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January 10th, 2014

Grace Lutheran Church is awarded $5K grant

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Grace Lutheran Church, of Columbia City, recently received a $5,000 “Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need” 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 Jesus’ 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.

BOOKS AND BUCKS: School leaders cringing at a potential $1.8M cut

January 10, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a series on the impact of the BPPT elimination.

WHITLEY COUNTY — 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.

SGCS, WCCS close, Whitko schools open full day

January 10, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — While Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Smith-Green Community Schools remained closed for the entire week after Sunday’s snow storm, Whitko Community Schools operated under its regular schedule Friday, and a two-hour delay Thursday.

Whitko’s decision has some parents up in arms, and even keeping their children home despite schools being open.

“We are keeping our kids home today,” said Whitko parent Amy Lochner. “I feel this is extremely irresponsible of the school system. Why couldn’t they at least delay school so it is light out for bus drivers to see.”

Snow cleared; thawing begins; Temps expected to stay above freezing

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Since Sunday’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 — 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 — flooding.

Steve Campbell, 70

January 10, 2014

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 family’s home in Columbia City in 1986.

Hazel Fiandt, 84

January 10, 2014

Hazel C. Fiandt, 84, of Columbia City, died at 2:58 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in the emergency room of Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was transported earlier.
She was born March 17, 1929, in Elk City, Okla., a daughter of Price and Josie (Young) Taulbee.
As a young girl, her family moved to Huntertown and later Churubusco.
She graduated from Churubusco High School. In 1968 she moved to Columbia City.
A dining room supervisor and hostess, she was employed at the 30 Club for 10 years, The Alley for 10 years and Tippecanoe Country Club from 1985 until 1995.

Carzella Grizzle, 94

January 10, 2014

Carzella Grizzle, 94, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:25 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
Born April 9, 1919, in Turtletown, Tenn., she was the daughter of Poley and Maggie Wilcox.
She moved from Kentucky in 1965 to Whitley County and had been a resident at Miller’s Merry Manner since 2007. She enjoyed reading her bible, watching religious shows on TV, listening to country music, playing her harmonica and taking care of her parrot, Norman.

Above-freezing temps expected today

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Forecasters have predicted above-freezing temperatures today, and schools are expected to be back in session after a nearly three-week long break.

The meltdown of Whitley County's 16.2 inches of snow has begun, as temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for the next four days.

The melting process is expected to bring rain and fog to the area, and officials are preparing for potential flooding.

Whitko Community Schools were back in service Thursday, while Smith-Green and Whitley County Consolidated Schools remained closed.

January 9th


January 9, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Sherriff and Whitley County Highway Departments have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.

“Advisory Travel Level” has been issued as of 5pm until further notice.

Roadways are snow covered and slick throughout the county at this time. Caution should be taken when traveling throughout the county. Citizens should be aware of the impending weather conditions and take the necessary precautions when traveling on county roads.

Fleetwood finds ASBO conference experience valuable

January 9, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools’ Business Manager Todd Fleetwood was recently awarded a trip to a conference in Boston.
Fleetwood traveled to Boston for the International ASBO (Association of School Business Officers) Conference, which was held in October 2013.
He was awarded a Bridges to the Future Scholarship to attend the conference by MetLife, which gave 20 such scholarships nationwide.
Fleetwood said the experience was beneficial.


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