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March 26th, 2014
Despite below-freezing temperatures, spring is still trying to peak its head into Whitley County. Pictured, flowers are beginning to grow at a Whitley County residence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Passing through Columbia City, many residents donâ€™t realize the amount of work and thought that goes into the cityâ€™s trees.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Tree Board is an active force in the community, monitoring dead trees, pruning them, protecting power lines and maintaining healthy urban forestry.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Tree Board consists of eight people, lead by Board President Ken Lundquist, who was present at a recent Council meeting to update officials on the boardâ€™s work.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2014 will have two Valedictorians.
Name: Kiersten Thomas
Parents: Micah and Michelle Thomas
Plans: Attend Ball State University to double major in Human Resource Management and Business Administration
Name: Sarah Kathryn Wise
Parents: Betty Jane Wise & Joseph Michael Wise
Plans: Attend Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina and obtain my doctorate degree in Pharmacy.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” A large segment of agriculture includes small farms.
Whether a side business or a producer trying to make it their main business, fruit and vegetable producers are among small farmers making a go of it.
However, in order to meet certain state requirements for producers who wish to sell to a restaurant, grocery store, or similar business, training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) is required.
This piece of the agricultural pie, so to speak, is spurred on by a growing consumer segment that values locally-grown food.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Community Foundationâ€™s grant review session is approaching.
The foundation funds charitable projects that will make a positive impact on Whitley County and its people.
The foundation is particularly interested in ideas that shed new light on local needs and provide innovative, long-term solutions.
â€˘Arts and Culture
A local author recently held a book signing at the South Whitley Community Public Library. Gloria Doty (left) is a published Christian writer, author, speaker and blogger. She was born in Allen County, but lived in Whitley County for 40 years. She currently lives in Fort Wayne, with her adult autistic daughter Calista (center) one dog, and two cats. Pictured with Gloria is Leann Snyder, an associate at the library.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Relay for Life of Whitley County, a 24-hour walk-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and patient services, has several fundraising events to support area teams working to generate money for their relay efforts.
All the money raised from fundraisers will go to the Whitley County relay event, slated for June 7 and 8 at Indian Springs Middle School, and will go to support local community members battling cancer.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) â€” More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads establishment voices â€” such as possible presidential contender Jeb Bush â€” who hail the standards as a way to improve student performance and, over the long term, competitiveness of American workers.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A collective sigh of relief was exhaled at South Whitley Community Preschool, as plans were finalized for its new location.
When construction plans were unveiled at South Whitley Elementary School, the preschool, which is housed in the basement of the school, was put on notice that there would be no place for the program after May.
However, preschool Director Valerie Weirick said the program will now be located at the Schultz Center, 111 S. Main St., inside the First Baptist Church.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As a whole, Whitley County Consolidated Schools are working to see how technology fits into its district.
Elementary schools in WCCS have been experimenting with several different programs through an interactive projection screen.
Little Turtle Elementary School first-grade students were present at a WCCS school board meeting last week to show off their skills on the projection screen.
Students were able to mark their attendance, solve math problems, answer questions from a magazine, and spell words by touching a wand to a interactive screen.