November 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â While schools are progressing toward more technology in the classroom, teachers still provide a personal touch, making a difference in the lives of their students.
That was one part of the message shared by Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat OâConnor at the Whitley Chamber of Commerceâs recent lunch-and-learn seminar, which focused on the state of the schools for the district.
COLUMBIA CITY â A county middle school is a state finalist in a contest that could net a large gain in technology for the winner.
Indian Springs Middle School is one of five finalists across Indiana in the Solve for Tomorrow competition, sponsored by Samsung. The contest is designed to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning in local communities.
The contest is nationwide. The winning school from each state will receive a technology package valued at $20,000. The top 15 nationally will receive $35,000, with the top five earning a prize of $140,000.
Amanda Dillon (left), a Whitley County Humane Shelter volunteer, takes photographs of pets with Santa as a fundraiser for the shelter Saturday. Sitting with Santa are Reese, a four-year-old male Maltese, and Marley, a female Labrador-pointer mix, with their owner Skylar Zickafoose. Pets and their owners came to the countyâs shelter where the four-legged visitors were treated to a grooming session before seeing Santa. This is the second year for the event. Shelter staff estimated more than 30 pet owners participated in the fundraiser.
COLUMBIA CITY â Several people were evacuated from their homes Monday morning after a Columbia City apartment building caught fire.
Firefighters were called to Denihan Plaza Apartments, 600 N. Walnut Street, after a resident found smoke in the apartment at approximately 6 a.m. Monday.
Columbia Cityâs Police Department helped evacuate the entire building for safety reasons, but Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the fire only affected two apartments.
LaRue said there was smoke coming from the attic. He reported minimal damage and no injuries.
LaRue said the fire remains under investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City recently reviewed the financial situations of its utilities, and the outlook of the wastewater department looks grim.
Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle informed the Board of Works that the department is approximately $340,000 in the hole â and falling.
âWastewater is trending in the hole. Itâs been going in the hole for sometime,â Coyle said. âItâs something you (the board) have discussed and we need to figure out if we need to raise the rates.â
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Toys for Tots recently announced that it has extended its hours for families to sign up for the program. The Salvation Army of Whitley County will accept sign ups from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from now until Dec. 6.
Those experiencing difficult times or know someone who is, and will need assistance this Christmas, can take part in the toy program. To sign up for the program, visit the Salvation Army office located at the First Church of God, 1200 W. Depoy Dr. in Columbia City.
Columbia City Rotary Club President Gene Smith is pictured presenting Dick Haworth, a Rotarian, with his second Paul Harris Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes a strong financial commitment to the Rotary Foundation and world understanding and peace through Rotary. Haworth also was serenaded by the club in singing âHappy Birthdayâ to him.
Haworth recently celebrated his 93rd birthday.
Columbia City High Schoolâs Student Council invited Little Turtle Elementary School students and staff to participate in the Annual Turkey Run â a Thanksgiving funds and food collection for disadvantaged families within the district and the Whitley County community.
LTES students were given a dual challenge this year â raise one more Turkey Run dinner than last year and see who could raise the most funds. The contest was between kindergartner, first and second grade classes against third through fifth grade classes.
COLUMBIA CITY â One of Columbia Cityâs new Rotarians Kent Turnbow, of Turnbow prosthetics in Columbia City, introduced Nick Rhoad from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency at a recent meeting.
Rhoad, a father of three and Allen County native, came to speak to the local Rotary Club on efficiency in government, especially in his area of the licensing of an estimated 470,000 Hoosiers who are required to have a Indiana State license to practice their profession.
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂâ Residents are paying taxes and dropping off aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Recently, members of the Faith Christian Academy brought in their donation â in a fish aquarium.
Drew Lortie, a student at FCA, brought the tabs in and was âhappyâ to donate them to help kids and parents in need.
Faith Christian Academy is Whitley Countyâs only non-denominational Christian school, operating since 1991. Tabs can be collected in many types of convenient containers, such as plastic baggies, buckets, water bottles and more.