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May 13th, 2014
Columbia City High School hosted its annual Honors Convocation Monday night in the schoolâ€™s auditorium.
The event honored students for academics, athletics and extracurriculars.
The night began with recognition of the schoolâ€™s two valedictorians, Sarah Wise and Kiersten Thomas.
The girls each received scholarships for their achievements. The Class of 2014 Top 10 students were also announced: Wise, Thomas, Brooke Alexander, Devin Seabaugh, Michaela Wolf, Alexandra Vodde, Courtney Matteson, Hei Yiu Cheng, Nicole Karrer and Grant Armstrong.
When a Whitko High School senior was severely hurt in an automobile accident, students came together to raise money for one of their own.
Now, five years later, WHS is still raising money for Jarrod Lewis on an annual basis. Students and faculty held their 2014 Jarrod Day in April and raised $3,300 to cover some of Lewisâ€™ medical expenses.
Scott Geist, Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s school resource officer (SRO), decided to get in on the fundraising efforts.
With more than $206,000 raised, the United Way of Whitley County is poised to give back $122,000 in grants.
â€śWe are excited to give back more than we did last year,â€ť said Executive Director Cindy Baker. â€śItâ€™s the best example of living united â€” members of the community helping other members of the community.â€ť
The United Way works to collect funds which are then distributed to Whitley County nonprofits to help financially support those initiatives.
â€śThe more money we can raise, the more we can give back,â€ť said Baker.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s Department worked a pair of crashes over the weekend.
Saturday, at the intersection of Ind. 105 and County Road 1000 South, a man allegedly ran a stop sign, striking another vehicle.
According to a crash report by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Michael Sills, 66, of South Whitley, was traveling westbound on CR 1000 S., when he ran the stop sign at the intersection with Ind. 105, hitting a truck driven by Kyle Whitehead, 24, of Nappanee.
The 2014 Farmerâ€™s Market season officially opened Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Vendors, local farmers, officials and community members gathered to take part in the celebration. Pictured from left to right starting in the back is Doug Brown, Canda Goldwood, Matt Hopf, Michael McCoy and Tom Hartzell. Middle row: Kelley Sheiss, Jane Loomis, Kay Hildman. Front row: Mayor Ryan Daniel, Market Master Chris Lily, Jennifer Romano, Tom Wise and Laura Richcreek.
Whitley County Commissioners gave the go-ahead to allow for a wall to be broken through for the Solid Waste District.
Regulations have chan-ged, which now require the Solid Waste District to move electronics inside the building.
Computers, televisions and other electronic devices are able to be disposed of Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, at the county facility, located at 701 S. Line St. in Columbia City.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Farmers Market opened Saturday at the Whitley County Courthouse Square, celebrating its 15th year of providing a variety of fresh local produce, meats, eggs, home-baked goods, plants, flowers and a wide array of local crafts.
The market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through October. â€śWe have added food trucks and carts so those at market can get something hot to eat,â€ť said Chris Lily, market master.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Rotary Club welcomed two of its own members to speak at a recent meeting.
Senator Jim Banks, and Rep. Kathy Heuer presented an update on this past session of the Indiana State Legislature.
Rep. Heuer started with an overview of how a bill moves through the legislature.
â€śThe language of the bill has to be very specific,â€ť said Heuer. â€śIt is defined in one committee, referred to another, defined again, then back and forth until everyone agrees with how the bill is worded.â€ť
Health officials confirmed that the Norovirus was the cause of more than 40 patrons becoming ill after eating at Los Tequilas, a Columbia City restaurant.
Mary Ann McClusky, Whitley Countyâ€™s environmental health food specialist, issued the order to close the establishment April 21 after receiving a number of complaints of illness of patrons who had eaten at Los Tequilas April 17 through April 19.
â€śThe Norovirus is very contagious,â€ť said McClusky. â€śDuring that time there were five out of nine employees who were sick and were working.â€ť