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March 11th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Funding is in jeopardy for one of Whitley Countyâ€™s nonprofit organizations. Interfaith Mission, Inc., also known as The Lighthouse, provides transitional housing to those in need in Whitley County.
In 2013, the housing program served 63 individuals and provided housing, food, supplies, transportation and other supportive services. For the annual budget, 54 percent of The Lighthouseâ€™s funds come from grants â€” in addition to 16 percent which comes from local grants.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While several grocery stores across the U.S. are working to pull ground beef patties off the shelves after a USDA recall, Columbia Cityâ€™s Kroger was not affected.
More than 8.7 million pounds of beef have been recalled in 35 states, including Indiana, according to the USDA website. According to the USDA, the beef products were processed from Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 7, 2014.
However, the local Kroger store was affected by an earlier recall, that included El Monterey burritos and Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets.
The recall went into effect in January and February.
WHITLEY COUNTY (March 11, 2014) Whitley County Emergency Management Agency is warning residents to beware of winter weather moving into the area tonight.
The county is under a Winter Storm Watch through Wednesday afternoon.
Rain is expected to fall later this afternoon and early evening. That will change to snow during the early morning hours Wednesday. Snow is expected to continue throughout the day, but should taper off by the afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Looking back at the milestones for Whitley Countyâ€™s growth, numbers and dollars arenâ€™t what economic development leaders are using to measure success.
Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president and CEO, said he views the yearâ€™s successes based on relationships.
â€śI am proud to say that we worked with 50 different companies last year,â€ť said Tio. â€śTo me, thatâ€™s what makes what we do rewarding.â€ť
A variety of incentives and assistance were offered to companies working to expand or relocate.
The Whitley County Dazzlers, a special needs cheerleading squad, performed Saturday at the Abilities Abound seminar in Fort Wayne, featuring Lauren Potter, an actress from the television show, â€śGlee.â€ť Potter portrays a down syndrome cheerleader. The girls were able to meet with Potter before the dinner and banquet, where she discussed bullying and the impact of â€śmeanâ€ť words used to describe those with disabilities.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of pretending to be his brother appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Shaun T. Kruse, 33, of Rochester, was arrested in February and charged with forgery, a Class C felony.
In addition to the forgery charge, the state filed an additional charge.
Prosecution is now charging Kruse with being a habitual felony offender, based on two previous, unrelated felony convictions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eight years into Indiana joining the rest of the U.S. in Daylight Savings Time (DST), some Whitley County residents still disagree with the decision, and were feeling the effects of losing an hour of sleep this weekend.
â€śI hate this time change,â€ť Cindy Myers posted on The Post & Mailâ€™s Facebook page. â€śI wish they could leave it the other way. I am an early to bed, early to rise person and on the farm I always loved getting up with the sun up.â€ť
Sydney Peguignot, one of the Whitley County Dazzlersâ€™ cheerleaders, got to take an individual picture with guest speaker Lauren Potter during a meet and greet for a banquet in Fort Wayne that the Dazzlers performed at. The Dazzlers are a special-needs cheerleading group out of Whitley County.
Hannah Schaefer (left) and Abbigail Vorndran were two of Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s show choir award winners Saturday at Bishop Luers High School. Schaefer won the Solo Competition and Dynamic Performer for City Lights, CCHSâ€™s all-female choir. Vorndran won Dynamic Performer for City Heat, the schoolâ€™s mixed choir. City Lights received in 3rd runner up. City Heat took 2nd runner up in the Class B Division. â€śThe competition was tough but our teams presented very well,â€ť said choir supporters. Saturday the group will travel to Shelbyville High School to compete.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitley gardeners are invited to a special presentation in preparation for spring gardening.
Beth Ann Sickafoose will present a short program, Favorite Flowers for Special Areas, at the South Whitley Community Public Library Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
After the presentation, their will be a discussion of the possibility of a South Whitley area gardening group.
The group would meet to share knowledge and experiences, as well as help with community service activities.