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May 28th, 2015
Passages Profiles â€™15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the programs of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Human Resources Manager Sonya Rubrake occupies a unique position at Passages, Inc.
She is one of only a few who does not work directly with clients on a daily basis.
â€śI deal with hiring of staff, training, benefits, workmanâ€™s compensation and unemployment for our staff,â€ť said Rubrake.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” There will be no roosters crowing at the Whitley County 4-H Fair this year.
Indiana imposed a statewide ban Wednesday for poultry and other birds to events such as Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair, in hopes of preventing the spread of a bird flu strain thatâ€™s killed millions of chickens, turkeys and other birds across the nation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Each summer, downtown Columbia Cityâ€™s lightposts are adorned with colorful flowers.
The tradition began years ago with the help of Gloria Smith, who was instrumental in bringing the beautification idea to reality.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Passages, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that has successfully served Whitley County for more than 60 years.
Passages is currently looking for passionate people to join the organization. Individuals who would like a job where they can directly make a difference in peopleâ€™s lives should apply. Passages wants to hear from them. As an employee of Passages, at the end of the day, the worker will have assisted in helping people and making a difference in their lives.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śEvery year we gather at this same cemetery to both remember and mourn,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. â€śWe remember those who have fought and died for the sake of one goal ... one idea ... one hope â€” freedom.â€ť
The annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 98, was held Monday morning at Greenhill Cemetery in Columbia City.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Statement as of 12:54 PM EDT on May 27, 2015
The National Weather Service in northern Indiana has issued a
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southeastern Fulton County in North Central Indiana...
southern Kosciusko County in North Central Indiana...
northern Miami County in North Central Indiana...
northern Wabash County in North Central Indiana...
Whitley County in Northeast Indiana...
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Indiana officials have imposed a ban on moving poultry and other birds to events in hopes of preventing the spread of deadly bird flu.
The State Board of Animal Health said Wednesday the ban includes county fairs, exhibitions and all events where birds are commingled. The ban also includes public bird sales at flea markets, swap meets and sale barns.
The ban will likely remain in place through the rest of 2015.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A more than three-hour long strain on public safety officials has left police frustrated and on the hunt for the man who called in a fake hostage situation Monday evening.
The man who identified himself as â€śMichaelâ€ť has cost taxpayers more than $3,000 in public funds for the incident, which called upon the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, local law enforcement and the Columbia City Fire Department for traffic and crowd control.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” A husband and wife were arrested Tuesday evening following a vehicle pursuit that ended in Whitley County.
Police say the two had taken the vehicle they were in at gunpoint from its owner in southern Noble County only minutes earlier.
According to Indiana State Police Trooper Justin Snyder, at approximately 6:45 p.m. a gray 2007 Subaru Forrester was taken at gunpoint from its owner in the 600 block of East CR 600 South in Noble County by Marty Robbins, 46, and his wife Dawn Robbins, 40.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Members of the Northern Indiana Leatherneck Coffee Club, a group of former U.S. Marines, performed the ceremonial disposal of old and no-longer-servicable American flags Sunday evening on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn.
The club follows the procedures set forth by law in the U.S. Flag Code. Title 4, Chapter 1, Sec. 8(k), which states:
â€śThe flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.â€ť