Archive - Oct 5, 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What is black, white and read all over? As of recently â€” not the phone book.
As CenturyLink rolled out this yearâ€™s phone book â€” which was as thick as a magazine â€” many reminisced about the â€śold daysâ€ť when the phone book was several inches thick and a vault of information.
Over the last several years, phone books across the U.S. have been shrinking â€” some telecommunications companies have stopped producing them completely.
Three years ago, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania approved Verizon Communcations Inc.â€™s request to stop distributing the white pages.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from the elderly had her first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Nicole L. Smith, 43, of Larwill, was arrested Sept. 24 and charged with three counts of burglary, one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of possession of a legend drug.
Smith pleaded not guilty and stated she would hire her own attorney.
According to case reports, Smith was allegedly the perpetrator behind two thefts of prescription drugs from Oak Pointe Assisted Living.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A budget change went into affect when Mayor Ryan Daniel took office in 2012, and many believe it was for the better.
Previously, the police department's squad cars were purchased through the city's general funds.
With the department replacing 2-3 vehicles per year, some citizens were distraught that local tax money was funding the new vehicles.
After some adjustments to the budget, Daniel decided to use the city's "riverboat" money to purchase squad cars.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local family rescued a dog this past summer and now hopes he can find a good home.
Cassie Bilderback, of Columbia City, said she and her daughters were given a Labrador-Retriever mixed-breed male about four months ago. At the time, he weighed only 40 pounds, had untrimmed nails and a rubbed-down, raw nose.
â€śHe had to be trained to use the restroom outside,â€ť Bilderback said. â€śHe needed constant care because he was so sick.â€ť
Now up to a healthy weight, the dog, who was dubbed Grizzly by the Bilderback family, now needs a home.