May 19th, 2013
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” A study by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs shows that in much of Indiana, public officials aren't aware their counties have 211 systems in which callers can find social services for help.
The Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations surveyed nearly more than 1,000 local government officials, including mayors, county auditors, council members, school board members and township trustees.
Whitko High School seniors that earned scholarships through Kosciusko County Community Foundation included Chelsee Christoffel, Becca Thomson, Jamie Wall, Natasha Anderson, Aaron Horn and Holly Frantz. Scholarships were presented by KCCFâ€™s Amy Cannon.
See Page A5 of the May 20 issue for more photos and a complete list of award recipients.
Cory and Maudie Sickafoose, along with their three daughters, helped plant flowers, clean the park, and picked up a lot of litter from alleys and streets.
They were just one of several families who came out to volunteer during South Whitleyâ€™s Spring Spruce-Up Day Saturday.
Garrett Shepherd, a kindergartner at Little Turtle Elementary School, participated in a nation-wide initiative to teach children how to run and operate a lemonade business.
Students were given a booklet to follow and specific instructions. Shepherd had to complete a business plan, create a menu, build a booth and serve customers as part of the program.
Shepherd said he intends to use the money he makes, after he takes out his expenses, to purchase a video game.
Pictured is Shepherd (right) and his father, Marty, operating the lemonade stand on Saturday.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Kirstie Crisp will soon don a cap and gown and graduate with the rest of Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Class of 2013.
However, while others go off on summer vacations and senior trips, Crisp will be starting her career â€” in cosmetology.
â€śI had visited colleges and I knew they that they wouldnâ€™t work for me,â€ť Crisp said. â€śCosmetology is something that I love. Why would I do something that I didnâ€™t love just to conform to everyone else?â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High School recognized seniors who excelled in academics, attendance and service at a ceremony held Friday night.
Honors were given to students who had outstanding attendance, had earned academic honor diplomas, and were achievers on the sports field as well as the classroom.
Among the honors given was an award presented by WHS Principal David Parker. The Principalâ€™s Awards are given to Chelsee Christoffel and Alex Stoddard.
â€śThese students exemplify everything we strive to present at Whitko,â€ť Parker said. â€śOverall, I am so proud of the Class of 2013.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After months of planning, South Whitleyâ€™s town park received its last installment of playground equipment Friday.
Cemented across from Doodlebug Village, Adventure Mania is an interactive playground for older children.
Several slides and climbing apparatuses were put in place with work expected to be finished tomorrow.
Michael Vestergaard, owner of Vestergaard & Sons, Inc., and his crew were on hand for the installation.
Whitko High Schoolâ€™s football team joined in on the heavy lifting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Republicans gathered Saturday to hear Indiana lawmakersâ€™ recap on this yearâ€™s legislative session.
Indiana Representatives Kathy Heuer and David Ober joined with Indiana Senator Jim Banks to share what bills had been passed and what effect that might have on the local level.
Although there were numerous wins the trio was able to tally, several issues brought on some heated discussion and concern for those at the breakfast.
Heuerâ€™s rules reform
Michael S. Farrer, 63, of Columbia City, passed away at 5 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home on Tri-Lakes surrounded by his family.
Born Sept. 24, 1949, in Grand Island, Neb.Mike was the son of Chauncey and Maryellen (Waddick) Farrer.
He was an independent contractor as a brick mason. He loved his family, riding his Harley and lake sports.
Rex Harold Hoover, 80, of Churubusco, passed at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home.
Born Jan. 24, 1933, in Roanoke, he was the son of William Dale and Clarissa Mary (Harvey) Hoover.
Rex was raised in Roanoke and he graduated from Roanoke High School with the Class of 1951. He was inducted into the Huntington County Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 in basketball at the P.A.L. recreation center. He served in the U.S. Army.