Saturday, January 29, 2011

South Whitley Public Library Events

Snowmen @ Night
The Month of February
Everyone is invited to participate in our annual winter reading program titled “Snowmen @ Night”.  For each item you check out and return you will receive a snowman.  Tell us if you are a child or adult, give us your name and phone number, and then put the snowman in the basket. 
March  we will draw for the prizes.

Meet Me Under the Tree Storytime 
 Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. & Wednesdays at
10:30 a.m. in February
Children ages 2-5 can meet with Miss Meghan under the tree as she takes you on some great adventures with songs, finger plays, stories and games!  Best of all, it’s free! This year’s story time theme is “Numbers and ABCs!” 
Register in the children’s department. 

M&M Read
 Mondays at 4 p.m. in February
3rd -5th graders meet with Miss Meghan in the kid’s room for M&Ms and an awesome story with Miss Meghan. Free candy, free story, what more can you ask for?
We will NOT meet on February 14! XOXOXO

Classics @ the Library
Wednesday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.
Join us as we begin showing “Classics @ the Library”.  This program will kick-off with the movie “Lover Come Back,” starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day.  This movie was one of the most successful collaboration of these two actors and tells of an advertising man, his job challenged by a determined advertising woman, who invents a sensational publicity campaign for a non-existent product called VIP. Free popcorn and drinks provided!

Homeschool Playdate
Wednesday, February 2nd at 1 p.m.
This is a time for your child to meet for some playtime or share a story with others in the children’s room.  Parents can share and swap ideas with one another about things they are teaching their children. Come and talk to the South Whitley Area Homeschool Group (SWAHG) during this time as well.

South Whitley’s Got Talent Finals
Thursday, February 3rd at 6 p.m.
This will be the last round of finding our most popular talent in the South Whitley area. We will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. We will need participants in the audience to cast their votes. So, if your talent is recognizing other people’s talents, come on down! This competition is being sponsored by TAB.
Saturday, February 5th
Area businesses will have booths displaying their products and services.  Come in and see if you can find that perfect Valentine’s Day gift! With chocolates, fine cakes and cookies, jewelry, makeup and more, you can be certain you’ll find something for that special someone!

Family Movie Marathon- Twilight Movies
Saturday, February 5th starting at 10 a.m.
We will be showing the movie, Twilight at 10 a.m. The 2nd movie, New Moon, will be showing at 12:15 p.m., and the 3rd movie, Eclipse, will be showing at 2:30 p.m.  Free refreshments provided!

Kidz Rock
Wednesday, February 9th at 4 p.m.
Children grades K- 2nd will meet together downstairs with Miss Meghan to make chocolates!!  Mmmmmm!

TAB -Teen Advisory Board
Thursday, February 10th at 6 p.m.
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will be meeting with Miss Meghan.

Library Board Meeting
Thursday, February 10th at 6 p.m.

Check Mate Chess Club
Saturday, February 12th at 10:30 a.m.
Chess players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend the Chess Mate Chess Club at the SWPL. The fun starts at 10:30 and runs until the last pawn is moved. This club meets on the second Saturday of each month.

Family Movie Day- Movies With Your Valentine
Saturday, February 12th starting at 10 a.m.
Spend the day with your valentine as you enjoy some light romantic  comedy.  We will showing the movies, Lake House starring Sandra Bullock & Keanu Reeves at 10 a.m., Come September starring Rock Hudson and Gina Lolobrigida, at 12 p.m., and Sweet Home Alabama starring Reese Witherspoon and  Patrick Dempsey, at 2 p.m.  Popcorn will be provided.

Camera Club
Tuesday, February 15th at 6 p.m.
Join other camera enthusiasts as they share ideas and techniques.  This month they will also be learning more from the “Camera Fundamentals” DVD series.

Page Turner’s
Tuesday, February 15th
at 6:30 p.m.
The book for discussion this month is “Still Alice”,
by Lisa Genova. 
Pick up your copy at the library.

Tweenz Rock
Wednesday, February 16th at 4 p.m.
Children grades 3rd - 6th will be making chocolate candies with Miss Meghan.

Book Buddies for Infants
Thursday, February 17th at 10 a.m.
Infants 8 weeks – 18 months can register to attend the special time of reading in the children’s library. This is a free program and each child receives a new book.

Book Buddies
Thursday, February 17th at 10:30 a.m.
Children ages 3 – 5 can register for this program.  Each family will receive a free book and during the parent session, adults will discover ways to promote early literacy in the home and help prepare their child for school. 
Best of all, this program is FREE! Contact Miss Meghan or pick up a brochure and registration form in the Children’s department.

Ebay Class
Tuesday, February 22nd at 6 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to get rid of some of your treasures but you just weren’t sure how to go about it?  Well, this is your chance.  Vickie will be showing you the steps to post your items on ebay.

Wednesday, February 23rd at 1 p.m.
For anyone at least 55 years young who enjoys playing euchre with a fun group.  Snacks will be provided!

Basket Class – Part 2
Thursday, February 24th at 6 p.m.
This is a continuation of the Blanket Basket class begun in January.

