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October 4th

IN COURT: Tractor meth dealer handed 8 years

October 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A 2011 Whitko High School graduate arrested for selling methamphetamine from his tractor was given an eight-year sentence at the Whitley County Jail Monday.

Gerald Jacob Michel, or “Jake,” 20, of South Whitley, was arrested in December of last year on two counts of dealing methamphetamine, two counts of possession and one charge of possession of paraphernalia.

He was arrested at a field near Ind. 5, when Michel made the sale while making passes with his tractor.

October 3rd

CAPITOL SUSPECT KILLED: Female driver tried to ram White House

October 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 3, 2013) -- The U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown this afternoon after a woman tried to ram a car into the White House gate, was chased by Secret Service and exchanged shots with police, sources said.

According to area media, the suspect — who had a child in the car — was shot and killed, and a shelter-in-place order was lifted at about 3 p.m. At least one Capitol Police officer was injured but apparently not shot.

"The United States Capitol Police have stabilized the incident," officials said in a message.

State parks, reservoirs remain open

October 3, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — No need to worry, Hoosier outdoor lovers.

Although national parks and national wildlife refuges are closed because of the federal government shutdown, Indiana’s 24 state parks and eight reservoir properties remain open for business as usual — if you call the burst of fall colors usual.

There is an Indiana state park or reservoir property within a one-hour drive of every Hoosier.

The properties offer an array of recreational activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, boating, canoe and kayaking, mountain biking, picnicking and wildlife watching.

Food shortage causes local pantry to close

October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The food pantry at Victory Christian Fellowship Church, located at 1330 W. Business 30 in Columbia City, is temporarily closed due to a shortage in food.

According to organizers, the pantry, which is typically open Mondays 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesdays noon to 2 p.m., has run out of food items to give away to those in need.

Ind. Rep. Heuer makes clear Common Core opinion

October 3, 2013

During the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly was presented with House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1427 which paused the implementation of Common Core State Standards for further study.

I had the opportunity to talk with all of the superintendents in my district, and a few outside my district, to hear their thoughts on this issue.

The superintendents I spoke with suggested that we not pause the implementation.

CAMPAIGN CHAIR: Wells leads United Way in fundraiser

October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Giving back to the community where she’s grown up is what propelled Cari Wells, of Columbia City, to be the 2013-14 campaign chair for the United Way of Whitley County.

“I care about this community and want to see it continue to be great,” Wells said. “The United Way does so much to improve the lives of those in our county. It seemed like a logical way for me to serve the community.”

PUBLIC COMMENT: Ordinance hearing brings out cost concern

October 3, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — When municipalities propose a change in policy, a public hearing is held before the ordinance update is instituted.

It is at this time public comment is heard on the issue and council members can choose to address the concerns. Churubusco residents have not been silent when it comes to changes in town policy.

When a change to a garage sale ordinance was proposed, residents created such a noise that Town Council members decided to table the issue.

START YOUR ENGINES: Slotcar racing takes local track

October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A popular hobby around the country has taken track locally in Columbia City.

Slot car racing has been happening at AllPro Raceway, which is adjacent to AllPro Towing on Fridays for almost six years. Jeff Hull works at AllPro Towing during the day and helps run the racing league in the evenings.

Hull said competition is open to the public, and the season, which runs from November to April, is set to begin soon.

CRIME OF OPPORTUNITY: Concealed by fog, thieves hit Tri-Lakes

October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Thieves used Sunday night’s fog to their advantage, stealing from and rummaging through at least nine properties, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

Most of the homes affected were on Colony and Crescent Avenues in the Tri-Lakes area.

Many items were stolen, including a motorcycle.

The thieves didn’t get far with the bike, though, as it didn’t have any oil in it, causing the engine to seize by the time it got to the Lions Club, located less than a half-mile from where the thefts occurred on Colony Avenue.

October 2nd

Gourd project links students to reading

October 2, 2013

Students at Coesse Elementary School were encouraged to create a pumpkin that looked like a character from their favorite book.

The project was done in conjunction with the Parent Teacher Organization’s annual read-a-thon.

More than 50 decorated pumpkins will be on display through parent-teacher conferences this week.

Pictured, “Fly Guy,” created by Carter Copeland, is one of many pumpkins at CES. The projects mimicked characters from students’ favorite books.

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