Friday, September 23, 2011

Plow Days this Saturday, September 24

By TRSmith
What began as a day of fun for a group of local farmers quickly developed into a major fundraiser that has now assisted many people in the area.
Whitley County’s Plow Day started in 2006 with a group of farmers in South Whitley area who wanted to get together and plow, according to Beth Ann Sickafoose.
“It was just a bunch of farmers getting together to begin with,” Sickafoose said. “Then it turned into a benefit.”
A month before the event, the late Becca Hollenbaugh niece of Steve Sickafoose (Beth Ann’s husband) and Don King, was just diagnosed with stomach cancer.
A day of plowing evolved into a Rally for Rebecca. Proceeds were used to help her family with medical expenses. Since then, the committee has continued to combine a day in the fields, a variety of events, food, and a benefit to help someone in our county.
Committee members are Steve Sickafoose, Don King, Roy Rubrake, Stan Studebaker, Doug Reiff, Stan Sickafoose, Marcus Schwartz, Mike Schwartz, Johnny Graber, and Sam Schwartz – the same people who started the event in 2006.
Over the years volunteers, friends and other community groups have lent a hand. Last year more than 225 volunteers helped to man this event last year.  And, it couldn’t continue without the visitors on that day, too.
Back on September 16, 2006, 70 modern, antique and vintage tractors along with horse and pony plow teams turned under 160 acres on the Doug and Terri Reiff farm on CR 1000S.
Baked goods provided by the Amish quickly sold out. Buggy rides were quite popular with visitors showing much interest in the horses and accompanying equipment.
The first hog roast fed more than 700 people. Sickafoose said plates are counted to determine the number of lunch attendees.
Last year more than 2,000 plates were provided at lunch time and not everyone stops for lunch.
The event has grown by leaps and bounds until now there are craft tents, apple cider making, demonstrations, a large tent where produce is sold and a long line for lunch. That long moves quickly, though.
This year’s event is this Saturday, September 24.
Plow Day 2011 hosts are Willie and Susie Hilty. Their property is four miles south of South Whitley. Go south on SR 105 to CR 1000s, then west three-fourths of a mile. Follow the signs.
This year’s event benefits Rylie Powell, 4, who is undergoing a stem cell - bone marrow transplant. At the age of 2 she was diagnosed as having severe combine immune deficiency syndrome which means her body doesn’t process infections well.
The committee will also give to the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank and the Shrine van fund.
The tractors and horse teams begin plowing at 9 a.m. There are wagon rides to the field. The Amish bake sale begins at 9 a.m., too.
At 9:30 a.m. pony rides, children games, apple-butter and cider making, blacksmithing, cream separating, rope-making and other handcraft demonstrations start.
Lunch starts at 10:30 a.m. featuring pulled pork from the roasted hog, whole hog sausage sandwiches with homemade potato salad, baked beans along with chips, drinks along with homemade desserts and  soft ice cream. From 11-1 p.m. Sunbeam the clown visits with his balloon creations.  A new event is the pull against two work horses starting at about 12:30 p.m.
An adult cornhole competiton is  at 1 p.m. 
Tractors and teams are on display at noon. At 1 p.m. the plowing resumes. Plowing continues until the fields are finished.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Whitko school board begins facilities stydy

By TRSmith
PIERCETON -- A 25-year facility plan committee has been formed as part of the Whitko school board’s set of goals. The committee is comprised of Whitko employees and community members who will meet about eight times between now and December 17 to craft a recommendation for Whitko buildings and grounds for the next quarter century.
During the Monday, September 19 meeting board president Deb Collier said she and member Roger Boggs will serve on the committee with Jorell Tucker as an alternate board representative on the committee.
Tucker voted against a cell phone allowance for a list of administrators and staff who wish to carry their own cell phones. The stipend, approved by the Internal Revenue Service, is for up to $50 per month.
Financial officer Tom McFarland explained the corporation can provide a cell phone for business use only to certain personnel. Many people do not find it practical to carry two cell phones - one for work, one of their own - and prefer the one they chose for themselves. The IRS allowance reimburses them for their always-available status while taking calls, texts or email messages on their chosen devise.
Superintendent Steve Clason said the program saves the corporation money and the other board members approved the item.
The board began the evening with a hearing on the 2012 budget, capital projects plan and bus replacement plan, adjourning, opening the regular meeting and approving the items with a first reading. The budget and plans will have a second and final reading at the October 17 meeting.
Principals Eric Speicher, Bruce Hansen and Parrish Kruger presented their reports.
Speicher, in his first year as principal at Pierceton Elementary School, said the wireless system is up and running at PES.
Students are engaged in volleyball, football, organizing a student council and have plans for an after school chorus.
Abby Spurling is the school’s Webmaster.
Hansen, the South Whitley Elementary School principal, presented his report. He said it was nice to return to school having the roof repaired, wireless networking installed, computer systems updated, heating and air conditioning systems improved, classrooms reorganized and new staff hired.
Hansen said there were 344 students enrolled at SWES with three full-day kindergarten classes.
Terrill Brown is the school’s Webmaster.
Kruger, the Whitko High School principal, presented the national Scholastic Award medallion given to art teacher Walter Malicki.
Last year the artwork made by student Wade Eberly advanced to the national Scholastic Awards exhibit in New York.
High school staffers developed a ‘Cats Pride advisory program over the summer, hashing out how the teachers and support staff can provide guidance to the students. One way is to encourage them to receive a secondary education.
During this year’s college fair employees will wear sweat-shirts with their alma mater’s logo in the hope that students interested in that university will ask them about attending the campus.
In personnel actions, the following people retired, resigned or were terminated -- Angie Robbins, resigned as PES title 1 assistant; Janet Goff, discontinued as Whitko Middle School resource aide; Tammy Campbell, resigned as WMS reading resource aide and Title 1 coordinator; Janet Thompson, discontinued as WMS resource aide; Lori Lancaster, resigned as special needs bus aide; Dena Smith, resigned as WMS cook; Mark Rickerd, resigned as SWES winter sports coach; Jennica Juillerat, discontinued as WMS seventh grade volleyball coach; DeeDee Maggard, discontinued as WMS eighth grade volleyball coach and WHS junior varsity basketball coach; and Ed Reed discontinued as WMS eighth grade boys basketball coach.
Employments -- Lori Betten, WHS part-time nurse; Heather Fox, Title 1 coordinator; Daniel Brubaker, tech assistant; Wendy Collier, PES preschool resource assistant; Katherine Bromley, WMS reading assistant; Andrew Farrell, WMS resource assistant; Stephanie Craig, PES Title 1 assistant; Andrea VanCleve, PES lunch room monitor; Ashley Little, PES crossing guard; Linda Schannep, bus aide; Tammy Studebaker, change from WHS cook to special needs bus aide; Jennifer Day, SWES student council sponsor; Vanessa Hart, WMS seventh grade volleyball coach; John Carroll, WMS eighth grade boys basketball coach; William Keel, WMS eighth grade volleyball coach; Ashley Hoopingarner, WMS sixth grade volleyball coach and WHS 1/2 position as junior varsity girls basketball coach; Adam Gray, WHS 1/2 position as junior varsity girls basketball coach; Jeff Walpole, WMS seventh grade boys basketball coach; LeeAnn DeMoss; WHS FCCLA sponsor and sophomore class sponsor and Brad Clark, WHS junior varsity softball coach.
Leave of absences were approved for Crystal Zielasko, effective October 2011 and Walter Malicki, effective September 19, 2011.
The graduation ceremony date for the class of 2012 was set at Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Several field trip days were approved: PES preschool to Pizza Hut; special needs, nine trips for bowling in Columbia City; 16 trips for swimming in Warsaw; and seven days for horseback riding and movies in South Whitley and Warsaw.
The board recognized school supply donations from New Hope Wesleyan and Eel River Community churches.
The next school board meeting is October 17 at 7:30 p.m. School board members are Deb Collier, Roger Boggs, Jorell Tucker, Cindy Kreger and Terry Eberly.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

SR5 railroad crossing closed

   The railroad crossing at State Route 5, south of Heyerly's Meat Market, and just north of Pennsylvannia Avenue and Ag Plus is closed until early July.
   Although the official routes take most traffic along an 18 mile detour, locals know they can go east or west a couple of blocks and cross on Calhoun Street (to the east) and by going west on First Street, then south on Line.
    The closing makes State Street much quieter and we hope shoppers can find their way to downtown South Whitley while railroad crossing repairs are completed!

