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April 18, 2014

The Search


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A warm, sunny evening made for a delightful -- and quick -- 2014 Columbia City Rotary Easter Egg Hunt in Morsches Park in Columbia City Thursday. Above, colored eggs sat briefly on the grass before being snatched up and tucked into Easter baskets.

Barbecue today to benefit Albion fireworks

From reports

The Albion Lions Club is hosting a chicken barbecue this Friday, April 18, 2014, at the stoplight starting at 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Albion Fireworks Committee.

April 17, 2014

German orthopedics company plans to establish North American operations in Columbia City location

DOT to open in Blue River Industrial Park, adding 20 jobs by 2016 

By Katelyn Hancock

Governor Mike Pence joined executives from DOT GmbH, a medical coating technology provider, to announce the company’s plans to establish DOT America, Inc. (DOT) in Columbia City,  creating up to 20 new high-wage jobs by 2016.
The Rostock, Germany-based orthopedics company is investing approximately $4.5 million to lease, renovate and equip a 17,520 square-foot facility in Columbia City’s Blue River Industrial Park. The facility, the company’s first location outside of Germany, is enabling DOT to fill a gap in the supply chain to its North American clients.
“For their first facility outside Germany, DOT’s leaders embarked on a search for the best stable and affordable business climate,” said Pence. “Though still in its early stages, DOT has already found that and more in Indiana, the worldwide center of the orthopedics industry. With our skilled Hoosier workforce behind them, we are pleased that more and more German companies like DOT continue to select Indiana as their North American home.”
DOT currently employs more than 290 full-time associates in Germany. It has already begun hiring engineers and technicians at its Columbia City location, which opened in November 2013. 
“DOT offers valuable surface treatment services to the orthopedic and medical industry in Indiana and the United States. Although business relations with U.S. customers are already well established, the generation of further growth needs direct market presence,” said Hans Eifeler, managing director of DOT. “DOT chose to establish its North American operations in Indiana primarily because the world’s leading orthopedic companies are located here. In addition, Indiana has a positive, welcoming business climate for foreign investors.”
Founded in 1992, DOT develops and supplies medical coating treatment technology for implants and instruments for the orthopedics industry under the name DOTImplantSource. In addition, under the name DOTbiomaterials the company develops and manufactures regenerative medicine products for the dental and orthopedic industries. With customers around the world, DOT also maintains a research and development team for the improvement of existing coatings and developing new coatings.
 The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered DOT America, Inc. up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Columbia City will consider additional property tax abatement at the request the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
 "We are pleased to welcome DOT to Columbia City," said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. "DOT joins a growing number of companies in our community involved in the medical device supply chain."
 DOT is the third German company this week to announce plans to add jobs and invest in the Hoosier State, reaffirming Germany’s strong impact across Indiana. Earlier this week, NORRES, a German industrial hose manufacturer, announced plans to base its North American operations in South Bend and German extrusion manufacturer Jäger Group made plans to expand its subsidiary Jaeger-Unitek Sealing Solutions in La Porte.
 This week, Pence is leading an economic development and jobs mission across Germany, sharing why Indiana is a state that works for German companies to grow and thrive. More information about the governor’s job-hunting trip can be found at: http://in.gov/gov/Germany2014.htm.

Museum discussion brings forth visitors to learn about historic figure William Wells

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Over the weekend, Fulbright scholar Dr. William Heath, above at left, led a colorful historical presentation on William "Blacksnake" Wells at the Whitley County Historical Museum. Among those present for the event were author-columnist Susie Duncan Sexton and editorial writer and documentarian Terry Doran, above.

Click here to check out Susie Duncan Sexton's column "Old Type Writer" about her weekend visit with Heath, Doran and friend, cartoonist Jim Davis. 

Questions for the Community: How do you feel about technology in the classroom?

