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September 5th, 2013
Northern Heights Elementary School students have been discussing the importance of reading on a daily basis.
By signing a â€śReaderâ€™s Workshop Contractâ€ť (pictured above) they have promised to read each day, follow procedures and do their personal best.
Pictured from left, students in Teri Harmonâ€™s fourth-grade class: Samantha Harris, Rachel Cotterman and Cameron Craig, sign their pledge in class.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Passages, Inc. is in a season of several changes.
Its operations on Towerview Drive will soon relocate to the former Lehmberg Building, Columbia City, where education and creative learning will expand with the change.
As preparations fall in place for the move, another shift is taking place at the helm of the nonprofit. Long-time leader Tom Oâ€™Neill has stepped down from his role as president and CEO to make way for newly- named president, Jason Meyer.
CHURUBUSCO â€” With only one council member in support of the proposed garage sale ordinance for Churubusco, the change was not passed at Wednesdayâ€™s Town Council meeting.
A public hearing held for the ordinance in August opened the floor to several town residents who had complaints against the proposal.
After having a chance to discuss some of the concerns, Councilman Mark Pepple offered his opinion on the ordinance before the vote.
â€śI have a few issues with the ordinance. There are some items I think we need to take a look at,â€ť Pepple said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) will launch a new phase of its entrepreneurial program later this month.
The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, which will be an aspect of the EDCâ€™s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative (SBEI), is a combination of online and in-person sessions focused on fundamental concepts of turning ideas into businesses.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For 11 years, the Whitley County Autumn Art Festival has displayed art, crafts and local talent on the Courthouse lawn.
Now in its 12th year, the festival has new leadership, Mark Espich and Katie Sweeney.
The event will now benefit the Whitley County Humane Society and will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor praised all of the WCCS staff for working hard for a smooth to start the 2013-14 school year.
At Tuesdayâ€™s WCCS work session, Oâ€™Connor told the Board of Trustees that all of the staff, from janitors to bus drivers, was diligent over the summer months to get the school year off to a good start.
â€śThe custodial staff did a great job getting the schools in shape,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said.
Custodians conducted deep cleaning of the schools, as well as painting and landscaping to spruce up the buildings.
Dan Curless (center) was sworn in to the Whitley County Consolidated Board of Trustees Tuesday night.
Curless was voted in by his fellow board members Aug. 19. He replaces Chris Bechtold, who took a math teaching position at Eagle Tech Academy.
From left, WCCS Superintendant Pat Oâ€™Connor, Board President Don Armstrong, Curless, Business Manager Tony Zickgraf and Stan Meyer, board member.
BIG LAKE Ââ€” Several Whitley County fire departments assisted Noble Township with a house fire that stayed ablaze from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were initially called to the home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night, but were called back at midnight when the fire rekindled, as flames and heavy smoke poured from the structure.
The home, located at 5194 S. Union Street, in Big Lake, was severely damaged and portions of the roof collapsed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 24-year-old Columbia City woman was severely injured after she was battered at Jellystone Campground in Pierceton over the weekend.
The victim, whose name hasnâ€™t been released, was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne in critical condition after a confrontation about laundry at the campgrounds.
According to a press release by the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the woman got in a dispute with Patrick Zimny, 54, of Glenwood, Ill., about use of a clothes dryer unit.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Cromwell man who attempted to escape from the Whitley County Jail last year received a 12-year prison sentence Monday.
Charles E. Norris, 29, will serve eight of the 12 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and will have four suspended for attempted escape.
Norris received a concurrent eight-year sentence, with all to serve at DOC, for intimidation.