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February 24th

Ritz spends time with Coesse kids

February 24, 2014

Glenda Ritz (center), Indiana state superintendent, visited Coesse Elementary School Friday where she read to students. Ritz was one of many special guest readers. Before opening her first book selection, fourth graders had some questions about Ritz’s position at the Statehouse.

When children found out that Ritz was “over all the schools in the state,” one boy asked if Ritz could tell his teacher, Mindy Bloomfield, to not give the group any homework.

IN COURT: Man sentenced 1.5 years for theft

February 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who stole credit cards and other possessions from a person in December was sentenced Monday.

Cruz T. Johannsen, 22, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for 1.5 years, with six months to serve and one year suspended.
He will serve that time consecutive to a case he is facing in Allen County.
As part of a plea agreement, other charges against Johannsen, which include burglary and two counts of fraud on a financial institution, were dismissed. Johannsen was represented by Brad Baber.

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Cooking up ‘Moore’ success

February 24, 2014

PIERCETON — Lunch ladies may not be the first people who come to mind when thinking of those positions that make big differences in schools.

But for Karen Moore, head cook at Pierceton Elementary School, a 21-year career feeding children has led to success in the classroom.

Welcome home, Hannah

February 24, 2014

Hannah Schaefer, a senior at Columbia City High School, represented Whitley County in Kokomo recently at the state Distinguished Young Woman program. Placing in the top ten, Schaefer had “great poise and grace on stage,” according to Pam Thompson, the county’s co-coordinator.

COESSE: Curious students get to know Rep. Heuer

February 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A special week focusing on reading brought several notable guests to Coesse Elementary School Friday.
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz was joined by State Rep. Kathy Heuer to read to third and fourth graders.

Heuer spent time reading some of her favorite books to fourth-grade students, and afterwards had time to answer some of their questions.
Although she is familiar with being put in the political hot seat, no amount of election campaigns and debates could have prepared Heuer for the creative questioning brought on by some curious children.

MELTING ICE REVEALS POTHOLES: Street crews receive little break in weekend work

February 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Street Department has been working nearly non-stop since the beginning of the year clearing snow and ice from roadways.

Recently, officials discussed concerns with overtime expenses, as crews have had to balance creating safer roadways within the city’s budget.
There was a small light at the end of winter’s tunnel last week, with temperatures warming to above freezing for the first time in 2014, and snow and ice finally melting from streets.

What was left behind was almost as dangerous as the snow and ice themselves.

ROAD CLOSURE

February 24, 2014

(Feb. 24, 2014) -- Whitley County officials have announced that County Road 550 East is closed between Anderson Road and County Road 300 North due to high water. The road will remain closed until further notice.

February 23rd

Woman charged with drug dealing near school

February 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who was arrested during a recent drug sweep throughout Columbia City is facing a Class A felony drug charge.

Tara N. Christopher, 31, of Columbia City, was arrested Feb. 14. She is charged with dealing methamphetamine by manufacture within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class A felony.

Class A felonies are punishable by up to 50 years of incarceration, with a minimum sentence of 20 years.

Event to provide exponential benefits

February 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A group of nonprofit agencies, companies and service providers will gather together at Indian Springs Middle School for the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce’s annual expo, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Last year, the event drew in more that 1,500 visitors, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Brown is anticipating that number to grow.

“We have a variety of vendors that strike interest for a lot of people that come,” Brown said. “People see the value of what the expo can bring to both vendors and visitors.”

February 22nd

Group gathers to celebrate success of county’s transitional shelter

February 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A mission to provide housing to the homeless had great support as a large group of community members rallying around the cause.

Interfaith Mission, The Lighthouse, is a transitional home located off of Business 30 in Columbia City.

Working to generate financial support and awareness, an annual dinner was held Thursday night at Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City.

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