Archive - 2014
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Hannah Bredikhin, a student at Whitko High School, is set to spend her junior year of high school in Denmark.
Bredikhin is the next outbound exchange student supported by the Columbia City Rotary Club. She joins a long list of other local students who have had the privilege of studying abroad.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve always been interested in other cultures,‚ÄĚ said Bredikhin. ‚ÄúThis seems like a natural thing for me to do. I‚Äôm not really worried about being in a foreign country. I am excited to get there.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As Whitley County volunteers are adding the final details to its Relay for Life annual walk in June ‚ÄĒ Scare Away Cancer ‚ÄĒ a new initiative has been planned to reach cancer survivors all year.
Adopt A Survivor will allow residents to support and encourage someone who has faced cancer.
‚ÄúCancer doesn‚Äôt just come to mind when we are walking at the relay,‚ÄĚ said Relay Committee Co-Chair Tammy Gross. ‚ÄúThose who have survived cancer need to celebrated all year and know that someone is thinking of them.‚ÄĚ
Passages, Inc. clients visited the Whitley Chamber of Commerce office and presented Doug Brown with a ‚Äúgratitude basket,‚ÄĚ recently. Pictured are, from left, Tony Geiger, Dan Lude, Leon Fudge, Doug Brown, Jon Morris and Terry Moyer.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ An annual event is going through some changes that will expand the program to more high school students.
Whitley County‚Äôs Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program is expanding its qualifications to include contestants that are not involved in 4-H.
Approximately 25 students participate in the program that has been in existence more than 40 years.
Danielle Ziliak is one of the program directors. She said the changes will now follow the Indiana State Fair Pageant.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Is it impossible for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage? This question and others will be answered at Whitko High School‚Äôs spring musical.
The cast and crew at WHS will present their production of Rodgers and Hammerstein‚Äôs ‚ÄúCinderella‚ÄĚ April 25 or 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for a cost of $5 for students and $6 for adults.
While this version might not have any talking mice or wicked cats, cast members say there‚Äôs still magic enough to spare.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Work is underway to repair and replace the Whitley County Courthouse roof.
Crews began tearing off the old roof Wednesday in preparation to lay new materials in a project that is easily impacted by weather.
In November of 2013, County Commissioners approved a two-year CEDIT plan that included monies for the Courthouse roof and other repairs.
The funds totaled more than $100,000, and had Commissioners questioning part of the project.
ALBION ‚ÄĒ A former Whitley County man‚Äôs body was recovered from Chain O‚Äô Lakes State Park Monday after officials believe he drowned while ice fishing.
Douglas W. Haigwood, 43, of Kimmell, was found in Mud Lake, near the west end of the park at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday. He was reported missing at 1:10 p.m. by a friend who told authorities he went fishing the night before but didn‚Äôt return.
Haigwood is a Whitley County native who graduated with the Class of 1989 of Whitko High School.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While bridge work continues on U.S. 30, cutting traffic down to one lane on the highway, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be closing another major Whitley County roadway next week.
Officials announced Wednesday night that Ind. 9 will be closed starting Monday from Ind. 14 to County Road 500 South while Norfolk-Southern rebuilds the railroad crossing.
The official detour is from Ind. 14 to Ind. 5 to Ind. 205. The work is expected to be completed by the following Monday, April 14, weather permitting.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Moving is a labor-intensive process, but adding 42 horses into the plan creates a whole host of other concerns.
When Shadarobah Horse Rescue was given notice that it would have to vacate its location in Fort Wayne less than two weeks ago, officials with the nonprofit began a volunteer effort like no other.
‚ÄúWe had people come from all over with horse trailers and trucks to help us relocate 42 horses, two goats and several cats and dogs,‚ÄĚ said Michelle Heitz, Shadarobah‚Äôs president.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Three months after much of Indiana suffered the effects of a major snow storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the area, state officials are now in a scramble to figure out how to pay for the losses.
Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials announced Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied the state‚Äôs request for assistance.