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April 17th, 2013

SCHOOL FUNDING: Tax increase affords SGCS projects

April 17, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Residents of Whitley County’s Smith Township and Noble County’s Green Township saw their property taxes increase from last year to this year.

This was due in part to the building project currently underway at Smith-Green Community Schools.

Since tax reports sent to residents only show tax rates from the previous year, what they may not have realized is their rate did not go higher than the rate in 2011.

CANDLES AT THE COURTHOUSE: Vigil held for child abuse and neglect

April 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— Remembrance, awareness and prevention were key focal points at last night’s candlelight vigil held at the Whitley County Courthouse.

Residents from across the county gathered at the Courthouse to remember and pray for children affected by abuse and neglect.

Pinwheels and battery-operated candles were passed out to those present. That state of Indiana designated April 16 as an annual remembrance day, and being that this was the first year, participation from all counties was encouraged.

April 16th

FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD: Whitko takes patrons to Emerald City

April 16, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — More than 50 students from all four of Whitko Community Schools will come together to present, “The Wizard of Oz,” Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27 at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee show April 28 at 2 p.m. at Whitko High School.

“The students have been hard at work to create this spring’s masterpiece on the high school stage,” said Director Dawn Hinthorn. “This timeless story has been a beloved show for decades, and we are proud to finally welcome it to South Whitley.”

CES LEAVE: ’Busco principals resign

April 16, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Both the principal and assistant principal of Churubusco Elementary School (CES) will resign at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

CES Principal Shellie Miller’s and CES Assistant Principal Nicole Veit’s resignations from their respective positions were accepted at the Monday meeting of the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees.

COLTON GEIGER: Leadership found on the farm

April 16, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Senior Colton Geiger has allowed the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School to hone not only his agricultural knowledge, but also his leadership skills.

“I’ve had the opportunity to be a leader in so many different areas,” Geiger said. “I don’t think I would have had those same opportunities if it wasn’t for FFA.”

Growing up on a farm, Geiger learned early on the hard work it takes to have a successful career in the agricultural arena.

“I became passionate about ag because I grew up with it,” he said.

DETECTIVE ENTERS PLEA: Vogely pleads guilty to OWI charge

April 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Whitley County Sheriff’s detective is not expected to return to duty in the near future after pleading guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Whitley County Superior Court Monday.

Charles Vogely, 61, was arrested for OWI Saturday. He pleaded guilty in court Monday and was sentenced to one year at the Whitley County Jail, with six days to serve and the remainder suspended.

BOSTON BOMBS: Marathon blast leaves at least 3 dead

April 16, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why.

Federal investigators said no one had claimed responsibility for the bombings one of the city’s most famous civic holidays, Patriots Day. But the blasts among the throngs of spectators raised fears of a terrorist attack.

April 15th

2 KILLED: Bombs explode at Boston Marathon

April 15, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Two bombs exploded near the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people, injuring 23 others and sending authorities rushing to aid wounded spectators, race organizers and police said.

One runner, a Rhode Island state trooper, said he saw at least two dozen people with very serious injuries, including missing limbs.

About two hours after the winners crossed the line, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the finish line. Another explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

POOL GRANT: Col. City parks receive funds for study

April 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Parks and Recreation Department Director Mark Green announced that the City of Columbia City has received a grant for $15,000 from the Dekko Foundation toward a study for an Aquatics Facility.
“We are thankful for partners like the Dekko Foundation who understand the value of planning and providing recreational activities for children and adults,” said Green.

After a financial report showing repairs in excess of $1 million needed for Burnworth Pool, the Columbia City Park Board made a decision to form an Aquatics Facility Task Force.

POLISHING THE TOMBSTONES: History enthusiasts revive family cemetery

April 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Preserving history made for cold, wet work Saturday as individuals gathered at the Crooked Lake Nature Preserve to restore tombstones.

The Leaman Cemetery, tucked back in the woods along a hiking trail, had been overgrown and forgotten, until Gene Heckman, Thorncreek Township trustee, was told about the cemetery by his son, Dan.

 

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