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December 27th

New member appointed, officers elected to 4-H Inc. board

December 27, 2010

Former board member Dave Rupley was not reelected at the annual meeting for the Whitley County 4-H Inc. board, but will return to the board as he was appointed to replace Bob McKown at the Dec. 14 meeting held at the 4-H Center. McKown resigned from the board earlier in the year.
Officers were elected at the meeting with the following results: Bill Leeuw, president; Cathy Heritier, vice president; Dave Rupley, secretary; Kent Reese, treasurer; Julie Johnson, assistant treasurer; and Rex Eiler and Aaron McDevitt, executive board.

December 23rd

Santa’s helper wears brown

December 23, 2010

Local UPS man retires after 33 years

No white beard is visible and his choice of color for his attire is more brown than red, but Shawn Slocum is unquestionably Santa. And not only at Christmas but every day.
Slocum will be hanging up the brown suit this year, though, retiring after 33 years with United Parcel Service (UPS). His last work day, fittingly, is today — Christmas Eve.
He began with UPS in 1978 as a sorter loader, working his way up sorting packages, washing and spotting vehicles inside the facility according to Steve Miller, delivery supervisor.

Giving away the Christmas spirit

December 23, 2010

On his way home from the store after Christmas last year, Gene Hoover of Columbia City called his sister.
“You’ve got to help me, I have an addiction,” he said. His truck was so full he couldn’t see out the back window.
And what was the truck filled with? Christmas decorations.
Every year for the last 10 years, Hoover has decorated his yard with Christmas decorations, lights, figurines, inflatables, a projector shining scenes on the house, anything he can find at those after Christmas sales.

The Mclaughter is free with an order

December 23, 2010

Some people choose a profession which will allow them to make a difference in the world. Others make a difference by choosing to “bloom where they are planted.”
Renea Farnbauch is one of the bloomers.
Anyone visiting the Columbia City McDonalds may get a shock initially as they hear one of the ladies at the cash register yell out, “Next victim!”
When this is followed by “How may I mess up your order?” one can’t help but smile.
Farnbauch’s caustic wit and fearless humor has gained her a following, and those who work with her are the first to sing her praises.

Education service center leaving Marshall

December 23, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — One of Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s tenants in the Marshall Community Building is moving out.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor read a letter to the corporation’s Board of School Trustees Monday night from Robert Huffman, Executive Director of Region 8 Education Service Center, which had its headquarters located in Columbia City for more than five years.
“It is with a degree of sadness that I find myself writing this letter to you,” wrote Huffman.

WCCS board signs funding resolution

December 23, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees joined hands with a host of other school districts in sending a message to the state legislature — and the board did it with the stroke of the pen.
At its regular meeting Monday, the board signed a resolution that had been presented to the panel earlier this month, drafted by the John Glenn School Corporation and addressed to Indiana lawmakers.
The Walkerton-based school corporation drafted a resolution to Indiana lawmakers and sent letters to WCCS and other districts around the state.

December 22nd

Whitko chief updates board

December 22, 2010

PIERCETON — The Whitko Community School Corporation board of school trustees held its monthly meeting Monday evening with superintendent Steve Clason providing several updates.
“The legislative session is going to pick up after Jan. 1 and the biggest item they will have on their plate is the budget. There is a lot of discussion about how they will balance the budget when the income has not re-couped yet from the recession we are in,” Clason said. “We continue to hear that we will be receiving like amounts of funding that we had last year and there will not be any reductions.”

Man faces molesting charges

December 22, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — An Anderson man arrested over the weekend by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and charged with two counts of child molesting was in court Monday for an initial hearing.
Terry R. Campbell, 64, was arrested in connection with alleged incidents that occurred with a five-year-old girl in July, according to the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to the police report, Campbell lived in Churubusco at the time of the incidents, which the report says occurred between Jan. 1 and July 10 of this year.
The charges were filed against Campbell Dec. 3.

Boilers purchased for Marshall building

December 22, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees agreed Monday night to turn up the heat.
Corporation Business Manager Anthony Zickgraf asked the board to approve the purchase of a new heating system for the Marshall Community Building to replace the facility’s nearly deceased boiler system.
“We’ve been talking to you for about 18 months for the need of new boilers for the Marshall Building,” Zickgraf told the board.
“One of the two has already given out and the other is 45 years old,” he added.

December 20th

Remembering Kaylin: Victim described as 'wholesome'

December 20, 2010

RIDINGER LAKE — The Doggendorfs, Jason and Linbeth draw on daughters Tiana, 12, and Dreama, 10 for strength.
They are also buoyed by the support of their inner circle of friends and family as they struggle each day to honor the life of their murdered daughter while awaiting, with dread, the trial of her accused killer.
Jason and Linbeth were surrounded by friends in March when police told them the dreaded news — their eldest daughter, 14-year-old Kaylin, was found murdered across the county line in Kosciusko County.

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