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May 23rd, 2013

Toddler found dead in Whitley Co. pool

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Drowning has been ruled the preliminary cause of death for a toddler who was found floating face-down in a Whitley County swimming pool this week.

A three-year-old boy drowned Tuesday morning at a residence southeast of Columbia City.

The relative told police that before finding the boy in the pool, they realized he was not in the house, and the back door leading to the pool was open, according to conservation officers.

May 22nd

Whitley County walkers

May 22, 2013

Laura Lefever organized a team of Whitley County residents to participate in the 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day event, a walk to benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

More than 700 people attended the walk Saturday and helped raise more than $55,000 for the organization.

Cancer Services provides emotional support, practical resources and information to patients and their families dealing with cancer. The organization also serves Whitley County.

Lefever serves on the Board of Directors for the organization.

Re‘VOLT’ing training

May 22, 2013

Heath Fearnow, one of Columbia City’s Police Department’s newest reserve officers, went through an unpleasant training exercise Saturday night.

Fearnow, along with fellow reserve Tony Kumfer and CCPD’s newest hire, Jon Stoffel (pictured left), underwent taser training at City Hall.

Pictured, from left: Stoffel, Fearnow, taser instructor and CCPD Officer Thor Hodges, and Sergeant Trey Insley.

CAFETERIA FOOD: Lunch price increases generate saucy remarks

May 22, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Cafeteria food pricing and lunch menu mandates by the state of Indiana had food service workers overheated at Smith-Green Community School Board of School Trustees meeting Monday.

Pam Hill, a cafeteria worker, told board members of a problem with students charging their lunches, causing a deficit of more than a thousand dollars.

Hill discussed at length her frustration with the federal government’s mandates on pricing and menu.

“The kids still don’t like the food,” Hill said. “We try our best to tweak it and encourage them to try it, but they just throw away so much.”

AQUATICS FACILITY: Pool forum overflows with ideas

May 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — There was no shortage of suggestions at last night’s aquatics facility public forum.

Since the announcement of Burnworth Memorial Pool closing in 2014, a task force has been working on a replacement for the public pool option.

Kevin Post, of Counsilman-Hunsaker, led the forum with his expertise on facility design and execution.

“The typical pool has a life of 30 to 50 years. Burnworth Pool is out of that life expectancy. It is definitely time to look at another aquatics option,” Post said. “But the idea of what a pool is has evolved over the years.”

May 21st

CCHS AWARDS

May 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School saluted its top students at its Honors Convocation Monday evening. Awards were handed out to students for academic achievements, scholarships, service work and excellence in athletics. CCHS Principal Jennifer Reiff praised the top Eagles of 2013, lauding their hard work in the classroom and the community.

Holiday trash pick-up

May 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Due to the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no collections Monday for trash and recycling.

Monday collections will be made on Tuesday. Tuesday collections will be on Wednesday. Wednesday collections will be made on Thursday. Thursday collections will be made on Friday.

Friday collections will be made on Saturday.

All trash and recycling collections the week of May 27 will be performed one day later than normally scheduled.

S. Whitley to host party

May 21, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A celebration on the streets of South Whitley is planned for Friday night.

Entertainment will be provided by Ivory West, who recently opened for country-music singer Collin Raye, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Whitley On The Move is hosting the event and will provide other forms of entertainment in what is being labeled a “fun-filled street party.”

Walking group to begin in June

May 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley Walkers will begin training to walk 13.1 miles in the Veterans Day Mini-Marathon held Nov. 9, 2013.

Training starts Monday, June 3. This is not a running club.

However, the group will be coached by local marathoners, including Greg Fahl, Betty Nelson, Kim Lefever, Carl Fields and BJ Hohenstein, as well as several Whitley County YMCA staff members.

Winning work of art

May 21, 2013

Abbi Copeland, an eighth grader at Indian Springs Middle School, recently won 2nd place in the anime drawing contest at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

There were approximately 200 entries in the categories, and three winners chose in four categories.

Copeland won a $20 cash prize, had her photo taken for the Cherry Blossom Festival website, and her artwork will hang in the Young Adult section of the Main Allen County Public Library for the month of June.

Copeland is enrolled in art and design classes for her freshman year at Columbia City High School.

 

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