SOUTH WHITLEY â€” They are at it, again.
Dawn Hinthorn and Susie Trixler have directed an event for all ages.
The Whitko High School fall play â€śThe Butler Did It, Again!â€ť starring Ivory West, Jalen Gregory, Shelby Smiley, Ashlyn Goff, Michael Thompson, Sydney Walters, LiaAmia Gregory, Danielle Glunt, Lexi Shuman, Jaima Ferguson, Rebekah Dixon, Rozlyn Bishop and Sam Richerd will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Whitko High School Auditorium.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Competition doesnâ€™t just take place on a grassy field. For Indiana Springs Middle School Spell Bowl team, competition will take place at Purdue University with pencil and paper in hand.
Middle school students recently learned that for a second year in a row, they will be spelling at the state level. This year, ISMS is the only school from Whitley County to advance, after being named conference champions Oct. 17.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first in a two-part series on Jon Pontzius and his family farm.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County has numerous farms that continue to operate under a family name.
Tradition and legacy are rooted deep in these homesteads, which span more than 100 years for some.
The Pontzius farm is no different. In 1835, a county pioneer purchased 80 acres in Thorncreek Township and 80 acres in Smith Township.
For $200, the family farm of Joseph Waugh was started.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Recently, Whitley Countyâ€™s Shrine Club donated several hundred dollars to The Woodlands Senior Center, in Columbia City.
The Shriners are continuing to pitch in for the community, this time helping beautify the cityâ€™s downtown area.
The club is donating two trees to be planted along West Van Buren Street, east of Line Street, on the south side of the road.
â€śWe just want to give back to the community,â€ť said Ken Lundquist, Whitley Countyâ€™s Shrine Club secretary-treasurer. â€śTheyâ€™ve supported us so well over the years.â€ť
Helen E. Carter, 82, of Columbia City, died at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since Sept. 30.
She was born Aug. 18, 1931, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Guy and Mabel (Graves) Putman. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School.
In addition to working at Blue Bell for eight years, she was employed at Lyall Electric for 26 years.
From 1956 until 1992 she lived at High Lake then moving into Columbia City.
Her memberships included Eagles #1906.
Many local youngsters attended Story Time at the Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Tuesday.
Young children listened to stories, danced to music and created â€śdust bunnies,â€ť a craft related to the stories they read.
Pictured is Audrey Clegg, 4, concentrates on making her pink dust bunny.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” At last weekâ€™s meeting, Colulmbia Cityâ€™s Common Council approved the 2014 employee salary ordinance, a yearly responsibility handled by city officials.
The employee ordinance includes a slight raise for the cityâ€™s 90 full-time employees.
Full-time employees are expected to receive a $1,040 per year bump, a raise that hasnâ€™t happened in several years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Once a year, real estate sales become the focus of the Whitley County Treasurerâ€™s office.
Annual tax sales take place in the fall, and this year, county officials moved 29 properties in its sale Oct. 15.
â€śIt was a big day for the county,â€ť said Treasurer Laurell Hodges. â€śThereâ€™s a lot that goes into the tax sale day, but I have an excellent support staff that makes things go a lot smoother.â€ť
In 2012, the tax sale produced 14 transactions, which means Hodges juggled twice as many sales for the county not including the other 14 properties that didnâ€™t sell.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A Columbia City man will serve 2.5 years at the Whitley County Jail for stealing from his family.
Stephen â€śNathanâ€ť Lawrence, 23, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to theft and residential entry â€” both Class D felonies, and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.
He was given a sentence of 2.5 years, with two to serve in the Whitley County Jail, by Senior Judge Mike Rush at the same hearing.
Indian Springsâ€™ cross country teams ended their seasons with an awards banquet celebrating their past and looking with anticipation to the future.
Outstanding Rookies, Life Skills, and Overall Awards were presented.
High School Coaches Bob Fahl, Krystal Walker-Zoltek and Jason Matteson were also present to share in the evening.