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April 8th, 2014

Local child care program awarded

April 8, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Sonshine Child Care Ministry, in South Whitley, has achieved a Level 2 rating in Paths to Quality.

Paths to Quality is Indiana’s rating and improvement system for child care programs.

It is a consistent set of standards to help parents identify licensed family child care centers, licensed family child care homes, and unlicensed registered ministries that have met state requirements for health and safety.

CCHS’s Riley Fry named Lilly Scholar

April 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Riley Fry, a senior at Columbia City High School, has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Whitley County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

She will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Riley is the daughter of Todd Fry and Wendy and Martin Grooms of Columbia City.

Riley is the oldest of her four siblings, two brothers Jason and Brennan, and two sisters Cassie and Gabby.

April 7th

Whitley Co. population grew in 2013

April 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (HSPA) — New statistics show Indiana’s population grew in 2013 after falling for six straight years — but they also show a tale of two types of counties.

It’s a tale of urban and rural population trends moving in different directions.

Indiana’s population grew at a rate of 0.51 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates recently released that were analyzed by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. The state added 33,120 people to grow to a population of 6.57 million.

Haitians helped through homegrown effort

April 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — What was once an idea to provide aid to Haiti, has evolved into a full fledge mission.

Just Cause International, formed by Whitley County residents Thaddeus McKee, Jeff Royer and Alex Carlin, is a nonprofit outreach organization designed to provide support and hope to Haiti.

A benefit concert is set for Saturday at First Church of God, Columbia City, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nina Daniels, a worship leader from Chicago, will be the featured performer. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to aid in the next phase of JCI’s work in Haiti.

Rentschler seeking reelection as prosecutor

April 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew J. Rentschler has announced his campaign for reelection to the position he has held for the past 12 years.

“I have devoted my career to enforcing our laws in a way that keeps Whitley County safe,” Rentschler said. “I was raised in Whitley County, I went to school in Whitley County. Now my children are going to Whitley County schools. It is paramount and personal to me that our community is safe, and I have tailored my prosecutions to that goal.”

Alternative learning program accepting applications

April 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Registration is open for those students looking to attend TROY Center, an alternative eduction program.

“Not every person learns in the same way. Not every person thrives in the same type of environment. Not every person fits within the typical classroom mold,” said Nikki Trier, the school’s administrator. “At TROY Center Alternative School, we understand that. That’s why our flexible environment and alternative curriculum aim to help each person find their own path to success.”

Preserving county history through photographs

April 7, 2014

For the past several weeks, The Post & Mail has featured a historical photograph that depicts Whitley County life.
No doubt for some readers, the Timewarp Tuesday feature has brought back memories of glory days on the basketball court, what used to be at Columbia City High School, and classmates that may have moved on.
The Post & Mail is pleased to offer this feature in future issues, and has partnered with the Whitley County Historical Museum to solicit residents for photos.

LILLY WINNER: Fry, CCHS student, named scholarship recipient

April 7, 2014

Riley Fry, a senior at Columbia City High School, has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Whitley County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. She will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Riley is the daughter of Todd Fry and Wendy and Martin Grooms of Columbia City. Riley is the oldest of four siblings, two brothers Jason and Brennan, and two sisters Cassie and Gabby.

Haitians helped through homegrown effort

April 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — What was once an idea to provide aid to Haiti, has evolved into a full fledge mission. Just Cause International, formed by Whitley County residents Thaddeus McKee, Jeff Royer and Alex Carlin, is a nonprofit outreach organization designed to provide support and hope to Haiti.

A benefit concert is set for Saturday at First Church of God, Columbia City, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nina Daniels, a worship leader from Chicago, will be the featured performer. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to aid in the next phase of JCI’s work in Haiti.

April 6th

Fees to increase for county recycling

April 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County residents will soon be receiving their property tax bills in the mail.

As part of the May installment, homeowners will pay a user fee for the county-wide recycling program.

However, this year the fee was increased from $42 to $53. Whitley County Solid Waste District Director Jorell Tucker said the cost increase is long overdue.

“We’ve discussed the need to raise rates for some time now,” Tucker said. “We pushed it off as long as we could, but now we don’t really have any other options.”

 

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