April 2nd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners heard a request from Passages, Inc. for funding, but decided to table a decision until the next meeting.
Tom Oâ€™Neill, president of Passages, was on hand at the meeting. He presented facts in support of the organization. Oâ€™Neill cited there are more than 180 employees that work for Passages and over 85 percent of those individuals live in Whitley County.
Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio expressed support for the organization as well.
LARWILL â€” â€śYou get to get hands dirty.â€ť According to Kaitlin Frank, a sixth grader at Whitko Middle School, that is one of the bonuses to being a part of the schoolâ€™s Clean World Association (CWA).
The after-school group works as a hands-on club learning the ins and outs of horticulture.
Laura Thong-Umphai, a teacher at WMS, is the groups leader and started the club to give students the opportunity to experience a working greenhouse and learn a viable trade they could carry on into their adult lives.
PIERCETON â€” With each passing day, Whitko schools are getting closer to the end of the school year, but that doesnâ€™t mean that these next few months will go by without any activity.
At last weekâ€™s school board meeting, the agenda was full and three principals gave in-depth reports on the events going on at their particular schools.
Principal Bruce Hansen announced that South Whitley Elementary Sch-ool will host Donuts for Dads April 11 from 7:20 to 7:50 a.m. This will be a chance for students to join their fathers in the cafeteria for breakfast.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” As the town of South Whitley progresses with its Whitley On The Move initiative, partnerships with agencies such as the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation are vital.
Alan Tio, president of the EDC, was present at last weekâ€™s town council meeting to share with South Whitleyâ€™s leaders how his corporation could benefit the townâ€™s desire to grow.
â€śWe can work together to get a lot of things done,â€ť Tio said. â€śWe are learning from other cities, such as Wabash and Angola, to see what has worked for them.â€ť
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Indiana Governor Mike Pence praised the passage of the Higher Education Student Loans Bill, SB 532, which passed the House recently with a vote of 71-24.
"Indiana legislators took a step in the right direction to make college education more affordable for Hoosier students and their families," said Governor Pence.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Indiana State Representative Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) authored legislation to promote employee retention through the Training 2000 Program. The bill passed through the Senate Monday with a 48-1 vote.
â€śBy making sure that businesses have proper resources to keep employee training up to date, Hoosier businesses will continue to thrive,â€ť said Rep. Heuer. â€śWe need to continue our focus on workforce development in order for our economy to continue to grow.â€ť
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Sunday at approximately 7:30 p.m., two 17-year-old girls from Whitley County were injured in an ATV accident.
At the time of the accident Shannon Kincaid and Nicole Karrer were both riding on a single ATV across an open field in the area of 3899 South CR 400 W in Whitley County. While traveling across the field, the ATV went through a rough, washed out area, causing both girls to be thrown from the vehicle.
Neither of them were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, and both were initially knocked unconscious after hitting the ground.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys golf team is looking to rebound in 2013 from its first losing season in five years.
The Wildcats return four letterwinners and will have two newcomers.
Junior Daniel Zawlocki, the 2012 MVP for the Wildcats and an All-Three Rivers Conference golfer, returns.
He is joined by senior Colton LeTourneau, sophomore Cole Bechtold and sophomore Matt Hathaway as letterwinners.
Also returning for Whitko in 2013 will be Andy Bringman, Robert Hopkis, Cole Findley, Matt Myers and Bill Stump.
Whitko has some promising newcomers.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team finally opened its season, after difficult weather conditions, Saturday and split a doubleheader with Marion.
The Wildcats dropped game one by a margin of 9-5, but came back to capture game two by a 10-9 score.
A home run proved to be the winning blast in game two. Tanner Gaff hit a solo shot to break a 9-9 tie and give the Wildcats the eventual win.
â€śTanner Gaff made a great hitting adjustment on his solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning that proved to be the game winner,â€ť Whitko Head Coach Erik Hisner said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two Pierceton Woods escapees were found in Columbia City early Monday morning.
The two runaways allegedly left the juvenile detention facility, 12 miles west of Columbia City, and stole bicycles.
According to police, the pair rode the bikes to Whitley County and stopped at Walmart on Plaza Drive.
Local police were tipped off to the escapees after a Walmart manager reported a theft.
The two juveniles allegedly stole two new bicycles, along with several other items from the store.