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October 3rd, 2014
Several first graders in Whitley County recently visited Manchester University to learn about college life. The children had a chance to ‚ÄúWalk Into Their Future‚ÄĚ by participating in different activities provided by the science, education, math and English departments of Manchester University. Northern Heights Elementary School Principal Jake Hoag said touring the campus and participating in the activities was a ‚Äúunique opportunity‚ÄĚ for the children.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A professional conference was one of many events promoting domestic violence awareness this week. To begin Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) members planned a series of events that included guest speakers at county high schools, decorating downtown Columbia City with purple ribbons, banners and posters, and on Thursday, a day-long conference helped to educate community leaders and volunteers on the impact of violence in the community.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A new regional project, the Our Story Project, sought public input to help change the way residents speak about Northeast Indiana. Workshops were held in Whitley County in September and continue in all 10 counties within the region this week and next. Public participation helps to establish the region‚Äôs reputation, with themes including who we are, where we are going as a region and what Northeast Indiana will be known for.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Continuing a recognition program the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) launched during the organization‚Äôs 20th anniversary celebrations in 2012, the EDC has recognized Reelcraft Industries, Inc. and Shindigz for the companies‚Äô long-term contributions to the community‚Äôs economic success.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Crews continue to work on a seven-month project to replace the U.S. 30 bridges that pass over Blue River Trail and Morsches Park. Two Whitley County companies are partnering on the project. CRI Construction of Larwill is pictured placing concrete barriers along the side of the highway. R.L. McCoy of Columbia City has been involved with the work since it began earlier this summer. The work is expected to be completed no later than Oct. 31.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The once vacant grassy lot is now home to 12 garden beds, each 240-square-feet, complete with irrigation lines and a host of plants.
Giving Gardens of Indiana is a nonprofit organization that grows produce and donates it to needy families and charitable organizations. Giving Gardens is currently paired with the Columbia City United Methodist Church‚Äôs mid-week meal and The Warehouse‚Äôs Forklift feeding programs. The programs in turn take the donations and supplement their weekly meals with fresh local produce.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ For residents of Churubusco looking to clean up and get rid of some unwanted waste the town will be sponsoring a town-wide clean-up day Saturday. Residents who wish to participate are encouraged to place any unwanted items on the curb the night before pick up.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ A Churubusco man who has faced several charges in Whitley County has now been charged in Allen County for stealing from cars.
Steven Keister, 24, was charged Monday on accusations of more than a dozen felonies. Keister faces 11 felony counts of theft and six more charges, stemming from thefts from vehicles in Allen County.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Community Foundation is asking residents to think of people they know who go ‚Äúabove and beyond to make a difference for kids.‚ÄĚ There is a way to honor those who build up youth in the community. Count Me In!, Whitley County‚Äôs 40 Developmental Assets initiative, is sponsoring an award called ‚ÄúCount On Me.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Dan Ryan, chairman of the District 6540 Membership Committee, was the speaker recently at a meeting of the Columbia City Rotary Club. Ryan‚Äôs intention during the meeting was to build up membership rolls. ‚ÄúEvery club goes through the same types of fluctuations in members,‚ÄĚ he said. In order to grow the membership, the club has to be more flexible and literally think out of the box. Ryan said a key element of all that is to not be afraid to fail. The solution, according to Ryan, was to recognize that today‚Äôs professional is more likely to be a woman.