Fireworks for sale in South Whitley

Let the fire fly this Independence Day with items from Sky Rocketz Fireworks at 127 S. State St. in South Whitley. Tribune-News photo by TRSmith

Fireworks for sale in South Whitley 
By TRSmith
The building at 127 S. State St. between the Subway Restaurant and Pizza Stop in South Whitley is temporarily occupied by Sky Rocketz Fireworks where novelty items, like sparklers, tanks and fountains and firecrackers, to bottle rockets and Roman candles to big units like artilery shells in a variety of sizes and 500 gram cakes can be purchased for extra fun during the upcoming 4th of July holiday.
The store is managed by Mike Mast and Matt Bunyan, who also own Portside Pizza in Tri Lakes, North Manchester and Wolf Lake. The store will close shortly after the holiday.
“We like it,” Mast said of the fireworks business. “I’d like to sell them year ‘round, like pizza. There’s a lot to do in a short period of time.”
Mast and Bunyan got into the fireworks business when they purchased the North Manchester Pizza Co, which came with a fireworks store. Coupons with great deals are available on page 6 of today’s Tribune-News.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Camp Invention participants Zarek Courtney, Jocelyn Courtney, Abigail Arter, and Rachel Dempsey discuss how to upcycle their appliance parts to create a Rube Goldberg-type machine during Camp Invention at Pierceton Elementary School last week.   Photo provided

School may be out, but students were still learning last week (June 20 to 24) during Camp Invention in Pierceton Elementary School. 
The Camp Invention program is a week-long experience that focuses on creativity in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. 
The children were encouraged to use creative problem solving skills and participate in many teamwork activities.  They use innovative thinking to design inventions and complete projects. 
Creativity is valued, as is open-ended exploration and experimentation.  These are skills that will last the children a lifetime. 
The campers built eco-friendly cities by employing eco-friendly water filtration and safe waste disposal systems in their visits to the “Saving Sludge City” module.
They created roller coasters based on the laws of physics they learned in “Imagination Point – Ride Physics”. 
They used creative problem solving in teams as they learned to survive harsh living conditions after their spaceship crash landed on “Planet Zak”. 
In the “Game On – Power Play” module, they used teamwork and creative problem solving in physical activities . 
Children used real tools to take apart appliances and upcycle the gears and gadgets to create ball rolling and Rube-Goldberg type machines in “I Can Invent – Edison’s Workshop”.
State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, one of the sponsors for this year’s science camp, paid a visit to see the program. Other sponsors are: Whitley Forward program through the Whitley County Community Foundation, Depuy, Biomet, Zimmer, Medtronics, Paragon Medical, and The United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Railroad crossing repairs will close SR5 in S. Whitley

SR 5 Closure Scheduled Near South Whitley
Crews begin construction work on railroad

   The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District announces that SR 5 is scheduled for a closure between E. Broad Street and Cleveland Street beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, June 27 so crews may repair a railroad. The railroad is removing the crossing surface, repairing the track structure, and installing a new surface.

   The project is expected to be complete by early July, weather permitting.

Friday, June 10, 2011

SR 5 to close north of Larwill

SR 5 Closure Scheduled Near Larwill
Crews begin small structure replacement

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District announces that SR 5 is scheduled for a closure beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, June 13 so crews may replace a drainage structure.

The detour follows SR 109 and US 33. It adds about seven miles for thru traffic. The project is expected to be complete by early August, weather permitting.

The project was awarded to R.L. McCoy for the low bid of $413,000. The exact location is 4.5 miles north of US 30.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Parkview Health named a best-performing health system

   Parkview Health has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as being one of the 57 best-performing health systems in the country.

   Thomson Reuters analyzed the performance of 285 health systems comprising 1,944 hospitals and identified the top health systems based on quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. The annual study is featured in this week’s Modern Healthcare magazine.

Performance measures in the study include:

Mortality index
Complications index
Patient safety index
Core measures
30-day mortality rate
30-day readmission rate
Average length of stay

With an emphasis on innovation, Parkview has developed multiple programs aimed at enhancing quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Below are two examples of Parkview clinical programs that are improving patient care and outcomes:

Sepsis protocol
Sepsis is caused by a bacterial infection that can begin anywhere in the body and lead to serious health complications. Working together with physicians and nurses, Parkview has implemented a sepsis protocol that provides for early detection of sepsis and therapies through a standardized approach to reduce mortality and reduce the number of patients who develop a severe sepsis condition.

Congestive Heart Treatment Center collaborative care model
Parkview Heart Institute patients with congestive heart failure are experiencing a better overall quality of life, which is the result of a collaborative care model that was put into action nearly a year ago when the Congestive Heart Treatment Center was established. The collaborative care model is unique in that it takes a patient’s health and home environment into consideration. Education about congestive heart failure and accompanying diseases is provided to the patient and their family. Collaboration is the key between clinicians and between clinicians and patients and their family, and several departments are involved in the collaborative care model.

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of the top health systems in the country,” said Mike Packnett, president and CEO, Parkview Health. “Patients and families are receiving the best possible patient-centered care from our physicians, nurses and staff. This is a great achievement for Parkview and it sends a positive message to the communities we serve.”

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Joni Walker visits South Whitley library June 8

Joni Kurtz Walker’s many murals are prominent in Whitley County. Her art can be seen in many schools, veterinary and medical offices, and in the children’s room at the South Whitley Public Library. 
Walker also is  the author  and/or illustrator of 13 books and has recently illustrated a 14 book.
The board book series for toddlers are very popular.  “Tell Me What God Made,” one of the titles in the series, is going out of print and available copies are limited. 
Walker has purchased several that she would like to share with the community and give them a chance to have a signed copy.  There is a limit of two copies per family, please.
“Bible Miracles,” written by Jane Landreth, is the latest Walker-illustrated book This book has 60 short stories, each one illustrated by Walker.  She also has several copies of this book available for purchase and signing along with art prints.
Both books are available for $6 each.  Stop by and chat with Walker anytime between 6 and 8 pm on Wednesday, June 8.  She’ll sign books people already have.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

4x800 team heads to state

Brian Menzie, Jude Stieglitz, Brody Wilson and Trapper Mize, above, from left, are headed to the 2011 IHSAA Track and Field State Competition at Indiana University in Bloomington to compete in the 4 x 800 boys relay event. The team qualified at the regionals at Wayne High School, Thursday, May 26.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

The Whitko High School relay track team of Jude Stieglitz, Brody Wilson, Brian Menzie and Trappr Mize will advance to state competition in the 4 x 800 event, Friday, June 3 at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Individuals or teams placing first, second and third in each event advance to state. Then the three fastest times from all eight regionals are determined and they advance to the state level.
Menzie is the senior member of the team and Stieglitz, Wilson and Mize are juniors.
Other runners and field participants an their placings are:

2011 IHSAA Boys Regional, at Wayne High School,
Fort Wayne, May 26.
200 meter dash – Connor Stouder, fifth, 22.90
1600 meter run – Trapper Mize, sixth, 4:30.93
4x400 meter relay – Jude Stieglitz, Brandon Nettrouer, Connor Stouder and Scott Skiles,, ninth,  3:30.22
4 x 800 meter relay – Jude Stieglitz, Brody Wilson, Brian Menzie, Trapper Mize, fifth, 8:09.60
High jump – Brent Busz, eighth, 6’2”; Max Elder, ninth, 5’10”
Pole vault – Alec Wilkinson, ninth, 12’8”
Long jump – Brent Busz, 14th, 18’6”
Whitko 19th as a team

2001 IHSAA Girls Regional
at Fort Wayne Northrop High School, May 24.
400 meter dash – Josie Sparks, ninth, 61.99
High jump – Miranda Terrill, eighth, 5’0-1/4”

Friday, May 27, 2011

Peters is valedictorian, Danner salutatorian at WHS

   Gayle June Peters, 18, daughter of Gary Peters and Ginger Peters has been named the 2011 Valedictorian at Whitko High School.
   Thomas Danner, 18, is salutatorian. He is the son of Hyon Danner and Todd Danner.
   Peters is active in FFA, Student Council, Students Against Destructive Decisions, National Honor Society, Art Club and 4-H.
   She plans to study animal science, pre-veterinary courses at Purdue University. She is a 2011 recipient of the President’s Scholarship of Purdue University and a Lily Endowment Community Scholarship.
   Eventually Peters would like to open her own large animal vet clinic and begin a program for 4-H or FFA members in the animal science field.
   Danner plans to attend Indiana University at Bloomington and study biology.
   His extra curricular activities include academic teams, pep band, National Honor Society and the tennis team.
   Danner plans to continue his education at a medical school.
   Graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2011 are Friday, June 10 in the gymnasium beginning at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Industrial park now shovel-ready

Tribune-News correspondent
The South Whitley Town Council voted to rezone 85.9 acres in the industrial park to an I-1, light industrial district, as recommended by the South Whitley Planning Commission.
The land, owned by Dragan Real Estate, been an agricultural district.  According to Alan Tio, of the Whitley County Economic Development Commission, rezoning was an important step in making the property “shovel-ready” by bringing in power lines, water and sewer lines and establishing roads on the land. All a prospective buyer has to do is build on the site, theoretically starting with a shovel.
“The property is adjoined by well-established light manufacturing and agribusiness operations already zoned I-1,” Tio stated.  “Other adjacent land uses ... are separated from the Dragan Real Estate LLC property by natural buffering.”
There are no specific companies looking for industrial sites in the park at this time.
South Whitley Cleveland Township Library Director Renee Wozniak-Anderson requested parking lines be painted outside the library on Front and Maple streets.  She submitted a drawing to utilities manager Dennis Eberhart which includes two handicapped parking spaces.
Resident Janice Perry brought up a problem she and her neighbors have with trash blowing into their yards.
“I live across from Dollar General and the grocery,” she said.  “There are no trash containers at either business.”
Perry emphasized that she didn’t think either of the businesses was aware of the problem.
Councilwoman Tonya Warner offered to contact the businesses and “ask them as a courtesy” to place trash containers outside.
Randy Striggle summed up the lack of progress repairing the wall at the Green Parrot as “the same old thing we’ve been bucking since last November”.  Striggle is working to round up a loan  for the project.
“It’s going to get done as soon as funding is available from the bank and we get a contractor,” he said.
The council was ready to grant another extension of the deadline for the repair.
“How long do you need?  30 days?  45 days?  You tell us at this point,” Warner said.
After the council voted for an extension until July 11, Warner commended Striggle saying, “thank you for your honesty in coming forward with this and letting us know (the status)”
David Harvey of Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering asked the council to approve a radio survey of points around town so that a radio telemetry system can eventually be used at the wastewater treatment plant He recommended Peerless Midwest to do the survey and the council approved a motion to allow Eberhart to negotiate with them to get the survey done.
The council also voted to vacate a portion of an alley running near 401 N. Calhoun Street.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wind turbine committee meets, sets guidelines