Family Game Night
Thursday, February 24th at 6 p.m.
Bring the whole family down and enjoy some quality time together by playing games!  Refreshments provided!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Eel River meeting February 9

ROANN - Landowners and farmers, business leaders, conservationists and other concerned citizens are invited to a public meeting about opportunities for 75 percent reimbursement for “best practices” conservation projects within the Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative.
The free, public meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Church of the Brethren in Roann. Reservations are not necessary.
Agriculture – which uses about 89 percent of the land along the 30-mile stretch of the middle Eel River – is the primary focus of the cost-share program, which is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Owners of property in nine critical areas who apply best-management practices to reduce pollution – particularly decreasing suspended sediment, nitrogen, total phosphorous and E. coli – could receive up to 75 percent reimbursement.
Best practices range from cover crops and grassed waterways to waste basins and wetland restoration. District Natural Resources Conservation Service conservationists will review and approve cost-share projects, which must be maintained for five to 10 years, depending on whether they are vegetative or structural. All projects must be complete Dec. 31, 2012.
Nine watersheds in the 30-mile Eel River Initiative are identified as critical areas in the Watershed Management Plan, including Silver Creek, Beargrass Creek, Little Weesau-Weesau Creek, Flowers Creek, Otter Creek, Squirrel Creek, the Town of Roann, Washonis Creek and Oren Ditch-Paw Paw Creek.
The Feb. 9 meeting is important for discussing questions, concerns and comments about the $1 million Initiative that is in its third year of serving a 30-mile stretch of the river between North Manchester and Mexico, Ind., said watershed coordinator Terri Michaelis. Scientists at the meeting also will report on water monitoring results of the river, which is on the EPA “impaired” list for excessive levels of E. coli, PCBs, mercury and other pollutants.
Manchester College leads the Middle Eel River Initiative, collaborating with Wabash, Kosciusko and Miami county agencies, organizations, landowners and others. For more information, contact the watershed coordinator, Terri Michaelis at 260-982-5101 or

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tree Lines

By Charlotte Hurd Blair
Last summer I wrote about the Genealogical Society's cemetery reading.  I shared  what a cemetery reading meant, and why and how our group was doing the reading.
This fall before the first snowfall, almost all of the active cemeteries had been completely read. Active cemeteries are where burials are still taking place. South Whitley Cemetery would be an active cemetery.
Corrections from the previous reading  in 1998 and  confirmation of correct readings were recorded.    Some markers that could be read in 1998, no longer were legible and that was noted.   New markers and additional  inscriptions on previously erected markers  were recorded.
This information was written out on cemetery printouts, and new information was written on record sheets.   This new data was all entered into a computer database, updating the information from the previous reading
This spring we will complete our reading project by checking the inactive and abandoned cemeteries in our county.  As there will have been no new burials in these cemeteries, we will be rechecking the previous reading and noting the cemetery and marker condition.
After that data is collected it too will be entered into the cemetery computer database.   When all the information has been entered and double checked, we will then be able to update our online cemetery information.     At that time we also hope to put the cemetery  information in printed from and make it  available for purchase, as the Society has done in the past.
This is a major project for our group.  It has taken countless hours and will take many more to complete the project.  The task could not be completed without the many wonderful volunteers who donated their  time and talent.
The new web site address for the Genealogical Society of Whitley County is    This is where the results of our cemetery reading project will be posted.  Currently, at that site you will find the cemetery readings from 1998 and an update from 2007.  There are many other indexes and information about Whitley County and its citizens at the web site.  Take a few minutes, (It might turn into hours!) and see what information is available on  the Web site.
The purpose of the Genealogical Society of Whitley County is to identify, preserve, and maintain the genealogical records of our county.  Our Society is committed to this goal.   We hope that it will benefit you,  as you research and study your family history.  If you would like more information about our group and/or would like to become involved with our work, please contact me at or 244-7322.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Remember When week of 24January2011

