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UPDATE: Fort Wayne bomb squad to dispose of bomb

July 31, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY - According to Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively, Fort Wayne's bomb squad has possession of the bomb found at Ace Hardware in Columbia City, and will dispose of it properly.

The bomb was found after a tip from a citizen about a customer buying precursors for meth.

Upon investigation, shrapnel and gun powder were found in the vehicle, along with two BB guns.

Area businesses were evacuated. Captain Hively said he cleared a 300-yard radius as a safety precaution. Columbia City was never declared in a state of emergency.

BOMB FOUND IN COLUMBIA CITY: Fort Wayne bomb squad en route to Whitley County

July 31, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Police Department is urging Whitley County residents to avoid the area of Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware, 200 Diplomat Drive as police report locating a bomb at or near the store Tuesday afternoon.
At press time, members of a bomb squad from Fort Wayne are enroute to Columbia City to investigate as area businesses near the scene are being evacuated. More information will be provided here as it develops and a complete story will appear in the Wednesday edition of The Post & Mail

4-H OPEN SHOW: Area adults shine

July 31, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The 2012 Whitley County 4-H Fair offered something for all ages, including adults, who were eligible to enter the Open Adult Show.
Winners of the 2012 show were:
PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Galen Gilbert.
BAKED GOODS
Adabelle Lang, division winner
DECORATED CAKES
Renee Galloway, participant.
Pies
Joyce Berry, class winner; Sharon Geiger and Stephanie Zumbrun, honorable mention
COOKIES
Adabelle Lang, class winner; Ema Lou Rose, Marilyn Hull, Bonnie Platz, honorable mention; Elizabeth Binkley, Sue Collier, Judy Kreider, participants.
QUICK BREAD

HEALTH DEPT.: West Nile mosquito is here

July 31, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY ­ — As health officials around the state and other parts of the Midwest caution residents to be wary of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile Virus, it was announced Monday afternoon such a threat is no longer just a possibility.
“I was contacted today (Monday) by the state that Whitley County has the West Nile mosquito,” said Scott Wagner of the Whitley County Health Department.
“They just called me today. They found pools of these mosquitoes growing at the (Columbia City) Wastewater Treatment Plant.”

CHILDCARE: New program a welcome relief for families

July 31, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY ­ — Monday marked a new beginning for the Whitley County YMCA. The Early Learning Center opened its doors to serve as Whitley County’s newest childcare program.
The YMCA opened its new childcare program in response to the recent surprise closing of Stepping Stones day care.
According to YMCA Executive Director Erica Miller, offering the program was a natural fit for the YMCA.
“It’s the YMCA’s mission to meet the needs of the community and we saw the need to have a childcare program.”

CONVICTED KILLER RELEASED: Local resident recollects case

July 31, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Twenty-nine years after William J. Spranger was convicted of shooting Avilla Town Marshal William “Bill” Miner Jr., Spranger was released from the Plainfield Correctional Facility Sunday.
John Barrett, who currently sits on the Whitley County Council and works security at the Whitley County Courthouse, was an investigator for the Indiana State Police at the time of the shooting.
Barrett worked the case with Noble County Prosecutor David Laur, and he interviewed Spranger, who was 18-years-old when he shot Miner.

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