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September 20, 2014

911 service not working

The Whitley County Sheriff Department is not receiving 911. In case of emergency, please call 244-6410 opt 1 or 260-693-3943. UPDATE: Service has been restored. 911 is now working properly.

September 17, 2014

Judy declared winner of District 83 State Representative's caucus Tuesday

Artist fills canvas of 'super' proportions

Huntington University exhibit explores legacy of Ireland's famine

By Heather Barkley

Messengers of Yesterday, a photography exhibit by Cynthia O’Dell, will be on exhibit in the Robert E. Wilson Gallery at Huntington University from now until October 17. On Saturday, September 27, the public is invited to hear O’Dell speak about her work. The reception will take place in the Wilson Gallery from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Admission to the exhibit is free, and the gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., before and after all Merillat Centre for the Arts performances and by appointment.
In Messengers of Yesterday, O’Dell, a photography professor, explores the legacy of Ireland’s 1845-1852 famine, also known as An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger), and the perpetual migration narrative that has shaped Ireland’s identity since that great trauma.
Photographs of her ancestors, engravings from the Illustrated London News and quotes taken from the “1937 Schools’ Folklore Scheme,” commissioned by the Irish Folklore commission, have been transferred to transparencies and re-photographed in the contemporary Irish landscape.
The quotes give privilege to folk memory and those who attempt to remember this great trauma in Irish history and the illustrations from the Illustrated London News (published between 1845 and 1852) demonstrate the significant changes to the land since then. Simultaneously, the photographic transparency layered over the contemporary landscape becomes a metaphorical device, exploring dislocation and absence, as the past and present visually entwine.
O’Dell grew up with what she calls an inheritance of longing. As a child, her own family’s narrative was one of dislocation, due to lost homes, expulsion from rental properties and disrupted family dynamics. This prompted a nostalgic yearning for a vague Irish heritage. This early life experience dovetailed with stories of her ancestors being forced to leave Ireland, and so her empathy for that kind of dislocation and loss of place continually draws her there.
The project seeks to validate the cultural memory of a community, explores the lineage of colonization, and examines a legacy of dislocation. O’Dell is attempting to re-position the famine within a 21st century framework, from the perspective of an American with Irish ancestry. The project debuted in Ireland at the National Famine Commemoration (May 2013).
For more information about Huntington University’s Robert E. Wilson Gallery, log on to www.huntington.edu/wilson-gallery/. To learn more about O’Dell and her work, visit http://cindyodell.com/.

September 16, 2014

Snapshots: 2014 United Way of Whitley County's Day of Caring

Susie shares her 'Reunion Revelations'

Our esteemed columnist Susie Duncan Sexton shares her 'Reunion Revelations' from her Class of '64 reunion held last Saturday in Columbia City...click here to read her latest installment of Old Type Writer.

Board members sought to run for open spots on Whitley County 4-H Inc.

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If you have a love for the 4-H program and want to see it continue to be one of the strongest fairs in the state, you should consider running for the 4-H Inc. Board of Directors. The board of directors (Fair Board) is comprised of 14 members. One-third of the board members are elected annually by the Whitley County 4-H Inc. membership at the annual meeting held in November.
The Fair Board is seeking individuals with strong leadership and communication skills; experience and knowledge in marketing; finances; non-profit and membership organization management; outside festivals/events; legal; business and strategic planning. This volunteer position requires a lot of time, is often stressful, and requires making difficult & sometimes unpopular decisions – but the reward is watching our Whitley County 4-H youth grow and succeed in becoming productive adults.
If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, contact Jeff Geiger at 229-0635 or by email jeffgeiger71@hotmail.com.

Whitley County Humane Society seeks board candidates

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The Whitley County Humane Society is seeking volunteer candidates to serve on their board of directors to serve in the position of treasurer. The current board treasurer is being relocated and so a new treasurer will be needed.
This is an unpaid volunteer position.
Qualified board candidates would have a financial background, preferably at the CPA level, have past experience with non-profit organizations, be able to devote 1 to 3 hours per week to work on payroll, reconcile checking and work with the board president on financial matters. Additionally, ideal candidates would be able to attend a monthly board meeting lasting from 1 to 2 hours.
For more information or to share your interest in becoming a candidate for the Whitley County Humane Society, contact Laura Underwood at underwood_laura@yahoo.com

CCHS Show Choir presents Spaghetti Dinner at the Whitley County 4-H Center on October 18

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The Columbia City High School Show Choir will present their annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center. Dinners are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. The elegant evening will feature dinner and a show presented by the teens. Tickets are available in advance from show choir parents.