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Ed and Larry Arnold, co-owners of Arnold Bros. Oil and Parts, were honored this week at the annual recognition banquet of the South Whitley Chambr of Commerce and won the Service to the Community Award.  Arnold Bros has been a part of the business community for the past 79 years.
The Indiana Dept of Local Government Finance approved the Whitko High School renovation project recently and notified the Whitko School Corporation that they may proceed with the necessary financial processes to fund the project.
South Whitley Chamber of Commerce President Susan Hicks presented a Certificate of Appreciation to South Whitley Lions Club President Dave Lorie for the organization’s 75 years of service in the community.
Last Saturday, the Whitko Wildcats won the Three Rivers Conference Wrestling Tournament for the fourth year in a row.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, January 31, 2001
The new Dollar General store on Perceton’s southside held an official ribbon-cutting last week.  The manager of the new store is Peggy Soos and she will have a staff of six employees. 
Jackson’s Creations, a floral and gift shop, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday morning after moving to their new location in the former South Whitley telephone building on State Street.  Attending the ribbon-cutting were Jeff Jackson, Scott Mayes and Pam Kessie, all from Jackson’s Creations; Dave Hartman, South Whitley Chamber of Commerce vice president; and Judy Earnhart, South Whitley Town Council President
Mason Price was the winner of the spelling bee at Pierceton Elemetary School and Kaitlin Cunningham was the runner up.  Both students are in the fifth grade.  Amber Sturgis, also a fifth grader, won the geography bowl at Pierceton Elemtary.
Whitko swept the 4-H and FFA State Championships.   The members of the 4-H Meats Judging Team were Matt Metzger, Phil Camden, Wendy Delacruz and Jeremiah Geiger. The FFA Meats Juding Team was Leslie Weisenberger, Taylor Krider and Trent Wilkinson. They are coached by Roger K Carr.
Scott M. Daeger is the ICE Student of the Week.  He is employed at Biomet in Warsaw and hopes to continue working for them after graduation.  Scott is the son of Steve and Jo Daeger.
25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, January 29, 1986
Harold King resigned as clerk-treasurer of South Whitley.  This resignation is just weeks after a public announcement that almost $11,000 was missing from the clerk-treasurer’s office.
Last week in the former brick telephone building on State Street in South Whitley, became the home of Hobo’s Pizza.  The owners of he new business are Jim Clabaugh and Tom Winship, both of Topeka, Ind.  They also own a pizza shop in Topeka and are expanding their business.
Tami Hoaks and John Stephens will open a new South Whitley business called T.J. General Store next Saturday.  Their location at 204 N State Street is the former location of Dr B’s office.
A new auto parts busines is now open in Pierceton.  Pierceton-Auto Parts – Car Quest is at the corner of US 30 and SR 13.  Dave Limecooly is the manager of the new store.
The Piercton Cub Scouts held their annual Pinewood Derby on January 25.  Zeb Wise finished in first place, Chad Miner was 2nd and Brian Hartman was 3rd.  The winners for their car’s overall appearance were Nathan Christopffel, first place; Brian Hartman, 2nd place ; and Jimmy Foulks, 3rd place.
Charles Snyder has been apponted as principal of the Pierceton Elementary School.  He was the assistant principal and has worked for the school system for 17 years.
Marcia Ogden was recently named principal at South Whitley Elemtary School.  She had been the assistant principal at the school.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, January 28, 1971
There were 62 students enrolled in the senior class at South Whitley High School. Class officers include Jerry Metzger, president; David Reeg, vice-president; Peggy Fisher, treasurer; and Jeanie Wall, secretary.
Pvt. Stanley L Studebaker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Studebaker of South Whitley, is assigned to Company B, 17 Battalion, 5th Brigade, at Fort Knox, Ky.  Studebaker will receive additional advanced training following his basic training.
John Lancaster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lancaster of South Whitley, has fulfilled requirements for a bachelor’s degree at the Univrsity of Montana and will graduate in June.  He has accepted a position as a flying instructor at Sky-Flight in Missoula.  John is a 1964 graduate of South Whitley High School.
Adolph Auer of Cleveland Township has been named by the County Council to the Whitley County Alcoholic Beverage board as a successor to Phil Glassley of South Whitley.  Other members of the board are Grant Weick, Columbia City; and Clarence Raypole, Charubusco.
Janet Rhoades, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Rhoades of South Whitley, has been named South Whitley High School’s 1971 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.  She was selected for her knowledge and attitude examination which was administered on December 1, 1970.
Joe Chalk and Kathy Pence received all A’s in the Sidney seventh grade semester honor roll.
Kathy Boggs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Boggs of South Whitley, was chosen Sunshine Society Girl for the month of January at the local high school.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, February 2, 1961
Daniel Harshman of South Whitley was among the 13  seniors completing degree study at Purdue University this semester and he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
Sixty-six local fifth graders were guests of the Whitley County Shrine Club at the annual Mizpah Shrine Circus being held at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.  Shriners accompanying the students were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knarr, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Patterson, Carroll Young, Don Reed, Don Brown, Larry Bolinger, Elmer Blocher, Carl Freund, the Rev. John Bowers and James Matson.
Barbara McCammon, a local sixth grade student will serve as page for the 93rd general assembly in the Indiana House of Representatives on February 6.  Miss McCammon is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Byron McCammon Jr. of South Whitley and granddaughter of the former Allen-Whitley County Representative Byron McCammon Sr.
Fourteen members of the local Explorer Post, 2085, won top honos last week at the annual Deep Freeze camp-out at Camp Slater.  Explorers attending the Deep Freeze were David Bollinger, Dennis Whitesell, Denver Watson, John Bechtold, Roger Kinney, Bill Aburn, Dan Smith, John Lancaster, Steve Karst, Val Duggins, Nolan Hartzler, Bill Leffel, Rick Norris and Barry Matson.  Their leaders were Charles Carroll, Harold Robinette, James Anderson, Dick Wood and Morris Darley.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, January 24, 1946
The Rev. J Ulman Miller, former pastor of the South Whitley Baptist Church, accepted a call to the pastorate of the First Baptist Church at Bluffton and will begin his duties there February 1.  Miller recently returned from the Army as a chaplain and served with the Fifth Army Air Force in the far east.
As far as records can be found, the South Whitley Bulldogs has not won 12 games in any one season before this year.  South Whitley won their 12th game this week against the Larwill Trojans.
Among the seven young men who left Whitley County Wednesday for induction into the military were William F. Juif of South Whitley; Sherman Lee Kreider and Max F. Miller, both of Columbia City.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

