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July 26th, 2012
Hannah Schaefer, of Columbia City, won the ARTS Talent Showcase singing competition with her performance of â€śVanilla Ice Creamâ€ť from the broadway musical, â€śShe Loves Me.â€ť She also received an award for photography modeling.
Shaefer attended the ARTS Showcase in Orlando, Fla. with Charmaine Models and Talent Agency. While there, she competed in singing, television commercials, photography modeling, runway modeling, swimsuit modeling, monologue and cold reading.
Free life coaching sessions will be offered at the Peabody Library starting Wednesday and continuing on Aug. 8, 15 and 22.
The sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. To register, call 503-9047 or 212-2457.
The Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test will be held on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room A and B of the Peabody Library. For additional information visit www.wcarc.org or contact Roger McEntarfer via email at email@example.com or call 503-9008.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local man was severely injured Wednesday after hitting a vehicle head on with his motorcycle.
Thomas Hesting of Columbia City was airlifted to Fort Wayne at approximately 10:30 a.m. from the area of Ind. 9 and CR 500 N.
Witnesses say Hesting drove his Harley Davidson motorcycle left of center, hitting a vehicle driven by Chelsea Craig of Columbia City head on.
Craig was transported by ambulance to Parkview Whitley with back pain.
The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department said Hesting was wearing a helmet and Craig was properly restrained.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After the violent shooting that took place in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. July 20, killing 12 people and injuring 58, local government officials met to discuss procedures in the event of similar scenario in Whitley County.
As a precaution, Mayor Ryan Daniel said he met with Fire Chief Thomas LaRue, Police Chief Timothy Longenbaugh and Director of Communications Terry Wherry Monday morning.
At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, Daniel explained their discussion.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Several Churubusco business owners attended a town meeting regarding the Main Street Churubusco (MSC) project Wednesday at Smith-Green Community Schools administrative offices.
Dave Pearson, chairman of MSC, welcomed a majority of downtown Churubusco business owners.
Pearson explained how the project was started when Frank Kessler, town council president, approached him to become a part of Indianaâ€™s Main Street Project in late fall of 2010.
Then, a sub-committee was formed and the 12-step process required to be a part of IMSP began.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The severe storm on June 29 left quite a mess in the town of South Whitley which prompted resident Les Hoffman to attend the town council meeting Tuesday evening regarding limb pick-up.
â€śI donâ€™t know if there is a rhyme or reason how they pick up sticks,â€ť Hoffman said. â€śThe last town gentleman that picked those up was very timely. Right now, they donâ€™t seem to be on a timely basis at all and there should be a system for stick pick-up by finishing one neighborhood at a time.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, to the Housing Authority was passed on second reading. This ordinance establishes a Housing Authority in line with the Indiana Code.
â€śAs I talked about last time, this is changing our Housing Authority ordinance to reflect state statute changes,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
According to the ordinance, the Housing Authorityâ€™s public purpose is for the clearing, planning and reconstruction of areas in which unsanitary or unsafe housing conditions in the city exist.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Since its doors opened in 2005, The Center for Whitley County Youth has had a mission to promote positive youth developement.
The two men leading the charge are Program Director Todd Blanton along with Exectuive Director Jeff Wike.
Blanton said, â€śWe want to come along side of the students, stand with them and mentor them. All our programs are based on that.â€ť
Although programming and activities is what brings students in the door, Blanton said that the overall goal is to bridge the gap and allow for volunteers and staff to create a safe environment for the students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With days of continuous rain, the county and city both lifted burn bans Tuesday, which were set in place as a result of the drought.
County Commissioner Don Amber said the countyâ€™s decision came from the Whitley County Fire Chiefâ€™s Association due to the improving conditions. Amber cautions people to be considerate of their neighbors who may have respiratory issues, as many people will be burning trash or leftovers from storm damage.
PIERCETON â€” In May, 3-year-old Blaire Deeter was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, which is a rare cancerous tumor in the eyeâ€™s retina.
Retinoblastoma is rapidly-developing cancer that develops in the cells of retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye.
Blaire is the daughter of Whitko High School graduate Katie Deeter and granddaughter of Debbie (Deeter) Reed, who also graduated from WHS.
To offset medical expenses for Blaireâ€™s treatments in Cincinnati, â€śBlaireâ€™s Rideâ€ť will take place Saturday with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Post in Pierceton.