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October 18th

Local man recovering from accident

October 18, 2013

STEUBEN COUNTY — A Columbia City man who was injured while working on Interstate 69 is on the road to recovery.

Reports say Brandon Morris, a 2004 Columbia City High School graduate, suffered a collapsed lung and several scrapes and bruises after he fell 13 feet off construction equipment on I-69 Thursday afternoon.

Whitko takes senior night victory

October 18, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s volleyball seniors finished out their final home match with a four-game win over Caston Thursday — better than that, the Lady Wildcats finished with the most regular-season wins since 1998 with nine victories.

The Lady Wildcats grabbed a 25-19 win in game one and a dominating 25-12 victory in the second game.

In game three, Whitko fell in a 25-20 match before coming back with an extra-point 29-27 win in the fourth and final game.

HEART OF GOLD: Ending date for entries extends

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The deadline for submitting nominations for the Whitley County Community Foundation’s Heart of Gold award has been extended to Wednesday.

Continuing an 18-year tradition, the Whitley County Community Foundation will host the annual Heart of Gold Awards in celebration of the people in the community who give of themselves to make life a little better for others.

“Whitley County is a great place to live and work thanks to the many thoughtful people who call it home,” said Chelsey Barrell of the Whitley County Community Foundation.

DOUBLE THE VOICES, DOUBLE THE ‘FUN’: County’s choir hosts new faces

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Approximately 15 new voices joined the Whitley Community Children’s Choir (WCCC) at Thursday night’s “try it” event.

A special evening was planned for students who might be interested in singing with WCCC.

Becky Walter, one of the choir’s leaders, called the event “a night to check us out.”

“We just about doubled the amount of voices in our choir tonight,” Walter said. “It is so much fun to see these kids grab a hold of an opportunity like this.”

PLANNING AND BUILDING: Board of Works mulls certification

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works is taking some extra time making a decision about sending an employee for a certification.

Dave Sewell is Whitley County’s executive director for the Planning and Building Department, and there is a $1,500 certification available to him through a consulting firm, High Performance Government.

The firm is seeking all planning and building directors in Northeast Indiana to join forces in creating a more standardized process for permit application, as well as sharing other techniques to make Northeast Indiana a prime location for new business.

EDUCATIONAL EQUILIBRIUM: WCCS finds balance in class sizes

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With consistent budget cuts and little room for additional staff, many Indiana schools are struggling with class sizes.

Despite the difficulty, Whitley County Consolidated Schools has balanced out its classes — for now.

WCCS had a slightly higher enrollment this school year — two students — but as population grows and more students are attending school, changes may need to be made.

Burnworth swimmers break records

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A total of 14 records were broken by Burnworth Pool swimmers this summer.

Coached by Pat Willliams, the team saw six relay records and eight individual records fall.

New medley relay records were set by three teams. Sophia Hatcher, Mykaela Crowell, Shauna Jo Young and Lauren Liston set the new record for 11-and 12-year-old girls at 2:27.05.

Charlie Varga, Aaron Fix, Ryan Devito and Telly Varga set the new record for the 11 and 12-year-old boys in the medley relay with a mark of 2:17.45.

MISCONDUCT: Wilkinson pleads guilty to sex charges

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Chais A. Wilkinson, 19, was arrested in September.

He was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor as a Class D felony. The minimum sentence is six months and the maximum is three years.

When reading the charges, Judge James Heuer said Wilkinson performed or submitted to fondling with a 14-year-old female victim.

Wilkinson will be sentenced Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.

October 17th

GARAGE SALES: ‘Ordinance needs enforcement’

October 17, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — With Churubusco leaders working on a revised garage sale ordinance, Wayne Yager, a resident, offered an example of why the town needs an enforceable policy.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Yager told Town Council members that he felt the town’s ordinances were not being enforced.

“You need to be doing a better job of enforcing ordinances pertaining to the appearance of the town,” Yager said.

According to Yager, a home on West Whitley Street held a garage sale which lasted for a lengthy period of time.

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Whitko playing for championship

October 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s football team had its five-game winning streak snapped last week against Rochester.

Even worse for the 5-3 Wildcats, their loss to the Zebras was their first to a Three Rivers Conference opponent.

This week, though, Whitko still has much to play for when it takes the field. The Wildcats can put the 26-9 loss to the Zebras in the rearview mirror and focus on visiting Tippecanoe Valley.

The winner of the game between the Wildcats and Vikings will get at least a share of the TRC championship, and possibly more.

 

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