of Ground Rules, Inc.
On behalf of Whitley County and Ground Rules Inc. we would like to thank everyone for their interest in the future of Whitley County, especially in regard to the wind farm issue.
 I’m writing to inform you that the Advisory Committee met April 26 to get the process rolling.  As you may remember the Whitley County Plan Commission established an Advisory Committee at their March 15 meeting. 
In summary, the committee’s job is to study and recommend a direction forward in regard to wind farms in Whitley County.  There are nine members on the committee; three non-supporters, three supporters, and three county representatives.
Committee membership as follows: pro wind farm: Doug Reiff, Walt Trier and Steve Sickafoose
anti wind farm: Stanley Crum,  Joan Null and Mark Mynhier; and Whitley County plan commission representatives: Brandon Forrester, Paula Reimers and George Schrumpf
Brad Johnson of Ground Rules, Inc. facilitated the meeting and David Sewell, Whitley County planning director, attended the March 26 meeting
The committee established meeting rules, discussed the process, determined guidelines for research and information to be considered, and had a general discussion about wind farms.  The committee also filled out a survey prepared by Ground Rules to determine which aspects of wind farms are of greatest concern, and which aspects need the most study.  By the way, all members were able to attend this meeting.  Below is a summary of outcomes:
Ground Rules’ Role:  Facilitate meeting, research committee decided topics, verify information presented, neutral party, and author of a wind farm ordinance if deemed by the committee to be necessary.
Upcoming Advisory Committee Meetings:  Generally we are trying to meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month for three more months.   We already know of a few conflicts, so the meetings will not fall exactly on those days. The upcoming meetings will be used as follows:
• May meeting:– The case against wind farms.
• June meeting:– The case for wind farms.
 • July meeting:– Deliberation and determination of a recommendation.
– Guidelines for Information:  The Advisory Committee is looking for and wanting to primarily consider valid and unbiased sources.  For instance, engineering organizations who have conducted independent studies, and not studies commissioned by interested parties.  To some degree it is anticipated that some biased information will be considered, just not to the same degree.
 – Research:  The committee has suggested a long list of names, agencies, organizations, and jurisdictions for Ground Rules to contact for information.
The Advisory Committee’s survey results are summarized below:
  • Moderate to high degree of concern about personal safety
  • High degree of concern about property value impact
  • High degree of concern about quality of life impact
  • Moderate degree of concern about aesthetic impact
  • Moderate degree of concern about environmental impact
  • High degree of concern about economic impact
Based on survey results, we will be spending a greater degree of time researching impacts to property values, quality of life, and economic impact than the other topics.  However, we will still spend time on each category.
Specific topics that are of high importance to understand include, and are not limited to the following:
 • Impact to residential property values
 • Net increase to county revenue (net impact to tax rate)
 • Net overall economic impact to the county
 • Minimum standards for placement of turbines
 • Noise impacts
 • Decommissioning standards
Again, these subtopics were ranked the highest in the surveys.
After each committee meeting discussions and outcomes will be summarized.  Anyone who wishes to stay in the advised about the committee’s progress, may contact Sarah Reed. Her email is

Foundation becomes pro-active with Whitley Forward

By TRSmith
Leadership Whitley County alumni get together on occasion, inviting a guest speaker to talk about a current topic.
There are few hotter topics than northeast Indiana’s economy. Everyone knows someone who has been laid off and desperately seeking employment.
Lori Shipman of the Whitley County Commuity Foundation outlined the organization’s Whitley Forward program, which focuses on advancing science, technology, engineering,and mathmatics, at the Brownstone on State, Friday, May 6.
Attending the meeting were Melinda Woll, Jennifer Zartman-Romano, Tania Keirn, Sara Lochner-Goff and Tina Houser.
The foundation’s belief, Shipman said, is that an advanced degree is now mandatory. A high school diploma is no longer “good enough” to get by in today’s global economy.
That statement was backed by Steptember McConnell, Whitley County Foundation executive director in a telephone conversation earlier this week.
“Northeast Indiana, Whitley County is in the midst of an economic decline,” McConnell said. “Our per capita income has been on a downward slope for the past 15 years. What does this mean? For every dollar the average American worker makes, we now only make 80 cents. Compare this to 1995 when local workers made 99 cents to the nation’s dollar average. This decline must be stopped and reversed.”
The Whitley Forward is the foundations’ board of directors solution, a proactive solution to change attitudes about the STEM subjects, starting with children as young as four- or five-years-old and through their primary and secondary school years.
“The Whitley County Foundation looked to the east, at the defense industry growing in Fort Wayne and to the west, at the thriving  bio-medical orthopaedics industry in Warsaw,” she said. “These two industries will have wonderful job opportunities in the engineering and advanced manufacturing fields.
“So to meet that demand, we’re preparing a workforce that can acquire those jobs.
“The defense industry has to stay i the US. However, if they don’t have a talented workforce to draw from, they won’t stay here. They are demanding highly skilled workers.”
The foundation board came to the decision that they are capable of strategically addresisng issues and they’ll do it thorugh more pro active grant making. The education of the community has become a goal.
And that education is not just for students. It is for parents and grandparents, too.
“We’re trying to change the culture of a community,” McConnell said. “This community seems very tied to the roots that ‘good enough is good enough.’ Maybe this is a reflection of agrarian roots. Times are changing. Good enough isn’t good enough any more.
“It’s really about protecting the future of Whitley County, to compete on a global statge.”
Whitley Forward’s three year goals is to promote the idea that a post secondary education is a necessity, not a maybe. And it doens’t mean a four-year college, shorter term vocational courses are another way to secure a high-paying job.
A second goal is to provide the school districtes with the resources to offer STEM-based courses, to encourage students to embrace science, technology, engineering and math.
“But kids think that if they like math, they have to be come a math teacher,” McConnell said.
McConnell said the area day care workers are trained to show pre schoolers how to use Lady Bug kits and magent kits.
A Lego Robiotics class at Indiana Springs and Churubusco middle schools has been funded.
At Whitko High School science teacher Melissa Visallai has  developed a Project Lead The Way for students interested in the bio medical field.
Funding has been made available for a WHS student to attend an engineering camp this summer.
And all the middle schools have been visited by a Mad Scientist.
“We think the more the message is imparted to the kids by the time they’re in the middle school, the more they’ll be able to embrace the idea.”
Whitley Forward is starting a program finding “STEM champions” in the high schools. Teachers will visit places like Micropulse and Biomet and USSI and share their perceptions with the students.
Because girls don’t often think about science and math careers, Whitley Forward plans to bring successful women engineers, scientists and mathematicians to them.
“I’m so proud of all three school systems in the county,” McConnell said. They understand what it’s going to take. They’re so challenged financially and wnat to see things unfold.
“Where the school has shortfalls, we’ve made up for that.”
To learn more about STEM opportunities in the region go to Talent Made Here for great resources and videos for students, educators and parents. On the Internet at

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Habitat's Women Build Week May 2 -- 8

Mayor Jim Fleck, mayoral primary candidates, Whitley Chamber of Commerce President, and local business women and Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s team up for
National Women Build Week
Local female volunteers answer call to help eliminate poverty housing

Columbia City, IN— In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, construction crews of female volunteers will pound nails and raise walls at Habitat construction sites across the country in recognition of National Women Build Week, April  30 through May 8.

In Columbia City, In, during the week of May 2 thru Saturday May 8 , Whitley Chamber President Sara Goff, Mayor Jim Fleck, local business women, primary mayoral candidates, Mindy Hoffman, 2010 Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County, Lake City Roller Dolls (Warsaw, In), Fort Wayne Derby Girls,  Lowe’s Heroes and female volunteers in Columbia City will work on the Brown and Patridge’s families new home(s). Lowe’s is providing Habitat for Humanity Whitley County a $5,000 Lowe’s store gift card, as well as in-store volunteer training, in support  of this one-day build.

Lowe’s, the underwriter of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, is awarding more than $1.3 million to over 250 Habitat affiliates across the United States during National Women Build Week. Approximately 10,000 female volunteers are expected to build at Habitat for Humanity construction sites during this time.

Habitat’s National Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build decent and affordable homes for low-income families in their communities.

