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Alleged meth manufacturer appears in court

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman allegedly involved in a mobile meth lab busted in June had a pretrial conference in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Braidon Hall, 19, was arrested in June and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of two or more meth precursors, along with other drug-related charges.

She pleaded not guilty in June and hired Greggory Hockemeyer as her attorney.

Hockemeyer asked for a two-week continuance to Hall’s pretrial conference, as he needs to review discovery information.

Doused lad

August 9, 2013

Tracy Wade holds her 1-year-old son Andrew at the Morsches Park Splash Pad, while her 4-year-old daughter Samantha looks on.

PROFESSIONAL PRICE: Development has a cost

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— For years, area school districts have been investing in professional development for their boards and administrators.

However, this training comes with a price, and it is an essential piece every year the budget pie is sliced.

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VACANT CROSSING: Railroad stretch to close

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Indiana’s Department of Transportation (INDOT) will be vacating a stretch of road and a railroad crossing in Whitley County.

In order to accomplish that, the county must close the southern approach to the railroad crossing, which is located on CR 700 East.

According to Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester, INDOT wishes to take the railroad equipment at that crossing and use it on a busier intersection.

CONGESTION CONTAINED: New road may ease U.S. 33 traffic

August 9, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Traffic could possibly be rerouted from U.S. 33, north of Churubusco, for those vehicles traveling to C&A Tool Engineering and BRC Rubber and Plastics, two large manufacturing facilities on the outskirts of town.

At Wednesday’s Churubusco Town Council meeting, a plan to construct a new road at the edge of town would create an alternative traffic pattern, lessening the back up of vehicles that occurs in town at certain times of day.

Prepping for pow wow

August 9, 2013

Bill Crouch, right, works to set up a fence with his grandson, Benjamin Hunter, left. The two are setting up, along with Bill’s wife and Benjamin’s grandmother, Jane, for the Mihsihkinaahkwa PowWow, which will be held at Morsches Park this weekend.

West Nile confirmed in county

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — According to the Indiana State Board of Health, seven pools of water have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Whitley County.

Environmental Health Specialist Scott Wagner said the pools were located at Columbia City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Tests were conducted July 26 and the State Board of Health made the confirmation official Friday.

“It’s a good reminder for people to take care of standing water on their property,” Wagner said. “Any faulty septic systems should be dealt with as well.”

Main Bowl revitalizing for the future

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A desire to give local bowlers excellent facilities has led a long-time alley to remodel.

Main Bowl plans to open for the bowling season Labor Day Weekend. Right now, though, the building is in the middle of extensive renovations.

According to owner Kent Miller, the remodel is part of changing with the times.

“I guess I am a believer that if you don’t continue to update your business, you won’t have a business to worry about,” he said.

NEAR MISS: Golfers survive wind storm

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Golf is not considered as violent or dangerous of a sport as football, rugby or hockey.

But golf courses can have their moments of danger, as area linkers found out Wednesday.

A strong storm cell hit Crooked Lake Golf Course Wednesday evening. Course owner Bill Schumaker said he had warned golfers on the course of the coming storm, but that nobody expected it to be very serious.

Robert Lysaght, 80

August 9, 2013

Robert D. Lysaght, 80, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.
He was born July 8, 1933, in St. Joseph, Mo.
He worked as a plant manager at Essex and United Technologies. He served in the U.S. Airforce and was a member of the local American Legion, VFW, and Am Vets.

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