September 15, 2014

Republicans seek candidate for slot on November ballot in wake of auditor's resignation

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

With the former auditor's name formally removed from the November ballot, Whitley County GOP chairman Matt Boyd is seeking a permanent replacement for the office.
According to Boyd, former auditor Jennifer McGuire submitted a general election candidate withdrawal form on September 9, removing her name from the ballot and enabling Boyd to initiate the process.
"Jennifer McGuire is no longer residing in Whitley County so she is not eligible to be a candidate for the office of Whitley County Auditor," Boyd said. Additionally, an investigation of the former auditor's office is reportedly ongoing by the Indiana State Police.
A caucus to place a new Republican candidate on the ballot will be held this Thursday, September 18, at 7 p.m. in the Whitley County Government Center.
"The Republican candidate that wins this caucus to have their name placed on the November 4, 2014 General Election Ballot will become the next Whitley County Auditor as there is no Democrat challenger for the office," said Boyd. "The term of the office starts on January 1, 2015."
The public is invited to attend, however, only the Republic precinct committee members will be allowed to vote in the caucus.

Caucus slated for Tuesday to fill Heuer's seat

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

District 83 State Representative Kathy Heuer of Whitley County submitted a formal resignation from her office on August 21, creating a vacancy local Republicans will take a hand in filling this week.
According to Whitley County GOP chairman Matt Boyd, the caucus will be run by he Indiana Republican Party because it is a state-level office. The elected individual would remain in office until the end of the term and will be replaced by the winner of November's general election.
The caucus will be held this Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Whitley County Government Center in the first floor meeting room.
The public is invited to attend and observe.

Peabody Public Library seeking teams for first annual scavenger hunt Saturday

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Peabody Public Library is pleased to offer this community event for all ages! 
Excitement is building for the Peabody Public Library's first annual Community Scavenger Hunt. To join the adventure, form a team of 4-6 people to read and decipher clues from around the community. There is a limit of 10 teams so be sure to sign up soon.  The first three teams back win prizes, but everyone will have fun finding clues in this this first annual event! The hunt takes place at 11 a.m. this Saturday, September 20, and begins at the library. 
To register your team, please call the library at 244-5541.

Parents, students invited to investigate post-high school opportunities at upcoming College Fair

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Columbia City High School is sponsoring an area College Fair Monday, October 6, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for high school students and parents. This event is sanctioned by the Indiana Association for College Admission Counselors (IACAC).
Over 45 two-year and four-year colleges and universities from Indiana and the tri-state region, Armed Service representatives, and Scholarship Programs will be in attendance to share information and answer questions. This is a great opportunity for students and families to develop a communication link with college admission officials and to find out about specific programs and financial aid opportunities that are available. 

Heart of Gold Award nominees sought

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Continuing a nineteen year tradition, the Whitley County Community Foundation will host the annual Heart of Gold Awards in celebration of the people in our community who give of themselves to make life a little better for others.
Whitley County is a great place to live and work thanks to the many thoughtful people who call it home.  Your neighbors, friends and co-workers may be among those who deserve to be recognized.  Any person living in Whitley County, regardless of age, who enhances another’s life is eligible to be nominated.
Whitley County residents may nominate someone for a Heart of Gold Award simply by filling out a nomination form which can be found at businesses throughout the community, public libraries or at the Whitley County Community Foundation.  The forms will also be published in county media.  People who have been nominated in years past are eligible for nomination again in 2014, as long as they are recognized for a different act of kindness.   Wednesday October 15, 2014, is the deadline for submitting the nomination forms to the Whitley County Community Foundation.
This is not an essay contest, and anyone needing assistance to fill out a nomination form should contact the Community Foundation at 244-5224.  Excerpts from actual nomination forms may be reprinted in local media and should be suitable for sharing with the public.  Click here to open a form.

CHS, Ag Plus enter partnership to build liquid fertilizer facility in Columbia City

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CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, and Ag Plus, LP, South Whitley, announced today they have formed a 50-50 joint venture company to construct and operate a liquid fertilizer facility near Columbia City. The facility will have 3 million gallons of liquid storage and 130,000 gallons of chemical storage.
The new liquid facility near Columbia City will primarily serve farmer-owners of Ag Plus LP retail business, and CHS will also serve its nearby wholesale customers from this location. “Farmers are increasingly looking for ways to maximize their time and input costs, and liquid fertilizer application lets them apply nutrients at planting, saving time and trips across the field, getting their crops off to a good start,” said Jeff Mize, CEO, Ag Plus, LP. “Our new, larger and more efficient facility will give area growers better overall fertilizer service and options.”
The new facility will offer 24-hour load out of UAN and 10-34-0 fertilizers and will allow Ag Plus to more than double its load out capacity. “CHS is focused on expanding its crop nutrients business to continue to provide its retail customers with an assured, timely supply of crop nutrients vital to profitable crop production,” said Cheryl Schmura, CHS vice president, Crop Nutrients, marketing and sales. “Our partnership with Ag Plus adds critical storage capacity in a key geography.”
Plant construction will begin soon and expected completion is December 2014.