June 7th, 2013
Throughout schools in Whitley County, custodians are taking the summer months to strip floors, clean windows and shampoo carpets in preparation for the 2013-14 school year.
It is a side of the school system most people never see, but one which remains vital to maintaining a positive environment for students and staff alike.
Pictured is Whitko High School (WHS) Custodian Dave Cleland beginning the process of stripping classroom floors Thursday.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Rotary Club presented the Whitley County Community Foundation with a check for $21,000 Tuesday.
Funds were generated from the Rotaryâ€™s annual scholarship auction and will be managed by the foundation on the clubâ€™s behalf.
Rotary will now offer a $5,000 scholarship to a Columbia City High School student each year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Doris Fogel, a Holocaust survivor, was the featured speaker at Columbia Cityâ€™s Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.
She is the executive director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation.
Fogel opened her remarks stating that it was â€ś60 years ago that the world averted its eyes from the Germans,â€ť and that ultimately allowed over 6 million men, women and children to be systematically killed in death camps scattered all over Europe.
â€śAs a survivor, we lost our youth, and we lost our innocence,â€ť said Fogel. â€śHope was all we had to deal with the atrocities against the Jews.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Starting June 17 at 7 a.m., Frontage Road, Columbia City, will be closed at the intersection of Ind. 109.
According to Columbia City Municipal Water Utility, there will be no right turn allowed onto Frontage Road from Ind. 109.
No vehicles will be allowed to exit from Frontage Road onto Ind. 109.
All traffic will be diverted for access to Frontage Road off of Ind. 9.
The closure is scheduled for two days, in order to allow for a water main installation to be conducted by the Columbia City Water Department.
Kaden Ward (left) pops his friendâ€™s, Noah Johnsonâ€™s bubble at the splash pad at Morsches Park, while their friends, Illana Johnson and Chantry Bryan share graham crackers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s not a bird, but it could very well be a plane â€” Brett Gerberâ€™s Long EZ to be exact.
Gerber owns and operates Gerber Aviation, LLC., which maintains, builds and inspects small air craft. He also pilots two aircraft he built â€” a Long EZ and a Quickie Q2.
In the cockpit, Gerber enjoys the freedom of flight, but is careful to keep a healthy respect for the possible dangers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A long tradition of newspapers providing government information to the public was backed this session by Indianaâ€™s Statehouse â€” for now.
Senate Bill 458 would have eliminated the need for government bodies publish their public notices in newspapers and would have replaced it with a post onto a website.
The Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) testified against the bill, which eventually died when a vote was not called up.
HSPA Executive Director and General Counsel Steve Key said the bill indicates a growing trend.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Making something old new again.
That is what Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said his department might do this summer regarding the radio system.
Currently the department is on the 800 megahurtz public safety spectrum. It moved to this format from the VHF system three years ago, but Hodges said the sheriffâ€™s department might go back to the former system.
â€śThe 800 system has kind of turned into a party line,â€ť he said. â€śSo many people are on that, we often get busy signals.â€ť
Busy signals occur when too many radios attempt to connect to the tower at once.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Since the mutual withdrawal of all eight schools from the Northeast Hoosier Conference, several schools have been working together to form a new conference.
Columbia City, Bellmont, DeKalb, East Noble, New Haven and Norwell heard presentations from several area schools in regards to forming a new conference.
According to a press release from Norwell High School, officials mulled academics, location, demographics and strength of competition in their selection process.
WINONA LAKE â€” The 2013 season may be over for Columbia Cityâ€™s boys golf team â€” but the fun isnâ€™t over yet.
The Eagles had their first showing in 10 years at a regional competition Thursday afternoon.
Though Columbia City placed seventh overall and didnâ€™t make it on to the state finals next week, the squad of four freshman and a sophomore have much more to come for the Eagles.
â€śThey want more,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said. â€śThereâ€™s a bright future ahead for those young men.â€ť