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June 23rd, 2012

PAGEANT HOPEFULS: 31 vie for Mr./Miss Whitley County

June 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A competitive field of 31 contestants will vie for the title of Mr. and Miss Whitley County during the annual 4-H scholarship program to be held at the Columbia City First Church of God on Monday.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m.
There is a suggested $1 donation for admission, which will be given to the winners of the Hester Adams Memorial Award.

STILL ON...FOR NOW: Mayor says Col. City fireworks not canceled, yet

June 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — As of now, Columbia City’s fireworks are still planned to take place on July 3 at Morsches Park.
“With the lack of rain and hot conditions and dried grass, it’s a pretty good issue,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Although the city is still under a burn ban, Daniel said it usually rains once during the upcoming Old Settlers Days, and he is hoping that pattern will continue, or that Columbia City will see rain over that weekend.
“If for some reason we choose to cancel for safety reasons, I could imagine a decision will be made by the Monday before the fireworks,” said Daniel.

June 22nd

"PITCH-IN": Locals raise money for kids

June 22, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — This Saturday, local “well-knowns” will be standing outside Shoe Show in an effort to help the Salvation Army raise money for a program called “My Sole Purpose.”
This program assists children in need, supplying them with new shoes as the school year begins. It is also a program accepting monetary donations for backpacks.
Pat Mossburg, community ministries specialist, said the goal is to raise $8,500 by July 1.
“We are currently about half way to our school shoe goal,” said Mossburg. “We have far to go, but are extremely grateful at how much has been accomplished.”

WCCS: Superintendent's contract extended

June 22, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — At the WCCS board meeting Monday, member Don Armstrong announced the board’s recommendation concerning Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor’s contract.
The decisions were made at an executive session.
“Based on that evaluation, and the job performance of our superintendent, it is recommended that the Whitley County Consolidated School board, Board of Trustees, extend the three year contract of the superintendent for an additional year, which would mean the contract would be extended to June of 2015 with no increasing bonus,” said Armstrong.

POLL RESULTS: Breaking the 100 degree mark

June 22, 2012

The Post & Mail's online poll last week concerned when the thermometer will first top 100 degrees this summer in Whitley County. Respondents were of the opinion that eclipsing the 100-degree mark will happen in early July.

June 21st

DONATION: Star Bank gives $75,000 to Passages capital project

June 21, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The capital campaign designed to fund a renovation of the former Lehmberg Medical Building on North Oak Street into Passages, Inc.’s crown jewel — the Creative Learning Center — got a massive financial boost, times two, Thursday afternoon.
Following a presentation billed as the kick off to the organization’s capital campaign, David Smith of Star Financial Bank presented Passages, Inc. President and CEO Tom O’Neill with a check for $75,000.

TROY CENTER: Tuition hike explained

June 21, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Due to a recent tuition increase at TROY Center, Dr. Patricia O’Connor invited TROY Center director, Nicole Trier, to the Whitley County Consolidated School board meeting Monday to shed light on the reasons for the increase.
Before Trier spoke, Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor said, “Whitley County Community Schools has established a strong, positive working partnership with TROY Center for many years. The TROY Center Alternative program has provided educational instruction and supervision for our at-risk students.”

WIND: Plan Commission rejects wind changes

June 21, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY – After a split vote from the Whitley County Planning Commission members, the County Commissioner’s suggested changes to the proposed Wind Energy Ordinance were rejected Wednesday.
The motion was made to approve the County Commissioner’s recommended changes, but it did not carry since a majority of five votes was needed.
Dave Schilling made an abstention. Voting for the approval of the motion was Brandon Forrester, Paula Reimers, George Schrumpf and Doug Wright. Voting against the motion was Dave Addison, Bill Auer, John Johnson and Kenny Kerch.

OLD SETTLERS EVENTS

June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 26
Downtown Midway
Poor Jack Amusements Midway 5-11 p.m.
Woodlands Senior Center
W. C. Council on Aging breakfast 8 a.m.
Euchre 9 a.m.
Carry-in Lunch 11:30 a.m.
Travel Show 2:30 p.m.
Bingo 4 p.m.
Brats & Burgers 5 p.m.
Melvin Mullins 6 p.m.
W. C. Historical Museum
Open tours & Quilt Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Legion Tent on Midway
American Legion Bingo 5-11 p.m.
Eagle’s Nest Event Center
OSD Past Presidents Dinner 6 p.m.
Burnworth Pool/CCHS
OSD Horseshoe Tournament 7 p.m.
Courthouse Stage

UPDATE: Suspicious death ruled a suicide

June 21, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A death at a residence on Ind. 205, originally believed to be suspicious by police, was ruled a suicide after further investigation.

Kathy Gregory, 47, was found dead at 1920 S. Ind. 205 Tuesday night after medics and firemen were called to the scene of a fall.

First responders found Gregory unresponsive with a gunshot wound.

The case was investigated by Whitley County Coroner Scott Smith, Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Vogely and Crime Scene Investigator Randy Dellinger.

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