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Last week, Whitley County Consolidated Schools convened a focus group to discuss technology in the classroom and assess community opinions on a variety of technology-related topics. Northern Heights Elementary School principal Jake Hoag, standing above, at center, explained that the findings from the focus group would be used to formulate a three-year technology plan for the school system.
We're curious how would you feel about having an iPad (or similar item) in the hands of every student?
  
pollcode.com free polls 

Faith Christian Academy plans annual Nelson's barbecue for May 3

From reports

Faith Christian Academy is pleased to offer the community the great taste of Nelson’s Chicken and Pit Tatoes at their upcoming fundraising barbecue.  On Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. they will be selling items in the parking lot adjacent to Anytime Fitness and Dunham's. The chicken is $6 per half in advance or $6.50 during the barbecue.  A 12-ounce container of Pit Tatoes are $3 in advance and $3.50 on the day of the sale. 
Additionally, there will be a bake sale, so you can get your dessert right here too.
Pre-sale tickets are guaranteed until 1 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit Faith Christian Academy, Whitley County's only non-denominational school for preschool and grades K-8. 
Contact any student, staff member or the school 248-4872 for tickets or more information.

Whitley Manufacturing brings home awards for industry excellence

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Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc. of South Whitley, Indiana was recently presented with two  Awards of Distinction at the Modular Building Institute’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Whitley Manufacturing along with its Modular Builders and Whitley Evergreen facilities have won in excess of sixty awards for construction excellence in the modular industry.
The Modular Building Institute is the official trade organization for the commercial modular industry. The conference concludes with the Awards of Distinction program. Entries are judged by an impartial panel of industry and non-industry construction and code experts, architects and engineers, and marketing professionals. Judging criteria includes architectural excellence, technical innovation, cost effectiveness, energy efficiency, and calendar days to completion.
Whitley, along with Williams Scotsman of Baltimore, MD., received a first place award for an innovative approach to a permanent modular classroom building in Steilacoom, WA. Through the utilization of shed-style roof modules, clerestory windows were incorporated to allow for maximized amounts of natural daylighting across the learning surfaces of the classrooms. By also making use of operable windows, this design was able to benefit from the natural ventilation provided from the breezes of nearby Puget Sound.
These elements combined with a high efficiency HVAC system provide an exemplary instance of educational environments that was able to fulfill the strict architectural guidelines for the community.
The second accolade presented to Whitley was for a permanent medical imaging center in Burnsville, MN housing both CT & MRI scanning functions. From the beginning, this project was designed, with Innovative Modular Solutions of Naperville, IL, to minimize disruption to the adjacent healthcare complex. Sophisticated imaging equipment & radiation shielding were both factory installed to expedite site completion of the facility. An EFIS cladding with field stone wainscoting joined with hospital grade interior finishes allowed this structure to match the neighboring buildings while being completed in only 78 days.
Since 1946, Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc. has been in business offering modular and prefabricated building solutions to clients nationwide and overseas. With three production facilities located across the country, Whitley specializes in custom commercial modular construction, ranging from relocatable buildings to multi-story non-combustible permanent facilities as well as custom steel fabrication. Their sustainable modular construction system delivers high-quality custom space on an accelerated timeline, while utilizing factory efficiencies to control costs. Learn more at http://www.whitleyman.com

April 16, 2014

Snow, really...it's time to go.

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Most Whitley County residents awoke Monday, took a look outside and furrowed their brows at the sight before them -- snow. Again.
After a week of 40+ degree temperatures and a returned sense of weather optimism, the overnight snowfall was a bit of a setback for many. Although patches of snow remained on the ground for much of the day Monday, it is now melted and warmer temperatures are on the horizon with highs forecasted in the 60s by the weekend and into the 70s late next week.
According to Mike Cook, Whitley County's official weather recorder for the National Weather Service, Monday's snowfall was roughly 1/2 an inch. This brought the 2014 snowfall total to 45.75 inches. Cook said his total may be slightly different than other local totals because he was measuring melted precipitation.

Vendors sought for garage, craft sale to benefit the Columbia City Wrestling Club

From reports

Columbia City Wrestling Club's first annual Garage Sale & Craft Sale is May 10, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Whitley County 4H Commercial Building (located at the bottom of the hill next to the concession stands.
Vendors are now being sought for the event.
Set up will be held from 7-8:30 a.m. and tear down will begin at 3 p.m. that day.
Each booth is $25 for a 10x10 space. Tables are available for a fee.
Contact Aimee Ray at 503-9238 or Julie Shepherd at 610-2560 to sign up as a vendor, or with any questions you may have.

