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August 28th

SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK: Whitko teachers become tech savvy

August 28, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — As the 2013-14 school year got underway, it wasn’t just students returning to the classroom with new school supplies, but teachers as well.

Whitko Community School Corporation rolled out its 1-to-1 technology plan with the start of the new year. The goal is to place technology, such as tablets and laptops, in the hands of every Whitko student.

A small group of high school students were introduced to tablets, and in just two weeks the devices have become an additional learning tool in the classroom.

STRIKERS LEAVE: UAW members abandon site near Coupled Products

August 28, 2013

UAW Local 2049 members in Columbia City have left the site near Coupled Products where they've been striking for more than two years.

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

It is unknown why the strikers left.

POLICE: Stay vigilant, not alarmed

August 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In light of recent online rumors of a possible child abduction ring in Whitley County, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh says there's no need for citizens to be alarmed, but to continue to be vigilant, as always.

"As with anything else, if you see anything out of the ordinary, call the police department," Longenbaugh said. "We encourage citizens to report suspicious behavior."

Some say a man with a strong accent is attempting to sell books in Whitley County, and social media sites report the man may be from an national child abduction ring.

GANGWAY!: Park board prohibits golf carts on trail

August 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After some debate from local residents, Columbia City’s Park Board decided that golf carts, and all motorized vehicles, will not be allowed on the Blue River Trail.

On July 10, the Park Board was approached by John St. George, who is the president of the CC Buggy Club.

The club was requesting to use the new portion of the Blue River Trial to access the north side of U.S. 30.

The latest addition to the trail opened this summer, linking Morsches Park to Denzil Drive, and providing runners, walkers and bikers the bridge between the north and south sides of town.

August 27th

Pumpkin Run to aid local hospice services

August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Parkview Whitley Hospice has announced open registration for its fourth annual Pumpkin Run, a 1K Fun Run for children and 5K Run/Walk for all ages.

This year’s event is presented by DeMoney Grimes Funeral Home and will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. The events will be held in Columbia City at Morsches Park.

Check-in will begin at 11:45 a.m., and the entry fee is $15 for the Fun Run.

Registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $20 before Sept. 1, $25 before Sept. 8, and $30 after Oct. 8.

State Fair honors

August 27, 2013

Sarah Palmer, 14, of Larwill, and Ryder Sroufe, 14, of South Whitley, received top honors at the 2013 Indiana State Fair competition Aug. 4.

Palmer (left) demonstrated a second place entry in mechanical science and safety demonstration. She showed several ways to strip wires. She used a variety of gauged wires and several tools, showing how each one worked.

Palmer, a Whitley County 4-H member, has participated in the 4-H Youth Development Program for six years.

She is the daughter of Mike and Yvette Palmer.

BACK AGAIN: Fall fest to be filled with ‘family fun’

August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After drought conditions snuffed out Independence Day festivities in 2012, the first fall festival was planned and is slated to return for a second year.

The Fall Festival will be held Sept. 14 at Morsches Park from 1 to 9 p.m.

“This is event is full of family fun,” Mark Green, Columbia City Parks Department director. “No matter what your age, there is something for everyone this year.”

Launching the festival will be a 5K Pumpkin Run at 1 p.m., hosted by Parkview Whitley Hospital and a cornhole tournament at the Whitley County YMCA.

‘MAIN STREET’: Col. City working toward designation

August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Main Street in Columbia City could soon be considered more than just the stretch of Ind. 9 that goes through the community.

City officials are working with state leaders at the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to achieve Indiana Main Street designation for Columbia City.

According to OCRA’s website, Indiana Main Street encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. The program provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to participating communities.

THE CENTER: Renovations to build relationships

August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Cultivating relationships is the motivation behind every decision made at The Center for Whitley County Youth — even when choosing paint color.

“To some it might seem like its just paint and drywall, but there’s a purpose to what we’ve done here,” said Jeff Wike, The Center’s executive director. “Even building a concession stand was done in a way to see relationships grow.”

Something as simple as creating a space to “hang out” could spur a positive conversation and connection between teens and adult volunteers.

SWINDLED: Police say protect yourself from scams

August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Police Department is warning residents to protect themselves from scams.

While detectives investigate every case as thoroughly as possible, CCPD detective Chip Stephenson said scam cases are hard to prove, especially since many scammers live states, even continents away.

“Oftentimes, the tips we get lead us nowhere,” Stephenson said. “Unfortunately, very few of those crimes are solved.”

Stephenson said the best way to avoid scams is to know how to protect yourself.

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