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November 27th, 2013

Thanksgiving event

November 27, 2013

Pierceton UM
A community Thanksgiving service will be held at Pierceton United Methodist Church Wednesday at 7 p.m.
A non-perishable food item will be the only donation taken. All will be given to the Washington Township Food Pantry.

West Point Trinity UM
West Point Trinity United Methodist Church will hold a Thanksgiving service at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The church is located at 4980 N. Etna Rd.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Columbia City Rotary Club will host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Columbia City.

Winning participant

November 27, 2013

Rachel Brandenburg (right), was recently named the winner of the monthly drawing held at the November Parent-Teacher Organization meeting for Pierceton Elementary School. Rochelle Leininger (left), PTO co-president, awarded Brandenburge this month’s prize which was a Bob Evans gift card. The next PTO meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 20. All parents attending are eligible for the drawing.

Task force collects phones for Hopeline project

November 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County collected 138 used cell phones in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Many local businesses, hospitals, restaurants, churches, schools, etc. had HopeLine collection boxes displayed at their locations.

The HopeLine project, which was sponsored by the Domestic Violence Task Force of Whitley County, is new this year, and the group is pleased with the results and grateful to all the locations that collected phones.

November 26th

City man sentenced for BMV crash

November 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who crashed a vehicle into the Columbia City branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will serve two years behind bars for his crimes.

Danny C. Rose, Jr., 20, was sentenced to three years, with two to serve at the Whitley County Jail, for auto theft, a Class D felony. He was also given a two-year concurrent sentence for resisting law enforcement.

Rose was sentenced to 60 days for battery resulting in bodily injury, which will be served consecutively to the previous two charges.

Vacant seats filled for two planning boards

November 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioners recently appointed two Cleveland Township residents to fill vacant seats on planning boards.

Mark Mynhier has joined the Whitley County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals board.

Wayne Swender will fill the vacancy on the Plan Commission for South Whitley.

Both positions started immediately with the commissioners’ OK at their Nov. 18 meeting.

Turkey for hundreds: Community meal marks 8 years of service

November 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — What began as a family affair has turned into a county-wide event, reaching out to local residents on Thanksgiving.

The Rotary Clubs annual Thanksgiving dinner is set for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 4-H Center in Columbia City.

Although the Rotary Club is now one of the underwriters for the meal, it was Sherri Grim, of Columbia City, who first had the idea to serve a holiday meal.

Decisions looming, park moves forward with pool

November 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Officials took another small step toward a new aquatics facility in Columbia City Monday night.

Columbia City’s Park Board reviewed the work of the aquatics task force, as well as consulting firm Martin Riley, which may have raised more questions than answers.

Sledding no more at DeVol Field

November 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Park Board took a difficult decision under advisement at Mondays meeting — sledding at DeVol Field.

Many families view sledding at the park as a winter tradition, but after the addition of a new baseball diamond, and fence, at the bottom of the sledding hill, officials had to consider liability versus recreation.

Columbia City Attorney recommended the Park Board take into consideration the liability now that there is a fence, and potential danger, at the bottom of the hill.

However, the decision didn’t come without much discussion.

November 25th

School leaders give state of WCCS addresses

November 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While schools are progressing toward more technology in the classroom, teachers still provide a personal touch, making a difference in the lives of their students.

That was one part of the message shared by Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor at the Whitley Chamber of Commerce’s recent lunch-and-learn seminar, which focused on the state of the schools for the district.

ISMS finalist for state contest

November 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A county middle school is a state finalist in a contest that could net a large gain in technology for the winner.

Indian Springs Middle School is one of five finalists across Indiana in the Solve for Tomorrow competition, sponsored by Samsung. The contest is designed to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning in local communities.

The contest is nationwide. The winning school from each state will receive a technology package valued at $20,000. The top 15 nationally will receive $35,000, with the top five earning a prize of $140,000.

 

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