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Archive - Dec 20, 2012

PLANNING FOR THE WORST: Smith Green grateful for forethought

December 20, 2012

CHURUBUSCO ­— Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees expressed concern for school safety in light of the Newtown attacks.
Matt Widenhoefer, Churubusco Junior-Senior High School assistant principal, expressed sorrow and empathy for the families, students and teachers affected by the recent school shooting in Newtown last week.
Although administrators and board members discussed the increasing need for security and school safety, there was an air of relief for the measures already in place on campus.

VICTIM IDENTIFIED: Six-year old girl struck by vehicle while walking home

December 20, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The six-year-old girl who was struck by a vehicle Monday night has been identified. Evelyn Richcreek was hit by a car on West Ellsworth Street as she was walking home from her neighbor’s house.
Richcreek suffered multiple injuries, including a bruised liver, punctured lung and head lacerations.

According to police, Richcreek was walking from the south side of Ellsworth Street to her home on the north side at 614 W. Ellsworth St.
She was just a few feet away from her driveway when she was struck by a car that was traveling westbound.

ECONOMIC FORECAST: Whitley County economy looks to adapt

December 20, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The state of Whitley County’s economy at the close of 2012 proves the area is continuing in its strengths and hoping to stay adaptive with the challenges and changes that the future might bring.
The occupations that are most in-demand in Whitley County are health care, specifically nursing, and skilled manufacturing, such as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC)-certified individuals.

Looking towards the future though, there is still a need for skilled workers in the region.

IS IT THE END?: Mayan calendar runs out of dates as people run for cover

December 20, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — “It’s the end of the world as we know it,“ so sang the 1980s rock band R.E.M. Ask one out of 10 Americans and they would agree — the world is going to end when the Mayan calendar reads Friday, 12/21/12.

There is a fear of the world’s end tomorrow. Some believe that polar shifts will happen causing tsunamis and earthquakes. Some think a rogue planet will collide with Earth.

In a report filed with the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe many of the claimed fates waiting the world are debunked with practical evidence.

Whitko falls to Plymouth

December 20, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko boys basketball team lost to Plymouth on Wednesday at home.

The Wildcats fell by a final margin of 62-36. The loss drops Whitko to 1-7 on the season. Plymouth is now 6-1.

Whitko will play at the North Miami Tournament on Dec. 28-29.

After that, the conference slate picks up again for the Wildcats. The team will play Three Rivers Conference opponents in six of its first seven games of January.

The Wildcats currently stand at 0-1 in conference play, having dropped the inaugural league game on Dec. 14 against Tippecanoe Valley.

PROTECTING THE PISTOL: Citizens apply the right to bear arms while they still can

December 20, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — While the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting has made some Americans fear guns — it’s been nearly the opposite effect for local residents.

As guns appear to be flying off the shelves, many citizens are exercising their right to bear arms, as President Obama created a gun task force Wednesday — with the potential for more gun control.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department has seen a dramatic increase in gun permit applications. WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said before the Sandy Hook tragedy, the department typically saw two to three permit applications per week.

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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