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SUSPECTS IN COURT: Alleged church burglar has initial hearing

February 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man accused of stealing from a local church had his initial court appearance Monday.

Cody Miller, 21, was accused of burglary and theft after he allegedly stole priceless artifacts from Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Columbia City.

A church relic, a gold metal container and a set of brass keys, along with a small amount of money and checks were taken from the church.

The relic, a metal cross containing a small bone fragment of Saint Paul of the Cross, had been broke open to determine its value for scrap, police said.

SAFEGUARDING YOUR SAVINGS: Incident thwarted in S. Whitley

February 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While Fort Wayne has been dealing with an abundance of bank robberies, Whitley County has stayed under the radar — for the most part.

Police received a call Tuesday morning of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a bank in South Whitley.

According to police scanner traffic, bank employees may have seen a man wearing a ski mask parked outside of the bank.

According to the scanner, the vehicle took off before police arrived, and traveled southbound out of town.

Police in the area have been paying special attention to banks and credit unions.

TOWN IMPROVEMENT: Committees look to move ahead in South Whitley

February 28, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Some ideas are finding their way to fruition in South Whitley.

After several brainstorming sessions, Whitley on The Move (WOTM) formed a handful of committees to take community suggestions and begin working on action plans to bring those ideas to life.

Now, two committees have the opportunity to move out of the brainstorming stage and into a planning progression.

Julia Robinson, WOTM’s organizer, gave town council members an update at Tuesday night’s meeting.

PENCE SIGNS: Farm tax hike halted with new Indiana bill

February 28, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed his first piece of legislation since taking office.

The bill prevents an estimated $57 million property tax increase on Hoosier farmers by delaying the use of new soil productivity factors in farmland assessment.

Legislators want the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and the Purdue University College of Agriculture to complete a study on the process.

Indiana Representative Kathy Heuer was in Columbia City Saturday to convey the importance of this bill to local farmers.

Columbia City handles Knights, 74-28

February 28, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — "You never know what's going to happen in game one," Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said after the Eagles' sectional opener against a struggling East Noble team.

There were no surprises at Carroll Wednesday night, as Columbia City took a lopsided 74-28 win over the Knights.

"Everybody had to come out ready to go," Benedict said. "I'm really happy with the way our guys came out defensively, it put us in control of the game from the get-go."

The Eagles held East Noble to only one basket, a 3-pointer, in the first eight minutes.

CHANGING CLASSES: Numbers may mean changes for local schools

February 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The IHSAA has released its enrollment figures that will determine sports classification for the next two years.

2013-14 and 2014-15 are the schools years covered by the new figures.
Official reclassification has not occurred yet. Sectional assignments for the sports affected by the enrollment numbers (football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer) will happen in April and will receive final approval April 29.

While the assignments are not official, a glance at the enrollment numbers could indicate changes for some area schools.

Dennis Palmer, 56

February 28, 2013

Dennis Wayne Palmer, 56, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 16, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of Neil Burwell and Patty Ann (Hoffman) Palmer.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, he graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1976. On Dec. 12, 2012, he married Christine Lynn Bowman in Larwill.

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