Thorncreek VFD fish fry slated for Friday

From reports

The Thorncreek Township Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting an all you can eat fish fry this Friday, April 18, 2014, starting at 4 p.m. The fry will continue until it is sold out.
Meals are $9 for adults and $4 for children.

CANI closed in observance of Good Friday

From reports

CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) will be closed April 18 in observance of Good Friday. The agency will resume services on April 21.
CANI helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty. For more information about CANI and the services provided, visit the Web site www.canihelp.org.

Wabash's Eagles Theatre to host movie viewing, discussion with the director

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The Eagles Theatre will start May by adding yet another memorable date to its rich 108 year history. The Eagles will host an independent film – and one made by a Wabash native, no less. Director Dennis Hennelly will welcome the public to view his film Goodbye, World on May 1 at 7 p.m. Hennelly will also give attendees a special introduction to his film as well as hold a Q&A session after the showing. Although the film is not yet rated, it is intended for mature audiences. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase before show night at www.eaglestheatre.com
Goodbye, World tells the story of James and Lily, a couple living off the grid while raising their young daughter in a cocoon of comfort and sustainability. When a mysterious mass text ripples across the country and triggers a crippling, apocalyptic cyber-attack, James and Lily’s home transitions from sheltered modern oasis to a fortress for the estranged old friends that show up at their door for protection and community. The unexpected reunion--abundant with revelry and remembrances--is quickly undermined by the slights of the past, the spark of lingering flirtations and the threat of a locally grown new world order. Balancing tense confrontations with slivers of levity, Denis Henry Hennelly pinpoints a future where ideology explodes into action in every area.
For more than 100 years, the Eagles Theatre has been Wabash’s local motion picture theatre.  Watching movies at Eagles has been a part of our community's social fabric for generations. For more information on this show or upcoming shows, please call (260) 563-1102 or visit www.eaglestheatre.com.

April 15, 2014

Brownstone on State now taking reservations for 'eggstravagant' Easter Sunday Brunch

From reports

The Brownstone on State in South Whitley will be serving a delightful, hassle-free Easter Brunch this Sunday, April 20, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The menu will include a carving station with prime rib and glazed ham, brussel sprouts with pancetta and pecans, garden salad, roasted glazed carrots, an omelet station, Eggs Benedict casserole, buttermilk waffles, bacon, hash browns, sausage, house-made cinnamon rolls and lemon poppyseed muffins. A beverage is included.
Brunch is $13.99 for adults, $6.99 for ages 5-12 and free for children under 5.
Reservations are recommended.
To make reservations for the Easter Sunday Brunch, call 723-5545.

Tri Lakes Baptist Church invites community to their Easter weekend events

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Pastor Brad Fredrickson and the people of Tri Lakes Baptist Church would like to invite the community to their Easter Services which will begin with a Good Friday Service this Friday,  April 18, at 7 p.m. which will include Communion.
On Saturday, April 19, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt which will begin at 10 a.m.  The morning will include such as activities as an egg roll, egg decorating, egg hunt, craft time and a special puppet presentation.
On April 20, Easter Sunday, they will begin the day with a Son-Rose Service at 7 a.m.  followed by our Easter Breakfast at 8:15 a.m.  They will then have an Easter Morning Worship time beginning at 9:45 a.m. which then allows attendees time to spend the rest of day with family and friends.
Tri Lakes Baptist Church is located at 5679 North Center Street, in the Tri Lakes area of Columbia City. 
If you have any questions, please call 691-2553 and leave a message.  Pastor Brad will be happy to answer any questions that may arise.

Editor's note: If you would like to share information about your upcoming Good Friday and Easter services, send them to: jennifer@talkoftownwc.com or feel free to post them on our Talk of the Town Facebook page.

Rotary Easter Egg Hunt is Thursday evening in Morches Park

From reports

Eggs are being filled with goodies this week in preparation for the Columbia City Rotary Club's annual Easter Egg Hunt for the community in Morsches Park.
The Easter Egg Hunt will be held this Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 6 p.m. There is no charge to participate and children will be divided into age categories. The event takes place near the baseball diamonds in Morsches Park.
This marks the fifth year the Rotarians have held this community-wide event in the park.

