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Archive - Aug 2013

August 2nd

County’s road fund to see $1.36M boost

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County roads, bridges and highways will benefit from a $1.36 million increase in road funding.

According to Indiana State Senator Jim Banks, the increase was in place July 1, but will occur during the next two years.

“Reliable roads and infrastructure are essential to a strong economy,” Banks said. “This allows us to transport goods and services more easily.”

Volleyball champs

August 2, 2013

Minear Real Estate held a sand volleyball tournament on Saturday. Pictured above are event organizers and some tournament participants. The first place team consisted of Derek Hinen, Dylan Hinen, Tyler Mosher, Blake Downing. The second place team’s members were: Jake Fitzmaurice, Derek Yoder, Travis Chamamile, Josh Chamamile, Josh Martain, Aaron Martin and Ken Asfour and the third place team was made up of: TJ Minear, Nicole Minear, Jason Fore, Trevor Hull, Grant Bockelman, Kyle Rucks. Teams played a double-elimination rally score tournament that started at 11 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m.

GUILTY PLEA: Hartman admits to drug crimes

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A week after her accomplice admitted guilt, a Columbia City woman acknowledged her role in an attempted drug deal in June.

Savannah Hartman, 20, pleaded guilty to dealing in a Schedule II controlled substance, which is a Class B felony.

In a soft voice, Hartman admitted she aided or caused Krystal Thornsbearry to arrange a drug deal for 35 pills of oxycodone. Thornsbearry pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court last week.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Classes will resume soon after short break

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For some students, it might feel like summer has just started.

Despite those potential thoughts, classes will be beginning for Whitley County schools later this month.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will have its first day of classes Tuesday, Aug. 13. Whitko begins Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) will commence Friday, Aug. 16.

If students are thinking their summer break is shrinking, they might be correct. WCCS held its last day of school June 10. Smith-Green’s was Wednesday, June 5 and Whitko’s was May 28.

SPLASH PAD FUN

August 2, 2013

Benjamin Wheaton, 21 months, watches streams of water cascade from brightly lit pipes at Churubusco’s splash pad, known as Paul’s Pad, Tuesday.

He was at the splash pad with his mother, Alicia. Churubusco’s park is undergoing some improvements. New bathroom facilities are being planned, which is made possible in part by private donations as well as grants. There are also some upgrades to the soccer fields that have recently been completed.

BEAUTY GIFT: ETA aims to help girls

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “Hidaya Neo” – in Africa means “beautiful gift,” and it happens to be the name of a special workshop designed for high school girls at Eagle Tech Academy, Columbia City, taking place Aug. 15.

Several community leaders have joined with ETA students to collaborate on a one-day event that will feature six workshops to help develop female students in areas that can better them for the future, but also give them practical tools for present challenges.

BLOCK PARTY: Community uniting for kids

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Children playing at Morsches Park is not an uncommon occurrence on a summer Saturday morning. However, this Saturday, the park will serve two purposes – fun and function.

The Salvation Army of Whitley County has been collecting school supplies for Whitley County children in need. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Morsches Park in Columbia City, school-aged children can receive supplies to help ease the financial burden parents face when preparing for school to start.

August 1st

Mom-son meth pair pleads not guilty

August 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A mother and son accused of selling chemicals to make methamphetamine pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

Melodie Meyer, 39, and Robert Barnett 22, both of Columbia City, were arrested July 24 for unlawful sale of a precursor and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Both crimes are Class D felonies, which carry a minimum period of 6 months of incarceration and a maximum sentence of three years.

WCCS to select new board member Monday

August 1, 2013

Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will be selecting a new member for its Board of Trustees Monday.

WCCS will hold a work session Monday at 5:30 p.m. At that time, potential board members will be interviewed and a decision is expected.

A vacancy came up for the WCCS board when board member Chris Bechtold resigned to take a teaching position in the district. Teachers in the district are not permitted to be board members.

Whitko H.S. strikes up the band

August 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With summer ending and a new school year soon to begin, high school marching bands are starting to rehearse.

Whitko Marching Pride, with about 30 members for the 2013-14 school year, has been working on their show this week, and will continue next week during the annual band camp.

The camp is dedicated to the learning the year’s marching band show—the music and drill—for eight hours a day, every day, usually for a week.

Three pieces of music, which run for a total of about seven minutes, must be memorized by the band members.

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