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December 13th

GHOULISH AREA CRIME: Kimmel man sentenced for digging up grave in Sparta Cemetery last summer

December 13, 2011

ALBION – A Kimmel man who admitted digging up a grave on a dare has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Todd Huntsman, of Kimmell, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to cemetery mischief. His attorney had asked a Noble County judge to sentence Huntsman to probation and counseling.

Huntsman told the court that overnight on July 31-Aug. 1 he and 19-year-old Roberto Steven Avila, of Ligonier, dug up a grave at Sparta Cemetery containing the casket of a young man who had been dead about 18 months.

Local dispatchers shine at county’s nerve center

December 13, 2011

Dispatcher: “911, what’s your emergency?”
Caller: “(Screams) My 3-year-old child just stopped breathing.”
Dispatcher one: “What is your location? ....can you feel a pulse?“
(Phone rings)
Dispatcher two: “911, what’s your emergency?”
Caller two: “I just saw a car flip across U.S. 30, there are people lying on the ground. They’re not moving.”
Dispatcher two: “What is your location? How many people...”
(Phone rings)
Dispatcher two: “911 what’s your emergency?”
Caller three: “My house. It’s burning down and my kids are trapped inside.”

December 9th

Chamber building for sale

December 9, 2011

A “For Sale” sign is expected to be placed soon in front of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce in Columbia City on Line Street. At its most recent board meeting, the board of directors unanimously agreed to sell the large historic building that houses the chamber offices. If the building sells, the chamber announced it would take advantage of one of several opportunities for smaller office space.

No word yet on EMS contract

December 9, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — According to Dan Sigler, county attorney, there has been no contact from the Parkview legal department regarding the new Emergency Medical Services contract.
Sigler sent a final contract to Parkview for review last month.
“They have it all,” said Commissioner Tom Rethlake. “We’re looking at the end of this month, being without a contract if they (Parkview) don’t get on it.”
Sigler said the contract was in order with all of the previous discussions and all he could foresee would be some minor tweaking of the language.

December 8th

Alternative learning for WCCS students is establishing itself at TROY Center

December 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools has an alternative method of teaching – should it be necessary for students.
It’s known as the TROY (Teaching and Reaching Our Youth) Center, located in the former Etna-Troy school facility, 4905 N -550 W, rural Columbia City.
A student attending the center has to be referred from his or her attending school. The program is different for every individual; it can be to graduate, to continue education or to simply provide an environment to work on assignments, depending on the situation.

PWH grants $55K to improve community health

December 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Parkview Whitley Hospital has renewed community partnerships with four not-for-profit organizations in Whitley County, which have received a share of $55,000 in Community Health Improvement funds for 2012, according to a hospital press release.
The organizations, which meet the hospital’s guidelines for being able to work collaboratively and proactively to improve the health of the community, are: Beds & Britches, Etc. (B.A.B.E.); Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI); Interfaith Mission, Inc./The Lighthouse and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana

Time to read a good book

December 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Daily she is surrounded by 130,000 books at the Peabody Public Library. Now Janet Scank is retiring and may just be able to read one for herself.
Friday is Scank’s last day as director of the PPL. She will move back to her home in Bloomington. Her goal is to finish reading a book in less than one week.
For now she’ll have time to read those John Michell historical novels or the English murder mysteries she longs for.
Scank may even have time to finish all of those biographies she’s been collecting from the Friends of the PPL bi-annual book sales throughout her tenure.

December 7th

County enters into contract designed to cut costs

December 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County's Board of Commissioners decided this week to enter into a one-year contract with Spyglass.
Spyglass provides a research service that goes through local and long distance phone lines, fax lines, cell phone lines and internet connections to look for cost-efficiency opportunities.
The company reviews records to find out if a client is paying unnecessarily for services which either they no longer use or are being over-charged for.
Spyglass works with respective carriers who provide the service and analyzes the data to find out what if any changes can be made.

Loving embrace

December 7, 2011

Zane Moyer, second grader at South Whitley Elementary School, took one look at his great-grandmother, Leola Williamson, and ran to her arms during the first ever First Class Bulldogs assembly.
At South Whitley Elementary School, teachers, staff and administrators use a positive approach to teach students. SWES’ nickname is “the Bull Dogs,”
according to Principal Bruce Hansen. "We practice positive school involvement here. We take notice of the good things students do every day,” said Hansen.
Each day students are given the opportunity to receive “Bull Dog Bones.”

December 6th

'Grandma I'm hurt . . .': Phone scam Monday preys on emotions; bank personnel help block swindle

December 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – An elderly Columbia City woman was nearly swindled out of $3,000 Monday morning had it not been for some questioning about a transaction by personnel at People’s Federal Savings Bank.
The criminals made a phone call to the woman concocting a scenario where bail money was immediately needed for the woman’s grandson.
When the phone rang at the 82-year-old woman’s home, she heard “Grandma, I’m hurt . . . I’ve been in a wreck, I got some teeth knocked out and I need money.”

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