South Whitley's Got Talent! Round Two

Round two

The second round of South Whitley’s Got Talent contest was Thursday, January 20 at the South Whitley -Cleveland Township Public Library. Contestants, shown above, from left, were: De Shockney, clogging to “Crazy Town,” Morgan Puterbaugh playing bass guitar and singing, “Time of Your Life,” Phil Smith, playing acoustic guitar and singing, “Wicked Game,” Kiara Galloway dancing to “Spotlight,” Gina Guerin, singing “Heaven,” and Ivory West, playing acoustic guitar and singing “Where I Land.” West, Puterbaugh, Galloway and Shockney move to round 3, open to the public Thursday, January 27 at 6 p.m. Smith has dropped out because of a schedule conflict.              (Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Two added to Wall of Fame

 Holly Hathaway Thompson and Dick Reed were inducted into Whitko’s Wall of Fame Saturday during the Whitko-Leo boys varsity basketball game half time. Thompson, above,with her family, husband, Eric, and three children, Drew, 11, Emmy, 2, and Jude, 9-months, played basketball and volleyball at Whitko from 1989 to 1993. She currently holds three volleyball records: 19 kills in a game, 238 kills in a season and 22 blocks in a game. She was named a volleyball All Conference player in 1992 and 1993. As a basketball standout, she also holds three records in this sport: most blocked shots in a game – 11, in a season – 98 and for a  career – 205. She is eighth in career points with 916. She was a basketball All Conference player in 1990, 1991 and 1992. At the University of Saint Francis, from 1994 to 1997, she played basketball and volleyball earning a master’s degree in guidance in 1998. She was guidance counselor at Peru Community Schools from 2004 to 2008.

Dick Reed was the first Whitko High School principal, from 1971 until 1983. He began his career at Pierceton High School in 1949 as a Vocational Agriculture and Chemistry teacher. He was PHS principal from 1963 to 1971 where he also coached or assisted with basketball, baseball and track. He finished his career teaching science at WHS from 1983 to 1986. Reed has been married to Loma for 63 years. They have six children: Barry (and Elaine) Reed, Steve (and Carol) Reed, Nelson Reed, Brian Reed, Joellen (and Monte) Wilkinson, Teresa (and Jeff) Gable and Jill (and Harold) Wagner, 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In the photograph above, Reed, seated, is surrounded by his family and flanked by Jim Irwin, left, and WHS principal Parrish Kruger, right.
(Tribune-News photos by TRSmith)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Fire and Ice Festival in Columbia City, Saturday and Sunday

Tomorrow morning our mascot “Ficey”, and our mascot contest naming winner- Malerie Nix will kick-off the Fire & Ice WinterFest by arriving to the Whitley County Downtown Square on a Fire Truck. Thanks to the Columbia City Fire Department. This will happen at 9am tomorrow, Saturday January 22.  The Mayor will also be present to congratulate Malerie, and welcome everyone to the WinterFest 2011.

The Business Ice Carvings will take shape on Saturday around the Square, and participating downtown businesses from 9am- 3pm.

The Snowflake 5K starts at 11am. We have nearly 70 runners and walkers pre-registered, with day of registration as well.  The Start/ Finish line is in front of the Courthouse along Van Buren Street.

The Hot Pepper and Ice Cream eating contest begins at Noon on Saturday, in The Center. There will be a youth division, adult division, and also a County officials division. The county officials participating are: Tom Rethlake, Kim Wheeler, Mike Barton, Amy Crickmore, Dom Amber & George Schrumps.

On Sunday, the Ice Carvers Competitions runs from 12- 3pm around the Courthouse Square.  The winner of the ice carving competition will be announced at 3pm.

The Chili Cook-Off Challenge will be at The Center from 12- 2:30pm. Participating (so far) are: Eddie Beagles (2010 champ), Bob Hoffman, Jon Kelley, Janet Hindbaugh, Columbia City Fire Department, Northside Grill, Sherri’s Place, and Moyer’s Corner CafĂ©.  We will “crown” Whitley County’s BEST CHILI at 3pm with a trophy, certificate, and a donation they can present to the Charity of their Choice.

WCSD scholarships

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges is pleased to announce that the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association will again be awarding college scholarships to qualified high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies.  There will be approximately 40 - $500.00 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.

The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing and dispensing of funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.

To qualify for one of these scholarships, the applicant must be an Indiana resident, be a current member of the association or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the association, attend an Indiana college or university, major in a law enforcement field and enroll as a full-time student (12 hours).

Applications needed to apply for the scholarships are available from your high school counselor, the Whitley County Sheriff’s office or by writing to the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, PO Box 19127, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219, and requesting an application form.  The applications must be completed and received by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association on or before April 1, 2011.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Baseball team hog roast January 21

The Whitko High School baseball team will be having its annual hog roast supper on Friday, January 21st before the Whitko-Northfield boys basketball game.  It will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 in the high school cafeteria and will cost $7 for an adult meal, $6 for a student meal, and $5 for a child meal.  There will also be a 50/50 cash prize drawing.  All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to purchase equipment for the upcoming season.

