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May 26th, 2013

PEACEKEEPERS: WMS students take charge of safety

May 26, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko Middle School students are taking steps to keep the peace in their school.

The Peacekeepers is a group organized to facilitate conflict resolution between peers has middle schoolers developing listening skills and coping mechanisms to help diffuse potentially aggressive situations.
Led by WMS teachers Mike Hanback and Tara Hosier, students shared with Whitko Community School Corporation’s board members how the group conducts its mission.

PARADE PLANS: Memorial Day parade set for Monday

May 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City will honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice with a parade Monday.

The event, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be sponsored by the American Legion.

Line-up for the parade will be on Walnut Street by Eagle Tech Academy.
From there, the parade will proceed down Van Buren Street. It will turn onto Madison Street and end at Greenhill Cemetery.

At the cemetery, the names of local soldiers who have died while serving the country will be read.

SEWER REPAIR: WCCS takes its chances with flooding

May 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Concerns for better bids outweighed potential flooding worries for the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS).

Despite the possibility of flooding in Columbia City High School, the district decided to rebid the sewer repair project rather than accept the bid from the one company that submitted one.

A lack of price information was the principle reason for the rebid. Business Manager Tony Zickgraff said with only one company biding on the project this past year, there were not enough facts to go forward.

May 24th

Retirees celebrated

May 24, 2013

Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) held a reception for teachers and staff retiring from the district this year.

Left, George Petersen, who taught for 20 years and is retiring from Indian Springs Middle School, speaks with Reisa Snyder, who taught for 28 years and is retiring from Columbia City High School.

Market delivers a green philosophy at Rotary

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Farmers Market has been a mainstay for many years.

The market provided fresh produce and an array of crafts for people interested in healthy-food alternatives as well as unique crafts that have been custom-designed and made in Northeast Indiana.

Chris Lilly, head market master for the last four years, was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Columbia City Rotary Club meeting.

He was joined by Jane Loomis, an organic farmer who provides fresh produce and food products at the market.

County recycling increases as temperatures rise

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – As the weather turns warmer, the amount of recycling generated in the county is increasing.

According to Dwayne Knott, Whitley Environmental owner and the recycling contractor, the county’s recycling participants had seemed to level off at about 70 to 75 percent, but he is seeing that number swell to 85 percent.

“Our guys have been slammed these past two circulations,” Knott said.
“It’s a good problem to have. As it gets nicer out, people are cleaning up. That generates more recycling.”

WHS art students featured in calendar contest

May 24, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Some of Whitko High School’s students will have their artwork displayed in a 2014 calendar.

The Electric Consumer recently hosted its 16th Annual Student Calendar Contest for 2014.

The contest provides young Hoosier artists an opportunity to express themselves and develop their artistic talent while possibly earning cash prizes and state-wide acclaim.

The contest is open to grade levels kindergarten through 12th.

DECEASED TODDLER IDENTIFIED

May 24, 2013

(May 24, 2013) -- The toddler who drowned in a Whitley County pool Tuesday morning has been identified as Gilbert M. Strader, 2, of Fort Wayne. A Fort Wayne funeral home confirmed that the toddler was the son of Cole Strader and Emily Underwood of Fort Wayne.

Reports show that Strader drowned in a pool at his grandparents home, Phil and Elaine Smock, of Columbia City.

Warm welcome

May 24, 2013

After visiting Vietnam for two weeks, Tim Davis, a Vietnam War veteran, received a hero’s welcome Monday night at New Hope Wesleyan Church where he is a member.

When he originally returned home from the war in 1968, the homecoming was anything but welcoming.

However, 45 years later, Davis was ushered from Fort Wayne International Airport to New Hope Wesleyan in a motorcade of family, friends and supporters.

At the church, Davis was greeted by more supporters, as well as state and city leaders eager to show their appreciation.

GOING THE DISTANCE: For some, walking makes a world of difference

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Betty Nelson has run enough miles to have circled the earth almost three times.

At approximately age 35, this Columbia City woman started taking her first steps to lead her on a 30-year journey including 40 marathons and more than 70,000 miles under her sneakers.

Now at age 67, she is lending her expertise and experience to Whitley County residents who want to accomplish a goal – one step at a time.

 

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