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May 24th, 2013

Retirees celebrated

May 24, 2013

Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) held a reception for teachers and staff retiring from the district this year.

Left, George Petersen, who taught for 20 years and is retiring from Indian Springs Middle School, speaks with Reisa Snyder, who taught for 28 years and is retiring from Columbia City High School.

Market delivers a green philosophy at Rotary

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Farmers Market has been a mainstay for many years.

The market provided fresh produce and an array of crafts for people interested in healthy-food alternatives as well as unique crafts that have been custom-designed and made in Northeast Indiana.

Chris Lilly, head market master for the last four years, was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Columbia City Rotary Club meeting.

He was joined by Jane Loomis, an organic farmer who provides fresh produce and food products at the market.

County recycling increases as temperatures rise

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – As the weather turns warmer, the amount of recycling generated in the county is increasing.

According to Dwayne Knott, Whitley Environmental owner and the recycling contractor, the county’s recycling participants had seemed to level off at about 70 to 75 percent, but he is seeing that number swell to 85 percent.

“Our guys have been slammed these past two circulations,” Knott said.
“It’s a good problem to have. As it gets nicer out, people are cleaning up. That generates more recycling.”

WHS art students featured in calendar contest

May 24, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Some of Whitko High School’s students will have their artwork displayed in a 2014 calendar.

The Electric Consumer recently hosted its 16th Annual Student Calendar Contest for 2014.

The contest provides young Hoosier artists an opportunity to express themselves and develop their artistic talent while possibly earning cash prizes and state-wide acclaim.

The contest is open to grade levels kindergarten through 12th.

DECEASED TODDLER IDENTIFIED

May 24, 2013

(May 24, 2013) -- The toddler who drowned in a Whitley County pool Tuesday morning has been identified as Gilbert M. Strader, 2, of Fort Wayne. A Fort Wayne funeral home confirmed that the toddler was the son of Cole Strader and Emily Underwood of Fort Wayne.

Reports show that Strader drowned in a pool at his grandparents home, Phil and Elaine Smock, of Columbia City.

Warm welcome

May 24, 2013

After visiting Vietnam for two weeks, Tim Davis, a Vietnam War veteran, received a hero’s welcome Monday night at New Hope Wesleyan Church where he is a member.

When he originally returned home from the war in 1968, the homecoming was anything but welcoming.

However, 45 years later, Davis was ushered from Fort Wayne International Airport to New Hope Wesleyan in a motorcade of family, friends and supporters.

At the church, Davis was greeted by more supporters, as well as state and city leaders eager to show their appreciation.

GOING THE DISTANCE: For some, walking makes a world of difference

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Betty Nelson has run enough miles to have circled the earth almost three times.

At approximately age 35, this Columbia City woman started taking her first steps to lead her on a 30-year journey including 40 marathons and more than 70,000 miles under her sneakers.

Now at age 67, she is lending her expertise and experience to Whitley County residents who want to accomplish a goal – one step at a time.

TESTING TESTS: ISTEP+ results probed

May 24, 2013

PIERCETON — With computer malfunctions and online disconnects, ISTEP+ testing was deemed “a mess” by Indiana lawmakers.

The state-mandated test experienced technical difficulties when testing contractor, McGraw-Hill, was unable to keep up on the demand.

Testing results have a determination on overall school performance, as well as student and teacher evaluations. With the lack of testing consistency, concerns are rising across the state on how integral the testing results can be.

GARBAGE PICKUP: Local ties not enough for trash contract

May 24, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Bids for trash contracts were discussed in a special meeting of the Churubusco Town Council last night.

Four bids were submitted to the council and were opened for the initial review at the last council meeting.

Among the four bidders was current contract holder National Serv-All and Whitley Environmental, current recycling contractor for the county.

Only Steve Smith, of Whitley Environmental, was present for the special meeting.

Each proposal included a three-year and a five-year option. However, Whitley Environmental offered a third choice.

VOGELY'S VACANCY: Spencer named new WCSD detective

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the recent conviction of former Whitley County Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Vogely for operating while intoxicated, some changes have been made in the department.

Second-shift Sergeant Jason Spencer is taking over Vogely’s position as detective.

On April 13, Vogely was arrested for drunk driving, and the sheriff’s department has made a decision on the future of his career.

Vogely pleaded guilty to OWI April 15, and WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said after the court proceedings, disciplinary actions moved forward by the department.

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