Shrimp & Tenderloin dinner to benefit Churubusco's Destination Imagination program

From reports

Churubusco Schools' Destination Imagination is hosting a fundraising shrimp and tenderloin dinner this Friday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or until sold out) at American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco.
The event will feature shrimp or tenderloin dinners with fries and applesauce for $6 with proceeds supporting Destination Imagination, offsetting program costs and registration fees for children.
Dine-in and carry out meals are available. Local business deliveries are also available starting at 11 a.m. For business meal deliveries, call 693-6263.

Social offerings, aesthetics and openness cited as the glue that connects people to their community

By Beth Bobay

On Thursday, April 10, over 220 young leaders and established community leaders came together with a focus on openness and how to break down barriers and create connections to increase attachment and ultimately increase our economic outlook. My City Summit: Connect & Thrive allowed participants to make new introductions and connections, discuss courageous leadership for social progress and explore how engagement and attachment impact economics and place. 
YLNI honored Ian Rolland, former chairman and CEO of Lincoln National Corporation, with the Courageous Leadership Award for his defining example of such leadership.  Although Rolland was a true leader in the insurance industry, it is for his dedication as a civil rights leader, championing issues of equality and education in Fort Wayne, that YLNI wanted to recognize through this award.  YLNI will present the Ian Rolland Courageous Leadership Award annually starting in 2015 to those who have followed in his footsteps. 
YLNI committed to awarding its own funds to be solely dedicated to the projects and ideas that are born from discussions at the My City Summit.  Attendees had the opportunity to submit ideas to bring the community together, build connections and improve attachment to the Fort Wayne area. The My City Summit committee will select ideas for YLNI to champion. 
In November 2012, YLNI hosted its first My City Summit inspired by the Knight Foundation’s Soul of the Community survey findings that suggested that there is a correlation to the “attachment” of a community and its overall economic vitality.  The Soul of the Community survey found that three main qualities attach people to place - social offerings, aesthetics and openness.

Reservations needed soon for GOP dinner

From reports

The Whitley County GOP's annual Lincoln Day Dinner plans are underway.
Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long is the keynote speaker for the event. Long represents a portion of Whitley County's voters living in Union Township.
The event will be held on May 1, 2014, at the Eagles Nest Event Center in Columbia City. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and Long will speak at 7 p.m.
Dinner is $40 per person or a table can be sponsored for $320. All table sponsors will be recognized in the bulletin created for the evening.
To attend, RSVP to Laurell Hodges at 723-4495 or via email laurellhodges@embarqmail.com

April 14, 2014

CCHS student's design selected to represent newly created Columbia City Main Street Association

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Last week, Columbia City High School graphic arts student Kolton Wood celebrated his first professional project. Wood designed a winning logo for the newly appointed Columbia City Main Street Association.
According to CCMSA's Liane Minier, Wood's design was selected from more than 25 entries submitted by local students. In addition to enjoying the distinction of designing the logo the new organization will officially use, Wood was rewarded with a gift certificate.
Wood, at center, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new organization last week with his parents, Steve and Janell Wood of Columbia City, also above. Wood's logo design is shown here.

Found

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Does this face look familiar? A medium sized dog/puppy has been found in the vicinity of Lincolnway and CR 550 West in Whitley County. The dog seems to be house broken and was found wearing a blue collar.
If you are missing this pet, a local resident would like to help reunite you with your pal. Please call 248-1216.

INDOT reminds residents of sign rules along federal and state highways

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The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reminds all Hoosiers that campaign and other signs are prohibited from federal and state highway rights-of-way according to Indiana Code 9-21-4-6.  INDOT personnel are required by state law to remove all unauthorized signs within the state right-of-way.
INDOT personnel will remove campaign signs and other illegal signs from rights-of-way—per IC 9-21-4-6—as they are encountered in normal highway maintenance activities.  Crews may also remove a specific sign if it presents an immediate safety risk, such as being too close to the roadway or creating a sight obstruction.  Campaign signs placed off the right-of-way will not be removed.
The right-of-way areas which must remain "sign-free" include:
· All interstates and their interchanges; and
· All intersections where at least one local, state or federal road intersects with a state or federal highway; and
· All rights-of-way paralleling federal or state highways;
· Where right-of-way is not clearly marked, it may be estimated as the back of the ditch, to the fence line or up to utility poles.
Removed signs will be taken to the nearest INDOT sub district office or unit, where they will be kept until after the election.  Campaign signs may be claimed by the owner between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, except for holidays.
The INDOT Fort Wayne District can be contacted by calling 1-866-227-3555 or emailing neinformation@indot.in.gov.

