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May 19th, 2013

211 systems served as Ind. resident help line

May 19, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — A study by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs shows that in much of Indiana, public officials aren't aware their counties have 211 systems in which callers can find social services for help.

The Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations surveyed nearly more than 1,000 local government officials, including mayors, county auditors, council members, school board members and township trustees.

Whitko H.S. hands out Class of 2013 awards

May 19, 2013

Whitko High School seniors that earned scholarships through Kosciusko County Community Foundation included Chelsee Christoffel, Becca Thomson, Jamie Wall, Natasha Anderson, Aaron Horn and Holly Frantz. Scholarships were presented by KCCF’s Amy Cannon.

See Page A5 of the May 20 issue for more photos and a complete list of award recipients.

Spring Spruce-Up Day

May 19, 2013

Cory and Maudie Sickafoose, along with their three daughters, helped plant flowers, clean the park, and picked up a lot of litter from alleys and streets.

They were just one of several families who came out to volunteer during South Whitley’s Spring Spruce-Up Day Saturday.

Making lemonade

May 19, 2013

Garrett Shepherd, a kindergartner at Little Turtle Elementary School, participated in a nation-wide initiative to teach children how to run and operate a lemonade business.

Students were given a booklet to follow and specific instructions. Shepherd had to complete a business plan, create a menu, build a booth and serve customers as part of the program.

Shepherd said he intends to use the money he makes, after he takes out his expenses, to purchase a video game.

Pictured is Shepherd (right) and his father, Marty, operating the lemonade stand on Saturday.

SUMMER STYLE: Crisp cuts her break to begin career

May 19, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.

COLUMBIA CITY — Kirstie Crisp will soon don a cap and gown and graduate with the rest of Columbia City High School’s Class of 2013.

However, while others go off on summer vacations and senior trips, Crisp will be starting her career — in cosmetology.

“I had visited colleges and I knew they that they wouldn’t work for me,” Crisp said. “Cosmetology is something that I love. Why would I do something that I didn’t love just to conform to everyone else?”

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

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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.

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