March 20th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Severe Weather Preparedness Week is nearing its end and the National Weather Service (NWS) wants to make sure everyone knows how to respond if a severe weather event were to cause heavy damage to Whitley County.
Responsible citizens should work together to save lives. Tornado-ravaged cities such as Tuscaloosa, Ala., Moore, Okla. and Joplin, Mo. were able to recover from disaster by helping each other, officials say. The NWS suggests contacting insurance companies and arranging financial assistance if necessary.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s swim team presented the following awards at its annual banquet: Carson Miller, Leadership and Most Improved Award; Kellie Frei, Most Improved Award; Maggie Vandersaul, Coaches Award; Rhea Young, Mental Attitude Award; Rylee Hackworth, High Point Award; Matthew Webber, High Point Award; Jon Fix, Coaches Award; Cassie Bosselman, Leadership Award; and Dayne Trump, Mental Attitude Award.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A staff member with Smith-Green Community Schools in Churubusco has been placed on administrative leave.
Smith-Green Superintendent Galen Mast sent home a letter with students on Tuesday that stated that a staff member used â€śpoor professional judgment.â€ť
In his letter, Mast said the district couldnâ€™t comment on the situation any further, due to it being a personnel issue.
KENDALLVILLE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ track teams traveled to East Noble Thursday evening for a chilly start to the outdoor track and field season. The Eagle boys came away with a win in the triangular meet that featured Churubusco, East Noble and Fort Wayne Bishop Luers. The Eagle boys scored 86 points to outdistance East Nobleâ€™s 60, with Bishop Luers coming in third at 20 points.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” County Engineer Brandon Forrester came before the Whitley County Board of Commissioners seeking additional funding for Whitley County bridge and culvert repair and replacement.
Forrester gave the commissioners some background on the bridge situation in Whitley County. Forrester characterized this as the â€śgood news.â€ť The engineer noted that in 1988, 26 of 81 bridges in the county were posted for a weight limit, while today only one bridge in Whitley County is posted with a weight limit.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Spring is just around the corner and Whitley County Farmers Market officials are getting a head start on planning for the 2015 season.
Anyone interested in potentially participating as a vendor in the 2015 Whitley County Farmers Market is urged to attend any one of the upcoming vendor meetings.
The first meeting is Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Smith & Sons Coach House, 207 N. Main St. in Columbia City.
At this meeting, attendees will be provided with copies of the 2015 Rules and Regulations as well as contracts for returning vendors.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s show choir, City Stars, finished its competition season with a bang, winning grand champion.
The ISMS singer-dancers beat out six other middle school choirs at Homestead High Schoolâ€™s invitational.
City Stars also won best vocals and were one point away from best choreography.
Passages Profiles â€™15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jon Morris embodies the goals that Passages has for all of its clients; to speak for themselves in their daily life, and to be an active participant in the life of the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 27th annual 4-H Fun Night will be held Friday from 4 to 7:30 p.m at the 4-H Center, 680 West Squawbuck Rd.
There will be an all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin supper, a silent auction that supports Whitley County
4-H and numerous games and activities for the kids.
Adults can eat for $8 while children 5 to 12 years old are $6 and children under age 5 are free.
Two major announcements will be made at the event:
â€˘At 5 p.m., Dane Drew of Whitley County will be announced as a winner in Americaâ€™s Farmers Grow Communities program.