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April 4th, 2014

Whitko H.S. student has sights set on Denmark

April 4, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Hannah Bredikhin, a student at Whitko High School, is set to spend her junior year of high school in Denmark.

Bredikhin is the next outbound exchange student supported by the Columbia City Rotary Club. She joins a long list of other local students who have had the privilege of studying abroad.

“I’ve always been interested in other cultures,” said Bredikhin. “This seems like a natural thing for me to do. I’m not really worried about being in a foreign country. I am excited to get there.”

Survivors selected for unique relay project

April 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — As Whitley County volunteers are adding the final details to its Relay for Life annual walk in June — Scare Away Cancer — a new initiative has been planned to reach cancer survivors all year.

Adopt A Survivor will allow residents to support and encourage someone who has faced cancer.

“Cancer doesn’t just come to mind when we are walking at the relay,” said Relay Committee Co-Chair Tammy Gross. “Those who have survived cancer need to celebrated all year and know that someone is thinking of them.”

Gratitude passed out with a smile

April 4, 2014

Passages, Inc. clients visited the Whitley Chamber of Commerce office and presented Doug Brown with a “gratitude basket,” recently. Pictured are, from left, Tony Geiger, Dan Lude, Leon Fudge, Doug Brown, Jon Morris and Terry Moyer.

Miss Whitley Co. program evolves

April 4, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — An annual event is going through some changes that will expand the program to more high school students.

Whitley County’s Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program is expanding its qualifications to include contestants that are not involved in 4-H.

Approximately 25 students participate in the program that has been in existence more than 40 years.

Danielle Ziliak is one of the program directors. She said the changes will now follow the Indiana State Fair Pageant.

April 3rd

‘Impossible’ things to happen at Whitko H. S.

April 3, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Is it impossible for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage? This question and others will be answered at Whitko High School’s spring musical.
The cast and crew at WHS will present their production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” April 25 or 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for a cost of $5 for students and $6 for adults.
While this version might not have any talking mice or wicked cats, cast members say there’s still magic enough to spare.

Off with the old, on with the new

April 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Work is underway to repair and replace the Whitley County Courthouse roof.

Crews began tearing off the old roof Wednesday in preparation to lay new materials in a project that is easily impacted by weather.

In November of 2013, County Commissioners approved a two-year CEDIT plan that included monies for the Courthouse roof and other repairs.
The funds totaled more than $100,000, and had Commissioners questioning part of the project.

Whitley Co. native drowns in Mud Lake

April 3, 2014

ALBION — A former Whitley County man’s body was recovered from Chain O’ Lakes State Park Monday after officials believe he drowned while ice fishing.

Douglas W. Haigwood, 43, of Kimmell, was found in Mud Lake, near the west end of the park at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday. He was reported missing at 1:10 p.m. by a friend who told authorities he went fishing the night before but didn’t return.

Haigwood is a Whitley County native who graduated with the Class of 1989 of Whitko High School.

Highways under repair

April 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While bridge work continues on U.S. 30, cutting traffic down to one lane on the highway, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be closing another major Whitley County roadway next week.

Officials announced Wednesday night that Ind. 9 will be closed starting Monday from Ind. 14 to County Road 500 South while Norfolk-Southern rebuilds the railroad crossing.

The official detour is from Ind. 14 to Ind. 5 to Ind. 205. The work is expected to be completed by the following Monday, April 14, weather permitting.

Horses find a happy home

April 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Moving is a labor-intensive process, but adding 42 horses into the plan creates a whole host of other concerns.

When Shadarobah Horse Rescue was given notice that it would have to vacate its location in Fort Wayne less than two weeks ago, officials with the nonprofit began a volunteer effort like no other.

“We had people come from all over with horse trailers and trucks to help us relocate 42 horses, two goats and several cats and dogs,” said Michelle Heitz, Shadarobah’s president.

FEMA denies plea for funding

April 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Three months after much of Indiana suffered the effects of a major snow storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the area, state officials are now in a scramble to figure out how to pay for the losses.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security officials announced Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied the state’s request for assistance.

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