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December 27th

SGCS putting finishing touches on project

December 27, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A multi-step construction project for Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) is nearing its end.

Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said in November the endeavor was “98 to 99 percent complete.”

Fleetwood said more than 50 percent of the $4,775,100 project was dedicated to energy efficiency.

Adams charged with probation violation

December 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who was just placed on probation in September is alleged to have violated that term recently.

Anthony A. Adams, 35, of Churubusco, was sentenced in 2009 to serve 16 years for dealing in methamphetamine and other drug charges.

He was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections in 2009. His sentence was modified in 2012 to the Whitley County Jail.

In September, based on a good report from the work release facility, he was placed on probation.

SGCS announces next year’s calendar

December 27, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) began finalizing its calendar for next year at a meeting this month.

At the December meeting of the Board of Trustees, the calendar had its first reading.

School will begin Aug. 14, 2014. The winter break will be from Dec. 20 to Jan. 5, 2015.

Coach Zorger headed to Hall of Fame

December 27, 2013

NEW CASTLE — Columbia City Assistant Girls Varsity Head Coach Jenny (Eckert) Zorger was recently selected for top basketball honors.

Zorger, who has been an assistant coach under Head Coach Amy Shearer for the past four years, was a Huntington North stand-out, still holding several records for the school, and continued her career at Ball State University.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors recently announced the selected inductees for 2014, which includes Zorger.

Bond revoked in local meth case

December 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman accused of dealing drugs in Whitley County had her bond revoked Monday.

Braidon M. Hall, 19, was charged in June with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

She was arrested in a traffic stop made by Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively.

December 26th

Columbia City firemen hand out candy, oranges for Christmas

December 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While Whitley County children were spending Christmas Eve preparing for the visit of Santa Claus, Columbia City’s firefighters were preparing to keep a tradition alive. CCFD firemen greeted children with bags of candy and an orange at the courthouse on Christmas Eve — a tradition that has been in place for more than a century.

“We’ve traced this (tradition) as far back as the 1880s,” said CCFD Chief Tom LaRue.

Although young residents may not think too much about the orange they were given, the children of the 1800s most likely did.

Snow creates difficult road conditions

December 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A white day-after-Christmas created difficult road conditions across Whitley County Thursday.

A light dusting of snow hit the area after midnight. While accumulation was minimal, it was enough to make several of the county’s roads, particularly U.S. 30, dangerous for drivers.

Julie Smith of the Whitley County Sheriff dispatch center said several calls came in of drivers having slide-offs.

“People were driving too fast for the road conditions,” she said. “U.S. 30 was really bad.”

Many of those phone calls came in early Thursday morning.

Snow creates difficult road conditions

December 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man arrested on drug-related charges during a spring traffic stop will stand trial early next month in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Vanness D. Oliver, 35, of Mansfield, Ohio, was arrested during a traffic stop in late April, and was charged with dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance and possession of a narcotic drug.

His trial is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2014, with jury selection at 9 a.m. and evidence beginning at noon.

Oliver’s attorney is Nikos Nakos. Oliver is currently out on bond and is not incarcerated.

December 24th

CHRISTMAS WISHES FLOW: M.C. Wheeler & Sons offer best to all

December 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – M.C. Wheeler & Sons, sales, service and installation of well drilling, heating, plumbing and geo thermal, offers Merry Christmas to all.

"Have a very Merry Christmas," notes the staff of the long-time Whitley County business. "May all your hopes and dreams come true this holiday season. Many thanks for your kind patronage."

Serving Northern Indiana since 1884, M.C. Wheeler & Sons may be reached at 1-800-552-3660. The business is located at 7055 N. 350 W., Columbia City.

December 23rd

Two teens take steps to earn Eagle Scout

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Perseverance and dedication paid off for two Whitley County young men Saturday.

Joe Becker and Kable Coyle were sworn in as Eagle Scouts at Grace Lutheran Church in the presence of friends and family.

To become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of scouting, both boys were required to complete a rigorous list of requirements, including earning more than 21 merit badges, complete a service project and serve in a position of authority.

 

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