Remember When for January 19, 2011

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Paragon Medical entered into an agreement to purchase the Smithfield, Utah, production facility of DePuy Mitek, a Johnson and Johnson Company.
The Indiana Department of Educaion in Indianapolis has furnished their lobby space to Indiana’s art students.  Whitko art students have five of the twelve available spaces.
JD’s Riverside Cafe closed for the holidays and will reopen with new owners.  The present owners are Jerry and Deb Rossfeld and sale of the business is pending.
Ted Knafel, a 26 year veteran of the Indiana State Police, announced his plans to run for the office of Whitley County Sheriff. Ted grew up on a farm near Ligonier and married Janet Lefever of Columbia City.
Whitko High School BPA students earned numerous awards at the district competition held January 14.  In 17 categories, Whitko won 46 awards, including seven first place awards.
Pierceton Elementary School second graders received a letter of thanks from victims of Hurricane Katrina. The students sent books and a volunteer delivered them to Louisiana where they found the victims most appreciative of their kindness.
Indiana University-Purdue University awarded degrees to the following Whitko High School graduates.  Mary Miller, of South Whitley, a bachelor’s degree in Science; Tracy Howard, of Pierceton, a bachelor’s degree in education; Courtney Eyer, of Larwill, bachelor’s degree; and April Schuman, of Larwill, associates degree in education.
On January 13, fourteen 4th and 5th grade students from Pierceton Elementary School competed against each other in the National Geographic Geography Bee.  By a margin of one question in the tiebreaker round, Stephanie Wheeler, a fifth grader, took the victory.  Austin Singer, a fourth grader, took the second place position.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, January 24, 2001
A Dollar General store opened in the former Pierceton Market on the southside of town.  A formal opening was scheduled for Thursday of this week.
The Whitko Sunshine Society raised $4,121.16 for Riley Children’s Hospital during the queen contest fundraiser. Lisa Wilkinson was crowned as this year’s Sunshine Queen.
Linda Clark was promoted to purchasing director at Whitley Manufacturing.  Linda has 26 years of purchasing and cost analysis experience.
Woody’s Steakhouse on US 30, formerly the Wagon House, is planning many changes.  They currently have a challenge to see if anyone can eat a 72 ounce ribeye dinner within an hour, if so, the dinner is on the house.  Owner James Woodcox and his staff offers excellent service and food.
In the fifth grade Journal Gazette-sponsored spelling bee at the South Whitley Elementary School this week, Jed Magnus was declared winner after correctly spelling the word “scenewright”.  Jed is the son of Don Magnus of North Manchester.  The runner-up was Laura Kessie, daughter of Mr and Mrs Kent Reece of South Whitley.
Whitko High School Business Professionals of America had 13 members competing at district leadership conference at Warsaw’s Ivy Tech campus on January 20.  All 13 members advanced to the state competition held March 17-20 in Indianapolis.
Renee Harris, sophomore at Ball State University, was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, Ball State’s Honors Society.  Renee is the daughter of Stephen Harris of Warsaw and Kevin and Deb Shoemaker of South Whitley.

