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August 16th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Fort Wayne man who has been charged for attacking a child is expected to plead guilty in Whitley County Superior Court.
Dale Ippolito, 22, was arrested in September 2012 after witnesses said he abused a young boy in the parking lot of Parkview Whitley Hospital, in Columbia City.
According to court reports, both of the childâ€™s legs were in casts and witnesses saw Ippolito drag the boy by his arm through the parking lot and to his vehicle.
While in the car, witnesses saw Ippolito beating the child and called 911.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Leaders at Passages, Inc. and the Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation, Columbia City, recently announced the promotion of Dave Lehman to Chief Operating Officer of Passages.
In that capacity, Lehman will also serve as the executive director of Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation.
The Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation is the affordable housing arm for Passages.
FORT WAYNE â€” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana recently hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner to honor the recipients of the agencyâ€™s 2012 Volunteers of the Year awards.
Approximately 425 guests attended the dinner and ceremony at Fort Wayne Hotel to join in the celebration and honor volunteerism throughout Northeast Indiana and Southern Michigan.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Intense rainfall has been a concern for residents across the county this summer, but when heavy rains create flooding at the newly constructed wastewater treatment plant in South Whitley, town leaders start to get heated.
After the $3 million project was completed, a storm that came through the town Aug. 2 came with such intensity that it blew off two manhole covers, spilling water overflow into the Eel River.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Seven years ago today, Tammy Gross, a Whitley County native, heard the words, â€śyou have breast cancer.â€ť
With cancer fought and beaten, Gross now celebrates her recovery as an advocate for the American Cancer Society and finding a cure for breast cancer.
â€śI never thought this would be the path I would find myself on,â€ť Gross said. â€śI am not a public speaker â€” I am rather shy in front of crowds. However, I find myself in front of more people now more than ever. If it gives me a chance to encourage someone else fighting cancer, then so be it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The process has begun to place a school resource officer (SRO) at Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
At Tuesdayâ€™s Columbia City Board of Works meeting, Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said heâ€™s been working with WCCSâ€™s Superentindent, Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor, to come up with a plan for an SRO.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A pool of ideas for a new aquatics facility for Columbia City has funneled into three concepts, which were presented at a public forum Wednesday night.
Representatives from Counsilman-Hunsaker and MartinRiley have been working with a task force of community members to develop options to replace the aging Burnworth Memorial Pool, set to close in 2014.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A South Whitley employee was deducted $773 from his final paycheck unexpectedly, according to Trevor Webb who was represented by his wife, Toni, at the Town Council meeting Tuesday.
Toni told town leaders that the money was deducted for Trevorâ€™s portion of his health insurance.
However, the money should have been deducted from Trevorâ€™s pay in February.
â€śWhen he was hired, he wasnâ€™t charged right away,â€ť Toni said. â€śWe were covered, but Trevor was told it was a mistake that his check wasnâ€™t being deducted the payment each time.â€ť
Faculty and administrators gathered at Whitko High School for a staff day in preparation of Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s first day of school.
Students returned to the classroom this morning to begin the 2013-14 school year.
Pictured are Dawn Hinthorn (right) and Susie Trixler, both teachers at Whitko High School, chatting with a financial representative.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A new trail is soon to take shape in South Whitley, thanks to Whitley On The Move, a grassroots initiative to improve the town.
Overseeing the organization is Julia Robinson of South Whitley. However, numerous town citizens have joined forces to form several committees focused on targeting specific areas of improvement.
One of those areas is developing recreational opportunities.
When the trail is completed, it will cover more than two miles and will stretch as far east as Reed Street and Jefferson Street to the west of town.