WHEN: Monday May 2nd                                                                              Wednesday May 4th                      
8 a.m. Construction begins                                                          8 a.m. Construction begins
11:45 Remarks and Key photo op                                              11:45 Remarks and Key photo op
5 p.m. Construction ends                                                             5 p.m. Construction ends

·         Mayor Jim Fleck to read National Women Build Proclamation - Wednesday
·         Tom Rethlake, Whitley County Commissioner -Wednesday
·         Mindy Hoffman, 2010 Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County- Wednesday
·         Sara Goff, President Whitley County Chamber of Commerce- Monday and Wednesday
·         Habitat for Humanity Dottie Cole, Women Build Coordinator, Monday and Wednesday
·         Habitat for Humanity Mary Tobin, Faith and Community Relations- Monday and Wednesday
·         Habitat for Humanity Carl Siler, Executive Director- Wednesday
·         Future Habitat homeowners Brown Family-Monday and Wednesday
·         Future Habitat homeowners Patridge Family- Monday and Wednesday
·         Aaron Murray, Store Manger Lowe’s Lima Road Fort Wayne, IN- Wednesday
·         Female employees Lowes Lima Road Fort Wayne IN, - Wednesday
·         Lake City Roller Dolls- Monday and Wednesday
·         Fort Wayne Derby Girls- Wednesday
·         Chris Bornman, CEO/Owner White Oaks Construction (site supervisor)- Monday and Wednesday

WHERE:               608 and 612 Ellsworth Street, Columbia City, IN
                                US 30 to Line Street (turn south), thru downtown and turn right on Ellsworth

About Habitat for Humanity Whitley County
Founded in 1994, Habitat for Humanity Whitley County, a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is Whitley County's only non-denominational, Christian-principled housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing  in Whitley County. Working in partnership with local churches, businesses, individuals and other non-profit organizations to plan, staff and fund the renovation and building of Habitat homes we have and will continue to serve those in our community in need  of simple, safe, affordable housing. By reaching out to our community in this mission we hope that others will see our faith in action and in turn experience God's love and presence in their lives.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or  improved more than 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than two million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education, has brought more than $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2005. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity International  and the American Red Cross. In 2010, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  To learn more, visit

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

South Whitley Community Garage Sale April 29 & 30!

North of the railroad tracks
Sue Murphy
307 Sunset Drive
Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
Men’s & women’s clothing, books, shoes, snowmen, tablecloths, place mats, crafts, lots of apple items, lots of misc.
Wuertley / Fosnaugh / and others
Whitley Storage Buildings
SR 205 at Whitley Road
Friday and Saturday
Tools, hardware, furniture, tablesaw, farm toys, men’s and women’s clothing, wheelbarrows, lawnmowers, antiques, lawn equipment, what-nots, cornsheller, milkcans, firewood, bicycles, chainsaw, etc.
Dave Tranter
405 E Sunset Street
Fri. & Sat.
Getting house ready to rent.  Lots of furniture, toys, kithen items and more.  35 years accumulation.
703 N Calhoun Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 4:30 pm
Nice children’s clothes, boys to 6, girls to 4T; great toys; 2-person children’s swing; chain saw, Ryobi string trimmer with tiller attachment; Vera Bradley; home decor; books; misc.
Betty Kiewatt
706 Hillcrest Drive
Saturday only
Traveling seat walker, Cornet baeball cards, men’s flannel shirts, metal porchswing, infant clothes, infant to 9 months, Fisher prod swing, take home swing, Boppy pillow Kolcaret, Vibdant bassinet, Christmas decorations.
Stan and Marilyn Duggins
4250 S Whitley Road
Friday and Saturday 8 am to 6 pm
Large sale:  many small collections, clocks, tools, saws, vases, large TV, white desk, large cabinet, toys, hand tools, saw sharpening tools, wood lathe, 4.5” planer/joiner, lots of dishes.
703 N Maple Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 5 pm
Table & chairs, computer desk, lamp, glasses, dishes-set of 12, 0-6 months girls’ clothes, teen through adult clothing, two gliders, CDs, purses, home interior, Beanie Babies, crafts, stainless steel Kenmore refrigerator, lots of misc.
Georgiana Porter
606 N State Street
What-nots, clothing, household items, books, records and misc.
706 N Maple Street
Clothing, kid’s to adults; household; lawn tractor, misc.
Richard family
711 N Calhoun Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 4 pm
Twin bedroom set: wood frame, mattress, box springs, double dresser, night stand, excellent condition; 20” snow thrower, miscellaneous items.
Easterday / Anglin / Shepherd
704 Hillcrest
Friday 9 am to 4 pm
Saturday 8 am to 4 pm
Pfaltzgraff dishes; books; toys; Barbie clothes; Christmas items; clothing (all sizes); shoes; church pew; Longaberger; golf clubs; jewelry; purses (Vera Bradley & Donna Sharp); and collectibles.  Bring a friend!  Bring a truck!
404 E. Sunset Drive
Fri. & Sat.,  8 am to ?
Lots of clothes, household items, odds & ends, and tons of random stuff.

West of State Street, south of the railroad tracks

Old Oak Trunk Shop
at the Brownstone on State paito,
Fri. & Sat., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Introducing our new line of wooden kitchen accessories. Lots of old favorites. Oak cutting boards, wine racks, antique smalls and trunks.

401 Reed Street
Fri. & Sat.,  8 am to 4 pm
2-adult bicycles, dorm-room needs, XL twin sheet sets, kitchen items, cook books, cookie cutters, old dishes, jewelry, jeans.

Mazie Hollars - 7 family
306 Buffalo Street
Fri. & Sat., 9 am to ?
Infant to adult clothing, scrubbs, bedding, dishes, wall decor, books, videos, furniture, toys and much more.

Don Shively
110 W Mulberry Street
Fri. & Sat.
16’ folding ladder, tools, furniture, xlarge clothes, toys, antiques, jewelry, crafts, pans, dishes, games, books, collectibles.
Jami Platt
201 Fosler Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 4 pm
Steel fence posts, porch swing, shower chair, Vera Bradley, Longaberger, computer monitor, clothing (m/w/b/g/i), home and holiday decor, misc.
Chris Bowman
416 Reed Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 5 pm
“Seven’s Heaven Animal Rescue” benefit sale.  Pet supplies, animal cages, clothes, books, household items, perennials.  Many surprises!  Priced to sell for a good cause!
Bill Harter
308 W Buffalo Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to ?
Clothes, computer, hand-painted items, jewelry, puzzels, tapes, records, older treadmill, games, porcelain dolls, misc.
Ruth Hamill
108 W Wayne Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 4 pm
Men’s and women’s clothes, regular and plus sizes; housewares, books and more.
101 S Main Street
Fri. & Sat. 8 am to 5 pm
Child’s covered wagon, folding high chair, car seat, queen waterbed w/drawer, Suzuki 650-Dr, yarn, embroidery floss, pictures, household, mens, womens, boys, girls and baby clothes, foot bath, heated throw, much more.
Bill & Julie Green
207 W Poplar Street
Three families opening their treasure chests!  Books, purses, jewelry, baby items, decorations, household items, therapeutic corn bags, clothes-mens M-3X, womens L-2X;  bargains galore!  Sponsor 8th grade trip, also.
Arnold Family
211 W Columbia St
Friday 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 8 am to 4 pm
’53 Cadillac 4dr, ‘62 series, needs restored, bench drill press, tools, 50cal ammo boxes, single bed complete, crib & mattress, kids toys, computer equipment, roller Blades, Pigalla Sombrero, clothing – $3 under, ladies  6-10, youth boy girl 2T-14, mens med, various vintage & collectables,  Longa-berger, Western Electric, Coca Cola, El Producto, Bond, Records, 20x24 Preston Dillis’ schooner ship painting and more.
409 W Mulberry Street
Friday 8 am to 4 pm
Saturday 8 am to 5pm
Girls clothes sizes 10-16; boys clothes sizes 8-12; mens and womens clothing; cherry dinng table with 5 chairs; oversized living room chair; high school musical decor and curtains; sports curtains; Harley Davidson blanket and throw; quilts; dshes; Corelle Ware; Christmas decor; home decor; porcelain dolls; crafts; Avon items; like new toys; old bottles; and collectibles.  Something for everyone at great prices.
Ross - Westafer
Krider - Coble
305 Reed Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 4 pm
Boys clothes, sizes 5-14-16; girls clothes, sizes 6-7-8; A few adult clothes. Our prices are cheap! Come, look in our free box.
210 W Poplar Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 5 pm
So much to get rid of!  Custom built wooden trays and cutting boards, clothing, wedding items, furniture, odds & ends, tools.  Also check out the fundraising bake sale for the Kosciusko County Mustangs, a semi-pro team.
107 W. Mulberry Street
behind Subway
Friday 8 am to ?
Saturday 7 am to ?
Baby items: double and running strollers, high chair, crib; dining table with 4 chairs; full size bed; Washer, refirgerator, furniture, ornate oak bar with 2 stools; bicycle, file cabinet, prom dresses, antiques and primiteves, copery candy kettle, truck topper, air compressor, dog house.
101 S Line Street
Fri. & Sat. 8 am to 4 pm
Girls’ clothing – NB to 3T, women’s clothing, oak baby bed, books, cookbooks, linens, housewares, home and Christmas items, toys, antiques, antique vanity w/round mirror, car parts, SS sink w/faucet, tools, furniture, misc.
Ruckman – Slusher
210 W Columbia Street
Gas cook stove, piano, treadmill, recumbent bike, Pfaltzgraff dishes, boy’s clothes, 5,6,7,8; girl’s clothes, 12, 14,16; lots of misc., farm toys.

508 S. Line Street
Fri. & Sat.,  8 am to 4 pm
Antiques, furniture, toys, teen girl clothing, dog house, Noritake china, computer with printer and scanner, pool table.

South of the
Eel River bridge
Sandy Harper
318 Whispering Lane
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 4 pm
Longaberger, Vera Bradley, Coach.  Home decor, kitchen sink & faucet, furniture, kid’s clothes, toys, bath faucets, lights, picturres, oak youth chair, wood rocking horse.
819 Metzger Circle
Saturday only
8 am to 4 pm
Baby girl clothes, swing, misc. baby items, misses / women’s / men’s clothing, recliner chair, seasonal decorations and much more.
R Grant
605 S State Street
Fri. & Sat.,  7:30 am to ?
Three sales at one stop.  Glass, jewelry, books, toys, antiques, baby things and more.  Something old, something new and hopefully something for you.

