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May 23rd

Rentschlers receive donation

May 23, 2013

A benefit breakfast was recently held for Isaac Rentschler.

Pictured is Ian (center) accepting the proceeds from the breakfast on behalf of his brother, Isaac.

Appearing for the check presentation is his mother, Kristine.

Presenting the check on behalf of the Columbia Township Fire Department is Assistant Chief Michael Schrader.

BUS CRASH: More than 50 hurt

May 23, 2013

NORTH WEBSTER (AP) — Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department F.A.C.T. team members have released the names of the four school bus drivers in yesterday’s crash along State Road 13 north of the town of North Webster.

A school bus slammed into the back of another one, setting off a chain-reaction crash involving four buses in northern Indiana, leaving about 50 middle and high students with non-serious injuries and one driver seriously injured.

JUNK IN THE CITY: Meeting set to discuss ordinances

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Concerns have risen recently over the need for citizens to keep their yards free of junk and other debris.

The southeast part of Columbia City has been an area of concern for the enforcement of the city’s ordinance.

With residents coming before the Board of Works with arguments for and against the regulations, a neighborhood meeting will be held Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. to address the issue.

The meeting will be held at the Gospel Land Ministries Christian Center on 605 Douglas Ave.

RUNNING CABLE: Commissioners authorize Whitley County fiber expansion

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Debates over public right of way were heard at Monday’s meeting of the Whitley County Commissioners.

Representatives from PDQ Workholding, LLC spoke of the desire of the company to dig fiber optic cable between two of its buildings to enhance communication between the two locations.

County Engineer Brandon Forrester expressed concern about the fiber cable being run underground in the public right of way.

“If someone tears up the fiber, but it’s in the public right of way, then who’s responsible?” he asked, explaining the dilemma.

LARWILL BURGLAR: Smith receives prison sentence

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man already sentenced to jail time in Kosciusko County received his sentence in Whitley County Monday.

Jeremiah Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary and being a habitual felony offender, which allows for sentencing enhancements. He was sentenced to eight years for burglary, with a four-year enhancement for the habitual offender.

He received a 10-year sentence in Kosciusko for crimes in that county.

COUNTING CASH: Relay for Life event close to reaching goal

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With less than two weeks until the annual Relay for Life event, teams filtered into Chase Bank, Columbia City, to turn in money and pick up last-minute information for the 24-hour walk.

Bank Night happens each year shortly before the relay kicks off, gives committee chairmen and coordinators a chance to see how much has been raised for the American Cancer Society, prior to the actual event.

“We are about 70 percent to our goal,” said Melissa Stephens, ACS community representative. “I have no doubt that we’ll reach our goal of $24,000 when the relay is all done.”

Toddler found dead in Whitley Co. pool

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Drowning has been ruled the preliminary cause of death for a toddler who was found floating face-down in a Whitley County swimming pool this week.

A three-year-old boy drowned Tuesday morning at a residence southeast of Columbia City.

The relative told police that before finding the boy in the pool, they realized he was not in the house, and the back door leading to the pool was open, according to conservation officers.

May 22nd

Whitley County walkers

May 22, 2013

Laura Lefever organized a team of Whitley County residents to participate in the 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day event, a walk to benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

More than 700 people attended the walk Saturday and helped raise more than $55,000 for the organization.

Cancer Services provides emotional support, practical resources and information to patients and their families dealing with cancer. The organization also serves Whitley County.

Lefever serves on the Board of Directors for the organization.

Re‘VOLT’ing training

May 22, 2013

Heath Fearnow, one of Columbia City’s Police Department’s newest reserve officers, went through an unpleasant training exercise Saturday night.

Fearnow, along with fellow reserve Tony Kumfer and CCPD’s newest hire, Jon Stoffel (pictured left), underwent taser training at City Hall.

Pictured, from left: Stoffel, Fearnow, taser instructor and CCPD Officer Thor Hodges, and Sergeant Trey Insley.

CAFETERIA FOOD: Lunch price increases generate saucy remarks

May 22, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Cafeteria food pricing and lunch menu mandates by the state of Indiana had food service workers overheated at Smith-Green Community School Board of School Trustees meeting Monday.

Pam Hill, a cafeteria worker, told board members of a problem with students charging their lunches, causing a deficit of more than a thousand dollars.

Hill discussed at length her frustration with the federal government’s mandates on pricing and menu.

“The kids still don’t like the food,” Hill said. “We try our best to tweak it and encourage them to try it, but they just throw away so much.”

 

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