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January 24th, 2014

YMCA announces $2M expansion; Early Learning Center named after Armstrong family

January 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — When a large preschool program gave notice of its sudden plans to close, Whitley County’s YMCA stepped in to fill the need.

After almost two years of offering an early learning program, the YMCA has a growing need for space and accommodations.

A $2.25 million expansion to the YMCA is set for completion in December that will house the department and relocate the preschool program from New Hope Wesleyan Church, west of Columbia City.

Keeping kids safe

January 24, 2014

Our local, county and state police officers continue to routinely visit Northern Heights Elementary School and other Whitley County Consolidated Schools. On one of Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Schmitt’s recent visits to NHES, he stayed to have lunch with the students. Officer Schmitt was lucky enough to arrive at his son Lukus’s lunchtime.

Grapplers gearing up

January 24, 2014

Columbia City’s wrestling squad wrapped up its final home match Thursday night against East Noble. Whitley County grapplers are preparing for conference matches Saturday morning, weather permitting, and sectional action next Saturday at Carroll. See Page A12 for coverage of Thursday’s match.

Mark your calendar

January 24, 2014

Saturday

• Amateur radio - 9 a.m.
The next Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test Session will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.
The group will meet in Community Room A & B of the Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. Ind. 205, Columbia City.
For additional information contact Roger McEntarfer via email at n9qcl@arrl.net or via phone at 503-9008.

• Blood drive - 8 a.m.
Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, First Church of God, Columbia City, two organizations are joining together to help save lives.

Energy assistance still available during winter

January 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) is continuing to take appointments for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.

Applicants may only receive Energy Assistance once per heating period (Nov. 4, 2013 through May 15, 2014).

Individuals or families who have already received assistance during the current season should not apply again, but may be eligible again in future seasons.

Any eligible individuals or families who have not yet received Energy Assistance this season are encouraged to apply.

CANI seeks applicants for child care program

January 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) is seeking applicants for its Child Care Assistance program.

The Child Care Assistance program provides subsidized child care vouchers for eligible low-income households.

To qualify for the program, parents must be working and/or going to school and live in Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, or Whitley counties. Parents must apply in the county where they reside.

January 23rd

Top spellers celebrated at county middle school

January 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After many snow delays, Indian Springs Middle School was finally able to hold its annual spelling bee Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Carver Center.

Twenty-seven sixth, seventh and eighth grade students participated, spelling 86 words in 7 rounds. The winner was seventh grader, Cris Robinson, and the runner-up was eighth grader, Eric Burkholder.
Robinson is the son of Mark Ash and Myla Timms. His winning word was “imperil.”

Relay for Life advocate reaches out to Rotary

January 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Christie Workman, community editor for The Post & Mail newspaper, told Rotarians about her impassioned involvement with Relay for Life of Whitley County – a civic passion that germinated after covering the annual event for her newspaper readers.

Relay for Life, a division of the American Cancer Society, is a major fundraising and community awareness event in the fight for cancer prevention and in finding a cure.

This year’s event will be June 7-8 at Indiana Springs Middle School, but the Kick-Off Party will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital.

EDC continues focus on small business development

January 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation recently announced its completion of the first cohort of the SBEI MarketMaker program and launch of the new SBEI TrailMaker program.

Both programs are extensions of the EDC’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative, which is a services-based business incubation program that provides structured services and programs for pre-startup, startup and growing businesses in Whitley County.

SGCS holds Board of Finance meeting

January 23, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools held its annual meeting of its Board of Finance Monday.

The purpose of the meeting was to comply with state statutes and update the board on the district’s investments.

SGCS Board President Nick Uecker and Secretary Luke Gross were elected to those same positions for the Board of Finance.

Business Manager Todd Fleetwood recommended the district remain with STAR Financial for its investments.

Fleetwood reported the district had funds in a Step CD with STAR. By the third year of the CD, SGCS had an interest rate of 2.65 percent.

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