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March 20th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â Severe Weather Preparedness Week is nearing its end and the National Weather Service (NWS) wants to make sure everyone knows how to respond if a severe weather event were to cause heavy damage to Whitley County.
Responsible citizens should work together to save lives. Tornado-ravaged cities such as Tuscaloosa, Ala., Moore, Okla. and Joplin, Mo. were able to recover from disaster by helping each other, officials say. The NWS suggests contacting insurance companies and arranging financial assistance if necessary.
CHURUBUSCO â A staff member with Smith-Green Community Schools in Churubusco has been placed on administrative leave.
Smith-Green Superintendent Galen Mast sent home a letter with students on Tuesday that stated that a staff member used âpoor professional judgment.â
In his letter, Mast said the district couldnât comment on the situation any further, due to it being a personnel issue.
WHITLEY COUNTY â County Engineer Brandon Forrester came before the Whitley County Board of Commissioners seeking additional funding for Whitley County bridge and culvert repair and replacement.
Forrester gave the commissioners some background on the bridge situation in Whitley County. Forrester characterized this as the âgood news.â The engineer noted that in 1988, 26 of 81 bridges in the county were posted for a weight limit, while today only one bridge in Whitley County is posted with a weight limit.
COLUMBIA CITY â Spring is just around the corner and Whitley County Farmers Market officials are getting a head start on planning for the 2015 season.
Anyone interested in potentially participating as a vendor in the 2015 Whitley County Farmers Market is urged to attend any one of the upcoming vendor meetings.
The first meeting is Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Smith & Sons Coach House, 207 N. Main St. in Columbia City.
At this meeting, attendees will be provided with copies of the 2015 Rules and Regulations as well as contracts for returning vendors.
COLUMBIA CITY â Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs show choir, City Stars, finished its competition season with a bang, winning grand champion.
The ISMS singer-dancers beat out six other middle school choirs at Homestead High Schoolâs invitational.
City Stars also won best vocals and were one point away from best choreography.
Passages Profiles â15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY â Jon Morris embodies the goals that Passages has for all of its clients; to speak for themselves in their daily life, and to be an active participant in the life of the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â The 27th annual 4-H Fun Night will be held Friday from 4 to 7:30 p.m at the 4-H Center, 680 West Squawbuck Rd.
There will be an all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin supper, a silent auction that supports Whitley County
4-H and numerous games and activities for the kids.
Adults can eat for $8 while children 5 to 12 years old are $6 and children under age 5 are free.
Two major announcements will be made at the event:
â¢At 5 p.m., Dane Drew of Whitley County will be announced as a winner in Americaâs Farmers Grow Communities program.
PIERCETON â A pursuit followed by a short manhunt ended with one in custody and another dead early Thursday morning.
The incident delayed Whitko Community Sc-hools until the situation was under control.
At approximately 4:34 a.m., Pierceton Deputy Marshal Matt Owens attempted to perform a traffic stop on a vehicle on Ind. 13.
The vehicle fled and crashed into a fence.
Two people exited the vehicle and took off on foot.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High Schoolâs Fine Arts Department is finishing its 2014-15 season with a classic farce that should have the audience teary-eyed with laughter.
âLend Me a Tenorâ takes the audience to September 1934 in Cleveland, where famous Italian performer Tito Merelli, played by junior Blake Ousley, the âgreatest tenor of his generation,â goes missing and presumed dead before making his debut on the local opera scene.