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LOVE: Lilly Scholarship nurtures leadership for Love

March 6, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — Michelle Shiriaev, now Michelle Love, graduated from Churubusco High School and was one of three students from Whitley County to receive the Lilly Community Scholarship in 2003. She chose to attend the University of Notre Dame to study business.

NEW VEHICLES: County Council defers Sheriff’s request

March 6, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Council heard a request from the Whitley County Sheriff to acquire three new vehicles at its March meeting. The Council took no action on the request as the motion to accept died for lack of a second.

WCSD Chief Deputy Jason Spencer presented the request, as Sheriff Marc Gatton was busy dealing with the freezing rain conditions during Tuesday’s meeting.

117 STUDENTS: Take on science fair

March 6, 2015

COESSE — Kindergarten through fifth grade students at Coesse Elementary School put the scientific method to the test by competing in this year’s science fair.

CES Principal Michelle Urban said 117 students participated in the event, which was judged by Columbia City High School National Honor Society students.

POND STOCKING: DNR stocks 31.9 million fish in 2014, including pond in Morsches Park

March 5, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Department of Natural Resources in Indiana stocked 31.9 million fish in 70 counties in the year 2014. This is up from the normal stocking numbers of between 22 and 24 million per year.

Due to a near-record number of walleye eggs found by DNR biologists with a higher-than-normal survival rate, about 10 million more walleye fry were stocked than previous years.

B.A.B.E.: Gearing up for another fundraiser

March 5, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — After big success at last fall’s sale, B.A.B.E of Whitley County is hosting another consignment sale next weekend.

Stages, a used clothing store that’s part of B.A.B.E., is hosting the sale. Proceeds from the event will be used to help pregnant women and families in need.

PASSAGES PROFILES: Passages gives Boutelle someone to lean on

March 5, 2015

Passages Profiles ’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 — Nathaniel “Than” Boutelle is at Passages’ Creative Learning Center three days a week, but the rest of his week is filled with Passages-sponsored activities that have brought him so very far.
Boutelle has been working with Passages since 2006 when his mother passed away.

TAX ABATEMENTS: Two approved

March 5, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, came before the Whitley County Council in its March meeting seeking approval for tax abatements for two Whitley County businesses.

The companies were looking to purchase new machinery to expand their business operations in Whitley County.

One of the companies requesting an abatement was 80/20, at 1701 S. CR 400 E.

HIGH SCHOOL VISIT: Indiana First Lady speaks at Whitko

March 5, 2015

SOUTH WHITLEY — Indiana’s First Lady Karen Pence visited Whitko High School Wednesday to congratulate 16 art students who received international recognition for their creative work.

Students of the Whitko Art Department submitted works of art to compete in the 45th World School Children’s Art Exhibition in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan).

Over 30,000 entries from more than 50 countries were submitted to the exhibition.

HIGHER EDUCATION: More graduates ready for college courses

March 4, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s College Readiness Report released by the Commission for Higher Education indicates that more of the state’s high school graduates are prepared for college-level courses.

The yearly report was released on Monday and included 2013 graduates who entered college immediately after high school.

The improvement could in part be related to high school’s dual credit and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Those courses are offered at all three Whitley County high schools.

EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME: Columbia City Youth Council takes a trip to the Statehouse

March 4, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Youth Council took its experience to the state level with a trip to the Indiana Statehouse last month.

The youth council, comprised of high school students, was formed by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and has grown in its involvement in the community throughout the past several years.

HIGH-SPEED: Police chase starts in Col. City and finishes in Fort Wayne

March 3, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY – A high-speed police chase started in Columbia City and ended t in Fort Wayne early Tuesday morning.

Columbia City police were alerted to a possible gas station drive-off at approximately 12:45 a.m. when someone apparently did not pay for fuel. A pursuit ensued and officers ended up following a red vehicle east on U.S. 30 towards Fort Wayne.

FEBRUARY: One of coldest on record

March 3, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — February in 2015 may not have had as much snowfall as 2014, but it was colder overall, data shows.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), it hasn’t been this cold in February since the 1970s.
Last month was the third coldest February on record in Northeast Indiana, with an average daily temperature of 15.7 degrees, according to NWS meteorologists.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Whitley Co. manufacturing companies contribute 2,861 jobs

March 3, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — As the economy rebounds from the recent recession, Northeast Indiana in general, and Whitley County in particular are looking to the manufacturing sector to fuel the recovery.

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