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November 20th, 2012
SOUTH WHITLEY â Like a fresh wound, the memory of Anthony Wagnerâs death is a sensitive and raw memory for Travis Leon â even after a decade has past.
Wagner, of South Whitley, and Leon, of Fort Wayne, were childhood friends and found themselves in the 293rd National Guard Division of Indiana in 2002.
Wagner joined the National Guard in 2001, a little more than a month after his 21st birthday. Leon was right behind him.
Private First Class Wagner received notice in October of 2002 that he had been activated and would be leaving the states to serve in Iraq.
COLUMBIA CITY â After taking a break to plan his retirement, newly elected Whitley County Consolidated School board member Bill Tucker said he is ready for a second go-around.
âIâm humbled by the support the community has given me, and Iâm anxious to get back on the board,â said Tucker.
Tucker first served as a WCCS Jefferson Township board member seven years ago, when he was approached by board members and asked to consider the job.
CHURUBUSCO â A Fort Wayne fireman was laid to rest at Churubuscoâs Riverview Cemetery Saturday, after he was killed in the line of duty last week.
Fireman Mark A. Haudenschild II, Washington Township (Allen County), was killed after the tanker he was driving flipped over en route to a grass fire.
More than 1,000 people attended the funeral â firemen and fire trucks from every department in Whitley County were in attendance.
COLUMBIA CITY â Christmas carols wafted through Indian Springs Middle School Saturday.
Members of Columbia City High Schoolâs show choirs, City Heat and City Lights, performed for patrons at their annual holiday bazaar, Yuletide Treasurers.
The event was a fundraiser for the choir program and featured a large assortment of vendors.
COLUMBIA CITY â Every two years, Whitley County bridges are inspected to ensure the existing structures are safe for use.
Currently, the county is working to hand over the plans for a bridge repair project located at CR 600 N. west of 450 E.
âItâs the only one that we have left on the list thatâs fracture-critical,â said Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester.
According to Forrester, the bridge is 23 and a half feet in length and width and nearly 40 years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â Eggnog, pumpkin pie, cookies and candies â itâs enough to make anyoneâs mouth water. The holiday season isnât complete without the tasty treats that come with parties and get-togethers. However, the weight gained during the months of November and December can make some don more than their gay apparel.
To combat bulging bellies, Whitley County YMCA is offering a holiday edition of its annual challenge, Whitley Weighs In.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Salvation Armyâs red kettles are out and bell ringers are making noise to bring in funds for the nonprofit organization.
The red kettle national campaign is the organizationâs largest fundraiser.
Pat Mossburg is the Salvation Army of Whitley Countyâs ministries coordinator. âThese donations help provide the monies for the year-round local programs and services for those in need in our community and continue to be one of our most important and well-known fundraising drives,âMossburg said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â After the Indiana Department of Education released a report grading Indiana Schools, Whitko Community Schools was ranked with some of the lower scores.
With Pierceton Elementary School and Whitko Middle School bottoming out with Ds, both the South Whitley Elementary School and Whitko High School held Cs.
Steve Clason, Whitko Com-munity School Corporationâs superintendent, said, âI am extremely disappointed with our grades. There are no excuses. They will improve.â
The district is reviewing the stateâs report to see what academic areas need improving.
CHURUBUSCO â Titles and dollars were painted as leverage by Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl when she made a request to drop her dual title and change her pay.
Although her proposed idea left her no vacation time, no overtime and no paid time off, it would allow her to make her own hours and have a salary of $50,900 a year instead of $43,484.
COLUMBIA CITY â United Wayâs 2012 campaign, Live United, continues to bring in funds for the nonprofit organization.
According to Executive Director Cindy Baker, approximately $23,000 has been pledged to this yearâs $190,000 campaign.
âWe still have many company employee campaigns that are still out there that are in the process of being wrapped up, which is where a lot of our contributions come from,â said Baker.