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July 15th, 2013

Champs parade thru 4-H fair

July 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s 4-H Fair held its Parade of Champions Sunday.

The event highlights participants who have excelled in the 4-H program.

Ten-year project Reserve Champion was awarded to Jackie Leeuw. The Champion was Tiffany Schuman.

Tenure award winners were Haylee Gardner and Tiffany Schuman. This award recognizes 4-Hers for their achievement and tenure in 4-H.

Other awards included:

•B.V. Award — Jessica Weitfield.
•Hester Adams Award — Danielle Oliver and Jared Lamle.
•Jim Teghtemeyer Award — Jared Lamle

Cruuunch!

July 15, 2013

The Whitley County 4-H Fair Demolition Derby was held Saturday night at the grandstands.

Pictured above, Kane Johnson (28) backs up while Eirc Romine (88) crashes into him. Also pictured is David Ernst (72).

Jeff Hinen won the Saturday night feature.

DEMOLITION TRIBUTE: Hinen’s spirit carries on at 4-H derby

July 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s 4-H Fair was more than just a project for Justin Hinen, it was a lifestyle.

Hinen passed away at age 21 after a snowmobile accident in March, but his presence still carries on at this year’s fair.

At Saturday night’s demolition derby, a moment of silence was held for Hinen, and many of the derby cars had a sticker with his nickname, “Skinny” and the number 7 (Hinen’s derby number).

“The demolition derby is a big deal in our family,” Justin’s brother Jeremy said. “My brother and I grew up with it. 4-H and derbys are all we knew.”

TAKING A STAND: Safety becomes hot topic in light of recent attacks

July 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It doesn’t seem plausible that a small, rural community such as Larwill, would be rocked with news of a horrific crime to a teenage girl.

However, the recent guilty plea made by Dean Pressler for child molesting, child seduction and sexual misconduct have some residents reconsidering the safety of their families.

According to law enforcement case reports, the victim, who was 12 years old at the time she met Pressler, was made a “prisoner” in her own home.

BANK REBOOT: STAR Bank renovating downtown location

July 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A local financial institution is hoping to take a leap into the future.

For STAR Financial Bank, though, the jump forward in time will be connected to aesthetics.

Renovations are scheduled for this fall at the downtown banking location, 102 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.

“The downtown office we have was built in the early 1960s,” said David Smith, market president for STAR. “There’s a little age to the building in general, and a little obsolescence.”

The renovation will take nearly nine months to complete. It will have a price tag just shy of $2 million.

MOM HELPS FAMILY ESCAPE FIRE: Home receives heavy damage in late-night conflagration

July 15, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Angie Sievers took the term “super-mom” to a new level early Monday morning.

Sievers was in her home, reading a book at approximately 12:15 a.m. Monday when she saw flames coming out of the back of her home.

She quickly got her husband and two young children out of the house, located at 6452 E. Edgewood Dr., near Churubusco, and called the fire department.

Though the home suffered considerable damage, Keith Sievers, Angie’s husband, is thankful for his wife.

Heat wave this week

July 15, 2013

The National Weather Service for Northern Indiana is calling for heat indices this week starting in the mid 90s and approaching 100 degrees by week's end.

High heat indexes are do to high temperatures and humidity.

The NWS reminds people to drink plenty of water, check on elderly neighbors and never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.

July 12th

Whitley County 4-H 4K

July 12, 2013

Whitley County’s 4-H 4K was held Friday night. Pictured, a group of runners take off from the starting line on Park Street.

Hog precaution no reason for alarm at Whitley Co. 4-H Fair

July 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Precautions taken at this year's Whitley County 4-H fair regarding swine flu (H1N1) is nothing to be alarmed about, fair officials say.

Hogs will not be arriving at the fairgrounds until Monday as part of a precaution issued by the Indiana Board of Animal Health, but Fair Board President Cathy Heritier said fair-goers have nothing to be afraid of.

"As with anything else involving animals, it is important to wash hands and use hand sanitizer after handling animals — no different than visiting the zoo," Heritier said.

Lodge to host country music show

July 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County F.O.P. Lodge #131 is proud to announce their sponsorship of the Annual Country Music Benefit Show. The show will be held once again at Columbia City High School, 600 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, with one show Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

This year, the F.O.P. will host a country music spectacular show featuring Georgette Jones.

Georgette will perform a tribute show to her mother Tammy Wynette, who passed away 14 years ago.

She will also perform her own music and songs by her father, George Jones.

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