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March 20th, 2015

NWS: How to react to natural disasters

March 20, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

SGCS STAFF MEMBER PLACED ON LEAVE: No details in letter to ’Busco parents

March 20, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — 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 “poor professional judgment.”

In his letter, Mast said the district couldn’t comment on the situation any further, due to it being a personnel issue.

BRIDGE REPAIR: More funds sought

March 20, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — 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 “good news.” 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.

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March 19th

GEARING UP: Farmers Market meeting dates set for Whitley County vendors

March 19, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

GRAND CHAMPS: ISMS City Stars take 1st in last competition

March 19, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School’s 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 School’s invitational.
City Stars also won best vocals and were one point away from best choreography.

PASSAGES PROFILES: Jon Morris both a volunteer and a voice

March 19, 2015

Passages Profiles ’15 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 — 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.


March 19, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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:
•At 5 p.m., Dane Drew of Whitley County will be announced as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

POLICE PURSUIT: Delays Whitko schools

March 19, 2015

PIERCETON — 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.

SPRING PLAY: ‘Lend me a Tenor’ to be presented at CCHS

March 19, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s Fine Arts Department is finishing its 2014-15 season with a classic farce that should have the audience teary-eyed with laughter.

“Lend Me a Tenor” takes the audience to September 1934 in Cleveland, where famous Italian performer Tito Merelli, played by junior Blake Ousley, the “greatest tenor of his generation,” goes missing and presumed dead before making his debut on the local opera scene.


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