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April 9th, 2014

Richard Stang, 73

April 9, 2014

Richard W. Stang , 73, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Bethlehem Woods Rehab Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Elyria, Ohio, Richard worked as a union carpenter with Local 232 for 20 years, and was a U.S. Navy veteran.
He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and fishing.

April 8th

Learning takes technological leap

April 8, 2014

PIERCETON — Whitko Community School Corporation has taken an aggressive approach to implement technology in the classroom.

Although the district has already made steps in its 1:1 technology plan, school board members are making student achievement a number one goal by expanding the program.

What many schools call 1:1, Whitko has named the Personal Learning System (PLS).

CENTER COOKOFF: Nonprofit to raise funds with food

April 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Community leaders will morph into chefs to ladle out a dose of competitive fun in The Center for Whitley County Youth’s annual cookoff.

This year’s cookoff will be held Thursday at First Church of God. The event will start at 6:15 p.m., and the dinner is served for a freewill donation.

“The cookoff raises about a third of our annual budget,” said Executive Director Jeff Wike. “It’s the only fundraiser we do, so we want to make it fun and successful.”

Early voting begins today

April 8, 2014

Early voting for the primaries is open to the public starting today. Voting booths are set up on the second floor of the Whitley County Courthouse.

Local child care program awarded

April 8, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Sonshine Child Care Ministry, in South Whitley, has achieved a Level 2 rating in Paths to Quality.

Paths to Quality is Indiana’s rating and improvement system for child care programs.

It is a consistent set of standards to help parents identify licensed family child care centers, licensed family child care homes, and unlicensed registered ministries that have met state requirements for health and safety.

CCHS’s Riley Fry named Lilly Scholar

April 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Riley Fry, a senior at Columbia City High School, has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Whitley County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

She will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Riley is the daughter of Todd Fry and Wendy and Martin Grooms of Columbia City.

Riley is the oldest of her four siblings, two brothers Jason and Brennan, and two sisters Cassie and Gabby.

April 7th

Whitley Co. population grew in 2013

April 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (HSPA) — New statistics show Indiana’s population grew in 2013 after falling for six straight years — but they also show a tale of two types of counties.

It’s a tale of urban and rural population trends moving in different directions.

Indiana’s population grew at a rate of 0.51 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates recently released that were analyzed by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. The state added 33,120 people to grow to a population of 6.57 million.

Haitians helped through homegrown effort

April 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — What was once an idea to provide aid to Haiti, has evolved into a full fledge mission.

Just Cause International, formed by Whitley County residents Thaddeus McKee, Jeff Royer and Alex Carlin, is a nonprofit outreach organization designed to provide support and hope to Haiti.

A benefit concert is set for Saturday at First Church of God, Columbia City, from 6 to 8 p.m. Nina Daniels, a worship leader from Chicago, will be the featured performer. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to aid in the next phase of JCI’s work in Haiti.

Rentschler seeking reelection as prosecutor

April 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney Matthew J. Rentschler has announced his campaign for reelection to the position he has held for the past 12 years.

“I have devoted my career to enforcing our laws in a way that keeps Whitley County safe,” Rentschler said. “I was raised in Whitley County, I went to school in Whitley County. Now my children are going to Whitley County schools. It is paramount and personal to me that our community is safe, and I have tailored my prosecutions to that goal.”

Alternative learning program accepting applications

April 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Registration is open for those students looking to attend TROY Center, an alternative eduction program.

“Not every person learns in the same way. Not every person thrives in the same type of environment. Not every person fits within the typical classroom mold,” said Nikki Trier, the school’s administrator. “At TROY Center Alternative School, we understand that. That’s why our flexible environment and alternative curriculum aim to help each person find their own path to success.”

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