October 4th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from the elderly had her first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Nicole L. Smith, 43, of Larwill, was arrested Sept. 24 and charged with three counts of burglary, one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of possession of a legend drug.
Smith pleaded not guilty and stated she would hire her own attorney.
According to case reports, Smith was allegedly the perpetrator behind two thefts of prescription drugs from Oak Pointe Assisted Living.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A budget change went into affect when Mayor Ryan Daniel took office in 2012, and many believe it was for the better.
Previously, the police department's squad cars were purchased through the city's general funds.
With the department replacing 2-3 vehicles per year, some citizens were distraught that local tax money was funding the new vehicles.
After some adjustments to the budget, Daniel decided to use the city's "riverboat" money to purchase squad cars.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local family rescued a dog this past summer and now hopes he can find a good home.
Cassie Bilderback, of Columbia City, said she and her daughters were given a Labrador-Retriever mixed-breed male about four months ago. At the time, he weighed only 40 pounds, had untrimmed nails and a rubbed-down, raw nose.
â€śHe had to be trained to use the restroom outside,â€ť Bilderback said. â€śHe needed constant care because he was so sick.â€ť
Now up to a healthy weight, the dog, who was dubbed Grizzly by the Bilderback family, now needs a home.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s athletics picked up a win and a loss Thursday night.
The Lady Wildcats beat Canterbury in a four-game volleyball match, but the Wildcat boys soccer team fell 4-0 to Garrett.
Whitney Hobbs led the way for Whitkoâ€™s volleyball squad.
Hobbs had 13 kills and three aces.
The Lady Wildcats won the first game 25-17, but fell 25-21 in game two.
Whitko retaliated in games three and four, winning 25-20 and 25-22 to pick up the win.
Elaine Warner had 26 assists for the Lady Wildcats.
KENDALLVILLE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s volleyball team took a four-game victory over Northeast Hoosier Conference foe East Noble Thursday night.
The Lady Eagles opened up the first game with a quick, 25-15 win, but lost by nearly the same margin in game two, falling 25-14.
Columbia City refocused in the third game, beating the Lady Knights 25-18.
Charleene Magdalene Heintzelman, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a resident for the past three months.
She was born June 27, 1920, in Jefferson Township, a daughter of the late Earl S. and Laura (Lower) Kaufman. She graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1938.
On June 14, 1941, she was united in marriage to Ross V. Heintzelman. They made their home in Jefferson Township. Mr. Heintzelman died April 3, 2006.
Autumn is here. What I like most about Hoosier fall is:
â€˘A new season of television shows.
â€˘I don't like fall because it means winter is coming.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śWhitley County is a great place to live and work thanks to the many thoughtful people who call it home,â€ť said Chelsey Barrell of the Whitley County Community Foundation.
While visiting with students at Mary Raber Elementary School, Allen County Superior Court Judge David Avery (left) shared information about the U.S. Constitution and various branches of government.
He then led a game in which students competed in teams to answer a variety of questions.
Judge Avery was at the school in honor of Constitution Day, Sept. 25.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s sport season, and nothing pricks the athleteâ€™s heart like good, clean competition.
However, one Columbia City resident has chosen a rather unique field of competition.
Steve Schuman, of Columbia City, will vie for a top spot in the 2013 Indiana State Hand Corn Husking Contest, taking place Saturday in Bremen.
This will be his fifth year to compete, in which he has placed in the top five each year.
â€śIâ€™ve been around it. I grew up in a farming environment,â€ť Schuman said. â€śThe competition is a challenge, and itâ€™s interesting to see who shows up to compete.â€ť