Amy Houser
5850 S SR 5,
Just before the entrance to Whispering Hills subdivision
Fri. & Sat.,  9 am to 5 pm
Huge selection of new cricut machines, cartridges and accessories at discounted prices.  Stampin up and scrapbooking supplies.
Chuck and Lou Harvey
5850 S SR 5,
just before the entrance to Whispering Hills subdivision
Fri. & Sat., 9 am to 5 pm
Huge sale!  Hand tools, picture frames, clothing, household items and much, much more.
United Methodist Church,
Corner of SR5 and SR14
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 4 pm
Huge Sale!  Gently used clothing, childrens and adults; furniture, household items, toys and much more.  All proceeds go towards purchasing new playground equipment in the town park.  Restrooms available.

303 W Walnut Street
Fri. & Sat., 8 am to 4 pm
Matching washer and gas dryer, office chair, nightstand, ceiling fan, stained glass kitchen light fixture, Longaberger, Vera Bradley bags, afghans, lots of misc.

208/212 W Market Street
Fri.7:30 am to 6pm
Sat. 7:30 am to 4pm
Clothing, 2005 Chevy Equinox, silver, 105,000 miles, new tires, $9,500 OBO. Bedliner for Chevy truck, full size/short bed. 4-wheelers:  2002 Honda 400 EX, lots of new parts; & 1997 Honda 400 EX; Honda 550 EX Generator (super quiet); Bow-Flex exercise equipment; portable basketball goal;entertainment center; window air conditioner; patio door; toys; chest freezer; wicker patio table; bikes; set of encyclopedias; lots of misc.

801 Metzger Circle
Saturday 8 am to ?
Stuff, junk, and more stuff.

323 and 334 Whispering Lane
Household items, some furniture, crafts, some baked items, 50% proceeds going to TPC ministries and Cityview Christian Church in Indianapolis. Come out for some great deals!
Multi-Family Sale
601 S. State Street
Fri. & Sat.,  8 am to 4 pm
Huge multi-family sale held rain or shine. Something for everyone. Daybed, couches, chairs, kitchen tables, 32 gallon fish tank, PS2 and games, PSP games, computer games, 5 disc stereo, prom dresses, movies. Too much more to list!

East of State Street, south of the railroad tracks

New Hope Wesleyan
106 E Broad St
Huge garage sale.  Entire congregation’s donations.  Help support local and international missions.
Columbia Senior Apartments
525 E Columbia Street
Over 20 households on one property.  Do not miss these sales!  Lots of household items, outdoor furniture, books, clothing, small appliances, holiday decorator items.  Too many items to mention.
508 E Front Street
Friday and Saturday
Tons of nice, name brand-name clothing for baby girl 0-18 months, juniors S/M - L/XL, womens L/XL, young mens / mens L/XL, games, books, household, PS2, cornhole, score boards.

410 Front Street
Friday 8 am to 3 pm
Saturday 8 am to 4 pm
Household items, namebrand boys clothes 4-16, womens 4-8, mens, Vera Bradley, lots of toys, baseball cards and lots more.
405 E Front Street
Fri. & Sat. 8 am to ?
Proline CR41 New Wave Bow; 1997 F250 Superduty 2.5 yr old with Western Snow Plow, V Blade, 173,000 miles; 1996 Heritage Softail Classic, lots of Chrome, 14,500 miles; 8’ display case made by SS Cox Showcase Company in North Manchester, 8’Lx42”Hx25”W, 2 shelves, solid oak; mens dress clothes, 40x32, Polo and Old Navy; push lawn mower; junior clothes.

Out of town
In the country
Collamer Church of God Hall,
2 miles west of South Whitley on SR14
Fri. 8 am to 4 pm
Sat. 8 am to 2 pm
Bake sale; 2 used refrigeraers - run good; ceramics; bookcase; clothing, misc.
Lana Jenkins,
9 families
8750 W 400 S
(Brown barn near pond)
Infant twin girls clothes, girls 2T-3T, boys 3T-4T, exercise bike, vanity, new windows, new flourescent light fixtures, captains bed, couch (queen hide-a-bed), bicycle, adult clothes, misc. baby toys.
Jerry Gottschalk
5833 W 700 S
Travel for less:  4-stroke moped for sale, great condition, great price.  Climbing tree stand lounge, provides easy mobility for the deer hunter.  Golf clubs and equipment.  Other misc items.
8720 S SR 105
Fri. and Sat. 8 am to 5 pm
Sporting goods, exercise equipment and much more.
4350 S. Whitley Road,
Past storage units
Saturday Only.
Girls, infant – 10; boy’s, infant; changing table, walker, housewares, crafts, misc.
5 Families - Huge Sale
Meadow Acres
Trailer Court
South of SR 14 on SR 13, on left, follow signs
Fri. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and Sat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Home Interiors items, holiday items, Christmas tree, dishes, cups, wedding items, shelves, pictures, craft items, exercise bike, dolls, books, women’s clothing size 12-28, coats, men’s clothing, shoes, baby items, antique cradle, cookbooks, PSP games, movies, stadium chairs and much more. Rain or shine.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Public Input Sought on Short, Long Term Transportation Plans

FORT WAYNE – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District is seeking public input on Indiana’s draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan and draft Long Range Transportation Plan. An open house will be held from 1-5 p.m. Monday, April 11, at INDOT’s Fort Wayne Subdistrict conference room, 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne. A 15-20 minute presentation will be given at 2 p.m. on the long-range plan.

The public and stakeholders are invited to learn more about, and participate in, the short- and long-term transportation planning process at two weeks of regional open houses being held across the state.  Citizens are invited to show up at any time to visit informational booths, speak with INDOT planners one-on-one, or have public comments be included in the official record.

Citizens can also review the draft documents and submit written comments through INDOT’s website.  The draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program will be posted at, while the draft Long Range Transportation Plan will be posted at  A 30-day public comment period is one of several public involvement steps in developing and finalizing short- and long-range transportation plans.

INDOT is adopting a more flexible and opportunistic planning approach by identifying transportation needs in the timeframe that capital improvement projects can be developed.  Short- and long-range transportation planning is designed to support the state’s economy and environment by selecting the most context appropriate transportation solutions for moving people and freight.  Public involvement in the planning process is essential both to determine citizens’ transportation priorities and to develop an accountable, efficient transportation system.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Remember When

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Whitko High School senior Josh Licata was named the recipient of the 2006 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  Josh is the son of Steve and Jenni Licata.  The scholarship is awarded annually in each county in Indiana and it includes a paid four-year tuition to any school in Indiana plus $800 per year in expenses.  Josh plans on attending Rose Hulman in Terre Haute.
The Hicks and Deaton Hardware store in South Whitley, was featured in the Spring issue of the Bostwick-Braun Company’s “Anvil” magazine.  the article, complete with photos of the interior of the store, explains how owners' Gary and Susan Hicks completed a merchandising makeover when they purchased the business from Susan’s parents.
Paul M Rennaker, a 16 year veteran of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and lifelong resident, announced he has filed as a candidate for the sheriff’s office of Whitley County in the 2006 election.  Paul and his wife, Becky, and their six children live in Churubusco.
The ICE Students of the Week were Erica Snyder and Rachel Gumbiner.  Erica is the daughter of Kevin and Leann Snyder and is employed at Biomet in Warsaw.  She works in the Regulatory Affairs department.  Rachel is the daughter of Kenneth and Carrie Gumbiner and is employed at Dairy Queen.  Rachel plans on attending Indiana University in Bloomington and will study either pre law or secondary education.
Whitley Manufacturing of South Whitley was honored with eight awards, including one first place finish, at the Modular Building Institute convention in Orlando.  They were nominated in 11 categories and were winners in eight of them.
Fourteen fifth-graders from Pierceton Elementary School traveled to Belleville, Illinois to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind competition.  The students worked to solve a challenging long-term problem, as well as to sharpen their thinking skills through practice in quick thinking problems.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, April 4, 2001
The Boards of Directors and shareholders of both Farmers Elevator and Allen County Co-op voted to merge the two organizations.  Farmers Elevator, headquartered in South Whitley, and Allen County Co-op, headquartered in New Haven, became one organization on July 1, 2001.  The new CEO of the new company will be current Farmers’ manager, Jeff Mize.
Whitko High School senior Becky Menzie was named the recipient of the Lilly Foundation scholarship through the Kosciusko County Community Foundation.  Becky is the daughter of Phil and Deborah Minzie of Pierceton and she plans to attend Anderson University and major in music.
The Best of Show was one of three awards won by Whitley Manufacturing at the annual Modular Building Institute Annual Meeting.  The Best of Show award, voted by attendees of the meeting, was presented for the 70,000 square foot Williams-Scotsman international headquarters.  Simon Dragan is the president of Whitley Manufacturing.
Private First Class Kelly Osborn graduated from Army basic training on March 29, 2001 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  During her nine weeks of training, Kelly qualified and received a medal in marksmanship with the M-16 rifle.  She also received an expert medal in the hand grenade training throw.  Kelly is the daughter of Brad and Luann Dunlap of Columbia City, and Bob Osborn of Rochester.  She is the granddaughter of Marion and Bonita Collier of Pierceton and is a 1999 graduate of Whitko High School.
The Cleveland Southern Showmen and Cleveland Yankees 4-H Clubs have combined to form one township 4-H club.  The new club will be known as the Cleveland Showmen.
South Whitley’s Marilyn Copeland, owner of Future Heirlooms, held an open house to welcome returning artist, Kathy Adams, to the community.  Kathy Adams’s local ancestry goes back several generations.  Her grandfather, Cassius Graham, was Postmaster in South Whitley at the turn of the century.  Kathy, her husband Mike, and their two sons have returned to the family farm north of South Whitley and this move has provided Kathy with the opportunity to pursue a lifelong interest in photography.
25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, April 2, 1986
Construction began for the new rental storage units in the South Whitley Industrial Park.  The structure will house the Handy-Storage and Commercial Electric Company.  Both businesses are owned by Homer Crowder of South Whitley.
Construction also began on the Calhoun Courtyard Apartments in South Whitley.  The complex will have 16 apartments and is being built by Kathy and Earl Bowers.
Lyall Electric, Inc announced it will build a new 22,500 sq ft plant near the intersection of CR650 and US30 on the outskirts of Larwill.  Another plant is to be built near South Whitley. 
The South Whitley Electric Department was recognized as a leader in the consumer-owned electric utility industry for its safety record.  The American Public Power Association presented the Electric Utility Safety Award to South Whitley Electric.
Lisa Smith of South Whitley was one of 10 students in the University of Alabama’s clinical psychology doctoral program to be selected for an internship beginning in the fall.  Lisa will do her internship at the William S Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia, SC.
Rick Oliver catured 1st place in the WQHK 7th annual arm wrestling tournament held at The Cowboy in Fort Wayne.  Rick was undefeated in the 150 lb and under class where there were a total of 32 entries from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. 
Jennifer Schneider, a senior at Whitko High School received a second place award in the state VFW “Voice of Democracy” speech competition.  Jennifer’s speech was entitled, “New Horizons for America’s Youth”.  She is the daughter of Robert Schneider of Pierceton.

