November 18th, 2013
David and Renee Bauerâ€™s home, located at 3426 E. Old Trail in Columbia City, is one of the homes featured in The Lighthouse Christmas Walk. The annual event will be Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. and is held to raise funds for the nonprofit shelter. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased the day of the event at any of the homes on the walk. Pictured is some of the holiday decor which will be seen at the Bauerâ€™s home, which was built in 1968. The home was originally owned by Doc Briggs, a local veterinarian, and was a horse farm.
WHITLEY COUNTYâ€” Although statistical indicators for infant mortality are grim in the state of Indiana, local agencies are working to lessen the threat among Whitley County mothers and babies.
In 2011, the infant mortality in the state was measured at 7.7 percent. In Whitley County, the rate was 7.33 percent in 2010. However, in 2009, it was only at a 4.85 percent.
In Indiana, the infant mortality rate for 2011 was 7.5 for every 1,000 live births. That ranked the state in the top 10 in the U.S.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Want to learn a foreign language? Looking for free music to download? Need to locate legal forms? All of these services are available from one website â€“ The Peabody Public Library www.http://ppl.lib.in.us.
The library offers numerous resources online that are free to cardholders. Some of the online options are unique and innovative, according to Mary Hartman, the libraryâ€™s director.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A former deli employee who stole a customerâ€™s credit card in South Whitley received a four-year sentence Monday.
Eloy R. Faculjak, 30, of South Whitley, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC), and will serve his entire sentence for forgery, a Class C felony, behind bars, with no time suspended.
Faculjak pleaded guilty Oct. 20. It was just his second court appearance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Humane Society of Whitley County, Inc. will host Pet Pictures with Santa Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the shelter.
Joy from Joyâ€™s Dog Grooming will be adding final touches to the animals before the Human Societyâ€™s Amanda Dillon photographs each pet with Santa.
There will also be sweet treats from The Cake Lady.
The Humane Society is asking for a $15 donation for each picture. All proceeds will go directly to the care of Whitley Countyâ€™s lost and homeless animals.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools is working to add three new math classes to its curriculum, as well as the possibility of other courses to help prepare students for life after high school.
The three new math classes are expected to help students on a variety of academic levels.
One of the courses is expected to help seniors receive their diplomas. In order to graduate, the state requires that all seniors pass one algebra class.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” College GO! Week, held this past October for the state of Indiana, is all about one big goal â€” helping Hoosiers plan for college and career success and the practical steps that can be taken to get there, whether theyâ€™re in elementary school or college.
Whitley County Success Coalition took this challenge of assisting students in planning and preparing for their future. The Whitley County College Success Coalition is comprised of business owners, employees, community members, educators, students and parents.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Firefighters worked to quickly control a fire at Indian Springs Middle School Monday morning.
At approximately 10:45 a.m., firemen from Columbia City and Columbia Township Fire Departments responded to a fire alarm at the middle school, located on Ind. 9, south of Columbia City.
Students were evacuated from the building, and sent to Little Turtle Elementary School to wait for officials to control the fire, which was believed to be started by a candle in a sixth-grade class.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” High goals and big achievements are the legacy Gabrielle Hazen is leaving behind as a Columbia City volleyball player.
And big goals are what she still has as she prepares to step onto the court as a Northwestern Wildcat.
Hazen officially signed with the university Friday in a ceremony at Columbia City High School.
When she officially dons the Wildcat purple, it will be a fulfilment of one goal.
â€śI realized a few years ago I could play in the Big Ten,â€ť Hazen said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Plans are being made for South Whitley's first Home for the Holidays event, which is slated for Dec. 8 from 3-6 p.m.
â€śThis promises to be a fun-filled afternoon sponsored by Whitley on the Move,â€ť said event organizers. â€śThere will be several family-friendly activities in the offering by a variety of South Whitley organizations and businesses.â€ť
A Christmas tree stands waiting in the bandstand gazebo outside of Town Hall for decorations which will be made in the Town Hall during the event.