April 11, 2014

The Center's Cookoff boils over with success, raising $56,237.25 to serve at-risk youth

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Above, hundreds came out in support of The Center's Cookoff Thursday evening. The annual event shares the mission of The Center for Whitley County Youth.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Hundreds in attendance at The Center's annual benefit Cookoff Thursday evening opened their hearts and their pocketbooks to a program that aims to provide a safe place for at-risk youth.
This morning, The Center executive director Jeff Wike announced the organization's signature fundraiser brought in more than $56,237.25, including matching gifts. That final total may rise slightly as gifts continue to pour in for the non-profit organization housed in a former church building at the corner of Market and Chauncey Streets in downtown Columbia City.
Couching the eating and lively socializing during the night, attendees learned about The Center's mission, programs and met many of the youths who've found a home and who've built important relationships at The Center. Many of those teens were present and volunteered as servers during the evening. Others shared their heart-warming stories about how The Center has touched their lives.
Eagle Tech Academy principal Brady Mullett spoke from his heart to those in attendance about his perception of The Center as mirrored in the eyes of the students he sees.
"I cannot tell you how instrumental this is in so many kids' lives. What we have here is so, so special," Mullett said. "Their stories aren't finished being written yet. We don't know the impact it will have on their lives."
The Center board member, volunteer and long-time supporter RD Schrader also spoke highly of the program. Schrader talked about late volunteer Jerry Walker and how the program had impacted him as an adult volunteer. Walker's great volunteerism to The Center were recalled as Schrader announced the establishment of a new endowment fund in Walker's name at the Whitley County Community Foundation. Through the endowment, an award will be given annually to a Serve volunteer at The Center to pursue higher education. Serve volunteers are high school aged volunteers who mentor middle schoolers at The Center.
Walker's son, Doug Walker, spoke about his father's passion for serving youth at The Center and how, often, his father would spend Friday evenings playing video games alongside teens at The Center. Walker said his father's commitment to The Center began years ago when he heard a consultant talking about the importance of youth programs in building a strong community.
"These kids are the future of Columbia City. They need invested in," Walker said. "That really stuck with him."
Walker marveled at how his father had expanded his comfort zone and enriched his life by becoming a volunteer at The Center, something that made an indelible mark on his latter years of life.
The Walker family formally made a contribution to the Jerry Walker fund Thursday evening and encouraged others to join them in helping to build the new scholarship for the sake of the youths who will be able to pursue higher education with the awards -- students who might not have otherwise had such an opportunity.
"The stamp that (Jerry Walker) left on the center will live on for a long, long time," added Schrader.
To learn more about The Center, visit http://www.thecentercc.com/

Team Live United, Team Forklift snag culinary victory at The Center's Cookoff

(Talk of the Town photos by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
Above, Cindy Baker accepts the "Best Meal" and later the "Best Presentation" awards for Team Live United at the 2014 The Center's Benefit Cookoff from The Center executive director Jeff Wike. Below, Wike presents the "Most Creative Menu" award to Hank Workman of Team Forklift for their Grecian meal.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

There was a major upset in the culinary world of Whitley County Thursday evening as two new teams collected all the awards at The Center's 2014 Benefit Cookoff.
Held at First Church of God in Columbia City, hundreds of guests sampled appetizers, dinner entrees and desserts prepared by four teams.
Many expected the always popular Team Dillon, chaired by retired State Senator Gary "Doc" Dillon, would take home the honors as they have for many years with their "wild" assortment of game-centered meals. This year's menu did not disappoint: wapiti meatballs, Venison Montreal and criss-cross potatoes followed by a Rudy's apple dumpling ala mode.
In a surprise twist, however, Team Live United dazzled enough taste buds to take home both the Best Meal and Best Presentation awards this year. Their menu consisted of sweet-hot sausage bites, velvet sundried tomato basil chicken with confetti quinoa and a darling heart-shaped chocolate raspberry pastry puff. Team Live United was directed by Cindy Baker.
The team taking home the "Most Creative" award was Team Forklift, lead by Hank Workman, which presented a Greek themed meal. The meal consisted of hoummi, a luxurious hummus with bread, a chicken kabob with salad, tzatziki sauce and koupepia, stuffed grape leaves. For dessert, they served galatoboureko -- a leaf pastry with custard.
Team Vegan presented an entirely meat, dairy and gluten-free menu. Under the direction of Joy Gilraine, they prepared a meal consisting of avocado salsa and chips, a firecracker burrito bowl with corn relish and for dessert, hot tamale whoopie pies that popped a spicy zing of sweet and hot on the palate.