40 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune
Thursday, April 1, 1971
Norman Jarboe, elementary and junior high school principal, released the “A” and “B” honor roll listing for the third grading period.  Named to the “
A” honor roll in the 7th grade, Lisa Smith.  On the “B” honor roll were Mark Gruwell, Rebecca Mink and Sherri Weaver.  For the 8th grade, on the
“B” list were, David Chappel, Gail Germann, Gloria Miller, John McCammon, Marlene Mishler, Keith Peoples, Linda Rupley and Patti Wolfe.
Mrs Marian Bollinger, librarian of the South Whitley-Cleveland Township Public Library, was named South Whitley’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the award banquet held last week.  Mrs Bollinger became associated with the South Whitley library in 1931, right after graduating from high school and became the librarian in 1957.  Mrs Bollinger is the mother of David, Mrs David Grossman and Mrs Jerry Glass, all of South Whitley.
The honor roll for the third grading period at Sidney Junior High School was released by Principal Harold Leckrone.  Receiving all A’s were Woodrow Bradley, Joe Chalk and Kathy Pence, all of the 7th grade.  Named to the A and B honor roll were 7th graders Debbie Dierks and Kathy King, and eighth graders Bob Church and Eric Speicher
Cpl Mark Kite, son of Mr and Mrs Paul Kite of South Whitley, arrived home on leave after a one year tour of duty in Vietnam.  He flew 250 missions and logged 1100 flight hours while overseas.  Mark joined the Marines in February 1968.
Pvt Stanley L Studebaker, son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Paul Studebaker of South Whitley, completed eight weeks of basic training at the US Army Training Center, Fort Knox, KY.  Stanley is a 1968 graduate of Larwill High School.

50 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune
Thursday, April 6, 1961
Joe C Metzger, manager of the local Farmers Elevator Company and vice-presidnt of the United Duroc Swing Registry, will be amoung the 12 livestock producers, farm organization leaders, college personnel and others from throughout the US on a General Livestock Trip, sponsored by the Agriculture Livestock ad Mineral Division of the Swift and Company.  The guests will receive first-hand information on the marketing of livestock and meats.
Richard A Austin, son of Mr and Mrs Cecil Austin of South Whitley, left March 21 for Indianapolis where he will enlist in the US Army for three years.  He was then sent to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.  Richard is a graduate of South Whitley High School and was employed at Northcrest Montgomery Ward in Fort Wayne.
Thomas Bowers, son of Mr and Mrs Merritt Bowers of South Whitley, is among candidats nominated for the office of Secretary of the Sophomore class and will run in the spring election at Indiana University.

65 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune
Thursday, March 28, 1946
Keith Herr, son of Mr and Mrs Claude Herr, received the 32nd Infantry Division citation and Bronze Star Medal for his heroic action while serving on Luzon.  He received his discharge from the Army January 18, after three years and four months in the service.  He had sixteen months overseas duty on Leyte, New Guinea, Luzon and in Japan.
Mrs Ruth Hensel, widow of the late Harry Hensel, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her husband on the county council.  She is the first woman member of the county council in this county.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wildcats top Panthers, 61-45

     The Whitko Wildcats came to play this Tuesday as they totally dominated the Northwood Panthers from the opening tip off.  The Cats jumped out to an early 18 - 8 first quarter lead and never looked back.  The Wildcats shot 50% from the field the first half and were a perfect 9 for 9 from the charity stripe.  Logan Irwin, Zac VanDeWater and Max Elder scored 12, 10 and 7 first half points to rally the Cats to a 31 - 16 halftime lead.
     The second half was more of the same as the Wildcats expanded their lead to 20 points well into the fourth quarter.  The Wildcat's defense was very impressive as they held the Panthers to 36% shooting from the field.  The Cats also scored 15 points off of created turnovers, out rebounded the Panthers 28 - 25, and forced 19 turnovers as compared to their nine.  Logan, Zac and Max continued their offensive display scoring 23, 19, and 13 points respectively.  Max also led the team with 6 rebounds.  Derek Snep added 4 points and played a stellar game defensively.  He and Zac had a combined 4 blocked shots.  The Wildcats cruised to a 61 - 45 victory.
     The Northwood Panthers came into tonight's game with a 14 and 6 record.  They have beat some very good team this year and given some other very good teams such as Warsaw and Concord a run for their money.  The Wildcat's win guaranteed  a rematch with Columbia City Friday night.  In Whitko's first game of the season; the Eagles came from 8 points down late in the fourth quarter to beat the Wildcats by one point as time ran out.  Those same Eagles whom have a 15 and 5 record; were in attendance and watched the Whitko game very intently.  Friday night ought to be a doozey.
    Whitko, Columbia City and Wawasee are all ranked in the top 20 in the most recent AP Poll.  Tippecanoe Valley faces Wawasee Wednesday night after nearly beating them last week.  You can never rule out a Coach Bill Patrick's team in post season play as they would just love to spoil the show for the Wawasee Warriors. 
  Around the state, several top twenty 3A teams were defeated in the first round of play.  Rushville, Lebanon, and Indianapolis Northwest were among the loosers.  Warsaw (4A) lost to Concord Tuesday night as well.  Over in the Manchester Sectional, the Squires won in an overtime game against Northfield and an improving North Miami squeaked by a good Southwood team.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Choir concert set for March 15

Whitko Middle School's choir joins the Whitko High School Concert Choir March 15. The event features WMS’s seventh and eighth grade choirs as well as the high school concert choir and chamber ensemble.
The event is at Whitko High School in the auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.  Give your spring a jump start with a great variety of vocal music.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Patriots meeting Tuesday, March 1

Whitley County Patriots meet Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Church of The Nazarene, 506 North Main Street, Columbia City.
  Speakers include State Senator Mike Delph, Carmel, named  Legislator of the Year by Disabled American Veterans in 2006,  and given Distinguished Public Service Award by the American  Legion.  A leader in the Senate to eliminate lifetime healthcare  benefits for legislators, he has also championed legislation  cracking down on businesses that knowingly and willingly hire  illegal immigrants. 
  Dave Ditton, Senior Project Engineer for General Motors, and webmaster for Whitley County Patriots website will explain the concept of net neutrality and why we should be concerned.
  Elizabeth Griffin of Kalamazoo, Michigan will present our second  educational program on Radical Islam/Sharia Law. She is on the  Board of Directors of Mattawan Area Food Pantry.  Her journey of activism began when her mother gave her Brigitte Gabriel's book, "Because They Hate."  Beth speaks to large groups about radical  Islam, and mentors ACT for America chapter leaders around the
  Public always welcome.  Bring family, friends and neighbors. WCP strive to educate, communicate and eliminate apathy.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wildcats earn Three Rivers Conference crown

The Whitko Wildcats hosted the Manchester Squires Saturday, February 12, defeating their Three Rivers Conference rivals 61-34. The Wildcats secured the TRC title with the win. Above, Alex Stoddard rebounds the ball high above Manchester players Jim Sainsbury, No. 14, and Derek Self, No. 3 and teammates Zac VanDeWater, No. 5 and Derek Snep, No. 21.
Above, Whiko’s Logan Irwin flies past Manchester defensemen for 2. Irwin scored 26 points in the game. (Tribune-News photos by TRSmith)

