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July 18th, 2013

COUNTY ON THE RISE: Economic forecast appears positive

July 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Just past the halfway point of the year 2013, the economy has an improved atmosphere, particularly on the local level.

Around the nation, surveys indicate increased optimism economically as the year 2013 reached July, and the local atmosphere is no different. In Whitley County, there are reasons to smile about the cash climate for area citizens.

July 17th

Goat show takes center ring

July 17, 2013

COLIMBIA CITY — 4-Hers participated in the Dairy Goat and Specialty Show Monday at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.

Taking Best in Show Sr. Doe was Hanna Bridegam and her Alpine goat.

Earning the title of Best in Show Jr. Doe was Kaitlin Frank.

No more crying over spilled milk

July 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After several years of the dairy club having to dump its milk, Veterinarian and 4-H parent, Dave Brelage, will be purchasing the club's product.

Brelage will be buying the club's milk for 50 cents per gallon — less than they would make if a milkman came to pick it up, but that has been hard to come by.

"Since most of the milk cows go home after the first day of the fair, we don't produce a lot of milk anymore," said Brandy Studebaker, Dairy Club leader.

"It's great to actually make some money off of it."

Open Carcass results exhibit 4-Hers’ success

July 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Judging is in for the open carcass results at the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Fair.

Below are results for the open carcass, the open on-foot carcass, the 4-H carcass results and the 4-H on-foot carcass results.

Open Carcass Results

Champion: Alena Hindbaugh.
Reserve Champion: Cate Cormany.

Pig wrestling event grows in popularity at fair

July 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Adding approximately 20 teams, Whitley County 4-H Fair’s Pig Wrestling Contest gained participation and popularity this year compared to 2012.

Last year, the event was the first of its kind at the fair and had a solid response with 40 teams participating.

This year, that number increased to approximately 60.

“We’ve had a great response to this event,” said 4-H Board President Cathy Heritier. “I can’t believe the amount of people that really get into this. It’s so much fun.”

IN COURT: Continuances granted for meth pair

July 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman accused of manufacturing methamphetamine had her first court appearance with her attorney Monday.

Braidon Hall, 19, hired Greggory Hockemeyer to be her attorney. Hockemeyer requested a continuance to Aug. 5 so he could become more acquainted with the situation.

Hall was arrested with Mitchell Bradley, who also had a pretrial conference continued Monday. Both individuals have court situations to resolve in other counties due to probation violations. Bradley will appear in Whitley County Circuit Court this Monday, July 22.

LEGISLATION HITS HOME: WCCS receives Obama Care update

July 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools is trying to prepare for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obama Care, but changes sometimes come swifter than preparation.

“We were preparing quite a detailed report for you,” said WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf to the Board of Trustees. “But the rules are changing as fast as we can print them.”

The biggest change Zickgraf referenced was the employer requirement to offer health insurance. That requirement has been delayed and will not be implemented until January of 2015.

Sloppy success

July 17, 2013

Pig wrestling offered muddy entertainment to Whitley County 4-H crowds at the grandstands Tuesday night.

Pictured are the “Bacon Babes” celebrating their victory in manhandling the swine to the center pedestal. From left: Breanna Waugh, Hannah Cultimus, Emilee Hursh and Sydnee Anderson.

See Page A5 for results and more photos.

BACK TO SCHOOL: SGCS faculty turnover continues

July 17, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A few more new faces will be at Smith-Green Community Schools this coming August, now that two 2012-13 faculty members are leaving Churubusco Junior-Senior High School.

CJSHS Assistant Principal Matt Widenhoefer resigned from his position. He will be taking a teaching job at Concordia High School in Fort Wayne.

Also leaving SGCS is Jamie Perlich, CJSHS physical education teacher and girls basketball head coach. Perlich will become the new athletic director at Blackhawk Christian School.

July 16th

County Line Road to close for repair

July 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — County Road 800 East on the Allen and Whitley County line will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for a culvert replacement project.

The closure is between Ind. 14 and Covington Road.

This is slated to be an overnight closure. The Whitley County Highway Department urges drives to use caution when traveling in this area.

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