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November 1st, 2013

Lilly scholarship forms available

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Remaining steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities, Lilly Endowment will again provide a deserving student from our community with the opportunity to attend four years of college tuition free.

EDC to open co-working facility in Col. City

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is hosting an open house next week to celebrate the opening of the EDC Outpost, a co-working space located at 114 N. Chauncey St. in Columbia City.

“We are pleased to formally open the doors for a co-working space that has been in development for most of the year,” said EDC president Alan Tio.

“This project represents a collaboration among local partners to provide shared office space to meet the needs of EDC clients.”

The EDC Outpost is a co-working space for EDC clients and service partners.

MAIN BREAK: Glenbrook Mall floods, shuts down

November 1, 2013

FORT WAYNE — A large mall in Fort Wayne was partially reopened after a water main break caused major flooding in the building.

Approximately 10 to 15 stores will remain closed at Glenbrook Square Mall for clean up, but the rest of the mall will be open for business, according to mall administration.

Initially, mall employees informed area media that the approximately 40- to 50-store mall would be completely closed.

It was first believed the mall would remain open on normal hours, but officials later decided to partially close the building.

LOCAL LEGACY: Learning becomes a lasting love for Pontzius

November 1, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second part to a two-part series on the life of Jon Pontzius.

COLUMBIA CITY — “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,” said American icon Henry Ford.

That quote could easily sum up the mantra exhibited in the life of Jon Pontzius, a resident of Whitley County.

Pontzius grew up on a farm on Riley Road, which has been in his family for more than 150 years.

TAUNTS, TRICKS & TREATS: Weather holds off for successful Halloween

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While some Indiana cities and towns chose to postpone trick-or-treating to Friday, Columbia City’s and Churubusco’s Halloween festivities went on as scheduled Thursday.

Despite a threatening weather forecast, and some vocal citizens, the weather held off during trick-or-treating hours, and many said they were pleased with how the night turned out.

“It was a tough decision. I know there was a lot of discussion about us not postponing it, but we still felt this was the right decision,” Columbia City Councilman and Board of Works member Dan Weigold said.

GAS LEAK: Struck gas line evacuates local businesses

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— A gas leak Thursday afternoon forced several Columbia City businesses to evacuate and temporarily shut down.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Columbia City’s fire department was sent to the Columbia City Plaza, located at the corner of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, for a gas leak.

According to Fire Chief Tom LaRue, crews were boring under the pavement between two strip malls when they struck a gas line.

LaRue said it took nearly two hours to shut off the gas to the area, and several buildings were filled with natural gas.

October 31st

Schuman sings for FFA

October 31, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tiffany Schuman, a member of the Whitko FFA chapter in South Whitley, is on stage and in the spotlight beginning yesterday through Saturday during the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

Schuman, a freshman in college and the daughter of Keith and Priscilla Schuman, has been selected to the National FFA Chorus.

WHS thespians take stage

October 31, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — They are at it, again.

Dawn Hinthorn and Susie Trixler have directed an event for all ages.

The Whitko High School fall play “The Butler Did It, Again!” starring Ivory West, Jalen Gregory, Shelby Smiley, Ashlyn Goff, Michael Thompson, Sydney Walters, LiaAmia Gregory, Danielle Glunt, Lexi Shuman, Jaima Ferguson, Rebekah Dixon, Rozlyn Bishop and Sam Richerd will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Whitko High School Auditorium.

FINALISTS: Indian Springs M.S. to send spellers to state showdown

October 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Competition doesn’t just take place on a grassy field. For Indiana Springs Middle School Spell Bowl team, competition will take place at Purdue University with pencil and paper in hand.

Middle school students recently learned that for a second year in a row, they will be spelling at the state level. This year, ISMS is the only school from Whitley County to advance, after being named conference champions Oct. 17.

LOCAL LEGACY: Pontzius ponders points of family history

October 31, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a two-part series on Jon Pontzius and his family farm.

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County has numerous farms that continue to operate under a family name.

Tradition and legacy are rooted deep in these homesteads, which span more than 100 years for some.

The Pontzius farm is no different. In 1835, a county pioneer purchased 80 acres in Thorncreek Township and 80 acres in Smith Township.

For $200, the family farm of Joseph Waugh was started.

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