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May 24th, 2014

PES students portray characters for ‘museum’

May 24, 2014

PIERCETON — Third-grade students at Pierceton Elementary School held their annual Wax Museum Day May 14, 2014.

Students researched a famous person by reading a book or internet articles about him/her and taking notes about their lives.

They wrote their speeches using the notes and included what they were remembered for.

WINNING ART: WHS students compete in annual art contest

May 24, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko Art department recently competed in the Kosciusko Lakes and Streams 6th Annual Wonderful Water student art contest.

This program is designed to raise awareness of the appreciation for Kosciusko County’s waters through artistic expression.

The theme for this year’s contest was “A Day at the Lake.”
Artwork was evaluated by a panel of judges from Grace College Art Department based on creativity, artistic merit, compatibility of any wildlife with its habitat and depiction of the theme.

DISASTER READY: Emergency drill tests hospital staff

May 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Parkview Whitley Hospital co-workers swung into action to treat and assist mock patients during a recent disaster and emergency drill.

Workers simulated two different scenarios, a tornado touching down in the Whitley area and a multi-vehicle accident. In both cases, mock patients were treated for a wide-array of injuries from minor to life-threatening.

REOPENING: BMV makes a ‘comeback’ after sustaining damages

May 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After a four-mile pursuit ended with a stolen car driving into the Whitley County Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the re-opening of the Columbia City Office.

In July of 2013, Danny Rose, 20, of Columbia City, was arrested on charges of vehicle theft, reckless driving and resisting law enforcement after he drove into the BMV on Countryside Drive.

At the time, officials say Rose allegedly stole the vehicle from an ex-girlfriend, and was suicidal, prompting police to attempt to locate him.

EMOTIONAL HOMECOMING: Raver returns from Honor Flight to warm welcome

May 24, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — In celebration of Memorial Day, many Whitley County residents will host cookouts and spend time with friends and family.
However, among the hotdogs and holiday fanfare, residents should pause to thank those who have served the U.S. in military service.

One initiative working to recognize veterans is the Honor Flight program. The inaugural Honor Flight Tour took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking 12 World War II veterans on a visit to the memorial in Washington, DC.

HOLIDAY EVENTS: Flag ceremony Sunday, parade Monday

May 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — During the holiday weekend, two events are slated to give Whitley County residents a chance to honor the United States and those who have served to protect it.

The Leatherneck Coffee Club of Northern Indiana will hold an official United States Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Whitley County Courthouse Square at 7 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to the formal flag retirement there will be patriotic songs performed by the Chain O’ Lakes Barbershop Chorus, Leatherneck Coffee Club Marine Color Guard and a Mortar Salute.

May 23rd

READER SNAPSHOT: Successful ’shroom scavenging

May 23, 2014

Pictured are a slew of mushrooms gathered in Whitley County by father-son duo Dave and Andrew Kessie, of Whitley County. Submit your mushroom photos to Submissions should include first and last names as well as where the mushroom finder is from. Always include a daytime phone number with your submission. For more information, call 244-5153 x 209.

POOL HAS LEAK: Still planning on opening for holiday

May 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Memorial Day weekend is traditionally when the Burnworth Memorial Pool opens in Columbia City.
It will open as scheduled this weekend, but a leaking liner will mean the pool facility will be shutdown shortly after the holiday.
“During the last couple of years, the liner of the pool has been a real concern,” said Mark Green, Columbia City Park Department director. “There have been multiple areas that have been patched to repair holes and leaks.”
Green said when the pool was filled last week without any problems.

WMS named state champs for academic bowl

May 23, 2014

Whitko Middle School’s Academic team was declared state champions at the 27th Annual Purdue Academic Super Bowl competition Saturday May 3 at Indian Springs Middle School.
Competing against 44 other Class-Three schools across the state, both social studies and science teams won first place.

The language arts team placed ninth, and the interdisciplinary team brought home a 15th finish.

This is the second state championship in a row and the third in the last eight years for the social studies team, and the second state championship for the science team within the past seven years.


May 23, 2014


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