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November 25th, 2013

Aluminum tabs currently being collected at Whitley Co. offices

November 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­­— Residents are paying taxes and dropping off aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Recently, members of the Faith Christian Academy brought in their donation — in a fish aquarium.
Drew Lortie, a student at FCA, brought the tabs in and was “happy” to donate them to help kids and parents in need.

Faith Christian Academy is Whitley County’s only non-denominational Christian school, operating since 1991. Tabs can be collected in many types of convenient containers, such as plastic baggies, buckets, water bottles and more.

November 22nd

Ober visits SGCS, talks education

November 22, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools welcomed Rep. Dave Ober to tour the new construction that has been done for the district’s schools.

Ober, while visiting with Superintendent Galen Mast and Churubusco Junior/Senior High School Principal Jim Folland, said education issues are still of concern for the Statehouse.

SGCS recently received a grant for a school resource officer (SRO). Ober said SROs are useful for a variety of reasons.

4-H elects four directors for three-year terms

November 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s 4-H Club elected four directors at Thursday night’s annual meeting at the 4-H Center.

The newly-elected directors will serve three-year terms.

Laura Kyler, Bob McKown, Mindy Muchow and Jeremiah Ballard are the four new directors that will serve the nonprofit, which hosts the annual county fair.

McKown was re-elected to his director’s position. Ballard, Kyler and Muchow will replace departing directors Cathy Heritier, Chad Nix and Julie Johnson.

City seeks bids for stormwater project

November 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City is seeking consultants to possibly change a long-term plan for the city’s stormwater.

In previous City Council and Board of Works meetings, Columbia City officials decided to look into its options for the long-term plan of the city’s stormwater management.

After discussions, officials want to seek out possible improvements to the plan, which was approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) several years ago.

Police to create sergeant position

November 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While Columbia City’s Police Department has had second- and third-shift sergeants for several years, the duties of the first-shift sergeant have fallen on the captain’s shoulders.

With the ever-chaging duties of the captain’s position, officials decided first-shift officers needed the same consistency as their coworkers, and approved the promotion of a current officer to be the sergeant on first shift.

Award originator recognized

November 22, 2013

Doctor Clark “Doc” Waterfall (left) talks with his Heart of Gold nominee, Bob Cornmesser (center) and Whitley County Community Foundation Director September McConnell. Cornmesser started the Heart of Gold awards program 18 years ago.

Foundation meeting

November 22, 2013

Whitley County Community Foundation Director September McConnell shared with attendees the “exciting” things to come in 2014 for the foundation as well as the milestones reached in 2013 at the annual meeting Thursday night.

Blue River to host missionaries

November 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Fred and Betsy Eiler, of Frankfort, and representatives of World Missionary Press of New Paris, will speak at the Blue River Church of the Brethren Sunday.

The church is located at 3040 E. 700 North, Columbia City.
The Eilers will speak at the 9 a.m. Sunday School hour and the 10 a.m. worship hour.

A Thanksgiving carry-in meal will follow the morning service.
The Eilers visit churches around the country to show the work World Missionary Press is doing worldwide in providing free literature to Christians witnessing in many nations and cultures and languages.

Smiles all around

November 22, 2013

David Smith, left, market president of STAR Financial Bank, and Doug Brown, executive director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, attended the chamber’s educational luncheon recently. The two took the opportunity to share a few laughs and swap stories from their business perspectives.

SGCS board hears update on alternative learning

November 22, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools board members were updated on the progress of students in alternative education.

Churubusco Junior-Senior High School’s alternative-education program, My Achievement Center (MAC), is housed in a room adjacent to the school’s library.

There are multiple options for alternative-education. Some districts pool resources. Some send their students to locations away from campus, such as the T.R.O.Y. Center in Whitley County. Columbia City High School just launched a new program for students this year, Eagle Opportunity.

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