Archive - 2013 - News Article
DeKalb County â€” The Indiana State Police, with the assistance of the DeKalb County Sheriff Department, investigated a two vehicle head-on crash that occurred yesterday morning on State Road 1, which claimed the life of a 45 year old man from Butler and now a 13 year old girl from Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Fire and Ice Festival has been cancelled, but only for this year. The winter event, sponsored by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, was to be held in January on the Courthouse Square.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Brown said the cancellation was due to scheduling conflicts, not financial reasons.
Chamber leaders and event organizers considered an alternative date, but was not successful in rescheduling the festival. However, Brown said there is already discussion for the festivalâ€™s return in 2014.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City recently had an added presence at the Indiana Statehouse. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was mayor for the day in Indianapolis, and the event gave him the opportunity to meet with lawmakers and discuss important issues.
Daniel met with Rep. Kathy Heuer, Ind. Sen. Jim Banks and Rep. Dan Leonard. He had a chance to speak on issues that were important to local government.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Any writer worth their salt will advise aspiring authors to write about what they know. Wanda Howell, of Churubusco, did just that. She recently self-published a short story for children about farms, a dog and a rabbit.
â€śRose and Rabbit Go to the Fair,â€ť is a tale about a farm with quite a bit of junk on its property. Rose, a curious sort of dog, happens to discover an old truck amid the piles.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the United States was plunging over the Fiscal Cliff, a rope was tossed as a solution. How well would it hold? This question and others were answered by Jim Oâ€™Donnell, Executive-In-Residence at Huntington University, at an economic lecture at Parkview Whitley Hospital Friday morning.
Oâ€™Donnell, who is known for adding humor and wit to his lectures, believes the forecast for the economic future, on the home front and abroad, could be pretty grim. He explained his bearish stance is based on trends and attitudes.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools has selected a new superintendent.
An official announcement will be made Monday at 7 p.m. at the SGCS Administrative Center. Board of Trustees for SGCS will officially agree on the candidate and approve the person for hire Monday. The meeting is open to the public.
COESSE â€” Citizens of Whitley County have a somewhat unique resource in their backyard that is largely unknown.
The Northeast-Purdue Agriculture Center (NEPAC) has been located in Whitley County, south of Coesse, for more than 20 years. Phil Walker has been the superintendent of the center since its opening, and said the center is a big help in the agriculture arena.
The farm primarily functions for research. Professors and graduate students make the trek to Whitley County from Purdueâ€™s campus in West Lafayette.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Can an aquatics facility be built in Columbia City? Where is the money going to come from Where is it going to be built? These are some of questions the recently formed Aquatic Task Force is working to answer.
Wednesday the task force met for the first time and spent an hour discussing the options, as well as the challenges, in building a new aquatics center.
It was decided by the City of Columbia City to close Burnworth Memorial Pool in 2014. Due to an increasing amount of repairs needed and the growing cost to maintain the pool, the decision was made.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For high school girls, preparing for prom starts with the dress.
However, the expense attached to a formal dress, in addition to accessories, shoes, hair-dos and manicures, can deter some girls from going to prom.
Sandy Kohut, Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s nurse, is overseeing a dress giveaway that the school has sponsored since 2007. Formal dresses are donated by the community and are then made available to girls in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s Department recently welcomed a new deputy to its force.
Dustin Papenbrock of Churubusco started with the department Dec. 23, 2012. Previously, he worked with the state police. So far the job has not caught Papenbrock by surprise.
Papenbrock is a 2003 graduate of Churubusco High School. He then attended and graduated from IPFW with a major in criminal justice. He graduated from the police academy in August of 2012. After working in Indianapolis, Papenbrock enjoys the geographic change.