April 3rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Salvation Army of Whitley County will be presenting "Light the Way" to Child Abuse Prevention and Education on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at The First Church of God, 1200 W. DePoy Dr., Columbia City.
"Our goal is to raise awareness of child abuse but also to illustrate that there can be help and hope for those going through this," Pat Mossburg, of the Salvation Army, said. "We also discuss the effects of domestic violence on children."
This year the event will host author April Maley, who will share her story from her book, "I Will not be Silent."
Last week, workers added Sears to the sign at the Towne & Country Shopping Center on Plaza Drive in Columbia City. Sears recently changed locations, moving from Connexion Way to the shopping center west of Walmart.
Columbia Cityâ€™s wrestling team announced its season-ending awards recently.
Pictured are the award winners, from left, senior Alan Trabert, Mental Attitude Award; senior Russel Hazelet, Most Valuable Wrestler and Most Team Points; senior Brice Bauer, Most Improved Wrestler. Bauer and Hazelet were also recognized for Academic All-State.
Columbia City wrestling is coached by Blaine Culp (right).
WARSAW â€” Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer is taking on a Kosciusko County case after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the case was mishandled.
Heuer will determine whether 15-year-old Paul Gingerich should be charged as an adult after allegedly helping kill his friendâ€™s stepfather in 2010 â€” when he was 12 years old.
The change of venue occurred after a dispute on whether he should be tried as an adult or a juvenile.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High School has made graduation an area of focus for juniors.
With the implementation of a graduation coach, Principal David Parker is looking to target students who might otherwise fall through the cracks and miss graduating.
â€śThese are kids that sort of fly under the radar,â€ť Parker said. â€śSome of them realize too late that they needed to do certain things to graduate. Having a coach that keeps an eye on attendance, grades and credits will hopefully keep them from feeling like graduation is not possible.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners approved a zoning request at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Dave Sewell, of the Whitley County Plan Commission, told the commissioners it had been approved at the plan commission level and now needed commissioner approval.
The property was changed from residential to commercial. It is located south of County Road 500 South in the Dunfee area.
Sewell informed the commissioners the properties to the north and south are zoned commercial as well, so this brings them all into line with one another.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls track team is en route to another successful track season this year.
The Lady Eagles had a repeat title in its first meet, topping both Churubusco and Whitko in the county competition by more than 30 points each.
Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said he feels confident in this seasonâ€™s team of 31 tracksters.
â€śWeâ€™re in pretty good shape,â€ť Fahl said.
The Lady Eagles return nearly all of their athletes from last yearâ€™s sectional-title winning team, and adds a few key newcomers that may play a large role on this seasonâ€™s team.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners heard a request from Passages, Inc. for funding, but decided to table a decision until the next meeting.
Tom Oâ€™Neill, president of Passages, was on hand at the meeting. He presented facts in support of the organization. Oâ€™Neill cited there are more than 180 employees that work for Passages and over 85 percent of those individuals live in Whitley County.
Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio expressed support for the organization as well.
LARWILL â€” â€śYou get to get hands dirty.â€ť According to Kaitlin Frank, a sixth grader at Whitko Middle School, that is one of the bonuses to being a part of the schoolâ€™s Clean World Association (CWA).
The after-school group works as a hands-on club learning the ins and outs of horticulture.
Laura Thong-Umphai, a teacher at WMS, is the groups leader and started the club to give students the opportunity to experience a working greenhouse and learn a viable trade they could carry on into their adult lives.
PIERCETON â€” With each passing day, Whitko schools are getting closer to the end of the school year, but that doesnâ€™t mean that these next few months will go by without any activity.
At last weekâ€™s school board meeting, the agenda was full and three principals gave in-depth reports on the events going on at their particular schools.
Principal Bruce Hansen announced that South Whitley Elementary Sch-ool will host Donuts for Dads April 11 from 7:20 to 7:50 a.m. This will be a chance for students to join their fathers in the cafeteria for breakfast.