Saturday afternoon, February 12, the Whitko Wildcats beat the Manchester Squires by a score of 61 - 34 to win the Three Rivers Conference boys’ basketball championship outright with a record of 7 - 0.  The Wildcats dominated the entire conference, holding their foes to an average of 42.4 points per game; while averaging 62.2 points per game them selves, for a 19.8 average margin of victory. 
Saturday’s victory was especially rewarding as it was the perfect way to send a “get well” message to coach Rob Irwin as well as compliment the annual fund raiser for leukemia, the treatments for which have sidelined the coach. 
Additionally, Saturday was seniors day and six Wildcat varsity players were given special recognition: Zac VanDeWater, Mitch Yeager, Kory Wood, Scott Skiles, Tyler Wine and Travis Wiegold.
Coach Mike Kline started the game with five seniors and five of them added their name to the scoreboard before the game was over.
The first quarter was highlighted by three of Zac VanDeWater’s thunderous “dunks” although only one was allowed.  The officials nullified two for various violations.  Regardless, the crowd roared with each attempt.  On a fourth break-a-way, VanDeWater was hacked very hard by a Manchester player trying to prevent a possible fourth dunk.  VanDeWater was thrown to the  floor and frankly a lesser young man would have retaliated against the Mancester player.  Not VandeWater; he has too much class to lower himself to that level.
Logan Irwin demonstrated his maturity and leadership in realizing this was a game to be won; and methodically guided the team to a first half 28 - 29 lead.  Logan had 11 firsthalf points.  Max Elder was banged up a bit by frustrated Manchester Squires and remained on the bench as a precautionary measure for the entire second half.
The Wildcats pulled away in the second half to a 30 point lead behind the leadership of Irwin and VanDeWater. 
Derek Snep stepped up in the absence of Max Elder and crashed the boards to add 8 points. 
The final score was Whitko 61 - Manchester 34.  Irwin led all scorers with 26 points, followed by VanDeWater’s, Snep’s and Yeager’s 11, 8 and 5 points respectively.
Coach Mike Kline noted the team “really put together a good second half.”  The Wildcats allowed 15 second half points while scoring 33 points.  Coach Kline also indicated “We are going to have to put two halves together against the teams on our upcoming schedule.”
The Wildcat’s play away games at Wayne High School Friday and Churubusco Saturday nights. The games start at 6 p.m.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Rozlyn Bishop is Whitley County Spelling Bee Champion

Rozlyn Bishop, right, was the winner of the 2011 Whitley County Spelling Bee. She is the daughter of Vic and Jacki Bishop of South Whitley. Rozlyn is a fifth grader at South Whitley Elementary School.  The championship word was quotient. At left is runner up Lenah Beck, a Northern Heights Elementary School fifth grader.                  (Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)
SOUTH WHITLEY -- Rozlyn Bishop, a fifth grader at South Whitley Elementary School spelled her way to the county spelling bee championship at her home school Thursday, April 10.

Rozlyn, daughter of Vic and Jacki Bishop of South Whitley, correctly spelled delicacy, capillary, tangential, despicable, yeti, convivial, elocution, abacus, Kelvin and, for the championship word, quotient.

Runner up was Lenah Beck a Northern Heights Elementary School fifth grader. She was stopped in the ninth round misspelling narcoleptic after correctly spelling desolate, onus, rhombus, ultramarine, impromptu, legalese, and feral in the first eight rounds.

Other contestants were Sam Boneff, an eighth grader at Churubusco Middle School; Eric Burkholder, a fifth grader at Coesse Elementary School; Samina Qureshi an eighth grader at Indian Springs Middle School; Lena Owen a fifth grader at Little Turtle Elementary School; Taylor Ruby a fifth grader at Mary Raber Elementary School and Ashlie Martz a fifth grader at Churubusco School.

Other spelling words given in the 2011 Whitley County Spelling Bee were (words which were misspelled are preceded with a hyphen): - writhe, unkempt, testimony, abominable, medallion, engineer, - intellectual, - unchangeable, establishment, bombastic, - zoology, speculate, tangential, misinterpret, supremacy, literacy, - peripheral, gigabyte, and - toxicosis.

Harbringers of Spring

This group of robins found the top of a vehicle on South State Street in South Whitley of interest Saturday, February 5. The birds seem to have arrived extremely early and in not quite ideal conditions as snow continues to fall and accumulate in the Whitko area. Robins often move ahead of warm fronts, arriving just before or along with rainy weather. This means they arrive right when earthworms must emerge from their tunnels or drown, according to information found at This group of males will be joined by females within the next couple of weeks. Robins stay as far north in the winter as berries can be found. They travel, when migrating, about 100 miles per day. Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, predicted an early spring. So, maybe, along with the arrival of robins, we can anticipate a gradual warming and storing the snow shovels and winter gear away soon.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

Strong heart program at Parkview Whitley February 28

COLUMBIA CITY - Parkview Whitley Hospital will present a free program, “2011: Strategies for a Strong Heart,” for people interested in learning how to protect their heart and keep it healthy.

The program will be presented by Mark O’Shaughnessy, MD, of Fort Wayne Cardiology, on Monday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the lower-level auditoriums at Parkview Whitley Hospital, 353 North Oak Street, Columbia City.

Reservations are required, and light refreshments will be served.

To make a reservation, call Parkview Whitley Hospital Community Relations at (260) 248-9400 or (800) 325-1338, ext. 89400.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Remember When?

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Elizabeth Hall will be opening Country Halls, a craft store right behind Lil’ Dumplin’s on State Street in South Whitley.  Crafts, wood signs, candles, baskets, pillows, and other primitive merchandise will be available for purchase in the store.  The grand opening will be March 1.
Whitko’s Bryan Frush, Brett King and Ryan Poage will advance to IHSAA wrestling semi-state competition in Fort Wayne.  The three wrestlers displayed their talent last week during regional competition where they earned their berths in the semi-state tournament.
Brittney Allender was crowned Whitko High School Sunshine Queen.  She raised $4,120 for Riley Children’s Hospital.
Jarred Jagger and Melinda Kessie, both of South Whitley, are named to the Dean’s List at Manchester College for fall 2005.  Jarred is a senior and is majoring in mathematics and Melinda is a freshman majoring in secondary education.
Robby Harris was presented a $500 scholarship from Kosciusco Farm Bureau by member Ray Fisher.  He was one of five area students awarded a scholarship.  Robby is a 2005 graduate of Whitko High School and attends ITT College in Fort Wayne.  He is the son of Kevin and Deb Shoemaker and Stephen Harris.  His grandparents are Harry and Kay Kyler and George and Thelma Eberly.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, February 14, 2001
After seven years of leaking and five years of legal battles, the Whitko School Board approved funds to fix the leaky middle school roof this summer.
Beautician Sandy Kraft recently opened Sandy’s Salon at 106 South State Street, South Whitley.  Today, February 14, is the official opening and the grand opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled for February 21.
Gail Morford of South Whitley, has been awarded the pestigious Sam M. Walton Hero Award.  She has worked at the Columbia City WalMart for 8-1/2 years.  The award is given to a cashier who best personifies the qualities and skills desired in a WalMart cashier.
Amanda Rose, a 2000 graduate of Whitko High School, is now a freshman at Ball State University and is a disc jockey for WCRD, a campus radio station.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesse J Conreras has graduated from the Airman Leadership School at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.  The course focuses on preparing and better equipping senior airmen to serve as supervisors, managers and rating officials as they progress in their enlisted military careers.  Jesse is the daughter of Priscilla and Bruce Klingaman of Larwill.

25 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune, Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, February 12, 1986
Mitch Winger as been named the acting South Whitley clerk-treasurer.  He will complete the unexpired term of Harold King, who resigned recently.
Jarrad Lancaster received second place at the Snider Regional wrestling match Saturday, making him eligible to advance to the Semi-State match to be held this Saturday.
Paula Easterday was crowned Whitko Sunshine Queen last Friday.  Duane Sheppard was her escort.
A bridge engineer has advised Whitley County officials that the old iron truss bridge over the Eel River on CR 500W, near Pook Road, should be closed immediately due to its deteriorated condition.  After discussion by the county council, the bridge was officially closed as of noon Thursday, February 6.
Justin Hockemeyer, a student in Mrs. Grant’s fifth grade class at the South Whitley Elementary School, was recently notified that his entry in the “Ask Shagg” Weekly Reader contest was chosen winner and it will be displayed in New York City.  The participants in the contest were asked to draw a solution to the question, “How do you keep a dog and cat from fighting?”

40 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune
Thursday, February 11, 1971
Seventy students are enrolled in the junior class at South Whitley High School.  The class officers are Tim Sutton, president; Kim Slater, vice-president; Doris Richard, secretary; and Pam Weaver, treasurer.  The class sponsors are Roxanne Casper and Tom Dilling.
US Marine PFC Larry D Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Eib of South Whitley, has graduated from a four week Motor School at Basic Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Pendleton.
James Bolinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bolinger of South Whitley, arrived home February 1 for a 30 day leave with his parents.  He was stationed aboard the USS Frank Knox in the Pacific.  When he returns to duty, he board the USS Mahan at Long Beach, Calif..
John Pflieger, formerly of South Whitley, won first place in the Metropolitan Opera Company’s Eastern Wisconsin District auditions held January 30.  Mr. Pflieger, 28, is a baritone and one of 32 contestants in the audition.  He is currently teaching mathmatics in a junior high school in Milwaukee.

