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May 30th, 2013

BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY: Mary Raber promotes health, safety

May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Bicycles scattered the lawn at Mary Raber Elementary School this morning, as scores of students rode their bikes as part of Bike to School Day.

The school began participating in the event last year in an effort to raise awareness for bicycle safety and to promote exercise, and students have given it the thumbs-up.

“It’s fun,” fifth grader Wyatt Krider said.

“It gives us a chance to get out and ride our bikes with our friends.”

Though many students only ride their bicycles to school on the special day, that’s not the case for all of them.

LOCAL IMPACT: South Whitley town policies tabled

May 30, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Town council members had numerous issues on their agenda Tuesday night that will eventually impact South Whitley residents.

However, decisions were tabled until the next meeting of the South Whitley Town Council, June 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Policies and ordinances being discussed revolved around the town’s grass clipping collection as well as utility shut-offs.

Clipping collections

Traditionally, South Whitley residents living within the town limits have been able to have their grass clippings collected by the town.

BIKES GALORE

May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY (May 30, 2013) -- Students are encouraged to ride their bikes to school today as part of National Ride Your Bike to School Day and Mary Raber Elementary School children are taking part.

See today's Post & Mail for coverage of the event as well as students' comments on biking to school.

May 29th

Top students celebrated

May 29, 2013

Piereceton Elementary School’s top three students from each third-grade classroom won a pizza party with Principal Eric Speicher for third trimester of Accelerated Reading.

Pictured clockwise, from left: Breanna Kennedy, Branigan Gayheart, Speicher, Isaiah Kyles, Reese Bradford, Danielle Kelly, Alexis Funnell, Abbi Metz, AJ Fortman and Ryan Brown.

End of school year brings out-of-norm events

May 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­ — Columbia City High School students spent Friday outside for a time of carnival-style events and games.

Struggle Day is held each spring, at the end of the school year, to help celebrate the months spent inside the classrooms.

Both Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Smith-Green Community Schools will continue classes into June.

Columbia City High School’s last day of school is June 10 with high school graduation ceremonies slated for June 14 at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Smiles with the Governor

May 29, 2013

Northern Heights Elementary School fourth graders took a field trip to Indianapolis Friday.

While touring the Statehouse the students met Governor Mike Pence who took time to stop for a photo with several students from Lisa Kissinger’s and Teri Harmon’s classes.

Banking big bucks

May 29, 2013

During its annual Live United Campaign, donations and pledges were collected for United Way of Whitley County.

In the end, the nonprofit raised $202,000 for its work in financially supporting other nonprofits in the county that “inspire hope for a better tomorrow.”

Pictured are Campaign Co-Chairs Jacie Worrick (left) and June Keiser (right) presenting United Way’s Executive Director Cindy Baker with the fundraising check.

IN COURT: Two suspects appear in court for burglary

May 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Two men arrested over the weekend for attempted burglary had their first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

William Ward-Bey, 60, of Gary, and Anthony Allen, 54, of Fort Wayne, both pleaded not guilty to attempted burglary, a Class C felony.

Ward-Bey will be represented by Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz. Allen said he plans to hire his own attorney.

Both men were arrested Thursday. Case reports indicate the men were allegedly involved in an attempted break-in at Gendel Low-Bob, LLC, on Frontage Road.

WHITLEY ON THE MOVE: Landscaping leaps ahead with town’s help

May 29, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With recent events deemed a success by its leaders, Whitley On The Move (WOTM) is continuing with plans to revitalize South Whitley.

A spring clean up day was held last weekend to get town residents engaged in picking up trash, washing windows and tidying the town park. Whitley On The Move is made up of South Whitley residents who have worked together in several committees focused on different aspects of the town.

PIPE PROBLEMS: Sewer blame questioned by council

May 29, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — For two meetings, Christine Price, of South Whitley, has appeared before the South Whitley Town Council looking for answers to a sewer line mishap that left Price with no service and a costly fix.

When construction was taking place on South Whitley’s new waste water treatment plant, sewer pipe was laid and homes were disconnected off the old line and reconnected to the new line.

However, it seems after some investigation that Price’s sewer line never was connected to the new mains.

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