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March 29th, 2012

THE GIFT OF MUSIC (with video): Whitko musician on third album

March 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Three years ago, 15-year-old Ivory West from Whitko High School picked up a guitar that had been hanging on the wall at her home in Pierceton and began strumming the chords. Her father, Rod West, told her if she would practice some basic chords he taught her, she could take lessons. Later, as a Christmas gift, he gave her a certificate for lessons.

500 MILLION DOLLARS: Record-setting lottery on horizon

March 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — In January, one lucky winner walked away with a Mega Millions prize of $72 million. The pot has since then grown considerably.

On Friday, an estimated record-setting $500 million will be up for grabs across 42 states and Washington, D.C.

SOUTH WHITLEY DEVELOPMENT: EDC looking at future

March 29, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — President Alan Tio and Community Development Coordinator Lori Shipman with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) attended the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday evening to present details on community development initiatives for re-development of the downtown area.

EDC’s role in the re-development of the downtown area is to work with the town of South Whitley — whether it’s job retention, activities, job creation activities, investments, business start-ups or responding to each need in the community as investors.

CLIMATOLOGIST: Unseasonably warm spring to linger

March 29, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's top climate expert says the state's streak of unseasonably warm weather should continue for the next three months, bringing with it an elevated risk of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
But state climatologist Dev Niyogi also says cold air could bring Indiana a frost or freeze at any time, threatening flowers and trees lured into early bloom by recent 70- and 80-degree readings.

JOB FAIR COMING: County chamber to host event April 14 at ISMS

March 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a job fair during the Whitley County EXPO April 14 at Indian Springs Middle School
The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m.
There is no cost for businesses to set up a table and accept applications, conduct interviews or meet potential employees. Participating businesses will need to bring their own table, chairs and any information they'd like to provide to potential job candidates.
Reservations for the job fair are required by April 6. Space may be limited, so potential participants are asked to reserve a spot early.

March 28th

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Comments sought on huge lottery

March 28, 2012

The Post & Mail will feature a story in Thursday's edition about the record-breaking Mega Millions lottery, which Tuesday night ballooned to a new high of $476 million.

In the Thursday article, comments will be published from readers on what they would do with that kind of money. Those contributions will be selected from comments received on the website under this article.

CELEBRATING SUCCESS: Teachers tout inaugural year at Eagle Tech

March 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The “Celebrate Success!” program has been an ongoing project for Whitley County Consolidated Schools, giving each school the opportunity to showcase what programs and procedures are going on around the district. Last week, it was Eagle Tech Academy’s turn.

While Principal Brady Mullett gave a general overview of the school’s first year and its preparation for the second, the staff dove into more specific areas of what the school is up to.

"GOD WAS WORKING THROUGH US": Food pantry directors stepping down

March 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — For the past decade, Bud and Karen Rothgeb have been coordinating events at Grace Lutheran Church’s Food Pantry and as of April 1 they are retiring.

The Rothgebs live right down the street from Grace Lutheran Church. The couple has always been active in the church but since Bud retired from DANA in Fort Wayne in 2001, he’s been volunteering at the local food pantry. In 2007, when Karen retired from ITT in Fort Wayne, they became co-directors of the pantry.

BYLAWS EVER EVOLVING: Most recent changes for WCCS

March 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Having reviewed proposed revisions from NEOLA, a consulting firm which provides school districts with a complete service for developing and updating board bylaws and policies, the committee in charge of reviewing those for Whitley County Consolidated Schools made its final recommendation to the school board, which approved the final adoption at last week’s board meeting.

NEOLA also deals with administrative guidelines, forms, staff handbooks and student/parent handbooks in both electronic and printed format.

DEMO DERBIE COSTS INCREASE: Other rule changes for 2012 as well

March 28, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — New rules and higher entry fees are ahead for the 2012 Whitley County 4-H Demolition Derbies. 4-H Clubs, Inc., approved a $50 entry fee for each car that enters the demolition derby scheduled July 15 and 18 at this year’s 4-H Fair. Last year the fee was $25. This fee includes one driver and one pit crew member.

 

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