Archive - Jul 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY - According to Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively, Fort Wayne's bomb squad has possession of the bomb found at Ace Hardware in Columbia City, and will dispose of it properly.
The bomb was found after a tip from a citizen about a customer buying precursors for meth.
Upon investigation, shrapnel and gun powder were found in the vehicle, along with two BB guns.
Area businesses were evacuated. Captain Hively said he cleared a 300-yard radius as a safety precaution. Columbia City was never declared in a state of emergency.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Police Department is urging Whitley County residents to avoid the area of Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware, 200 Diplomat Drive as police report locating a bomb at or near the store Tuesday afternoon.
At press time, members of a bomb squad from Fort Wayne are enroute to Columbia City to investigate as area businesses near the scene are being evacuated. More information will be provided here as it develops and a complete story will appear in the Wednesday edition of The Post & Mail
COLUMBIA CITY â The 2012 Whitley County 4-H Fair offered something for all ages, including adults, who were eligible to enter the Open Adult Show.
Winners of the 2012 show were:
Adabelle Lang, division winner
Renee Galloway, participant.
Joyce Berry, class winner; Sharon Geiger and Stephanie Zumbrun, honorable mention
Adabelle Lang, class winner; Ema Lou Rose, Marilyn Hull, Bonnie Platz, honorable mention; Elizabeth Binkley, Sue Collier, Judy Kreider, participants.
COLUMBIA CITY Â â As health officials around the state and other parts of the Midwest caution residents to be wary of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile Virus, it was announced Monday afternoon such a threat is no longer just a possibility.
âI was contacted today (Monday) by the state that Whitley County has the West Nile mosquito,â said Scott Wagner of the Whitley County Health Department.
âThey just called me today. They found pools of these mosquitoes growing at the (Columbia City) Wastewater Treatment Plant.â
COLUMBIA CITY Â â Monday marked a new beginning for the Whitley County YMCA. The Early Learning Center opened its doors to serve as Whitley Countyâs newest childcare program.
The YMCA opened its new childcare program in response to the recent surprise closing of Stepping Stones day care.
According to YMCA Executive Director Erica Miller, offering the program was a natural fit for the YMCA.
âItâs the YMCAâs mission to meet the needs of the community and we saw the need to have a childcare program.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Twenty-nine years after William J. Spranger was convicted of shooting Avilla Town Marshal William âBillâ Miner Jr., Spranger was released from the Plainfield Correctional Facility Sunday.
John Barrett, who currently sits on the Whitley County Council and works security at the Whitley County Courthouse, was an investigator for the Indiana State Police at the time of the shooting.
Barrett worked the case with Noble County Prosecutor David Laur, and he interviewed Spranger, who was 18-years-old when he shot Miner.
The Salvation Army of Whitley County had its annual Pack-A-Truck with school supplies on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of Shoe Show at the Towne and Country Shopping Center in Columbia City. Items donated included paper, pencils, pens, dry erase markers, lanyards, erasers, colored pencils, two pocket folders, spiral notebooks, tissues, glue sticks, pencil bags, highlighters, scissors and composition books.
COLUMBIA CITY â According to the Associated Press, Indiana is reporting higher rates of infected mosquitoes due to the hot, dry weather conditions, posing a threat to humans.
These conditions make standing water, stagnant, allowing the Culex mosquitoesâ life cycles to speed up and therefore accelerating the virus replication process.
âGenerally West Nile virus is present in the hot summer months,â said Lisa Hatcher, Whitley County Health Officer. âWhen mosquitoes hatch earlier, they are around for a longer period.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Though burn bans have been lifted, fireworks still arenât permitted within city limits.
âThe Columbia City Police Department and Columbia City Fire Department have had numerous calls on fireworks since the burn ban has been lifted,â Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said. âThis does not change the days people are allowed to shoot off fireworks within city limits.
LaRue asks citizens to abide by the cityâs fireworks ordinance, which was put into effect in 2007.
The ordinance goes as follows:
COLUMBIA CITY â A white house sits on the corner of Jefferson Street and Main Street in Columbia City, but to a passing motorist, it appears to be just another house.
What is inside is a resource for Whitley County families and children.
When its doors opened in 2001, The Beds & Britches, Etc., (B.A.B.E.) program existed as a coupon incentive program for pregnant women and families to try to deter the high incidence of low-birth weight babies that were being born in Whitley County.
According to Shawn Ellis, who is in charge of the oganization, B.A.B.E has grown to be much more.