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August 9th

ENROLLMENT DOWN: Smith-Green lowers budget for 2014

August 9, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Due to changes in enrollment, the budget for Smith-Green Community Schools is projected to be lower in 2014.

With the first day of school less than a week away, SGCS began work on its budget for the coming year.

Projected figures for 2014 are expected to be closer to expenditures, according to Todd Fleetwood, business manager for SGCS.

Fleetwood said the average daily membership (ADM), a headcount of students taken during the school year for the district, will be lower this year. SGCS will also receive fewer dollars per students it has.

TWO FELONY CHARGES: Alleged drug dealer appears in court

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who allegedly sold drugs in South Whitley had his first appearance in court Monday and pleaded not guilty.

Frank O. Hibbs, 60, of Liberty Mills, was arrested July 31 for two counts of dealing a Schedule II controlled substance.

Case reports state Hibbs allegedly made two drug deals in July, on the 2nd and the 31st. Both times, he sold to a confidential informant working for the Whitley County Drug Task Force.

The informant allegedly bought 40 pills of hydrocodone July 2 for $200 in South Whitley. A similar purchase was made July 31.

A NEW TOP DOG: Grube named shelter director; replaces Pease

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An email blast went out to Whitley County’s Humane Society supporters last week stating Lindsay Pease, the shelter’s director at the time, was resigning.

Although the fact of Pease’s departure may have caught some followers off-guard, Mark Espich, Humane Society of Whitley County board president, said her decision to leave was given with plenty of notice.

August 8th

CRUSHED GOLF CART: No one hurt in storm on the links

August 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Heavy winds in a quick storm left extensive damage at a local golf course.

Crooked Lake Golf Course had several branches down, along with one tree, after a storm blew through Wednesday evening.

Even more miraculous, according to course owner Bill Schumaker, is that no one was injured.

“The worst part was that we had guys on the course in a cart have a top of a tree fall on them while they were in the cart,” he said. “The cart was totaled, but they were fine.”

Schumaker said he could not believe the men survived.

Career tech courses available at WCCS

August 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Several Career Technical Courses are available through Whitley County Consolidated Schools this school year.

Courses include: Agriculture, Business Technology, Various Computer Applications, Computer Tech Support, Cooperative Education (Co-op), Culinary Arts Careers, Education and Early Childhood Careers, Family and Consumers Science (FACS), Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Radio and TV. Pre-requisites for each course vary and are available by contacting Columbia City High School.

Pow wow to return to Col. City

August 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For the 18th year, the annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow will converge on Morsches Park, Columbia City, this weekend.

Gates will open Friday at 5 p.m. with 32 vendors offering crafts, products and Native American wares.

Three food vendors will serve fry bread, buffalo burgers and buffalo tacos. Admission is $4 and children under the age of 12 are free.

Young Native Night will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a concert featuring Adam Strack and Mike Mowery.

FOR SALE BY OWNER: Council catches heated flap over garage sale ordinance

August 8, 2013

CHURUBUSCO ­— Residents filled Churubusco’s Town Hall to speak against the proposed garage sale ordinance, which was slated for a public hearing at the Town Council meeting Wednesday night.

In the proposed ordinance, a “garage sale” is defined and includes yard sales, sidewalk sales, patio sales and so forth. However, it also includes verbiage that could limit a resident from selling any personal items from their private property:

“Yard sales shall include…and shall mean the sale of personal/private property from a residentially-occupied site,” as it reads in the proposed ordinance.

DEEMED UNSAFE: Vacant home upsets Laud residents

August 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Swarming bees, broken windows and a vermin infestation are reasons for a vacant home becoming the concern of Whitley County’s Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner.

At the County Commissioners meeting Monday, Wagner requested county leaders to approve his moving forward in declaring the building unsafe.

The property is located at 8075 S. 200 E. and sits on the corner of Smith Street and 200 E. According to Wagner, the property is owned by William L. Hinen.

THIS TOWN IS BIG ENOUGH: WCSD adds two deputies

August 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For the first time in “many years,” Whitley County’s Sheriff’s Department is adding two deputies at the same time, said Sergeant Todd Cook.

Kory Bailey, 23, and Terrance McKinney, 27, are the latest additions to the department of 15 deputies.

Bailey and McKinney are replacing two deputies who resigned this year, Scott Geist and Chuck Vogely.

Another law enforcement officer will join the squad in December, when long-time deputy Dennis Ruch is expected to retire.

Bailey grew up in Whitley County and is a 2009 Columbia City High School graduate.

DOWNGRADED: WCCS removes weighted grades

August 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — High schools in Columbia City will no longer offer weighted grades to students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees removed the program by a unanimous vote at Monday night’s board meeting, affecting students at both Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy.

The change will be phased in over the next two years.

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