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Archive - Jul 2013

July 22nd

SELF-DEFENSE: Not all violence is equal

July 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Personal safety concerns are on the rise as crime has been more violent and frequent in Whitley County recently.

With sexual attacks against minors repeatedly reaching the inside of Whitley County courtrooms, some citizens have started asking, “What can we do to keep ourselves and our kids safe?”

Dean Houser is a martial arts expert and managing director for Living Arts do jo in Columbia City.

Through his training in martial arts and overall fitness, he has developed a program to teach personal defense and safety.

AUTUMN CELEBRATION: City plans on fall festival

July 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — According to Columbia City Park Director Mark Green, if the July 3 fireworks at Morsches seemed smaller — it’s because they were.

Green said part of the fireworks budget will be used for the fall festival, which will be returning to the city this year.

In 2012, the city held the Whitley County Fall Festival in September. This was an opportunity for citizens to see a fireworks display and enjoy other activities at Morsches Park. There were no Independence Day fireworks in 2012 due to drought conditions.

MAKING THE GRADE: WCCS seeks fairness in grade system

July 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An effort to be fair to all students led Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees to discuss valedictorians and possible changes to its grade-weighting system.

Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor said she would like to propose the Board of Trustees make a motion to eliminate increased grade weights for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

While brainstorming this issue, some on the board said the designations of valedictorian and salutatorian have created a great deal of trouble, possibly more than either is worth.

July 19th

FIRE EXTINGUISHED

July 19, 2013

The chemical fire at C&R Plating has been extinguished.
The air-conditioning and open window recommendation has been lifted in Columbia City. The southwest corner of the city was under this recommendation because of a chemical fire at C & R Plating in Columbia City.
All streets are now open in the southwest corner of the city.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel advises that citizens who feel a burning sensation on their skin or have a rash should use cold water and soap to wash it away. If symptoms persist, they should contact a medical professional.

CHEMICAL FIRE UPDATE

July 19, 2013

Individuals living south of Market Street, east of Walnut Street and West of Chauncey Street in Columbia City are being asked to restrict their air conditioning usage. Individuals in this part of the city are advised to remain in doors with no windows open and the air conditioner turned off.

If residents wish to go somewhere away from their home, they are welcome to go to City Hall, the County Government Center or the First Church of God.

BREAKING NEWS: Chemical fire injures several

July 19, 2013

A chemical fire at C & R Plating in Columbia City has left several people injured.

The fire broke out this afternoon at the plant, located at 302 Factory Avenue, near the intersection of South Line Street.

Columbia City residents have been asked to turn off air conditioners and close windows to avoid breathing in the possibly dangerous chemical smell, according to Whitley County Emergency Management.

Emergency officials sent out a notification at 1:02 p.m. stating that South Street was closed due to the fire.

Ferrell garners top honors in 4-H sheep contest

July 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Ashley Ferrell won the Market Lamb Grand Champion at the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Fair Sheep Show.

Dale Reiff was named reserve grand champion in market lamb.

Ferrell was also the grand champion and reserve grand champion for ewe.

For showmanship, Eryn Schinbeckler finished first overall in the showman of showmen category.

Results by class and breed

Grand Champion Market Lamb: Ashley Ferrell (Hampshire)
Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb: Dale Reiff (Cross)
Grand Champion Ewe: Ashley Ferrell (Cross Yearling)

Round robin takes center ring

July 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County 4-Hers competed in the Small Animal Round Robin contest Wednesday.

The participants are each the "Showman of Showmen" in their own categories of poultry, goats and rabbits.

However, for the round robin contest, they each had to show a random animal from each species.

The highest score altogether would be the winner of the event.

The extreme heat proved too much for the goats. That portion of the contest was cut short for the animals’ comfort and safety.

Running through the city

July 19, 2013

A group of runners take off from the starting line of the Whitley County 4-H 4K last Saturday.

Another running event will be held this Saturday, the Salute a Soldier 5K. The event will start and finish at Tractor Supply Inc., and run through Columbia Shores and Morsches Park.

Pre-race events begin at 7:35 a.m., with a poem, prayer and the National Anthem. The 5K is slated to begin at 8 a.m.

Pets parade for judge at county’s 4-H fair

July 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The pet judging for the Whitley County 4-H Fair attracted only four entries Tuesday.

However, due to the variety of pets, judge Beth Ann Spisak, a local veterinarian technician, placed the animals in two groups.

The mammals included a hedgehog and a ferret while the exotic group was made up of a parrot and iguana.

The results for the Pets Contest named Isabel Braun as Grand Champion in the Mammal Division.

Brett Fry took Grand Champion in the Exotic Division.

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