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IN COURT: Yoha trial vacated; to be rescheduled

August 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man arrested in a traffic stop-turned drug bust in the spring requested to reschedule his jury trial in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Michael Yoha, 34, of Mansfield, Ohio, was scheduled to stand trial Sept. 10 for possession of cocaine and dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.

Yoha’s attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a pretrial conference for Oct. 14. At that time, he said he would work on establishing a new trial date for his client.

The motion to continue the pretrial conference and vacate the trial date was approved by Judge James Heuer.

COUPLED PRODUCTS: Strikers go home after two years on picket line

August 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After two years, United Auto Workers Local 2049 strikers left their site near Coupled Products, LLC. in Columbia City.

UAW officials said they got a call Friday night from the International UAW and the strikers packed up shortly after that.

It is unknown why the strikers decided to leave.

Twenty-nine members of UAW Local 2049 started picketing the manufacturer in June 2011. Claims of unfair labor practices after contract negotiations fell a part had kept 21 of the 29 picketers active.

PAYING FOR POOLS: Cooling off proves to be costly for S. Whitley

August 29, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With the celebration of Labor Day Monday, pools will no doubt be used to cool off from the predicted warm temperatures.

However, paying to fill those pools can escalate an owner’s water bill to exorbitant amounts.

Currently, the town of South Whitley has shown some grace to its residents when it comes to high water bills due to pool fill-ups or lawn irrigation, but a three-month window is considerably short, according to pool owners.

To minimize his water bill, South Whitley resident George Hathaway decided to get creative in solving his dilemma.

NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: Homecoming for Hile at Smith-Green

August 29, 2013

CHURUBUSCO— Homecoming may be set for later this year, but for new Churubusco Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal Dan Hile, he experienced a partial taste recently.

It was the first week of school, and Hile’s first as the new assistant principal. But it was hardly Hile’s first time in the building.

He had been choir director at the high school from 2003 to 2011. Returning to Smith-Green Community Schools after two years of administrative work at Northridge High School was like coming home.

CURB RAMPS: City ahead of ADA regulations

August 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s streets are ahead of the norm for new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Cities across Indiana had to make a transition plan to submit to the state by the end of December, 2012 — Columbia City’s was submitted in November.

Not only does Columbia City’s Street Department have a plan, but Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh is already putting it into action.

Cearbaugh recently attended a conference, in which he learned several cities in Indiana haven’t submitted a plan yet.

PINESTOCK: Music fest to showcase local talent

August 29, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Two friends put their heads together to offer a local experience built off of what they both love in life — music.

Nate Norris, of Churubusco, and Nicholas Weaver, of Fort Wayne, have attended several music festivals and have a growing appreciation for local talent.

“We had seen so many festivals become overrated and saturated with sponsorships,” Weaver said. “We thought it would be good to have a festival that wasn’t about the hype, but about the music. We also wanted a stage to showcase independent talent.”

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