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PARTNERSHIP: Youth council formed between WCCS, Columbia City

May 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Mayor Ryan Daniel and Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Dr. Patricia O’Connor have developed a new cooperative called the Columbia City Youth Council (CCYC).
Comprised of students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes at Columbia City High School, the program will focus on engaging youth in the future of the city.

STUDYING PLANTS: Students turn seeds into dollars

May 7, 2012

Whitko Middle School’s Clean World Association (CWA) was in full bloom at the Whitley County Farmer’s Market Saturday. The group of 15 students participate in this extracurricular club to learn about plants and gardening.
Laura Thong-Umphai, the group’s sponsor and a 6th grade science teacher at Whitko, explains. “They learn everything. Starting with sewing the seed, taking care of the plants, learning the variety and the needs of the plant. Now we are here today, the group is learning the business side of it.”

IN FULL SWING: Farmer's market takes off

May 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Farmer’s Market kicked off its summer season with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning. Many of the Chamber of Commerce board members were present along with Mayor Ryan Daniel and Market Master, Chris Lilly.
According to Lilly, the market is full of vendors. Fifty vendors are now signed up for the Saturday morning market from now until Oct. 31.

ROBBERY THWARTED: Suspicious van reported, weapon found

May 7, 2012

LARWILL — One man was arrested in Larwill Sunday evening after an employee at the Larwill Deli reported a suspicious van outside the convenience store.
The employee reported a white van without a license plate that was suspiciously driving around the store. After the witness saw a man begin to put on what was reportedly a face mask, she called the police, locked the doors and hid in the back of the deli.
“The attendant was really sharp,” Whitley County Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Vogley said. “She saw something wasn’t right.”

GUNFIRE: Man shoots shotgun, gets arrested

May 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A South Whitley man was arrested on six charges early Sunday morning, after firing a shotgun four times from his residence, with police in the area.
Phillip J. Kessie, 36, already convicted as a violent felon on previous charges and who is on probation, was charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, criminal recklessness, reckless driving, possession of paraphernalia, resisting law enforcement and operating while intoxicated.
The incident began late Saturday night, with a reported domestic fight while driving.

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