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August 2nd

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.

August 1st

Mom-son meth pair pleads not guilty

August 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A mother and son accused of selling chemicals to make methamphetamine pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

Melodie Meyer, 39, and Robert Barnett 22, both of Columbia City, were arrested July 24 for unlawful sale of a precursor and possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Both crimes are Class D felonies, which carry a minimum period of 6 months of incarceration and a maximum sentence of three years.

WCCS to select new board member Monday

August 1, 2013

Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will be selecting a new member for its Board of Trustees Monday.

WCCS will hold a work session Monday at 5:30 p.m. At that time, potential board members will be interviewed and a decision is expected.

A vacancy came up for the WCCS board when board member Chris Bechtold resigned to take a teaching position in the district. Teachers in the district are not permitted to be board members.

Whitko H.S. strikes up the band

August 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With summer ending and a new school year soon to begin, high school marching bands are starting to rehearse.

Whitko Marching Pride, with about 30 members for the 2013-14 school year, has been working on their show this week, and will continue next week during the annual band camp.

The camp is dedicated to the learning the year’s marching band show—the music and drill—for eight hours a day, every day, usually for a week.

Three pieces of music, which run for a total of about seven minutes, must be memorized by the band members.

Expungement law not what it seemed

August 1, 2013

iming to provide more job opportunities for those with a criminal history, took effect in Indiana July 1.

House Enrolled Act 1482 was designed for individuals to have criminal convictions removed from their record. One hope accompanying the law was to increase potential employment for those with a criminal record.

However, according to Whitley County Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl, it is not the content of the law, but the implementation, that has been a problem during its first month on the books.

ROAD WORK: Improvements expected when project finished

August 1, 2013

South Line Street has been closed for several projects this summer. Water main work is being done below the surface, and above ground work is being done on sidewalks, curbs and repaving the street. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the street will be closed intermittently between now and the end of August. The mayor hoped the project would be finished before the end of the month, but some of the work is dependent on contractor schedules, so he was unsure of a finish date. “We know this can be frustrating for our residents,” Daniel said.

 

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