The Columbia City Police Department advises motorists to avoid East Van Buren Street between Whitley and Washington Streets due to utility work in that area.
The street will remain closed until Friday as crews work to remediate an emergency sewer problem in that area.
Thanks to calls from readers, Livvie, the missing Goldendoodle, has been reunited with her owner.
Local leaders announced that Whitley County is launching a collaborative, community driven initiative called Whitley Promise today at the WhitleyForward mid-year update meeting. Whitley Promise is a partnership with the Indiana Educational Savings Authority (IESA), which is offering the College Choice 529 Direct Savings Plan to pilot communities as a starting point for a sustained, community-wide focus on the importance of post-secondary education.
“We all want the children in our lives to have the brightest future possible,” said Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who chairs the IESA board of directors, “This is a wonderful way to help them with a gift that will last a lifetime – money to help them afford higher education.”
Whitley Promise is the cornerstone of what is intended as a sustainable, community-wide effort to change perceptions about college attendance and degree attainment in Whitley County. For example, in addition to the College Choice 529 Direct Savings Plan, the initiative launched this school year will also include a “Walk Into My Future” event for kindergarten and first grade students to visit Manchester University, and there will be lesson plans incorporated into school curricula.
“Whitley County Family YMCA is convening a team of individuals and organizations that are working together to launch the Whitley Promise initiative,” said Executive Director Erica Miller. “This announcement demonstrates once again how Whitley County leaders come together to support efforts that improve our quality of life.”
Parents of kindergarten and first grade students in Smith-Green, Whitko, and Whitley County Consolidated school systems will have the opportunity to setup a College Choice 529 Direct Savings Plan for their children during school registration this fall.
The savings plan provider will waive fees to open the accounts during school registration.
In addition, sponsors are being invited to contribute funds to provide up to $100 in initial funds in every account.
"As part of our mission, we are always looking for ways to better improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve," said Scott Gabriel, president, Parkview Whitley Hospital. "Supporting the Whitley Promise can help to potentially achieve that in a number of ways. Parkview Whitley Hospital and Parkview Health appreciate the opportunity to provide the initial seed money towards the College Choice 529 Direct Savings Plan, with the intent of encouraging many young minds around Whitley County to dream of and ultimately pursue a higher education after they graduate high school."
As a result of Wabash County’s successful “Promise” program, the Wabash County YMCA is assisting Whitley County and other Northeast Indiana counties, LaGrange and Noble with the launch of their new community-driven programs. The percentage of kindergarten through third grade students with college savings accounts in Wabash County went from 6% to 72% after implementing the Wabash “Promise” program.
“On behalf of the Whitley County Community Foundation, I am thrilled to see the momentum developing for the WhitleyForward initiative and programs like Whitley Promise,” said executive director September McConnell, “We are quickly identifying and acting on priorities like Whitley Promise that will better enable our residents to achieve their 'American Dream' in our community.”
Whitley County is one of only four counties in Indiana selected to participate in the Indiana Promise pilot community program this school year. The Whitley Promise community-wide initiative is being led by the following entities: Smith-Green Community Schools, Whitko School Corporation, Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitley County Family YMCA, the Whitley County Community Foundation and the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, and is a priority project for the WhitleyForward initiative.
UPDATE: This person has been located.
The Whitley County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's assistance in finding a missing person.
Missing Person: Age 71, White Female 5'2" 135lbs, grey hair, tan shirt and jeans. Last seen in area of 600 S/800 E. Call 911 if located.
Today is the final day to register for the Big G's 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament benefiting the Columbia City Main Street Association. The tournament is this Saturday, July 19, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Whitley County Courthouse square.
According to event organizers, there is a need for women's teams to register and participate. For more information on the tournament or to download a registration form visit: www.ccmainstreet.com.
Later in the evening there will be live music performed by local jazz band, “Lake Effect,” and CCMSA will have life-size family games such as: Angry Birds, Scrabble, Tic-Tac-Toe and Jenga set up along the courthouse square.
If you have any questions about the event contact Liane Minier at 244-5506 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Event updates will be posted on the Columbia City Main Street Association Facebook page.