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Flooding leaves tenants wet

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County Health Department officials were called out Wednesday to investigate two apartments that had flooded at Park Terrace Apartments.

According to apartment residents, a water line had broken and while crews were working to repair the break, the apartments flooded.

Scott Wagner, the county’s environmental health specialist, was on site to assess what health hazards might be present due to the flooding.

“We did have some people concerned that it was unsafe and unsanitary,” Wagner said.

CCHS student electrifies city with new logo

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City High School student turned a classroom assignment into a winning project that will leave a mark on the community for years.

Liam Wilson, a student in Chad Moore’s graphic design class, participated in a contest put on by the city’s electric department to design a new logo. The department would use the logo on its vehicles and letterhead.

Wilson won the contest, and now will see his creative work on display in the city for years to come.

SUMMER FIX: Prepping the school

August 2, 2013

Construction is seeing its final touch ups at Columbia City High School in preparation for students to return to school Aug. 13. Minor remodeling and repairs were done during the summer months at the school. Pictured is Steve Monesmith applying drywall mud to a new “quiet room” off of a high school classroom.

DNR digs into dredging project around Tri Lakes

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Creating cleaner lakes is the mission behind the Department of Natural Resources endeavor to dredge the channels throughout Tri Lakes.

Mark Weaver, an environmental contractor who lives on the channel at Karen Kove, was one of many residents who helped motivate the DNR to commit to clearing out the channels for boat passage.

“I knew what it would take to get this done — the right paper work and a lot of hours,” said Weaver.

“However, I thought the work was necessary. These channels are all but closed off now because of silt and vegetation.”

County’s road fund to see $1.36M boost

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County roads, bridges and highways will benefit from a $1.36 million increase in road funding.

According to Indiana State Senator Jim Banks, the increase was in place July 1, but will occur during the next two years.

“Reliable roads and infrastructure are essential to a strong economy,” Banks said. “This allows us to transport goods and services more easily.”

GUILTY PLEA: Hartman admits to drug crimes

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A week after her accomplice admitted guilt, a Columbia City woman acknowledged her role in an attempted drug deal in June.

Savannah Hartman, 20, pleaded guilty to dealing in a Schedule II controlled substance, which is a Class B felony.

In a soft voice, Hartman admitted she aided or caused Krystal Thornsbearry to arrange a drug deal for 35 pills of oxycodone. Thornsbearry pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court last week.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Classes will resume soon after short break

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For some students, it might feel like summer has just started.

Despite those potential thoughts, classes will be beginning for Whitley County schools later this month.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will have its first day of classes Tuesday, Aug. 13. Whitko begins Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) will commence Friday, Aug. 16.

If students are thinking their summer break is shrinking, they might be correct. WCCS held its last day of school June 10. Smith-Green’s was Wednesday, June 5 and Whitko’s was May 28.

SPLASH PAD FUN

August 2, 2013

Benjamin Wheaton, 21 months, watches streams of water cascade from brightly lit pipes at Churubusco’s splash pad, known as Paul’s Pad, Tuesday.

He was at the splash pad with his mother, Alicia. Churubusco’s park is undergoing some improvements. New bathroom facilities are being planned, which is made possible in part by private donations as well as grants. There are also some upgrades to the soccer fields that have recently been completed.

BEAUTY GIFT: ETA aims to help girls

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “Hidaya Neo” – in Africa means “beautiful gift,” and it happens to be the name of a special workshop designed for high school girls at Eagle Tech Academy, Columbia City, taking place Aug. 15.

Several community leaders have joined with ETA students to collaborate on a one-day event that will feature six workshops to help develop female students in areas that can better them for the future, but also give them practical tools for present challenges.

BLOCK PARTY: Community uniting for kids

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Children playing at Morsches Park is not an uncommon occurrence on a summer Saturday morning. However, this Saturday, the park will serve two purposes – fun and function.

The Salvation Army of Whitley County has been collecting school supplies for Whitley County children in need. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Morsches Park in Columbia City, school-aged children can receive supplies to help ease the financial burden parents face when preparing for school to start.

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