January 10th, 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” While winter break was expected to come to a close Monday morning, Mother Nature had other plans in mind.
After 16.2 inches of snow, sub-zero temperatures and poor road conditions, many Whitley County students had an entire extra week of winter break this week.
While Whitko Community Schools managed to return to class Thursday and Friday, Whitley County Consolidated and Smith-Green Community Schools remained closed through the week.
Though many students and parents have enjoyed the extra time together â€” most agree that its time to go back to school.
PIERCETON â€” With three days of school missed due to inclement weather, Whitko Community School Corporation officials have decided to adjust the calendar for a make up day.
School will be in session for all WCSC students Monday, Jan. 20.
This is a make up day due to school being canceled Wednesday.
The other two days missed were covered under the districtâ€™s policy for snow days.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools have the same two days built into their calendar, but officials have not determined make up days for Thursday and todayâ€™s school closings.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Two iconic organizations are joining together to help save lives.
The Girl Scouts and the American Red Cross are hosting Give Blood â€” Get a Cookie blood drives in communities across Northern Indiana and select locations in Michigan for the second year.
Enjoy delicious Girl Scout cookies after donating blood at special blood drives during January.
The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana â€“ Michiana are excited to partner with the Red Cross to help save lives through blood donation.
Col. City UM
The title of the message Sunday at Columbia City United Methodist Church is â€śPreaching Peace.â€ť The scripture is from Acts 10:34-43 and Matthew 3:13-17.
Triple F Classes began Wednesday.
Those wanting to participate should sign up for classes if they are still interested in joining the group.
Dinner on Wednesday evenings is from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., followed by adult groups and FaithWeaver Friends (children) from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Call the church office for more information on classes available.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to the extreme weather conditions and school closings, the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship deadline has been extended to Friday Jan. 17.
All applications must be submitted to the Whitley County Community Foundation no later than Friday, Jan. 17 or they will not be accepted.
For those wanting to apply, questions can be directed to the foundations office by calling 244-5224 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Grace Lutheran Church, of Columbia City, recently received a $5,000 â€śLutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Needâ€ť grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.
The funding was awarded to Grace Lutheran Church based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional, an spiritual needs in the community such as food, clothing, shelter, fellowship and care for the sick based on Jesusâ€™ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.
Grace Lutheran Church has also elected to participate in a complementary two-to-one challenge grant program sponsored by the foundation.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the final installment of a series on the impact of the BPPT elimination.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Discussions of eliminating a particular tax is causing school administrators concern over the large amount of income districts could lose.
Indiana legislators began their session earlier this week with an initiative put in motion by Gov. Mike Pence to end the taxation of business personal property.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” While Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Smith-Green Community Schools remained closed for the entire week after Sundayâ€™s snow storm, Whitko Community Schools operated under its regular schedule Friday, and a two-hour delay Thursday.
Whitkoâ€™s decision has some parents up in arms, and even keeping their children home despite schools being open.
â€śWe are keeping our kids home today,â€ť said Whitko parent Amy Lochner. â€śI feel this is extremely irresponsible of the school system. Why couldnâ€™t they at least delay school so it is light out for bus drivers to see.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Since Sundayâ€™s storm dumped 16.2 inches of snow in Whitley County, crews have been working all week to clear roadways and clean up streets.
Thursday evening, another weather cell brought an additional inch of snow to the area. Starting today, forecasters predict that high-temperatures will stay above freezing for the next four days â€” along with more than an inch of rain.
While the warmer temperatures are expected to melt snow and possibly improve road conditions, officials are soon to be facing another issue â€” flooding.
Steve Campbell, 70, of Columbia City went home to be with his Heavenly Father, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital.
Born Dec. 16, 1943, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Ernest Stephan Campbell and Dorothy (Kring) Mosel. He attended South Side High School and received his associate degree from Ivy Tech.
On Aug. 25, 1962, Steve married Sydney Schinbeckler. He lived in Fort Wayne before building the familyâ€™s home in Columbia City in 1986.