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CIRCUIT COURT: Burglar receives 6-year sentence

May 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man who pleaded guilty to burglary was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Charles Rector, 18, pleaded guilty last month to burglary, a Class B felony. He was sentenced by Judge James Heuer to six years at the Whitley County Jail, with three years to serve and three suspended.

At his hearing last month, the state dismissed a charge of theft upon accepting his guilty plea to burglary.

Rector’s admission of guilt was “straight up” — that is, it was not part of a plea agreement. This left Heuer with a 6-to-20 year sentencing range.

CONGRESSIONAL VISIT: Stutzman touts local business efforts

May 31, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Great things are happening for businesses in challenging times.

That is the opinion of U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman. The Republican representative of Indiana’s third district was in South Whitley Wednesday and visited Shindigz, among other stops.

Stutzman lauded the work of the company.

“This is my first visit here,” he said. “There are 450 jobs, and here in the district that is always important.

“Jobs are the number one focus of what we do in Washington.”

Stutzman was quick to point out that times have been difficult lately for companies.

RESIDENTS ARGUE NUISANCE ORDINANCE: Special meeting held in southeast Col. City

May 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Residents of Columbia City’s southeast side had the opportunity to participate in a neighborhood meeting to discuss city ordinances Thursday.

Sixteen citizens from the area around Swihart and Collins Streets met with Mayor Ryan Daniel, Councilman Nicole Penrod and Councilman Dan Weigold at Gospel-Land Ministries on Douglas Avenue to discuss issues of importance to the neighborhood.

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Nonprofit workshop planned

May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Community Foundation and United Way of Whitley County in partnership with the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network will be hosting a Board Building Cycle workshop Wednesday, June 19 at the Peabody Public Library from 9:15 a.m. to noon.

A continental breakfast will be provided for attendees before and during the session.

Bryan Orander, president of Charitable Advisors and Board Source Certified Governance trainer, will be leading the workshop.

Topics will include:

  • How to identify, cultivate and recruit board members.

Tradition takes Pettigrew into 4th year of 4-H

May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 4-H roots grow deep for the Pettigrew family.

Evan Pettigrew is a fourth-year 4-H member and is a part of a family that has been through the 4-H program for many years.

Pettigrew’s four uncles and his father were all part of the organization growing up.

Now Pettigrew and his four siblings continue on the 4-H experience.

Pettigrew, the son of Jerry and Amy Pettigrew, attends Indian Springs Middle School where he is a sixth grader.

He is the third child in his family to be involved in 4-H.

Geraniums produce funds

May 30, 2013

Beta Upsilon of Delta Theta Tau sold geraniums to support Whitley County’s 4-H program.

The sorority presented a check to the Whitley County 4-H Champion Shirts for 10 shirts. In addition, the group was able to donate money for three Senior Pak’s from Whitley County Council on Aging.

Pictured are Charlotte Lytle (left) and Kendal Klopfenstein (right), members of Delta Theta Tau, presenting Dave Addison, a 4-H leader, with the donation check.

Sentence modifications granted by Judge Heuer

May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Two individuals who had been previously sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) for drug crimes had their sentences modified Monday.

Kevin Irwin and Kyle Barker were both given local sentences by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer in order to take part in the county’s work release program.

Irwin was sentenced in November of 2009 to 14 years in IDOC.

He was arrested in July of that year for selling methamphetamine to an informant on Connexion Way in Columbia City.

ROAD WORK: Board awards street contract to Niblock

May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety selected a company to do its street work for the summer of 2013.

Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh gave his recommendation of Niblock Excavating, who was awarded the bid for a total of $113,800.

There were two other companies that bid on the project, but Niblock had the low bid by more than $25,000.

SUNDAY BLAZE: Barn fire a reminder of dangers

May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A barn fire in Union Township, just southeast of Coesse, was extinguished Sunday afternoon.

The cause of the fire, which left nobody injured, remains under investigation, according to Union Township Fire Chief Chad Radke.

Radke said the fire began in a dairy parlor and began to spread, but the crew was able to successfully control it.

ON TAP: Col. City clarifies sewer ordinance

May 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City passed a modification to its sewer ordinance on first reading at the common council meeting Tuesday.

Citizens will not be allowed to have taps that flow into the sewer. The addition to the ordinance, which passed unanimously, is that all current connections to the sewer system will be grandfathered in and will not be considered illegal.

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