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November 1st, 2013
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second part to a two-part series on the life of Jon Pontzius.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śAnyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,â€ť said American icon Henry Ford.
That quote could easily sum up the mantra exhibited in the life of Jon Pontzius, a resident of Whitley County.
Pontzius grew up on a farm on Riley Road, which has been in his family for more than 150 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While some Indiana cities and towns chose to postpone trick-or-treating to Friday, Columbia Cityâ€™s and Churubuscoâ€™s Halloween festivities went on as scheduled Thursday.
Despite a threatening weather forecast, and some vocal citizens, the weather held off during trick-or-treating hours, and many said they were pleased with how the night turned out.
â€śIt was a tough decision. I know there was a lot of discussion about us not postponing it, but we still felt this was the right decision,â€ť Columbia City Councilman and Board of Works member Dan Weigold said.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” A gas leak Thursday afternoon forced several Columbia City businesses to evacuate and temporarily shut down.
At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department was sent to the Columbia City Plaza, located at the corner of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, for a gas leak.
According to Fire Chief Tom LaRue, crews were boring under the pavement between two strip malls when they struck a gas line.
LaRue said it took nearly two hours to shut off the gas to the area, and several buildings were filled with natural gas.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. â€” Tiffany Schuman, a member of the Whitko FFA chapter in South Whitley, is on stage and in the spotlight beginning yesterday through Saturday during the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.
Schuman, a freshman in college and the daughter of Keith and Priscilla Schuman, has been selected to the National FFA Chorus.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” They are at it, again.
Dawn Hinthorn and Susie Trixler have directed an event for all ages.
The Whitko High School fall play â€śThe Butler Did It, Again!â€ť starring Ivory West, Jalen Gregory, Shelby Smiley, Ashlyn Goff, Michael Thompson, Sydney Walters, LiaAmia Gregory, Danielle Glunt, Lexi Shuman, Jaima Ferguson, Rebekah Dixon, Rozlyn Bishop and Sam Richerd will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Whitko High School Auditorium.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Competition doesnâ€™t just take place on a grassy field. For Indiana Springs Middle School Spell Bowl team, competition will take place at Purdue University with pencil and paper in hand.
Middle school students recently learned that for a second year in a row, they will be spelling at the state level. This year, ISMS is the only school from Whitley County to advance, after being named conference champions Oct. 17.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first in a two-part series on Jon Pontzius and his family farm.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County has numerous farms that continue to operate under a family name.
Tradition and legacy are rooted deep in these homesteads, which span more than 100 years for some.
The Pontzius farm is no different. In 1835, a county pioneer purchased 80 acres in Thorncreek Township and 80 acres in Smith Township.
For $200, the family farm of Joseph Waugh was started.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Recently, Whitley Countyâ€™s Shrine Club donated several hundred dollars to The Woodlands Senior Center, in Columbia City.
The Shriners are continuing to pitch in for the community, this time helping beautify the cityâ€™s downtown area.
The club is donating two trees to be planted along West Van Buren Street, east of Line Street, on the south side of the road.
â€śWe just want to give back to the community,â€ť said Ken Lundquist, Whitley Countyâ€™s Shrine Club secretary-treasurer. â€śTheyâ€™ve supported us so well over the years.â€ť
Many local youngsters attended Story Time at the Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Tuesday.
Young children listened to stories, danced to music and created â€śdust bunnies,â€ť a craft related to the stories they read.
Pictured is Audrey Clegg, 4, concentrates on making her pink dust bunny.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” At last weekâ€™s meeting, Colulmbia Cityâ€™s Common Council approved the 2014 employee salary ordinance, a yearly responsibility handled by city officials.
The employee ordinance includes a slight raise for the cityâ€™s 90 full-time employees.
Full-time employees are expected to receive a $1,040 per year bump, a raise that hasnâ€™t happened in several years.