March 7th, 2014
Whitko High Schoolâ€™s cheerleaders ended their winter sports season by cheering on the Wildcats in a sectional quarterfinal loss against West Noble Tuesday.
Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s show choir, City Stars, won Grand Champion at East Noble last Saturday. Also taking honors were Brody Taylor and Haley Gibson, as best performers. The choir will be competing again tonight at Bishop Luers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Cutting-edge technology, specializing in military and law enforcement support, could be making its way to Whitley County.
Alan Tio, president of Whitley Countyâ€™s Economic Development Corporation, told Whitley County Commissioners and Council members earlier this week that a new company is considering the county as its home.
PIERCETON â€” Technology has been a focus for Whitko Community School Corporation this school year.
As plans and designs are finalized for the new Pierceton Elementary School and renovated South Whitley Elementary School, incorporating technology has been a priority.
During the past decade, school libraries have taken a shift from simply housing rows of books to adding computer workstations and learning labs.
Whitko schools will be constructing technology quads that offers instruction in an environment far from the traditional school library.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Identification for those found dead in a house fire in Coesse Thursday morning will not be released until after the weekend, Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said Friday.
Officials are working to obtain a positive identification before releasing information to the public.
Dellinger said the bodies of the two men have been moved to Indianapolis, where officials will be performing a DNA match with those believed to be in the home at the time of the fire.
Madelyn M. Walter, 96, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully at her sonâ€™s home Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 12:05 p.m. with her constant companion, her dog Nikki by her side.
She was born April 4, 1917, in Columbia City, a daughter of Cecil S. and Faith Aretha (Miller) Phend.
Her formative years were spent in Columbia City.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1936. After graduating she began work at the former Blue Bell.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” March is Disabilities Awareness Month and Passages Inc., has planned several events to celebrate its clients.
Passages, Inc., a Whitley County nonprofit, works to help local residents with intellectual disabilities, and other challenges, to thrive in the community.
Having been a long-standing service in the community, Passagesâ€™ leaders are passionate about the difference the organization has been making for the past 60 years.
A water main break has occurred at Ind. 205, in front of Parkview Whitley Hospital. City officials ask for residents and drivers to avoid the area.
The hospital is fully operational and fully accessible. The hospital has a back-up well that services the entire facility, and allows it to seamlessly switch to this whenever the city water pressure drops or water service is lost all together.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With an emphasis on public relations, Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department announced out eight awards to seven officers Thursday afternoon.
â€śWe are trying to make positive strides with public relations,â€ť said CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh.
The awards were presented by Longenbaugh and Captain Tony Hively.
Officer Jon Stoffel was awarded a Patrolman Medal for heading up the departmentâ€™s Patrolling for Presents program, which provided several local children with presents for Christmas.
Northern Heights Elementary Schoolâ€™s third graders have been studying plants and seeds with Abbey Bradley from the Merry Lea Environmental Center of Goshen College. Children have learned what seeds do and what they need in order to germinate. Students played the â€śact like a seedâ€ť game where they acted like a seed through the different seasons. Children then prepared seeds to germinate. They also learned to identify the different parts of a plant and how a plantsâ€™ needs are different than a seed.