June 23rd, 2012
Tony DeWitt, a Whitley County 4-H volunteer, sprays down the motocross track last week. Officials are â€śgroomingâ€ť the track for the 88th annual Whitley County 4-H Fair, which runs July 13-19.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 26th annual Indiana Highland Games, the event highlighting Scottish heritage and culture, is growing this year â€“ with more exciting activities added and free admission and parking for all.
Slated for Saturday, June 30, 2012, the Indiana Highland Games will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
By popular demand, this yearâ€™s games will feature dog agility performances by the Huntington County 4-H. Additionally, there will be sheep herding and duck herding demonstrations. The crowd will be urged to participate.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Hearth at Sycamore Village in Fort Wayne has been selected for a full-length feature segment on InView with Larry King, and the plans have been made to begin shooting Tuesday.
Maria Lisi, regional marketing director in Syracuse, New York, said the segment will air this fall on either the Discovery Channel or Bravo.
â€śThey choose different topics,â€ť said Lisi. â€śWe are involved in one centered around seniors.â€ť
Lisi said any one of Hearth Managementâ€™s twelve locations could have used to shoot the segment, but she said they are very proud of the Indiana location.
John W. Stoner, 82, formerly of Columbia City, passed away June 21, 2012 at Trinity Hospital in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son, daughter, 3 step-children, a grandson, 2 granddaughters and one grandson.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A competitive field of 31 contestants will vie for the title of Mr. and Miss Whitley County during the annual 4-H scholarship program to be held at the Columbia City First Church of God on Monday.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m.
There is a suggested $1 donation for admission, which will be given to the winners of the Hester Adams Memorial Award.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As of now, Columbia Cityâ€™s fireworks are still planned to take place on July 3 at Morsches Park.
â€śWith the lack of rain and hot conditions and dried grass, itâ€™s a pretty good issue,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Although the city is still under a burn ban, Daniel said it usually rains once during the upcoming Old Settlers Days, and he is hoping that pattern will continue, or that Columbia City will see rain over that weekend.
â€śIf for some reason we choose to cancel for safety reasons, I could imagine a decision will be made by the Monday before the fireworks,â€ť said Daniel.
Columbia City graduate Cassie Vodde is playing in todayâ€™s Indiana North-South All-Star game at Carmel.
Columbia City honored five girls tennis players with awards.
From left: Sydney Ford (Mental Attitude), Blake Farber (Most Matches Won), Celine Rongos (Most Valuable Player, Team Captain, 1st-Team NHC, All-District and Honorable Mention All-State), Macie Hinen (Most Improved) and Kennedy Slavicek (Coachâ€™s Award).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” This Saturday, local â€śwell-knownsâ€ť will be standing outside Shoe Show in an effort to help the Salvation Army raise money for a program called â€śMy Sole Purpose.â€ť
This program assists children in need, supplying them with new shoes as the school year begins. It is also a program accepting monetary donations for backpacks.
Pat Mossburg, community ministries specialist, said the goal is to raise $8,500 by July 1.
â€śWe are currently about half way to our school shoe goal,â€ť said Mossburg. â€śWe have far to go, but are extremely grateful at how much has been accomplished.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the WCCS board meeting Monday, member Don Armstrong announced the boardâ€™s recommendation concerning Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connorâ€™s contract.
The decisions were made at an executive session.
â€śBased on that evaluation, and the job performance of our superintendent, it is recommended that the Whitley County Consolidated School board, Board of Trustees, extend the three year contract of the superintendent for an additional year, which would mean the contract would be extended to June of 2015 with no increasing bonus,â€ť said Armstrong.