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January 10th, 2014

Girl Scouts to partner with Red Cross

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY ­— Two iconic organizations are joining together to help save lives.
The Girl Scouts and the American Red Cross are hosting Give Blood — Get a Cookie blood drives in communities across Northern Indiana and select locations in Michigan for the second year.
Enjoy delicious Girl Scout cookies after donating blood at special blood drives during January.
The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana are excited to partner with the Red Cross to help save lives through blood donation.

Sunday bulletin

January 10, 2014

Col. City UM
The title of the message Sunday at Columbia City United Methodist Church is “Preaching Peace.” The scripture is from Acts 10:34-43 and Matthew 3:13-17.
Triple F Classes began Wednesday.
Those wanting to participate should sign up for classes if they are still interested in joining the group.
Dinner on Wednesday evenings is from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., followed by adult groups and FaithWeaver Friends (children) from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Call the church office for more information on classes available.

Weather causes Lilly deadline to be extended

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Due to the extreme weather conditions and school closings, the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship deadline has been extended to Friday Jan. 17.
All applications must be submitted to the Whitley County Community Foundation no later than Friday, Jan. 17 or they will not be accepted.
For those wanting to apply, questions can be directed to the foundations office by calling 244-5224 or emailing

Grace Lutheran Church is awarded $5K grant

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Grace Lutheran Church, of Columbia City, recently received a $5,000 “Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need” grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.
The funding was awarded to Grace Lutheran Church based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional, an spiritual needs in the community such as food, clothing, shelter, fellowship and care for the sick based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.
Grace Lutheran Church has also elected to participate in a complementary two-to-one challenge grant program sponsored by the foundation.

BOOKS AND BUCKS: School leaders cringing at a potential $1.8M cut

January 10, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a series on the impact of the BPPT elimination.

WHITLEY COUNTY — Discussions of eliminating a particular tax is causing school administrators concern over the large amount of income districts could lose.

Indiana legislators began their session earlier this week with an initiative put in motion by Gov. Mike Pence to end the taxation of business personal property.

SGCS, WCCS close, Whitko schools open full day

January 10, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — While Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Smith-Green Community Schools remained closed for the entire week after Sunday’s snow storm, Whitko Community Schools operated under its regular schedule Friday, and a two-hour delay Thursday.

Whitko’s decision has some parents up in arms, and even keeping their children home despite schools being open.

“We are keeping our kids home today,” said Whitko parent Amy Lochner. “I feel this is extremely irresponsible of the school system. Why couldn’t they at least delay school so it is light out for bus drivers to see.”

Snow cleared; thawing begins; Temps expected to stay above freezing

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Since Sunday’s storm dumped 16.2 inches of snow in Whitley County, crews have been working all week to clear roadways and clean up streets.

Thursday evening, another weather cell brought an additional inch of snow to the area. Starting today, forecasters predict that high-temperatures will stay above freezing for the next four days — along with more than an inch of rain.

While the warmer temperatures are expected to melt snow and possibly improve road conditions, officials are soon to be facing another issue — flooding.

Above-freezing temps expected today

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Forecasters have predicted above-freezing temperatures today, and schools are expected to be back in session after a nearly three-week long break.

The meltdown of Whitley County's 16.2 inches of snow has begun, as temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for the next four days.

The melting process is expected to bring rain and fog to the area, and officials are preparing for potential flooding.

Whitko Community Schools were back in service Thursday, while Smith-Green and Whitley County Consolidated Schools remained closed.

January 9th


January 9, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Sherriff and Whitley County Highway Departments have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.

“Advisory Travel Level” has been issued as of 5pm until further notice.

Roadways are snow covered and slick throughout the county at this time. Caution should be taken when traveling throughout the county. Citizens should be aware of the impending weather conditions and take the necessary precautions when traveling on county roads.

Fleetwood finds ASBO conference experience valuable

January 9, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools’ Business Manager Todd Fleetwood was recently awarded a trip to a conference in Boston.
Fleetwood traveled to Boston for the International ASBO (Association of School Business Officers) Conference, which was held in October 2013.
He was awarded a Bridges to the Future Scholarship to attend the conference by MetLife, which gave 20 such scholarships nationwide.
Fleetwood said the experience was beneficial.


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