Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â âIt is rare for me to come in and say entirely positive things about my client.â
Those were the comments of Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz at the sentencing hearing for Christopher Padgett, who pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class B felony, last month.
Voelz made his comments in his testimony on Padgettâs behalf while awaiting sentencing from Circuit Court Judge James Heuer. Heuer handed down a six-year sentence for Padgett.
COLUMBIA CITY â Citizens interested in the future of aquatics in Columbia City will have a chance to give their opinion next week.
Park Director Mark Green said there will be a public forum to discuss the future of aquatics, both in Columbia City and Whitley County, Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall in the Columbia City Common Council Chamber on the second floor.
Much of this discussion sprang from last yearâs announcement that Burnworth Memorial Pool will be holding its last season in the summer of 2014, before it is closed.
(May 17, 2013) â A special feature highlighting Performing Arts at Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko High Schools is inserted in today's paper. This full-color publication depicts the arts during the 2012-13 school year.
New York-based classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will be performing at the Peabody Public Libraryâs Robert E. Brittain Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The concert is free and open to the public.
This concert is part of a nationwide tour, right after a highly regarded appearance in New York at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall.
Major works will include the Bach Chaconne and Suite Compostelana by the Catalan composer Federico Mompou.
Whole Health Wellness Center will have its first Planting Day Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1065 West CR 150 N., Columbia City.
There will be a ribbon-cutting with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel at 2 p.m. Activities will include planting in the community garden and learning about large- and small-scale composting.
Childrenâs garden planting will start at 2:30 p.m.
Whole Health Wellness Center is a new organization created by and for the people of Columbia City.
The centerâs mission is to establish community gardens and improve overall health.
Whitley on the Move will put on its Spring Spruce-Up in South Whitley Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.
Volunteers are asked to join in and help pick up around the town. To participate, citizens need to show up at the bandstand on Front Street at 8 a.m. with work gloves, a trash bag or two, and, if possible, a push broom or rake.
To suggest a specific area to be cleaned up May 18, call Darci Kessie at 723-6128 or Julia Robinson at 723-4637.
COLUMBIA CITY â Emma Nicodemus is no stranger to the Whitley County 4-H program.
Nicodemus grew up watching her older cousins Tanner, Colin, Ethan and Aly Nicodemus participate in 4-H.
Nicodemus is the daughter of Steve and Amy Nicodemus. She attends Coesse Elementary School where she is in the fifth grade.
Her projects for the year include pigs and feeder calves.
Growing up around her cousins and their animals, Nicodemus wanted to join 4-H because of her cousins. She said she likes to do whatever her cousins are doing.
Editorâs note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.
CHURUBUSCO â Under the category of Work and Education, Cullen Fisherâs Facebook profile includes the U.S. Army.
Fisher, a junior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School, is a part of the militaryâs delayed-entry program.
At age 17, Fisher began the necessary steps to start his military career. Now, at age 18, he is participating in regular physical training (P.T.) exercises in Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â A nature preserve north of Columbia City may be off the beaten path to the public, but those who have been there know itâs worth the trip.
The Evelyn and Wendell Dygert Nature Preserve has been open to the public since 2001. It is located in Thorncreek Township, about four miles north of Columbia City on County Road 50 West.
Clay Geiger, a long-time resident of Thorncreek, said he enjoys going to the preserve many times a year â particularly right now.
âItâs great for wildflowers, and right now itâs at the peak,â he said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Since Advance Disposal started servicing trash pick up in the town of South Whitley, residents have experienced a bit of a learning curve when knowing what will and wonât be hauled away.
Even town council members were confused by what the agreement signed between the town and Advance Disposal had specified.
Residents who attended Tuesdayâs town council meeting offered numerous concerns with the new service. There were some issues with the collection containers being too big at 96 gallons.