown as a department employee, but as a Whitley County leader as well.â