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May 19th, 2013

STUDENTS HONORED: WHS applauds senior success

May 19, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko High School recognized seniors who excelled in academics, attendance and service at a ceremony held Friday night.

Honors were given to students who had outstanding attendance, had earned academic honor diplomas, and were achievers on the sports field as well as the classroom.

Among the honors given was an award presented by WHS Principal David Parker. The Principal’s Awards are given to Chelsee Christoffel and Alex Stoddard.

“These students exemplify everything we strive to present at Whitko,” Parker said. “Overall, I am so proud of the Class of 2013.”

THE 'ADVENTURE' BEGINS: Playground erected in South Whitley

May 19, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — After months of planning, South Whitley’s town park received its last installment of playground equipment Friday.

Cemented across from Doodlebug Village, Adventure Mania is an interactive playground for older children.

Several slides and climbing apparatuses were put in place with work expected to be finished tomorrow.

Michael Vestergaard, owner of Vestergaard & Sons, Inc., and his crew were on hand for the installation.

Whitko High School’s football team joined in on the heavy lifting.

TALKING POLITICS: GOP fires concerns at local lawmakers

May 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Republicans gathered Saturday to hear Indiana lawmakers’ recap on this year’s legislative session.

Indiana Representatives Kathy Heuer and David Ober joined with Indiana Senator Jim Banks to share what bills had been passed and what effect that might have on the local level.

Although there were numerous wins the trio was able to tally, several issues brought on some heated discussion and concern for those at the breakfast.

Heuer’s rules reform

May 17th

Honoring veterans

May 17, 2013

Members of the Washington Township 4-H Clubs volunteered their time to show their honor and respect to the country’s World War II veterans.

Students participated in the flight line for the Honor Flight, which provides a free trip for veterans to Washington to visit monuments on May 8.

Front row, from left: Emma Mullett, Samuel Mullett and Jacob Mullett. Back row, from left: Dillon Reed, Erin Trabert, Mady Stricker, Gemssy Munoz, Megan Hinen, Leonie Trabert, Lindsey Hoskins, Ashleigh Hoskins, Brooke Laux and Erin Knepple.

ARMED FORCES DAY: Vet recalls Nagasaki bombing

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A few weeks ago, April 8 to be exact, Whitley County resident and long-time farmer, Bill Barney observed his 90th birthday — that in itself is worth celebrating.

However, when you talk to Barney, it’s not so much about birthday celebrations and farm life that he details with precision, but rather, the events that took place 68 years ago — the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan Aug. 9, 1945, and the eventual end to World War II.

As a soldier in his early 20s, Barney was one of nine crewmen who participated in the Nagasaki mission.

TRASH: Yard waste weighed by council

May 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Spring weather means lawn mowing, landscaping and yard work of all kinds.

Some South Whitley residents questioned town council members as to the correct procedure in disposing of yard waste.

“We need to cut our grass and clean up limbs,” said a homeowner present at Tuesday’s meeting. “Now that we have these trash containers, we don’t know what to do with our grass clippings.”

COURT: Padgett receives six-year sentence

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “It is rare for me to come in and say entirely positive things about my client.”

Those were the comments of Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz at the sentencing hearing for Christopher Padgett, who pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class B felony, last month.

Voelz made his comments in his testimony on Padgett’s behalf while awaiting sentencing from Circuit Court Judge James Heuer. Heuer handed down a six-year sentence for Padgett.

AQUATICS: Public forum set for Col. City pool

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Citizens interested in the future of aquatics in Columbia City will have a chance to give their opinion next week.

Park Director Mark Green said there will be a public forum to discuss the future of aquatics, both in Columbia City and Whitley County, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall in the Columbia City Common Council Chamber on the second floor.

Much of this discussion sprang from last year’s announcement that Burnworth Memorial Pool will be holding its last season in the summer of 2014, before it is closed.

PERFORMING ARTS in review

May 17, 2013

(May 17, 2013) — A special feature highlighting Performing Arts at Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko High Schools is inserted in today's paper. This full-color publication depicts the arts during the 2012-13 school year.

Guitar concert

May 17, 2013

New York-based classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be performing at the Peabody Public Library’s Robert E. Brittain Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The concert is free and open to the public.

This concert is part of a nationwide tour, right after a highly regarded appearance in New York at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall.

Major works will include the Bach Chaconne and Suite Compostelana by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou.

 

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