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June 7th, 2013

Scholarship dollars raised

June 7, 2013

Columbia City’s Rotary Club presented the Whitley County Community Foundation with a check for $21,000 Tuesday.

Funds were generated from the Rotary’s annual scholarship auction and will be managed by the foundation on the club’s behalf.

Rotary will now offer a $5,000 scholarship to a Columbia City High School student each year.

Holocaust survivor recounts lessons learned

June 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Doris Fogel, a Holocaust survivor, was the featured speaker at Columbia City’s Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.

She is the executive director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation.

Fogel opened her remarks stating that it was “60 years ago that the world averted its eyes from the Germans,” and that ultimately allowed over 6 million men, women and children to be systematically killed in death camps scattered all over Europe.

“As a survivor, we lost our youth, and we lost our innocence,” said Fogel. “Hope was all we had to deal with the atrocities against the Jews.”

Frontage Rd. slated to close for two days

June 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Starting June 17 at 7 a.m., Frontage Road, Columbia City, will be closed at the intersection of Ind. 109.

According to Columbia City Municipal Water Utility, there will be no right turn allowed onto Frontage Road from Ind. 109.

No vehicles will be allowed to exit from Frontage Road onto Ind. 109.

All traffic will be diverted for access to Frontage Road off of Ind. 9.

The closure is scheduled for two days, in order to allow for a water main installation to be conducted by the Columbia City Water Department.

Burst my bubble

June 7, 2013

Kaden Ward (left) pops his friend’s, Noah Johnson’s bubble at the splash pad at Morsches Park, while their friends, Illana Johnson and Chantry Bryan share graham crackers.

BRETT GERBER: Passion fuels day job, aviation aspirations

June 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s not a bird, but it could very well be a plane — Brett Gerber’s Long EZ to be exact.

Gerber owns and operates Gerber Aviation, LLC., which maintains, builds and inspects small air craft. He also pilots two aircraft he built — a Long EZ and a Quickie Q2.

In the cockpit, Gerber enjoys the freedom of flight, but is careful to keep a healthy respect for the possible dangers.

BILL UNSUCCESSFUL: Newspaper remains foundation of info.

June 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A long tradition of newspapers providing government information to the public was backed this session by Indiana’s Statehouse — for now.

Senate Bill 458 would have eliminated the need for government bodies publish their public notices in newspapers and would have replaced it with a post onto a website.

The Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) testified against the bill, which eventually died when a vote was not called up.

HSPA Executive Director and General Counsel Steve Key said the bill indicates a growing trend.

RADIO OVERHAUL: Sheriff’s Dept. may return to VHF

June 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Making something old new again.

That is what Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said his department might do this summer regarding the radio system.

Currently the department is on the 800 megahurtz public safety spectrum. It moved to this format from the VHF system three years ago, but Hodges said the sheriff’s department might go back to the former system.

“The 800 system has kind of turned into a party line,” he said. “So many people are on that, we often get busy signals.”

Busy signals occur when too many radios attempt to connect to the tower at once.

Col. City joins 7 others in new conference

June 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Since the mutual withdrawal of all eight schools from the Northeast Hoosier Conference, several schools have been working together to form a new conference.

Columbia City, Bellmont, DeKalb, East Noble, New Haven and Norwell heard presentations from several area schools in regards to forming a new conference.

According to a press release from Norwell High School, officials mulled academics, location, demographics and strength of competition in their selection process.

The end of a new beginning: Young Eagles take 7th at Warsaw

June 7, 2013

WINONA LAKE — The 2013 season may be over for Columbia City’s boys golf team — but the fun isn’t over yet.

The Eagles had their first showing in 10 years at a regional competition Thursday afternoon.

Though Columbia City placed seventh overall and didn’t make it on to the state finals next week, the squad of four freshman and a sophomore have much more to come for the Eagles.

“They want more,” Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said. “There’s a bright future ahead for those young men.”

CIRCUIT COURT: Attempted murder trial moved for Kimbler

June 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of attempted murder had his trial date moved in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Dakota Kimbler, 18, was arrested in December for attempted murder and several other charges related to an alleged attempted car-jacking.

Kimbler was originally scheduled to stand trial this Monday. His defense attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a continuance of pretrial proceedings to June 24.

The state objected to moving the date.

“We’re ready for trial,” said Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.

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