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May 6th, 2014

The ol’ fishin’ hole

May 6, 2014

Columbia City’s Wolves of Cub Scout Pack No. 3882 took a trip to the pond in Morsches Park Monday evening to try their hands at fishing. Though the fish didn’t bite, the second graders learned how to bait a hook, set a bobber, cast and tie their lures to the line. Pictured are Derrick Zecca and Eddie Dean.

Reimers weaves responsibilities with leadership

May 6, 2014

When it comes to leadership in Whitley County, Paula Reimers, 43, is the youngest County Council member to serve the area.

Sitting in the At-Large seat, Reimers is the only woman to be in the elected position. “I’ve always been fascinated by government,” said Reimers. “I like working for the people of Whitley County. I consider it an honor to do what I do.”

Reimers’ role as a Whitley County Councilwoman is just one of her many responsibilities.

Forces combined to fight hunger

May 6, 2014

Nonprofit vendors and a variety of organizations came together Saturday to fight child hunger.

Boomerang Backpacks is a program that targets elementary school children who might not have quality food during the weekend.

Nutritious food is packed in backpacks and bags by volunteers, then delivered to elementary schools in the area on Fridays. The children then have food and healthy snacks to eat during the weekend.

Camp Whitley names Strandlund interim director

May 6, 2014

The Camp Whitley Board of Directors recently announced that Lauren Strandlund, the assistant director from 2013, will be stepping into the role of interim director for the summer of 2014.

During the summer of 2013, Camp Whitley began a new era with a new director, Josh Wall. In addition to being an elementary teacher and Camp Whitley director, Wall is an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Camp Whitley is “proud” that Wall will be serving the country during the summer of 2014 in training sessions, however, that means he will not be able to serve as the director for this summer.

‘Taste of the Town’ slated for May 17 at Courthouse Square

May 6, 2014

Columbia City High School’s Eagle Tech Academy is known for its innovative learning process and collaborative team projects. However, Taste of The Town is bringing learning to the Courthouse Square.

An event planned by ETA students will bring local businesses and restaurants together at the Whitley County Courthouse Square Saturday, May 17 from 4 to 9 p.m. There will also be a car show and local bands during the event.

Pierceton Elementary children engage in fair

May 6, 2014

Pierceton Elementary School held its annual Science and Learning Fair on Friday, April 25th.

This year the Science and Learning Fair had over 100 projects. Seventy projects were entered more than displays or demonstrations, and 32 projects were entered into the competitive portion of the science fair.

A wide variety of topics were represented ranging from the rotation of the planets, to the effects of music on animals.

Students presented their projects to the judges and answered follow-up questions to support their experiments.

May 4th

ELECTION: Yeager to seek election as Cleveland Township Trustee

May 4, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — James Yeager is seeking election as the Cleveland Township Trustee. He is currently serving as the trustee, finishing a vacated term, which he won by a caucus election in March of 2013.

Yeager is an honorably discharged U.S. Navy veteran, having served off the coast of Vietnam. He earned his bachelor of science degree in printing management from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

NEW GENERATION: Reinvention pairs experience with fresh faces

May 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Evolving with the times can mean several changes for businesses.

However, rather than shirk market trends, one Columbia City firm is learning how to dovetail tried and true practices with the fast-paced demands of a younger generation.

Orizon Real Estate, Inc., located at 518 Garland Ave., has been servicing the real estate needs of Whitley County and surrounding areas since 1978.

May 3rd

POPPIES TO BLOOM: Initiative will aid local veterans

May 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Members of the Columbia City VFW and American Legion are combining efforts to raise money for veterans.

“Buddy” Poppies will be handed out Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 in Columbia City from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ace Hardware and Marathon gas station on Armstrong Drive.

ELECTION: Sheriff’s candidates bring experience

May 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — There will be a new sheriff in Whitley County by November’s election.

There are three candidates on the Republican ballot for Tuesday’s primary election, looking to replace current Sheriff Mark Hodges.

Hodges has served two consecutive terms and is ineligible for reelection.
The three Republican candidates for sheriff are Marcus Gatton, George D Peppas Jr., and Greg Stier.

Both Stier and Gatton bring several years of law enforcement experience to the table. Peppas was unavailable for comment and no information was provided regarding his campaign.


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