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Mahood trial date named

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man from Florida accused of forgery in Whitley County will stand trial in January.

Scott D. Mahood, 34, of Coconut Creek, Fla., was arrested in September on two counts of forgery and two counts of theft.

His girlfriend, Rebecka Scoggins, is also standing trial for the same charges.

Monday, Mahood’s attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a jury trial Jan. 28-29, 2014.

Case reports indicate that Mahood and Scoggins allegedly cashed checks that did not belong to them at 1st Source Bank locations throughout Northeast Indiana.

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November 1, 2013

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Johnson leads youthful flock

November 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Sugar Creek Fellowship has just recently added Jacob Johnson onto its staff as part-time youth pastor.

He will be leading the teenagers as they learn to develop and grow in a relationship with Christ.

He is a sophomore at Huntington University with a double major in youth ministry and sports ministry.

Johnson attended Columbia City High School where he participated in football, basketball and baseball.

Johnson will be planning some youth events, as well as leading the youth in their meetings Sunday nights.

Lilly scholarship forms available

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Remaining steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities, Lilly Endowment will again provide a deserving student from our community with the opportunity to attend four years of college tuition free.

EDC to open co-working facility in Col. City

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is hosting an open house next week to celebrate the opening of the EDC Outpost, a co-working space located at 114 N. Chauncey St. in Columbia City.

“We are pleased to formally open the doors for a co-working space that has been in development for most of the year,” said EDC president Alan Tio.

“This project represents a collaboration among local partners to provide shared office space to meet the needs of EDC clients.”

The EDC Outpost is a co-working space for EDC clients and service partners.

MAIN BREAK: Glenbrook Mall floods, shuts down

November 1, 2013

FORT WAYNE — A large mall in Fort Wayne was partially reopened after a water main break caused major flooding in the building.

Approximately 10 to 15 stores will remain closed at Glenbrook Square Mall for clean up, but the rest of the mall will be open for business, according to mall administration.

Initially, mall employees informed area media that the approximately 40- to 50-store mall would be completely closed.

It was first believed the mall would remain open on normal hours, but officials later decided to partially close the building.

LOCAL LEGACY: Learning becomes a lasting love for Pontzius

November 1, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second part to a two-part series on the life of Jon Pontzius.

COLUMBIA CITY — “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,” said American icon Henry Ford.

That quote could easily sum up the mantra exhibited in the life of Jon Pontzius, a resident of Whitley County.

Pontzius grew up on a farm on Riley Road, which has been in his family for more than 150 years.

TAUNTS, TRICKS & TREATS: Weather holds off for successful Halloween

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While some Indiana cities and towns chose to postpone trick-or-treating to Friday, Columbia City’s and Churubusco’s Halloween festivities went on as scheduled Thursday.

Despite a threatening weather forecast, and some vocal citizens, the weather held off during trick-or-treating hours, and many said they were pleased with how the night turned out.

“It was a tough decision. I know there was a lot of discussion about us not postponing it, but we still felt this was the right decision,” Columbia City Councilman and Board of Works member Dan Weigold said.

GAS LEAK: Struck gas line evacuates local businesses

November 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— A gas leak Thursday afternoon forced several Columbia City businesses to evacuate and temporarily shut down.

At approximately 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Columbia City’s fire department was sent to the Columbia City Plaza, located at the corner of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109, for a gas leak.

According to Fire Chief Tom LaRue, crews were boring under the pavement between two strip malls when they struck a gas line.

LaRue said it took nearly two hours to shut off the gas to the area, and several buildings were filled with natural gas.

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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