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May 29th, 2015

NO CHICKENS: Whitley County Fair searching for bird alternatives

May 29, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY – With a statewide ban on all bird movements to events such as county fairs, Whitley County 4-H and its poultry club are exploring alternative events and activities for the hard-working members who have put time and effort into their projects.

The ban issued by the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH) is in response to the avian flu virus that made its way into Whitley County earlier this month. With poultry shows cancelled across the state, more than 100 4-H poultry club members in Whitley County are left searching for alternative ways to exhibit their projects.

FUNDRAISING: ETA assists homelessness with program

May 29, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Homelessness isn’t something that many tend to think about, and the students at Eagle Tech Academy want to change this.

In the last trimester of the school year, the students have been working in their advisory classes, side by side with The Lighthouse, to help those in need.

May 28th

CLASS OF 2015: Special section coming Friday

May 28, 2015

A special section featuring all of Whitley County's Class of 2015 will be inserted in Friday's edition of the newspaper.

The section includes photos of each graduate from all three schools, Columbia City, Whitko and Churubusco.

ILLUMIN8 EVENT: EDC encourages a ‘brighter downtown’

May 28, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation celebrated entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs Tuesday evening at the EDC illumin8 finale.

EDC’s illumin8 was an event created to encourage entrepreneurs to launch new business ventures downtown, and redevelop downtown buildings.

PASSAGES PROFILES: Staffing a major concern at Passages, Inc.

May 28, 2015

Passages Profiles ’15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the programs of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY — Human Resources Manager Sonya Rubrake occupies a unique position at Passages, Inc.
She is one of only a few who does not work directly with clients on a daily basis.
“I deal with hiring of staff, training, benefits, workman’s compensation and unemployment for our staff,” said Rubrake.

STATE BAN: No birds at this year’s fair

May 28, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — There will be no roosters crowing at the Whitley County 4-H Fair this year.

Indiana imposed a statewide ban Wednesday for poultry and other birds to events such as Whitley County’s 4-H Fair, in hopes of preventing the spread of a bird flu strain that’s killed millions of chickens, turkeys and other birds across the nation.

BEAUTIFY: Flowers in downtown Col. City

May 28, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Each summer, downtown Columbia City’s lightposts are adorned with colorful flowers.

The tradition began years ago with the help of Gloria Smith, who was instrumental in bringing the beautification idea to reality.

May 27th

THURSDAY: Passages to hold open interviews

May 27, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Passages, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that has successfully served Whitley County for more than 60 years.

Passages is currently looking for passionate people to join the organization. Individuals who would like a job where they can directly make a difference in people’s lives should apply. Passages wants to hear from them. As an employee of Passages, at the end of the day, the worker will have assisted in helping people and making a difference in their lives.

MEMORIAL DAY: Legion honors fallen

May 27, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — “Every year we gather at this same cemetery to both remember and mourn,” said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. “We remember those who have fought and died for the sake of one goal ... one idea ... one hope — freedom.”

The annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 98, was held Monday morning at Greenhill Cemetery in Columbia City.

SEVERE STORM WARNING: Alert posted for Whitley until 1:45 p.m. Wednesday

May 27, 2015

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Statement as of 12:54 PM EDT on May 27, 2015

The National Weather Service in northern Indiana has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
southeastern Fulton County in North Central Indiana...
southern Kosciusko County in North Central Indiana...
northern Miami County in North Central Indiana...
northern Wabash County in North Central Indiana...
Whitley County in Northeast Indiana...

* until 145 PM EDT

* at 1252 PM EDT... severe thunderstorms were located along a line

 

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