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April 22nd

CIRCUIT COURT: Raber receives sentence for meth

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man arrested for having a methamphetamine lab in a motel received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last Monday.

Michael Raber, 27, was arrested in January on seven charges related to a meth lab at the Budget Inn, Columbia City. He was sentenced to 12 years, with 10 to serve and two suspended, at the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he gave Raber more than the advisable sentence due to a previous criminal history in Huntington County, which included theft and forgery.

MEDICAL MUSEUM: Luckey Hospital holds a healing history in Wolf Lake

April 22, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a two-part series on the historical Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake.

WOLF LAKE — In Wolf Lake, a town of less than 500 people, stands a piece of history that has restored, but on the brink of being obsolete.

The Luckey Hospital Museum stands on the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 109. It was originally built in 1929 by Dr. James E. Luckey, and began as a fully operational hospital in 1931.

Healing history

Together with two of his three sons, Robert (Bob) and Harold, Luckey ran the hospital until his death in 1938.

CURTAINS: Play brings murder-mystery to life

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Columbia City High School students will present a whodunit show featuring show-stopping musical numbers and suspenseful entertainment.

“Curtains, The Musical,” is a murder-mystery storyline centering around a cast of characters presenting their stage adaptation of Robin Hood in the Wild West. The show is set to perform April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any cast member or at the door.

LOCAL FINANCES: Solid waste reacts to state audit

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A local governing board examined variances with its finances in light of a recent audit and is hoping to have found the solution.

As is the case with every governing body, the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District (WCSWMD) was audited by the State Board of Accounts.

WCSWMD’s report was released Jan. 31. The board of accounts noted on the audit some faults with the district. However, one of those problems could be the solution.

LIVING IN BROWN BOX: Hope of the Philippines exposes homelessness

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Andrea White, of Columbia City, has literally been around the world.

She wants to go back to the other side of the planet, but first, she is going to live in a cardboard box.

In a project called “Hope for the Philippines,” White and a few friends will stay in a cardboard box shelter they will set up on the lawn of Columbia City’s City Hall for 24 hours.

The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the conditions some people are living in at a squatter village in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines.

THE END: Penrod sees NHC from start to finish

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School Athletic Director Geoff Penrod is the only AD who has seen the Northeast Hoosier Conference from start to finish.

Penrod was involved in the formation of the NHC after the Northeastern Indiana Athletic Conference dissolved. The new conference, NHC, was nearly identical to the NIAC, minus Angola, South Adams and Bluffton.

The NHC took Homestead, DeKalb, East Noble, Bellmont, New Haven and Columbia City from the NIAC and added Carroll and Norwell.

April 19th

COL. CITY NAMED TREE CITY USA: Lundquist, Tree Board put in extra work for milestone

April 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Once more, Columbia City has been named a Tree City USA.

This honor is given to cities across the United States by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. There are four core requirements communities must meet to receive this designation.

Columbia City, in part due to the hard work of its tree board, met these requirements.

Ken Lundquist with the Columbia City Tree Board said receiving the Tree City USA title meant a little more work this past year.

EXCELLENCE IN SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Longenbaugh garners award

April 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An historic honor was bestowed Thursday night.

For the first time in the history of Leadership Whitley County, a member of the graduating class received the award for Excellence in Servant Leadership. Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh was nominated by one of his classmates for this honor, and was given it at the Leadership Whitley County Celebration for the Class of 2012-13.

MORSCHES PARK CLOSED

April 19, 2013

Park Director Mark Green has closed Morsches Park due to severe flooding. The park and ball fields will remain closed until Monday.

In the meantime, for safety reasons, Green asks that everyone stay out of the park.

APRIL SHOWERS BRING FLOODING: County drenched with rain

April 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Individuals who were out driving Thursday evening or Friday morning likely noticed the effects of recent heavy rains in Whitley County.

Spotters reported to the National Weather Service that 3.51 inches had fallen by 1 p.m. Thursday. An additional report said 2.3 inches had accumulated by 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools closed for Friday. Whitko and Smith-Green Community Schools were both on two-hour delays. WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor said poor road conditions influenced the decision.

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