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July 11th, 2013

WHITLEY CO. 4-H: ‘Family fun’ found at county fair

July 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s 4-H Fair officially begins Friday with a Dairy Show at 11 a.m.

Cathy Heritier is overseeing the fair festivities. She said this year’s events bring many opportunities for “good wholesome family fun.”

“Our fair is really unique in that we don’t charge for admission. It’s free,” Heritier said. “All the people who are working down there are volunteers. Auctioneers volunteer their time and so do the people at the grandstands.”

SHERIFF'S DEPT.: Patrick promoted to shift sergeant

July 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — One of Whitley County’s younger sheriff’s deputies is working his way up the ranks of the department.

Cory Patrick, who has five years with the department, was promoted as the second-shift sergeant Wednesday afternoon.

Patrick was one of three candidates who put in for the position, and he is looking forward to his new role in the department.

“There’s not a lot of room to move up in a smaller department like ours,” Patrick said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

Two years ago, Patrick was the youngest and newest deputy on the department

July 10th

American Red Cross issues call for emergency blood platelet donors

July 10, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

“We are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO, Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.

“Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.”

‘Celebrities:’ a shoo-in for big bucks

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Salvation Army of Whitley County’s “Celebrity Shoe Off” is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Shoe Show in Columbia City.

The goal is for local “celebrities” to generate money for the nonprofit’s drive to provide new school shoes for children in need.

Those wanting to contribute can drive by and put financial donations in a shoe of a local celebrity during the time they present at the store.

DYW program prepares for 2013 participants

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Cassandra Petrie, the 2011 Whitley County Junior Miss, will join Greg Hockemeyer as emcee for the Distinguished Young Woman Program/Junior Miss Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

Hockemeyer, a Columbia City attorney, is in his 15th year of emceeing the program, which will be held in the auditorium at Columbia City High School.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students kindergarten through 12th grade.

Food bank to hold hotshot contest for more donations

July 10, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — “Who is your favorite firefighter?”

In an effort to raise money and increase food donations, the South Whitley Emergency Food Bank is holding a contest for residents to vote for their favorite Cleveland Township Firefighter.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, votes will be gathered.

When a voter brings a nonperishable food item to the station, one vote will go toward the count for their favorite firefighter.

UTILITY RATES: City OKs advisory board changes

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Utility Rate Advisory Board took the next step in reviving from dormancy Tuesday.

After much discussion at the June 25 Columbia City Common Council meeting, changes were made to the city’s Utility Rate Advisory Board.

The council unanimously approved eliminating the connection between political parties and seats on the board. The Utility Rate Advisory Board will now be apolitical.

A provision was written to include a city utility user whose property or leased premises is located outside the city limits.

CELEBRATION OF GIVING: United Way celebrates a banner year

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In July of 2012, Cindy Baker presented her plans for the United Way of Whitley County at the nonprofit’s Annual Celebration of Giving.

At that time, she was new to her role as executive director. Fast forward a year to the 2013 annual breakfast — Baker celebrated a long list of accomplishments for her first year with the United Way Tuesday.

“It really isn’t about me. I am just one person,” Baker said. “It really is about all of you who have helped the United Way be successful.”

SHERIFF’S DEPT. TO PROMOTE SHIFT SERGEANT: Will add 2 new deputies this year

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Sheriff’s department will have some personnel changes in the next week.

The department will be promoting a second-shift sergeant today and plans to choose two new deputies for hire on Monday.

The sergeant position opened up last month after former second-shift sergeant, Jason Spencer, was promoted to detective.

Three deputies put in for the position — Tony Helfrich, Cory Patrick and Scott Schmitt.

The candidates will go through a test on policies and procedures today, followed by an interview.

Stand-out Stoddard

July 10, 2013

Recent Whitko High School graduate Alex Stoddard has been named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 3A Honorable Mention All-State Baseball Team as an outfielder.

With the honor, Stoddard becomes the first player in program history to be named to an all-state team.

This past season, Stoddard hit .408 with 3 home runs, 2 triples, 12 doubles, 28 runs batted in, and 15 stolen bases.

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