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January 10th, 2014

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN EXCEEDS $157K; Donations still coming in

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “It’s about community people helping people in their community,” said United Way of Whitley County’s Executive Director Cindy Baker.
In September, the county’s United Way nonprofit launched its 2013-14 fundraising campaign.
The bar was set high with a financial goal of $225,000. Although campaign dollars are still rolling in, Baker said the organization has raised more than $157,000.
“I am confident that we will reach last year’s amount,” Baker said. “There’s still time to give, and every donation counts no matter the amount.”

Extra week of winter break for many

January 10, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — While winter break was expected to come to a close Monday morning, Mother Nature had other plans in mind.
After 16.2 inches of snow, sub-zero temperatures and poor road conditions, many Whitley County students had an entire extra week of winter break this week.
While Whitko Community Schools managed to return to class Thursday and Friday, Whitley County Consolidated and Smith-Green Community Schools remained closed through the week.
Though many students and parents have enjoyed the extra time together — most agree that its time to go back to school.

Extra week of winter break for many

January 10, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — While winter break was expected to come to a close Monday morning, Mother Nature had other plans in mind.
After 16.2 inches of snow, sub-zero temperatures and poor road conditions, many Whitley County students had an entire extra week of winter break this week.
While Whitko Community Schools managed to return to class Thursday and Friday, Whitley County Consolidated and Smith-Green Community Schools remained closed through the week.
Though many students and parents have enjoyed the extra time together — most agree that its time to go back to school.

Whitko names makeup day

January 10, 2014

PIERCETON — With three days of school missed due to inclement weather, Whitko Community School Corporation officials have decided to adjust the calendar for a make up day.
School will be in session for all WCSC students Monday, Jan. 20.
This is a make up day due to school being canceled Wednesday.
The other two days missed were covered under the district’s policy for snow days.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools have the same two days built into their calendar, but officials have not determined make up days for Thursday and today’s school closings.

Girl Scouts to partner with Red Cross

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY ­— Two iconic organizations are joining together to help save lives.
The Girl Scouts and the American Red Cross are hosting Give Blood — Get a Cookie blood drives in communities across Northern Indiana and select locations in Michigan for the second year.
Enjoy delicious Girl Scout cookies after donating blood at special blood drives during January.
The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana are excited to partner with the Red Cross to help save lives through blood donation.

Sunday bulletin

January 10, 2014

Col. City UM
The title of the message Sunday at Columbia City United Methodist Church is “Preaching Peace.” The scripture is from Acts 10:34-43 and Matthew 3:13-17.
Triple F Classes began Wednesday.
Those wanting to participate should sign up for classes if they are still interested in joining the group.
Dinner on Wednesday evenings is from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., followed by adult groups and FaithWeaver Friends (children) from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Call the church office for more information on classes available.

Weather causes Lilly deadline to be extended

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Due to the extreme weather conditions and school closings, the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship deadline has been extended to Friday Jan. 17.
All applications must be submitted to the Whitley County Community Foundation no later than Friday, Jan. 17 or they will not be accepted.
For those wanting to apply, questions can be directed to the foundations office by calling 244-5224 or emailing chelseywccf@gmail.com.

Grace Lutheran Church is awarded $5K grant

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Grace Lutheran Church, of Columbia City, recently received a $5,000 “Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need” grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.
The funding was awarded to Grace Lutheran Church based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional, an spiritual needs in the community such as food, clothing, shelter, fellowship and care for the sick based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.
Grace Lutheran Church has also elected to participate in a complementary two-to-one challenge grant program sponsored by the foundation.

BOOKS AND BUCKS: School leaders cringing at a potential $1.8M cut

January 10, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a series on the impact of the BPPT elimination.

WHITLEY COUNTY — Discussions of eliminating a particular tax is causing school administrators concern over the large amount of income districts could lose.

Indiana legislators began their session earlier this week with an initiative put in motion by Gov. Mike Pence to end the taxation of business personal property.

SGCS, WCCS close, Whitko schools open full day

January 10, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — While Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Smith-Green Community Schools remained closed for the entire week after Sunday’s snow storm, Whitko Community Schools operated under its regular schedule Friday, and a two-hour delay Thursday.

Whitko’s decision has some parents up in arms, and even keeping their children home despite schools being open.

“We are keeping our kids home today,” said Whitko parent Amy Lochner. “I feel this is extremely irresponsible of the school system. Why couldn’t they at least delay school so it is light out for bus drivers to see.”

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