July 19th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With reports of future expenses, Whitley Countyâ€™s Commissioners discussed the idea of merging dispatch centers with the city.
No formal vote or action was called for at Mondayâ€™s meeting, however the three discussed a concern with cost and efficiency related to the county having a dispatch center and Columbia City having a separate one.
â€śIf we are really interested in saving money, we should look into this,â€ť said Commissioner Tom Rethlake.
Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf noted several surrounding counties â€” including Kosciusko, Huntington and Allen have done it.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair came to an end with the annual auction on Thursday.
Fair officials have estimated an auction total of $368,668, but anticipate that number will increase as final numbers are tallied.
The auction featured animals from 4-Hers with bidders who not only look to take home quality animals, but also view the auction as a chance to support the 4-H program.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Locally, the economic situation has been improving in terms of jobs and new industry moving to Whitley County.
But some of the biggest local strides have been in the housing market.
The county had a nearly 10-percent improvement in closed sales on homes from June 2012 to June 2013 and had a 40 percent improvement from May of 2012 to May of 2013.
For the year, the county has an increase in home closings by 32 percent from this time last year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The second annual 4-H Has Talent event had a large turnout.
Half the crowd was forced to stand through the performances due to a packed venue.
An area radio station emceed the event and collected pledges to aid St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Robby Sheets was named Grand Champion at the Whitley County 4-H Dairy Steer Feeder Calf Show Saturday.
Jackie Leeuw was Reserve Grand Champion.
Kayla Schipper was first in the Whitley County Bred, Born and Raised category and Hailey Green was Reserve.
Wes Trabert was Grand Champion in rate of gain, and Sheets was Reserve Grand Champion in Rate of Gain.
Grand Champion: Robby Sheets.
Reserve Grand Champion: Jackie Leeuw.
Grand Champion Bred, Born and Raised: Kayla Schipper.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Five winners emerged from the Kiddie Tractor Pull held Sunday at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
Under the leadership of the Whitley County Farm Bureau Young Farmers, the tractor pull attracted 18 participants.
Each child was placed in one of five classes based on their weight.
The classes were: The Peewee Class (under 35 pounds), Class 1 (35-45 pounds), Class 2 (46-55 pounds), Class 3 (56-65 pounds) and Class 4 (66 to 75 pounds).
1. Ethan Schuman
2. Zander Ziliack.
PIERCETON â€” Whitkoâ€™s Board of Trustees were updated on several important areas within the district.
Superintendent Steve Clason had spring testing results to report. According to Clason, the goal was for a 70 percent passing rate in the math competency.
However, Pierceton Elementary School scored well over 80 percent in English, reading and math.
â€śKudos to Pierceton,â€ť Clason said. â€śThey really focused in hard on this, and we are really pleased with the results. If we ever get clear results from the ISTEP+ testing, I expect the scores will be the same.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair closed its grandstand for 2013 with a loud bang.
It was the powder puff demolition derby Wednesday night, and Arielle Griswold drove the #1 car to victory in the nine-driver field.
Katherine Ernst was second and Whitney Rethlake third. Alyssa Clark placed fourth. Rethlake was named the hardest-hitter in the ladiesâ€™ event.
Before the women took to the dirt, there was a menâ€™s pre-run demolition derby.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Providing clean, safe water for residents in Churubusco means understanding the Wellhead Protection Plan.
A detailed brochure was prepared by the town in order to educate residents on the importance of protecting the Churubuscoâ€™s water. These are available at the townâ€™s office on Main Street.
Wellhead protection is a way to ensure drinking water is safe by managing the area around the communityâ€™s water supply and barring it from contamination.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Community School Corporation welcomed the newest administrator to its education team Monday night.
Nathan Polston will take the helm at Pierceton Elementary School as the new principal.
Polstonâ€™s position was voted on by the Board of Trustees during the July 3 work session.
â€śItâ€™s exciting to have Nathan on board,â€ť said Superintendent Steve Clason. â€śHe comes to us with great credentials. He is just what Pierceton needs to go to the next level.â€ť
This will be Polstonâ€™s first administrative position. Previously he was an elementary teacher at Leesburg Elementary.