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May 23rd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂ Ââ€” The United Way of Whitley County recently named Cindy Baker as its executive director. On June 4, Baker will officially take the position, but her enthusiasm is already kicking in.
â€śI am excited about this opportunity and to get out in the community. I am looking forward to opening up doors for the United Way. One of the things I think I will focus on is educating the community on what the United Way does and what it can offer the community,â€ť said Baker.
COLUMBIA CITY â€”Kenia, The Oaksâ€™ beloved chocolate labrador, was remembered with fondness, love and great fun.
Kenia, who died Feb. 16, was a special therapy dog at the Columbia City nursing home. A special ceremony was conducted last Wednesday and her ashes spread around the base of the pink dogwood tree planted in her memory just outside the entrance of the well known health care facility.
Chad Smyth, executive director of The Oaks, welcomed more than 35 people attending. Many patients watched from the lounge area inside the home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thanks to the continued generosity of local donors who have given to the Whitley County Community Foundation, 10 local organizations were recently awarded a total of $24,850 in grants. The Board of Directors approved the following funding recommendations made by the 10-member Grants Committee.
â€˘ The Columbia City High School Fine Arts Department, $7,500 toward the cost of upgrading the current lighting system in the auditorium at CCHS.
â€˘ B.A.B.E. of Whitley County Inc.,$3,000 for inventory items.
A farmer with his team of draft horse, supervised by the family dog (foreground), rakes hay in a field off CR 500 W last week. While the recent dry weather has many farmers concerned about recently-planted crops, itâ€™s ideal weather for making hay.
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂ Ââ€” The fur was flying Saturday night when bidding got competitive at the 13th Annual Humane Society of Whitley County Benefit Auction.
There were many items that had the crowd salivating, but when Rex Schrader of Schrader Real Estate and Auction stepped up to the microphone, the animals that would benefit from the auction were the true winners.
Preliminary results show approximately $17,000 was raised from the benefit.
Jeanne List, the auctionâ€™s clerk for the night, has been involved with the humane society since it started in Whitley County.
CHURUBUSCO â€” It stands like a beacon in the Churubusco Eagle Memory Garden. The gazebo is a new place for the community to enjoy. It was dedicated Thursday night.
â€śThis beautiful gazebo is a pure tribute to the people of Churubusco,â€ť said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools.
Cathy Petrie, SGCS board president, recited the history of this project.
â€śThe idea of the Churubusco Eagle Memory Garden began two years ago with a terrible auto accident that tragically took the lives of CJSHS students Andy Spencer and Megan Young,â€ť said Petrie.
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂ Ââ€” The choirs at Columbia City High School celebrated a year of success with an annual variety and talent show.
â€śFantacularâ€ť has been a long-standing tradition at the school complete with individual and group acts. But to the seniors, this event marks the completion of their years in choir.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Check out The Post & Mail's Facebook page for photos of the Fantacular. A photo album with Fantacular pics will appear later this week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While local police investigate a student at Indian Springs Middle School who allegedly stabbed numerous middle-schoolers with a sewing needle, the top official at Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation says the school district acted pro-actively to the incident.
With I-READ3 results coming in electronically about a month ago, school superintendents in Whitley County were pleased with student performance on the test.
â€śItâ€™s a difficult high stakes test for a third grader to take,â€ť said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS). â€śOur teachers, parents and administration were pleased with the results.â€ť
The Indiana State Department of Education now requires third graders to take the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (I-READ3) test.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After 35 years of being an educator, Bob Hoke is retiring.
Hoke has been in education most of his life, and most of it was spent right here in Whitley County Consolidated Schools. He has been the principal of Northern Heights Elementary School for the last 10 years.
â€śMy educational experience all began in kindergarten,â€ť said Hoke. â€śI grew up on a farm in Goshen and after high school went to Ball State University.â€ť
Hoke began his teaching career at Goshen Middle School teaching seventh, eighth and ninth grade students.