25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, January 22, 1986
A State Board of Accounts audit revealed a shortage of nearly $11,000 from the South Whitley clerk-treasurer’s office.  The audit report showed that between July 1983 ad October 1985, clerk treasurer Harold King did not make any deposits of utility payments or other town receipts.
Geoffrey Herbst, of South Whitley, currently South Whitley’s town marshal, announced his bid for Whitley County Sheriff in the May 6 election.
Jack Thomson was appointed to the position of manufacturing manager of the Gripco Fastener Division.    Jack joined Gripco in 1952 and has been production manager of the plant since 1969.
Libby and Larry Reynolds, owners of the stately home on North State Street in South Whitley, asked residents of the area for any and all information they may have about the house, formerly known as “The Old Hotel”.  They intend to renovate the property so it may be on the National Register of Historic Homes list.
Liesl Boggs, daughter of Mr and Mrs Linden A. Boggs of Pierceton, was accepted by Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
Spec 4 Jacqueline M Reynolds, daughter of Andrew J. and Ora Reynolds of Pierceton, has re-inlisted in the US Army for four years.  Reynolds is an administrative specialist with the dental activity and is a 1982 graduate of Whitko High School.
Frank Bush, owner of Investors’ Realty of Warsaw, was elected president of Indiana CCIM Chapter No. 32 of the National Association of Realtors.  CCIM’s are individuals who, by education, experience, knowledge of the marketplace, are experts in commercial investment real estate. 
Tom Kessie and Dan Porter joined the South Whitley volunteer fire department.  Last week, the new members began training by learning the vrious equipment and procedures. With the gain of these two new members, the department’s manpower is now 17.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, January 21, 1971
Out-going president Frank Wiley turned over the gavel to Jim Bayman, the new president of the
South Whitley Chamber of Commerce.
The Whitley County Rural Club received the bronze award during Rural Youth State Day at Purdue University.  The award is based on an evaluation of the club’s education, recreation and community service during the past year.
Sgt. David A Jagger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Jagger of South Whitley is . stationed in Vietnam.  Sgt Jagger has been in the Army for more than a year.
Peggy Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fisher of South Whitley; Deborah Donis, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs Harold Donis of Fort Wayne; and Anne Reicke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reicke, of Churubusco won the DAR Good Citizen award, presented each year by the Col. Augustin de la Balme chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.  They were selected by their classmates and faculty on the basis of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
The South Whitley Town Board proclaimed the observance of Jaycee Week in South Whitley. Those present for the signing were board president James Anderson, Richard Sanson, Max Glassley and Jaycee vice president  Kenneth Peoples.
The South Whitley Lions Club and a fish fry and they announced the  fourth grade students who made the most sales.  The winners were, Tracey Lancaster, first place; Colleen Kreider, second place; Stacey Rhoades, third place; Johnathan Myers, fourth place and Paula Germann, fifth place.
At the Community Garden Club meeting this week, Lucia Harley gave an interesting program on covered bridges of Indiana.  The state has about 112 covered bridges and various groups are trying to retain them for historical purposes.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, January 26, 1961
Jeannine Vance, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.. Homer Vance  of South Whitley, was appointed to a position in this year’s Women’s Glee Club at Manchester College.  Jeannine is a South Whitley High School graduate and is a freshman this year at Manchester College.
Local chairmen of he new Mothers March on Polio met in South Whitley and Cleveland Township are preparing for the drive here on January 31. Mrs. Richard Yarnell will head the drive in the east part of South Whitley; Mrs. Gene Lancaster will head the drive on the west side of town; and Mrs. Carper Hathaway will head the drive through the township.
Metzger Brosl, of South Whitley, is the owner of two registered Guernseys which have completed official HIR production records, according to the American Guernsey Cattle Club.  Joans Butterfat Prudence, a 12-year-old, produced 10,744 pounds of milk and 506 pounds of fat in 305 days.  She was milked two times daily.  South View Scouts Josephine, a five year old, produced 11,135 pounds of milk and 562 pounds of fat in 305 days.  She was also milked two times daily.
John Pettigrew of Columbia City was elected president of the Whitley County 4-H Tractor Maintenance Club.  Other elected officers included Jim Pettigrew, Columbia City, vice-president; and David Rouch, Columbia City, Secretary-Treasurer.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, January 17, 1946
The local chairman of the Victory Clothing Drive, Mr George Talbert, requested all clothing donations to be made at the Grip Nut Company this week.  Reports are coming in from all over the world expressing gratitude to the American people for their donations last spring.  This winter, more than 300,000,000 war victims are dealing with poverty, disease, cold and hunger.
T. Sgt. Donald Miller arrived home Friday, discharged from the US Army after servicing two years.  He has returned from overseas after 15 months of service where he was a member of the Engineer’s Part and Supply Company bases on New Guinea and Leyte.
The South Whitley Bulldogs Whitley County Basketball Champions retained their crown and title Saturday night.  The Bulldogs defeated Churubusco in the opening game, 40-26.  Washngton Center was defeated next with a score of 47-34, then Coesse was beaten, 37-29, in the finals.
Staff Sgt. Nathan L. Tagmeyer, son of Mrs Velma Tagmeyer of Fort Wayne and grandson of Mrs Mary Gingher of South Whitley, twice-wounded veteran of World War II and holder of a Purple Heart, is already making plans when he is released from the hospital a year from now.  He plans to enter a Chicago art school and take courses in cartooning with the assistance of the GI Bill of Rights.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Whitko School Board meeting January 17, 2011

By TRSmith
PIERCETON - Eight second grade students of Bill Rhodes opened the Whitko Community School Board meeting to a rousing chorus of “The Stray Dog,” accompanied by Rhodes on the guitar.
Superintendent Steve Clason talked about three education-related bills under discussion by state legislators.
The “calendar bill” would start school the Tuesday following Labor Day and end it no later than June 10, still allowing local districts to determine vacation days.
"The superintendents say, if they’re going to start and end it, just make it a state-wide calendar," Clason said.
The calendar bill and a proposed law regarding school board election times both reduce local control.
Currently the local district, and other school board districts, has decided to hold school board elections during the May primary. The proposed law would move school board elections to a November general election.
“The feeling is those who vote in the primary are more aware of the different school board candidates,” Clason said.
The third bit of legislation Clason talked about was the school budget for the next two years, which now looks like a “flat-line” for schools.
In employment actions, Bruce Hansen was advised he is now the principal at South Whitley Elementary School and his two year contract was approved. Hansen has been interim principal since the beginning of the school year.
The board also accepted Erik Hisner’s resignation as the Whitko High School boys’ head tennis coach.
The following people were hired: Abby Spurlin, PES technology assistant; Ruth Romeo, PES Title 1 assistant; Nicole Watson and Sarah Bechtold, SWES teacher assistants; and Stephanie Campbell, PES office assistant and recess and lunch supervisor.
Hansen gave his building report noting that the student assessment tests – MAP, DIEBELS and AIMsweb – were underway.
He said four staff members would attend the Indiana Conference on Learning in Indianapolis, January 25, to participate in strategies that work and to receive a "Top Gainer" school award.
The Mizpah Shrine-sponsored trip to the circus is January 28 this year and will include fourth graders and third graders because the trip was cancelled last year due to weather conditions.
The Whitley County Spelling Bee is Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.; the FRIENDS Volunteer Mentor event is Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the annual father-daughter dance is Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Two teachers assistants were hired for third grade class rooms.
More than 60 applications were received for a Title 1 assistant position. Hansen commented that many applicants were certified teachers seeking this assistant’s job.
SWES began to pass out Bulldog Bones Awards as part of a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program.
PES principal Barb Ihnen said the Winter Literature Theatre is coming soon along with the Afternoon Rocks, a 12 week after school program designed to prevent drug and alcohol use.
PES also hired a Title I assistant and replaced the office assistant.
Ihnen said a committee will meet to discuss high-ability student needs; the school will host a Poetry Alive program brought by the Honeywell Center and a Mad Cap Science show sponsored by Whitley Forward.
At the middle school about 70 students enjoyed a ROAR rewards night, according to principal Jerry Klausing, which included a movie and getting the kids “liquored up on sugar.”
“There’s no supervision problem with these kids," Klausing said, "and they fall all
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over themselves to help out."