Columbia City Main Street joins Indiana Main Street Program

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Above, Liane Minier of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation accepts the state's official declaration that Columbia City Main Street is now part of the Indiana Main Street program as presented by the Indiana Main Street program manager Shae Kmicikewycz Thursday afternoon. Below, representatives of the EDC, City of Columbia City, Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia City Main Street host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new designation that will enable the city's downtown to be eligible for revitalization grants.

From reports

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced Thursday that Columbia City Main Street is joining the Indiana Main Street (IMS) Program. The IMS program encourages economic development, improvement and restoration in the downtown areas of Indiana cities and towns. Columbia City follows South Whitley and Churubusco in gaining this important official designation.
“I’m pleased to welcome Columbia City to the Indiana Main Street Program,” said Ellspermann. “Downtown districts are vital centers of culture and commerce in Hoosier communities. IMS programs will help Columbia City maintain these areas and restore them for the years to come.”
Columbia City Main Street will join more than 110 other Indiana Main Street Communities. Main Street communities have access to professional assistance and are eligible to apply for improvement grants. All aspects of IMS are designed to promote economic development and revitalization in the downtown areas of Indiana communities—emphasizing design, organization, promotion and economic restructuring. IMS is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).
“We are proud to have Columbia City Main Street as part of the Indiana Main Street family,” said Indiana Main Street program manager Shae Kmicikewycz. “We welcome them to the Indiana Main Street Program and look forward to the improvements that will be made in downtown Columbia City.”
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs was created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. For additional information on OCRA and its programs, visit www.in.gov/ocra. Information on Indiana Main Street can be found at http://www.in.gov/ocra/mainstreet.htm.

 

 

Union Sodbusters begin busy 4-H season

By Patrick Loeffler

The first Union Sodbusters 4-H club meeting of 2014 opened in Hope Lutheran Church on March 10, 2014, in Coesse. 
Members elected officers include: President - Brooke Pettigrew; Vice President -  Danielle Oliver; Treasurer - Taelor Maley; Secretary - Courtney Wait & Justin Johnson; Devotions - Danielle Oliver; Health and Safety - Timothy and Veronica Loeffler; and Reporter - Patrick Loeffler and Jerryn Pettigrew.
Club members discussed the deadlines of projects, etc.  Refreshments were served by 10-year members Danielle Oliver and Jared Lamle after the meeting was adjourned.
On March 24, the second Sodbusters meeting was also held at Hope Lutheran. 
Jayne Oliver, 4-H club leader,  reminded members of our club dues and also of the enrollment form deadline on April 1. They also discussed the importance of the Extension Educator and of proper submission of the pen sheets.  Members voted on parade themes and decided who would provide refreshments.  The meeting was adjourned and refreshments were provided by the Olivers.

State candidates to attend Saturday morning's GOP candidate forum

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Whitley County GOP chairman Matt Boyd announced Thursday that the candidate event Saturday will have a few more candidates in attendance than originally expected.
Boyd said two of the three Republican state treasurer candidates will be in attendance. Both Wayne Seybold and Kelly Mitchell plan to attend.
The breakfast, planned for this Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. will feature speeches and a question and answer session with candidates in the contested races of District 83 State Representative, Whitley County Sheriff and Whitley County Prosecutor.
Moderated by Boyd, the forum will take qeustions from the audience.
The breakfast will be held at Columbia City Church of the Nazarene, located at 506 North Main Street.

Eastern Star's chicken sale Saturday

From reports

The Columbia City Order of Eastern Star will host a chicken sale this Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kroger parking lot. Chicken is $6 per half.
Those with pre-sale tickets are asked to pick up their chicken no later than 11:30 a.m.