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April 3rd, 2014

‘Impossible’ things to happen at Whitko H. S.

April 3, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Is it impossible for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage? This question and others will be answered at Whitko High School’s spring musical.
The cast and crew at WHS will present their production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” April 25 or 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for a cost of $5 for students and $6 for adults.
While this version might not have any talking mice or wicked cats, cast members say there’s still magic enough to spare.

Off with the old, on with the new

April 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Work is underway to repair and replace the Whitley County Courthouse roof.

Crews began tearing off the old roof Wednesday in preparation to lay new materials in a project that is easily impacted by weather.

In November of 2013, County Commissioners approved a two-year CEDIT plan that included monies for the Courthouse roof and other repairs.
The funds totaled more than $100,000, and had Commissioners questioning part of the project.

Whitley Co. native drowns in Mud Lake

April 3, 2014

ALBION — A former Whitley County man’s body was recovered from Chain O’ Lakes State Park Monday after officials believe he drowned while ice fishing.

Douglas W. Haigwood, 43, of Kimmell, was found in Mud Lake, near the west end of the park at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday. He was reported missing at 1:10 p.m. by a friend who told authorities he went fishing the night before but didn’t return.

Haigwood is a Whitley County native who graduated with the Class of 1989 of Whitko High School.

Highways under repair

April 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While bridge work continues on U.S. 30, cutting traffic down to one lane on the highway, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be closing another major Whitley County roadway next week.

Officials announced Wednesday night that Ind. 9 will be closed starting Monday from Ind. 14 to County Road 500 South while Norfolk-Southern rebuilds the railroad crossing.

The official detour is from Ind. 14 to Ind. 5 to Ind. 205. The work is expected to be completed by the following Monday, April 14, weather permitting.

Horses find a happy home

April 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Moving is a labor-intensive process, but adding 42 horses into the plan creates a whole host of other concerns.

When Shadarobah Horse Rescue was given notice that it would have to vacate its location in Fort Wayne less than two weeks ago, officials with the nonprofit began a volunteer effort like no other.

“We had people come from all over with horse trailers and trucks to help us relocate 42 horses, two goats and several cats and dogs,” said Michelle Heitz, Shadarobah’s president.

FEMA denies plea for funding

April 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Three months after much of Indiana suffered the effects of a major snow storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the area, state officials are now in a scramble to figure out how to pay for the losses.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials announced Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied the state’s request for assistance.

Mark your calendar

April 3, 2014


•Gardening club -6:30 p.m.
All gardening and landscaping enthusiasts are invited to the second meeting of the newly formed South Whitley Area Garden Club Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the South Whitley Community Public Library.

Collaborative effort

April 3, 2014

JoAnne Reeder, left, has volunteered her rural Whitley County home to house nine horses from Shadarobah Horse Rescue. The rescue was relocated from its Fort Wayne location less than two weeks ago with little warning. Michelle Heitz, right, is president of Shadarobah, and has been working with volunteers to care for all 42 of the displaced animals now being housed at several locations in neighboring counties. The rescue is planning a benefit to raise money for the nonprofit. Willowbrook Day School, 101 W. Dupont Rd. in Fort Wayne, will host an Easter benefit April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SR 9 Closed South of Columbia City for Railroad Work

April 3, 2014

Norfolk-Southern repairing the railroad crossing

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that Ind. 9, between Ind. 14 and County Road 500 S, will be closed as of Monday, April 7, as Norfolk-Southern rebuilds the railroad crossing.

The official detour is from Ind. 14 to Ind. 5 to Ind. 205.

The work is expected to be complete by Monday, April 14, weather permitting.


April 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (April 3, 2014) -- Showers & thunderstorms are likely for this morning and into the afternoon. Heavy rainfall is a possibility with strong thunderstorms possible by the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will vary considerably across the state, with winds gusting up to 35 mph.

Columbia City's Parks Department's Valero Junior Golf Tour played Monday at Eagle Glen Golf Course...
Whitko's 10-and-under baseball travel team advanced to the second round of semi-state play where...
Columbia City's volleyball team competed in the Hoosier Open Thursday and Friday at Bishop Dwenger....


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