Whitko Middle School’s ROAR program rewards positive behavior and students with 10 reward slips are treated to the awards night.

"The eighth graders are too cool to come to the awards night," Klausing said, "but they put their slips in at the end of the year for the grand prize of an iPod."

Two students are using the APEX system - courses programed into a computer - to study certain subjects. One has a special education label, Klausing said, and basically he doesn’t do well with someone hovering over his shoulder. The computer-guided courses "have opened up the material for him."

A high ability seventh grader is using APEX to learn at a high school level.

"This really opens up questions about who can really benefit from APEX," Klausing said. "We’d like to get the money from someone and expand it to the middle school."

Principal Parrish Kruger said the Indiana High School Athletic Association ruled that the high school doesn’t have to count Pierceton Woods students unless they participate in athletics.

Whitko is currently has the smallest student population of the 3A schools and could go to 2A where they would be the largest school.

Finance officer Tom McFarland said the students wanting to play soccer will be under the $80 Pay-to-Play umbrella. Gate receipts are figured to be enough to cover officials’ pay and transportation. The coaches will be volunteers.

A social media policy is being drafted for school employees, according to Clason. One of the main questions of the policy is whether or not a teacher, with a Facebook account, say, should "Friend" a student. And, if a student is a designated friend and writes about an illegal activity, what the teacher’s responsibilities to report the comment are.

The next school board meeting is Monday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Larwill Town Council meeting 14January2011

Tribune-News correspondent
LARWILL – What a difference a month can make.  Last month Ralph Fitch, owner of a condemned home at 202 North Center Street argued with Larwill council members about repairs and sewer bills.  This month, Whitley County Building Inspector Craig Wagner was able to tell the council that significant repairs have been made to the home.
“There has been significant progress on the (work) order,” Wagner said.  “The majority of the order has been taken care of.”
Wagner listed the improvements, including new floor joists to replace the rotting floor, extermination treatment for powder post beetles, new basement steps, new plumbing and electrical systems, and filling in an open cistern in the basement. 
Heat in the home is still a problem, though.  According to Wagner, lack of a permanent heat source was the problem that originally led to evacuation of the building; tenants were attempting to heat with space heaters, overloading the electrical system.  
Wagner also said that if rented, the home will now be for a single-family. Formerly, Fitch had two tenants, although according to his daughter Kristina Osterman, the renovated home may not be rented. This concerned councilman Rick Flauding.
“If it’s not rented, what will happen?’ Flauding asked Osterman.
Osterman replied that Fitch may possibly sell the home and Flauding took issue with that.
“I want no possibilities. Either it’s sold or completed as a rental by the next meeting,” he said.  “We have dragged it out long enough.”
The council had advertised for demolition bids on the home and opened them at the meeting.   They decided to take the bids under advisement and give Fitch a little more time to finish the work.  If not completely satisfied, the council reserved the right to act on the demolition.
Flauding summed up, “bring it up to complete rental specs by the next meeting and the bids stay open.”
Additionally, Fitch will be responsible for any costs incurred by the town because he did not complete the work order on time. 
     In other business, a new sewer ordinance was introduced for a first reading.  Voting will take place at the February meeting.  Several ordinances were passed: funding for the Whitley County Humane Shelter at $435 for 2011; the 2011 salary ordinance with no changes form last year; and CEDIT expenditures of 55% on town infrastructure, 25% on wastewater system maintenance, and 20% with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
    Bids for garbage service were opened and taken under advisement to give council members time to study them.

Friday, January 14, 2011

South Whitley's Got Talent! Round One

The first round of South Whitley’s Got Talent contest was Thursday, January 13 at the South Whitley -Cleveland Township Public Library. Contestants were, in order of appearance: Phil Smith, playing acoustic guitar and singing, “I can't tell you why;” Ivory West, playing acoustic guitar and singing “Mercy;” Cody and Scott Thompson, singing and drumming “She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy:” Abby Thompson, singing ”Any Man of Mine;” Morgan Puterbaugh playing bass guitar and singing, ”Last Night on Earth”; Kiara Galloway dancing to ”Round and Round;” De Shockney, clogging to “Crank it Up” and Gina Guerin, singing “Casanova Cowboy.” Smith, West, Puterbaugh, Galloway, Shockney and Guerin move on to round 2, open to the public Thursday, January 20 at 6 p.m. at the library.    (Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Budding Poets

The students in Julie Underhill's third grade class at Pierceton Elementary School recently completed a unit on poetry. The students spent about a month learning about the craft of poetry and during this time wrote three poems:  a snapshot poem, a 5 senses poem, and a free verse poem.  They then gave a poetry reading for their parents featuring their favorite poem. Pictured are the students holding their poems at the poetry reading, row 1, from left: Makayla Berg, Devon Akers, Bailey Wright, Abigail Hartman, Ashlaun Dutton and Andrew Minnick; row 2: Colten King, Luke Chalk, Damian Gibson, Noah Dickerson, Bree Bidle, Addy Shockney and Meagon Christoffel; and row 3:  Sabastion Slater, Kaden Templeton, Gabe Gaff, Mrs. Underhill, Derek Stouder, Kaylee Allen, Angel Sexton and Emma Goodin.        (Photo provided)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

