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September 10th, 2013
Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrated its August Shining Stars. Students were recognized for using their life skills, treating people right, and doing the right thing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Strip malls in Columbia City are now required to post addresses on rear-entry doors.
According to Indiana Fire Code, buildings with more than three lessees must have an address posted on all doors in the back of the building.
Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the addresses are beneficial to many agencies, but especially emergency crews who may need to make rear entry on a building.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel is opening the doors of the city for residents to explore the works of their government.
â€śThe open house will give citizens an opportunity to see and physically touch their tax dollars at work,â€ť Daniel said. â€śWe see this as a great way to showcase how we are trying to keep up with our citizen growth, while stretching the dollar a little farther.â€ť
The open house will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at all facilities, which are located throughout the city.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Shelter dogs were the guests of honor at the Whitley County Autumn Arts Festival Saturday.
The event was coordinated by Whitley County Humane Society board members and helped to raise funds and awareness for the countyâ€™s animal shelter.
Several of the shelterâ€™s four-legged residents attended the festival donned with an â€śadopt meâ€ť vest.
The featured canines were greeted by festival-goers who lavished the dogs with affection.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman involved in a local sex abuse case appeared in court Monday.
Joy Hughes, 37, of Kendallville, pleaded not guilty in August to felony neglect of a dependent.
She was accused of abandoning her daughter to the care of Dean Pressler in 2008. Pressler was subsequently arrested in January of this year for multiple sex crime charges with this child.
Pressler was given a 60-year prison sentence in August.
Hughesâ€™ attorney is Brad Baber. He requested a continuance and will be back in court with his client Oct. 7 for pretrial proceedings.
Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) 2014 participants pose after the fitness portion of the program Saturday.
From left are, Brittany McKinney, Shelby Smiley, Kurstyn Hoeppner, Ashley Oâ€™Connor, Kiersten Thomas, Peyton Banks, Morghan Wilcoxson, Carley Porter, Anna McCullough and Hannah Schaefer.
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ€” Whitko High School Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m.
According to school leaders, the set-up will be slightly different than in years past.
Rather than meeting with teachers in the commons or gymnasium, parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers in their studentâ€™s actual classrooms.
As parents enter the building, they will register and receive their studentâ€™s current Progress Reports.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three brothers, originally from Columbia City, reunited last week for a chance to relive some childhood memories.
Jim, Dick and John Walter, affectionately known as â€śThe Walter Boys,â€ť grew up in Columbia City, but life has taken them outside of town. Sitting in the backyard of Dickâ€™s home on West Lincolnway, the threesome shared some of their favorite memories of growing up in the area.
â€śItâ€™s been two years since we got together,â€ť Dick said. â€śThis is wonderful.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Out of 10 senior girls, only one could be declared Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of Whitley County for 2014.
That one was Hannah Schaefer, a Columbia City High School student.
â€śWow! This is so unexpected,â€ť Schaefer said. â€śItâ€™s wonderful, but right now, itâ€™s overwhelming.â€ť
Schaefer is the daughter of Mark and Mary Ann Schaefer. In addition to her designation as DYW, Schaefer also earned the award in both the Talent category and in Self Expression.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The cityâ€™s streets were full of orange T-shirt wearing Lutheransâ€™ Sunday as three local congregations came together to volunteer in Columbia City.
The work day was part of a nation-wide initiative celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA).
â€śGodâ€™s work, our hands,â€ť was the motto for the day. Judy Follis, event coordinator and pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, saw the day as a chance to give back to the community that has supported the local ECLA congregations.