50 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune
Thursday, February 16, 1961
Alice Bruch, a freshman at South Whitley High School and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Foster Bruch, has been named, by popular vote, as Sunshine Queen of the school.  Her escort for the evening was Tom White, son of Mr. and Mr. Kenneth White.
Harold Brower, of Larwill, recently leased the Marathon station at 415 State Street from Wallace Eberhart.  Brower had previously worked for Eberhart when he opened the station 10 months ago.
Marine Pvt Ralph R Sparks, Jr.,  son of Ralph R. Sparks, Sr. of South Whitley and Pvt. Jackie E. Ulshafer, son of  Julia E. Ulshafer of South Whitley, recently completed their recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif.
Bill Metzger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Metzger, and a freshman at South Whitley High School, placed first in the Judging Contest for 4-H and FFA boys.  The contest was sponsored by the Indiana Duroc Breeders Association and Marhoefer Packing Company.
Ted Easterday of South Whitley and Estel Sylvester of North Webster, left February 4 for a six month tour of duty with the National Guard.  The boys are both stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. 
Harold Arnold, Etna Troy Township, was awarded the Whitley County Conservation award at the fifth annual Soil Conservation District meeting.  Mr. Arnold farms 320 acres in Etna-Troy Township with 240 acres under a cnservation rotation.
Cpl. Billy D.. Martin, a Marine recruiter here for the past three years, has been transferred to Camp Pendleton, Calif.

65 years ago
from the South Whitley Tribune
Thursday, February 7, 1946
Robert M Miller, son of Mrs Grace Lantz, has returned home with his discharge from the Army after 38 months service as a mechanic and trainer at various camps in the US.
Meridith Arnold, son of Mrs. Mary Arnold, received his discharge from the Army and is home.  He served in Germany.
Von M. Snyder, son of Mrs. Daisy Snyder, received his discharge from the Navy on January 29 and is now home.  He served aboard the USS Rowan in the Pacific.
Sgt. Paul E. Kite arrived home Friday with his discharge from the the service.  He served for 1.5 years at the 4th Army Headquarters at San Antonio, Texas.
Harold Eugene Stensel, seaman first class is serving aboard the USS Jarvis. Stensel, from South Whitley, and the Jarvis, served in the North Pacific.
The South Whitley Bulldogs scored wins against Sidney and Roann recently and managed to have the first undefeated home season on record in South Whitley.
Virgil Juillerat, of Washington Township, returned to his previous job as clerk in the North Manchester Post Office.  He recently received his discharge from military service.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

South Whitley Little League signups: February 12, 19 and 26

It's time to register for South Whitley Little League. 
The dates for registration will be February 12, 19, and 26 from 9 am to noon at South Whitley Town Hall.  Registration forms will be going home with students this week and will also be available at the time of sign up.  Leagues are available for youth ages 4-14.  All students aged preschool through 8th grade are encouraged to participate.
Because of the number of youths that are involved in summer league, no late registrations will be accepted.  Please plan to register your son or daughter on one of these dates.  For questions or more information, please contact Stephanie Cokl at 260-609-4088.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Saturday is Rob Irwin day at Whitko High School

This Saturday, February 12, is the last home boys’ basketball game for this year. The day begins at 1 p.m. as the Wildcats host teams from Manchester High School.
The administration has also designated this Rob Irwin Day.
The Whitko High School Student Council will honor Rob Irwin with a fundraiser for leukemia.  Whitko Student Council members will collect money for the “Pennies for Patients” Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the game.
 The Whitko Student Council has made this fundraiser an annual event at the high school over the past few years and, ironically, this year the campaign came at the same time Rob Irwin, Whitko athletic director and head boys’ basketball coach, was diagnosed with leukemia. He received treatment last week and is resting this week.  He may or may not be at the game.
Whitko Student Council members would like everyone in the community to attend the games and support Irwin and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Collections will be accepted at the high school office until February 25 and at the February 12 game.  Checks can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

An afternoon of basketball with senior recognition
The C-team game begins at 11:45 am with junior varsity teams taking the floor around 1 p.m.
Whitko will honor senior members of boys’ basketball team, pep band members, and chamber ensemble members after the junior varsity game. Please join the fans this afternoon as they congratulate these dedicated students and their parents.

Whitko High School is having a Football Fundraiser Dinner February 12, 2011 at approximately 4:30 pm (following the basketball games) in the WHS cafeteria.
Dinner is pulled pork or pulled chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, chips and cookies.
Cost for adults is $6, students $5, children 12 and younger $4; family rate is $20.  Carry out is available.
This dinner is sponsored by Whitko football and the meal is prepared by Jabba’s BBQ Hut.
Members of the KC Mustangs semi pro football team and staff also will assist.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Whitko wrestlers advance to regional competiton

Whitko wrestlers advancing to regional competition are, from left, Colton LeTourneau, a sophomore in the 112 pound class with a record of 27-7, he placed second at the Carroll sectional match Saturday, Jan. 29; Cody Bays, junior, 140 pounds, 22-10, first at Carroll; Chas Busz, junior, 119 pounds, 22-0, first at Carroll; Jordan Gilbert, senior, 125 pounds, 33-4; first at Carroll; Ian Pherigo, junior, 145 pounds, 22-13, fourth at Carroll; Ben Hinora, junior, 285 pounds, 28-11, third at Carroll; and Austin Striggle, junior, 189 pounds, 6-1; second at Carroll. The team finished fifth with 11 teams competing. The regionals are Saturday, February 5, at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne           (Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Talent Show Thursday, February 3, at SWPL

Round three

The third round of South Whitley’s Got Talent contest was Thursday, January 27 at the South Whitley -Cleveland Township Public Library. Contestants, shown above, from left, were: Morgan Puterbaugh playing bass guitar and singing, “Ghost of You,” Kiara Galloway dancing to “Fireworks,” De Shockney, dancing to “Get Ready for This,” and Ivory West, playing acoustic guitar and singing “Kiss Me.”
West, Galloway and Shockney move to round 4 which is this evening. Join the contestants as they vie for the South Whitley's Got Talent crown!
The event is open to the public Thursday, February 5 at 6 p.m. (Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

Snow emergency downgraded to Level 2

Whitley County Commissioners have issued the following statement

“Whitley County has upgraded to a level 2 snow emergency this morning.  The public needs to be aware that roadways are slick, snow covered and that some have not been cleared as of this morning.  County highway crews have been working since 5am to get at least one pass on all roadways and will be out all day working on the roads.  Blowing and drifting overnight have roadways that were cleared yesterday, now covered with drifts in areas.  State highways are cleared but snow covered and slick.  Travel is slow and you may need to take a different route of travel when going out.  Take extreme caution when driving today.”

A Level 2 Snow emergency states that
3.2    A Level 2 Snow Emergency may be declared conditions threatening to the safety of the public.  Only essential travel is recommended (i.e. to and from work, emergency situations, etc).  Emergency action plans have been or should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations.

Digital Image Project Underway

Joan Hostetler and her husband, John Harris, have been scanning vintage photographs featuring people and places from Pierceton and Sidney and Washington, Jackson and Monroe townships since June 2010 to create the body of work they’re calling the Whitko Community Digital Image Project.

I’ve always been interested in history, “ Hostetler said. “I worked at the Pierceton Library in junior high through high school. It gave me a strong interest in Pierceton history, stories and genealogy.”

More than 50 people have shared photographs with Hostetler and Harris while they’ve worked out of the Pierceton Library. Some of the images are available for viewing on the Internet on the Facebook site Memories of Pierceton and on Flickr Eventually, the Whitko Community photos can be accessed at Indiana Memory

“We’re looking for photographs, postcards, stereo views. maps, drawings, posters, flyers, brochures, advertising, objects made in the area,

manuscripts and old letters. Subjects of interest include street scenes, houses, farms, buildings, churches, businesses, school class or activity photographs, clubs and organizations.

“History is not just about “important” people,” Hostetler said. “We hope to document the everyday life of our small towns and rural communities from past to the present. Ordinary snapshots of a family or house will be fascinating in the future.”

The operation moves to South Whitley-Cleveland Township Library this summer where more than 3,000 photographs are archived. But that shouldn’t stop people from bringing in their images for scanning.

“We’re trying to get high resolution images. We’ll scan the originals and return them or they can be sent to us scanned, sized at 8-inches by 10 inches, at 600 dpi,” she said.

The main collection has come from Jack Phillips who gathered Pierceton-area photographs for many years. He has provided more than 800 images.

“Walter ‘Ducky’ Long was a professional photographer in Pierceton, a veteran of the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II and a rural route mailman. We have his negatives from 1900 through the 1930’s. It’s a real treasure trove.”

“My husband, John Harris, and I come to the community the third week of the month. What we’re scanning and cataloguing will end up in Indiana Memory - a data base at the Indiana State Library. We ask that if people want to share their photos, they make an appointment.”

The couple are available to make presentations and hope to visit alumni reunions.

Hostetler studied photography at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. She worked for the Indiana Historical Society and was involved with its collection of 1.5 million photographs.

A job at the George Eastman House International Museum of Film and Photography in New York led to a master’s degree in imaging arts, specializing in photographic preservation and archives management.

Since 1998, she’s owned Heritage Photo Services offering individuals and groups her expertise on image storage and arrangement and the advantages of digital imaging.

The Kosciusko County Community Foundation approved a grant to purchase scanning equipment, a computer and a backup system housed at the Pierceton Library. A grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation will get the Cleveland and Richland phase of the program started this summer.

“There’s no hard and fast deadline,” Hostetler said. “We’ll keep taking photos as long as they come in.”

Hostetler can be contacted at Heritage Photo Services, 716 Dorman Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 and by calling 317.639.2814 or 317.956.0203. The Web site is

Pierceton -Washington Township Library, P.O. Box 328, Pierceton, IN 46562, or by calling 574.594.5474.

South Whitley-Cleveland Township Public Library, 201 East Front Street, South Whitley, IN 46787 or by calling 723.5321. The SWPL Web site is