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September 19th, 2013

SIGNS OF PROGRESS: ’Busco business moves to town

September 19, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Members of Churubusco’s Town Council have been anxiously waiting to make an official announcement about a new business relocating to the town.

In June, town leaders discussed an incentive to ensure that Inwelligent Healthcare Inc. would move it’s medical operations from Boston to Churubusco, bringing with it the opportunity for new jobs.

However, after months of waiting, a state incentive is still in the process of being awarded to the company.

EMPTY BUILDING: Council cancels cash option for acquisition

September 19, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — When a business considered moving into South Whitley, town leaders worked with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation to come up with a solution to acquire the former Dwyer building on First Street.

A zero-interest loan was applied for that would allow the town to lease the facility to the incoming business.

However, when the business backed out, the town was faced with a decision — to go forward with the loan process to purchase the building or not.

TEXTING AND DRIVING: Mayor, Youth Council make proclamation

September 19, 2013

Columbia City High School’s Youth Council joined Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (front) in a proclamation against texting and driving in the Council Chambers Monday morning.

The council, pictured from left: Hannah Cotter, Kiersten Thomas, Stacy Quinn, Eryn Schinbeckler, Gabby Anglin, Brett Roberts, Emily Temple, Chase Emmert and Morghan Wilcoxson. Not pictured: Hunter LaRue.

TESTING PROBLEMS: Local, state ISTEP+ scores released

September 19, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Despite testing difficulties and internet connection issues, ISTEP+ results have been released for local schools.

The testing, which occurred earlier this year, was fraught with problems for students who took it online.

Test-takers had difficulty connecting to the server, and at other times, students would be kicked off of the testing website at random.

September 18th

Seniors invited to ‘freebie’ fair

September 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s slated to be an “extremely beneficial” fair for seniors.

The Whitley County Council on Aging’s Senior Fair is set for Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City.

Jackie Hake, the center’s director, said the fair will feature 35 vendors and several free screenings and health services.

“We’ve labeled this as food, fun and freebies,” Hake said. “The fair is free. There are so many things for the seniors to take part in. They will also get a lot of free information and things to take home with them.”

RAISING AWARENESS: Walk to aid autism group in its mission

September 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Last year, Whitley County saw the formation of an autism support group, and families joined together to raise awareness and funds for the group through a one-mile walk.

Now, the Whitley County Autism Support Group is hosting the walk for a second year, and the event’s organizers are hoping for more community involvement.

The Whitley County Walk for Autism will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Whitley County YMCA, 950 E. Van Buren St. in Columbia City.

DAY OF CARING: United Way reaches out to serve Whitley County

September 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Volunteers took on a variety of community service projects as part of the United Way of Whitley County’s Day of Caring Tuesday.

Executive Director Cindy Baker greeted volunteers at a breakfast before the work began.

“This is about helping people,” Baker said. “It’s why I do what I do and why we are doing this today.”

Whitley County’s Day of Caring came to fruition 10 years ago. The concept of giving back to communities was already in existence in neighboring counties when Star Financial Bank Market President David Smith thought to bring the day to Whitley County.

SCHOOL FUNDS: WCCS approves initial 2014 budget

September 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After a month of review, Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ Board of Trustees approved the 2014 budget at Monday night’s meeting.

WCCS held a public hearing at its last work session, Sept. 3, to allow the public to voice their opinions on the budget.

After no disputes from the public, WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf recommended the board move forward with the budget — it was approved by unanimous vote.

The budget isn’t final, though, as the district doesn’t know exactly the amount of funds it will receive for the 2014 year.

September 17th

B.A.B.E. plans diaper drive for Day of Caring

September 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The staff of the Whitley County Community Foundation will be conducting a diaper drive to benefit B.A.B.E. as their 2013 United Way Day of Caring Project.

This is the fifth year for the event.

For those who like to know their charitable donations go a long way, the community foundation will be matching all donations, package for package, up to $1,000.

All sizes of diapers are needed from infant through toddler.

Anyone interested in donating to the Diaper Drive may drop off packages of diapers at the Community Foundation now through Thursday.

Sigma Eta sings, shares, serves

September 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority, met in September at the Quiet Corner.

Chorister Sandy Whiteleather led the group in singing “September Song,” “My Shepherd” and “I Love Christmas.” She also led the creed set to music by Mary Helfrich. Joyce Dubach accompanied the group.

Hostess Kris Richey served chai, green, herbal and decaf teas; coffee; pumpkin pie; dump cake; nuts and assorted chocolates. Susan McClish assisted.

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