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April 16th, 2015

FRIDAY: Whitko to perform ‘Annie’

April 16, 2015

SOUTH WHITLEY — Students of Whitko High School will perform their rendition of “Annie” in the school auditorium Friday at 7 p.m.

Annie, played by Jasmine Gregory, begins in a rundown orphanage that is operated by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, played by Amie Fortman. Annie works and cleans from day to day with hopes that someday her family will come for her.

Tickets for the show are $6 for adults and $5 for students, available at the door.

AWARDED: Bollinger receives state honors

April 16, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — John Bollinger, a former Indiana Department of Health milk inspector and life-long Whitley County resident, has been honored for his outstanding contributions to the dairy industry in Indiana.

Bollinger received the Steve Atkisson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Indiana Milk Quality Professionals’ annual conference.

April 15th

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: City Master Gardeners is calling all green thumbs

April 15, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The city’s beautiful parks and landscaping don’t happen on their own.
Columbia City’s Master Gardeners provide horticulture talent — but are in need of help.

Formed in 2006, Columbia City’s Master Gardeners group was germinated to help beautify the city’s parks.

Former Mayor Jim Fleck started the program with Aileen Meier, along with a grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation.

RED FLAG WARNING: Wind, low humidity combine for fire danger

April 15, 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS
EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY ACROSS NORTHERN
INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A RED
FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS
EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA...NORTHERN INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO.

* TIMING...THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

* WIND...EAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH SOME GUSTS TO NEAR 30 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL DROP TO BETWEEN 20 AND 25 PERCENT.

COMING TO COL. CITY: ‘Bear on the Square’

April 15, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Commissioners have approved plans for a Fort Wayne radio station to bring its summer event to the Whitley County Courthouse Square this year.

98.9 The Bear on the Square has thrilled the people of Fort Wayne for nearly two decades, and the rock radio station plans to spread the fun this year to three other locations.

Columbia City, Huntington and Auburn will have the opportunity to be the first locations outside of Fort Wayne to host this summer event.

'BUSCO TENNIS: Opens season with wins

April 15, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — Using a win at No. 2 singles and sweeping the two doubles matches, the Churubusco Lady Eagle tennis team picked up a 3-2 win over the Northrop Lady Bruins in the Eagles’ season opener Monday night.

The Lady Eagles won again in their second game of the season, downing South Side in a 3-2 match Tuesday.
On Monday, Junior Audrey Giercher downed Northrop’s Margaret Hughes in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 to give the Lady Eagles their only singles win of the evening.

TO THE AGES: Today is 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s death

April 15, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Today marks the 150th anniversary of one of the seminal moments in U.S. history.

On this date 150 years ago, at 7:22 a.m., President Abraham Lincoln died from a gun shot wound he received little more than nine hours earlier while attending the theater across the street.

Less than a week earlier Lincoln saw the end of the bloodiest four years of war that the United States has ever seen, with the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. Lincoln was able to bring the country through that conflict battered, but still as a single nation.

PST WEEK: Pence honors dispatchers

April 15, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Sunday marked the beginning of Public Safety Telecommunications (PST) Week designated by a proclamation signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

PST Week began in California in 1981 and has been nationally recognized by the United States Congress since 1991. Locally, PST Week has been marked in Indiana since 1999. As it takes place from April 12-18, the focus is to remind Hoosiers that the first step to receiving help is to call 911.

April 14th

DETERMINING START DATE: Farmers gear up for planting

April 14, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Unlike other seasons, the planting season can have different starting dates each year. As the soil temperature increases and April showers dry out, farmers begin entering the fields for their first pass of planting.

According to Whitley County farmer Brady Wright, ideal planting conditions include ground temperatures at or above 55 degrees at 7 to 8 a.m.
The soil also must not be too saturated from heavy rainfall.

“The other thing I think is very important is what the next four or five days after planting is going to be like,” Wright said.

LIGHT THE WAY

April 14, 2015

The Salvation Army’s Light the Way event was held Monday at First Church of God. The annual event is held to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect. Along with the Salvation Army, the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force was also present. Pictured, Adam Ousley, a Columbia City High School graduate, sings to attendees.

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