April 1st, 2015
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Each year, the South Whitley Community Public Library has a winter reading program for adults as a fun way to celebrate the joy of reading during the long, cold months.
This year, the prizes all contained items to enjoy while reading or listening to a good book, including coffee and travel mugs, a pie from The Pie Lady on Five, and gas cards for those listening to books during commutes.
HERSHEY, Pa. â€” The Lefever brothers, senior twins Connor and Reece, and younger brother Riley, made NCAA history when all three advanced to the finals of their weight classes at the NCAA Division III national wrestling championships.
This marks the first time in NCAA history that three brothers have been named All-Americans in the same year, and the first time that three brothers have advanced to weight class finals in the same year.
COESSE â€” Coesse Elementary School has had a unique opportunity for the past eight weeks.
Thanks to a grant from the Dekko Foundation, the Fort Wayne Childrenâ€™s Zoo has offered a Scientific Inquiry Program to the children.
An educational outreach instructor from the zoo has visited to the school every week for the past eight weeks for the program: Exploring Terrarium Ecosystems.
Zoo officials led the classes in several activities, including scientific inquiry experiments and projects, dealing with ecosystems and animal adaptations.
FORT WAYNE â€” Maverick the red-tailed hawk was found injured in Columbia City in 2006.
After rehabilitation through Soarinâ€™ Hawk Rapter Rehab, Maverick is now thriving at an exhibit at the Fort Wayne Childrenâ€™s Zoo.
Maverick lives in the central zoo, located near the Indiana Family Farm.
According to veterinary technician Maraiah Russell, Maverick was found by a member of the public in July 2006 in Columbia City.
TOM DAVIES, Associated Press
ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.
Pence said he has been meeting with lawmakers "around the clock" to address concerns that the law will allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians.
The governor acknowledged that Indiana has a "perception problem" over the law but defended it as a vehicle to protect religious liberty.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department's ADMINISTRATION OFFICE will be closed on Thursday, April 2 for training.
The ADMINISTRATION OFFICE will also be closed Friday, April 3 for the Good Friday Holiday.
As always, dispatch will be available 24/7 if you need a deputy, or help with a warrant or protective order, or want to file a report at 244-6410.
And, as always, the jail will be available 24/7 if you need assistance with anything relating to an inmate at 244-7119.
The Administration Office will resume regular business on Monday, April 6 at 8 a.m.
LARWILL â€“ The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that two projects are scheduled to begin on Ind. 5 in Larwill on Monday, April 6.
The projects will include improvements to the railroad crossing located half a mile south of U.S. 30, as well as road resurfacing from U.S. 30 to Old Trail Road.
During the railroad crossing improvements, Ind. 5 will be closed to traffic between Main and North Streets in Larwill. The crossing improvement is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, and the posted detour will be U.S. 30 to Ind. 9 to Ind. 205 to Ind. 5.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mini 4-Hâ€™ers and agricultural history enthusiasts will soon have an improved shelter house for project displays and learning centers.
The shelter house, located on the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds just north of the 4-H Center, has received a new roof, sidewalk, water line, wood cook stove and has been painted. The renovation project has also included wiring and the installation of new lights and ceiling fans.
The building has been used to display the projects of mini 4-Hâ€™ers and the restoration project will provide new shelves and display areas for their projects.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Longtime Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Director Dave Sewell is headed to a new career in Michigan after more than two decades of service to Columbia City and Whitley County.
Sewell spent the last 18.5 years as the joint building and planning director, and was the Columbia City community development director for eight years prior to that.
Before taking his job at the city, Sewell as the planning and building director for 1.5 years. He was the first director when the department began in 1987.
COLUMBIA CITY â€”More than 3,000 Easter eggs will be scattered across Morsches Park Thursday for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Columbia City Rotary Club.
Weather permitting, the fun will start at 6 p.m. on the baseball diamonds where eggs filled by clients from Passages will be waiting to be found by local children.
Toddlers up to 2 years old can be assisted by a parent while kids from 3 to 5 years old can search with an accompanying adult.
Age groups of nine- to 11-year-olds and six- to eight-year-olds may not have a parent on the field.