Archive - May 2, 2013 - News Article
With temperatures reaching the 80s on Wednesday, many youngsters were playing outside. Pictured, a group of friends ride their bikes in Columbia Shores. From left are Leonidas Huskey, 6, Aiden Huskey, 3, and Alexis Pettigrew, 9.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â An Indiana Department of Education spokesman says the agency hasn't received any reports of problems by schools administering a required standardized test after computer troubles caused testing to be halted earlier this week.
Daniel Altman says as of Thursday afternoon, everything appeared to be running smoothly. The department asked schools for a second straight day to reduce the number of students taking the test by half to avoid problems.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â The mayor of Fort Wayne is assuring residents of Indiana's second-largest city that public safety is a top priority of his administration after the second fatal police-action shooting in five days and the fourth in just over 10 weeks.
After police officers fatally shot a man who was shooting at them and nearby homes Thursday, Mayor Tom Henry issued a statement supporting Police Chief Rusty York and his department.
Little Turtle Elementary School recently named its Spirit Award recipients.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Humane Society is gearing up for its Annual Benefit Auction to be held Friday, May 10 at the Eagleâs Nest Event Center.
This is one of the Humane Societyâs largest fundraisers of the year, and every dollar raised is applied to the care and welfare of the animals in the shelter.
âThis will be the 14th year for this event, and one of the most important fund raising events of the yearâ said Mark Espich, Board of Directors president.
(May 2, 2013) â An official state vehicle driving Indiana Governor Mike Pence was involved in a traffic accident in Indianapolis en route to Fort Wayne today. No one was seriously injured. Once it was determined that no one involved required immediate medical attention, the Governor proceeded to Fort Wayne to continue his schedule for the rest of the day.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City 18-year-old pleaded guilty to his role in a burglary last year.
Charles Rector admitted his guilt Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Rectorâs plea was âstraight up,â without an agreement beforehand.
âI hope the state dismisses the theft charge on the guilty plea to burglary,â said Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, who was representing Rector.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler confirmed that was his intent.
Burglary is a Class B felony and theft is a Class D felony.
Editorâs note: The following is the second installment in a three-part series on prom season.
COLUMBIA CITY â Prom is more than formal dresses and tuxes. The venue, music and decorations are all part of the fanfare centering around high school proms.
For school prom committees, the details surrounding the event are what makes the experience even more memorable.
Melanie Bechtold, a teacher, is the queen of all things prom at Columbia City High School. This is her seventh year overseeing the event and she describes the night as âa memory-maker for students.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Few people would consider 13 as their lucky number.
But for Shawn Lickey, the number has a nice ring to it. He has been working with the Columbia City Electric Department for 13 years, and he will step into the superintendentâs position at the end of this month to take over for a retiring Larry Whetstone.
The story diverges though, with the use of the word luck. Lickey has worked hard to get where he is at and has taken advantage of many learning opportunities.
COLUMBIA CITY â Indiana House Bill 1006 would be expected to have an impact on the inmate population at state prisons and local jails.
It could also bring changes to the justice system inside the courtroom.
If the bill is passed, felonies will move from four different classes to a level system. Felony convicts will also be required to serve a greater percentage of time in the system. Provisions will be in place as well for greater sentencing on the local level.
While the exact impact is not known, some inside the courtroom believe reviews of the current code are necessary.