South Whitley Town Council meeting 1-11-11

After experiencing a summer of sewer construction and torn up streets, the good news is in for South Whitley.  David Harvey, from the engineering firm of Fleis and Vandenbrink, presented a flow monitoring report to the town council showing great improvement in keeping storm water out of the sanitary sewer.  Harvey showed the difference in flow through the sewer during a 1.1 inch rain in August of 2010 and a 1.3 inch rain in 2001.  There was a 70 percent inflow reduction of storm water in 2010, which shows how well the new system is working.
Harvey also presented the contract change order needed to close out the summer project. This order provided for payments as follows:
*  revision of several pay items to reflect actual installations: $51,777
*  two sidewalk curb cuts to meet American with Disabilities requirements: $4,500
*  cost offset due to moving storm sewers out of the curb lin and into the streets: -$27,000
*  thicker asphalt and wider cuts to meet INDOT requirements: $17,000
*  INDOT detour permits for the Fall Festival: $3,500
The total adjustment of $51,742 was approved by the council along with two final payments totaling $154,821 to API Construction Corporation.
One water problem remained for discussion: erosion at the Ed Ruckman property at the south end of Line Street. 
Harvey said he looked at the area and proposed two solutions.  One was to run a conduit sewer pipe to a pond on the property to carry away the excess water;  the other was to construct a swale leading to the pond to widen the overland flow of the water.  Harvey estimated that the conduit would cost $32,800 with construction of a swale costing about 2/3 to 1/2 less.  A solution is necessary because currently the town is responsible to repair any erosion damage to the property.  Ruckman was concerned that the proposed solutions would require excavation too near to a septic field on the property.  Utility Manager Dennis Eberhart planned to contact the county and determine exactly where the leach bed is located.  The council voted in favor of construction of a swale.
      The Fire and Ice Festival in Columbia City is coming up and council president Tonya WArner said that the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce has asked to display some of the ice sculptures in South Whitley.
     Town Marshal Dave Wilkinson said that a public meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. on January 25 to consider an application for a USDA grant toward the purchase of a squad car. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fundraiser for Whitko bus driver is January 29, 2011 in Huntington

Darrell Gregory is a Whitko Community School employee as a special needs school bus driver. 
He has islet pancreatic cancer and is needing expensive treatment medications uncovered by insurance.
A fundraiser for Gregory is planned for January 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1000 Flaxmill Road, Huntington.
The menu includes steaming bowls of chili, peanut butter sandwiches, relishes, desserts, water, tea and orange drink.
Donations for tickets are $5 per person in advance or $6 per person at the door.  For advance tickets, call 260-224-5835
Good will donations accepted.
All proceeds will be given to the Gregory family to help offset medical costs.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Property line dispute delays project completion

The Green Parrott building’s now outside wall remains uninsulated and exposed to the elements because of a property line dispute. The “leaning” building owned by Betty Deaton, which stood to the right, was ordered torn down and was removed in June. (Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

Tribune-News correspondent
Two years ago, local citizens Katie Till and Coleen French had a vision for updating old playground equipment in South Whitley’s town park. 
They began to serve on the park board and brought a design for a park with age-appropriate play areas to the council a year later; a feature of the design was a play village allowing interactive play for young children.  
Despite fundraising hampered by a slow economy, Till, French and the other park board members have managed to put $23,000 in the bank toward the park, they informed the town council on December 28.  
They can also count on $25,000 from the town’s 2010 budget and $15,000 from the 2011 budget, along with about $9,500 pledged for the new year. 
Although disappointed when a possible partnership with Parkview Hospital fell victim to the economy, Till and French are hopeful that they will receive a matching grant from the USDA.
“We will hold off (spending) until the first of the year to see if we get the grant and not risk losing any potential money,” French said.
With luck, construction of the play village will begin by mid-2011.
Council members will be seeking grant money themselves for the upcoming Phase II of the storm/sanitary sewer separation project, focusing on the wastewater treatment plant.  Tom Bernhard from the USDA Rural Development informed the council about federal grant and loan options. 
Brenhard said currently loans are available at 2.5 percent interest, with that rate being adjustable every quarter.  The first step toward eligibility is an engineering report, something the council directed engineering firm Fleis & Vandenbrink to do at the December 14, 2010 meeting.  The council received loan and grant applications for review.
As expected, the situation with an exposed outer wall at the Green Parrot bar is becoming critical with the onset of winter weather.
“We’ve already had busted pipes and heating bills are tremendous because there is no insulation,” owner Randy Striggle said.
The council had ordered that repairs to the wall be made by the end of November, but a question about the property line was raised by Gary Hicks, representing his mother-in-law, Betty Deaton, who owns the property to the south.
Hicks believes that a repaired south wall will encroach on the property line. Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer met with both parties early in December, and no solution was reached.  There will be no building permit issued by the county building department until the property line issue is resolved. 
The council has scheduled an executive meeting for January 11, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. to deal with the issue.
John Dunn is the council president for 2011; Tonya Warner, vice-president with Joan Eberhart as member.