Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After undergoing a major injury, surgery and a long recovery process, not many people would feel blessed ‚ÄĒ but not everyone is Angie Smith.
‚ÄúWhen I first got hurt, I never thought anything good would come of it,‚ÄĚ Smith said. ‚ÄúBut everything I learned and experienced was worth getting hurt. I have no regrets and it was a really good lesson for me.‚ÄĚ
Smith has been an assistant girls track coach at Columbia City High School for several years, and an avid sportswoman ‚ÄĒ running, biking and any recreational sport she can get involved with.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council approved the first reading of a slight bump in salaries for city employees at Tuesday‚Äôs meeting.
The proposed raise, which would go into effect in 2014, would give all full-time employees a $1,040 increase for the year.
The city currently has 90 full-time employees, many of whom haven‚Äôt received raises for several years.
Another incentive brought in by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was performance evaluations of each employee.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Reelcraft Industries, Inc. in Columbia City hosted approximately 25 students from Columbia City High School for a Manufacturing Day event Oct. 2 as part of an effort to draw greater attention to the opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
The event also promoted the pursuit of skills that will lead to a long-term career that offers security and growth for qualified candidates.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco Public Library has released it‚Äôs schedule of October events.
Library hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed Sundays.
CPL is located at 116 N. Mulberry St., Churubusco. Visit the library‚Äôs website at www.buscolibrary.org for more information.
Fall coloring contest
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ When Shad Hunter first held is son in his arms, he knew something was different.
Little did he and his wife know, their lives would be changed forever ‚ÄĒ their son, Keyan, was born with Down Syndrome.
‚ÄúWe had no clue,‚ÄĚ Shad said. ‚ÄúMy wife (Crystal) was only 31 and had a healthy lifestyle ‚ÄĒ she didn‚Äôt smoke or drink while she was pregnant.‚ÄĚ
Three years later, Keyan is a thriving boy with Down Syndrome, and 42 people walked in support of him in Saturday‚Äôs DSANI Buddy Walk, held by the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man received the maximum sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court for his burglary offense.
Gabriel Auer, 35, was sentenced Monday to eight years, all to serve in the Whitley County Jail.
It was the maximum sentence for a Class C felony.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said Auer was deserving of the maximum sentence.
‚ÄúMr. Auer has a substantial criminal record,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHe has one prior offense of burglary at the same establishment.‚ÄĚ
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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The results are in.
After the state performed a head count of all Whitley County Consolidated Schools‚Äô students in September for tax purposes, Superintendent Pat O‚ÄôConnor shared with the school board Monday that enrollment is up from last year.
Granted, enrollment is only up two students from last year, but O‚ÄôConnor said the numbers are deceiving.
‚ÄúThis is huge because we had 24 early graduates,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôConnor said. ‚ÄúLast year, the early graduates decreased our enrollment. This year, our new students have made up for the ones who left for early graduation.‚ÄĚ
Dave Stouder (left) and Glen Gilraine, from Community of Hope Church work to break up a concrete slab at The Lighthouse, a transitional home in Columbia City.
The foundation was located under an old garage, but the structure was removed to make room for a new playground.
Grace Lutheran Church hosted a Blessing of the Animals Saturday.
Church members and their animals gathered for Pastor Matthew Converse to bless numerous cats, dogs and even a hamster, as pictured.
The church, in downtown Columbia City, held a Blessing of the Animals for community members to bring their pets to be prayed over.