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November 1st, 2013

LOCAL LEGACY: Learning becomes a lasting love for Pontzius

November 1, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second part to a two-part series on the life of Jon Pontzius.

COLUMBIA CITY — “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,” said American icon Henry Ford.

That quote could easily sum up the mantra exhibited in the life of Jon Pontzius, a resident of Whitley County.

Pontzius grew up on a farm on Riley Road, which has been in his family for more than 150 years.

TAUNTS, TRICKS & TREATS: Weather holds off for successful Halloween

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While some Indiana cities and towns chose to postpone trick-or-treating to Friday, Columbia City’s and Churubusco’s Halloween festivities went on as scheduled Thursday.

Despite a threatening weather forecast, and some vocal citizens, the weather held off during trick-or-treating hours, and many said they were pleased with how the night turned out.

“It was a tough decision. I know there was a lot of discussion about us not postponing it, but we still felt this was the right decision,” Columbia City Councilman and Board of Works member Dan Weigold said.

GAS LEAK: Struck gas line evacuates local businesses

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— A gas leak Thursday afternoon forced several Columbia City businesses to evacuate and temporarily shut down.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Columbia City’s fire department was sent to the Columbia City Plaza, located at the corner of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, for a gas leak.

According to Fire Chief Tom LaRue, crews were boring under the pavement between two strip malls when they struck a gas line.

LaRue said it took nearly two hours to shut off the gas to the area, and several buildings were filled with natural gas.

October 31st

Schuman sings for FFA

October 31, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tiffany Schuman, a member of the Whitko FFA chapter in South Whitley, is on stage and in the spotlight beginning yesterday through Saturday during the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

Schuman, a freshman in college and the daughter of Keith and Priscilla Schuman, has been selected to the National FFA Chorus.

WHS thespians take stage

October 31, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — They are at it, again.

Dawn Hinthorn and Susie Trixler have directed an event for all ages.

The Whitko High School fall play “The Butler Did It, Again!” starring Ivory West, Jalen Gregory, Shelby Smiley, Ashlyn Goff, Michael Thompson, Sydney Walters, LiaAmia Gregory, Danielle Glunt, Lexi Shuman, Jaima Ferguson, Rebekah Dixon, Rozlyn Bishop and Sam Richerd will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Whitko High School Auditorium.

FINALISTS: Indian Springs M.S. to send spellers to state showdown

October 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Competition doesn’t just take place on a grassy field. For Indiana Springs Middle School Spell Bowl team, competition will take place at Purdue University with pencil and paper in hand.

Middle school students recently learned that for a second year in a row, they will be spelling at the state level. This year, ISMS is the only school from Whitley County to advance, after being named conference champions Oct. 17.

LOCAL LEGACY: Pontzius ponders points of family history

October 31, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a two-part series on Jon Pontzius and his family farm.

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County has numerous farms that continue to operate under a family name.

Tradition and legacy are rooted deep in these homesteads, which span more than 100 years for some.

The Pontzius farm is no different. In 1835, a county pioneer purchased 80 acres in Thorncreek Township and 80 acres in Smith Township.

For $200, the family farm of Joseph Waugh was started.

DONATED TREES: Local Shrine Club helps beautify city

October 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Recently, Whitley County’s Shrine Club donated several hundred dollars to The Woodlands Senior Center, in Columbia City.

The Shriners are continuing to pitch in for the community, this time helping beautify the city’s downtown area.

The club is donating two trees to be planted along West Van Buren Street, east of Line Street, on the south side of the road.

“We just want to give back to the community,” said Ken Lundquist, Whitley County’s Shrine Club secretary-treasurer. “They’ve supported us so well over the years.”

October 30th

Reading gets crafty

October 30, 2013

Many local youngsters attended Story Time at the Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Tuesday.

Young children listened to stories, danced to music and created “dust bunnies,” a craft related to the stories they read.

Pictured is Audrey Clegg, 4, concentrates on making her pink dust bunny.

PAY RAISE: Council approves employee salary ordinance

October 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— At last week’s meeting, Colulmbia City’s Common Council approved the 2014 employee salary ordinance, a yearly responsibility handled by city officials.

The employee ordinance includes a slight raise for the city’s 90 full-time employees.

Full-time employees are expected to receive a $1,040 per year bump, a raise that hasn’t happened in several years.

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