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March 3rd, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Chamber of Commerce hosted Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel at its monthly Lunch ânâ Learn, and Daniel delivered his 2014 State of the City address.
After the address, Chamber President Doug Brown complimented the cityâs snow removal efforts this winter, as the area has had record-breaking snowfall and difficult conditions for street crews.
âIt has been a seamless operation,â Brown complimented Friday.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Piling snow and bitter cold temperatures have slowed the process of many road projects slated for Whitley County.
Ruckman Road, which is in the process of bridge repair work, continues to be closed. The completion date is dependent on the weather.
âWe had a timeline, but the weather hasnât cooperated,â said Brandon Forrester, Whitley County engineer. âI donât think anyone could have planned for a winter like this.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Janet Hinen, a teacher at Little Turtle Elementary School, has worked with fellow faculty members to organize a special carnival â a fundraiser for cancer research and patient support.
In April of 2013, Hinen was diagnosed with breast cancer. In May, she underwent surgery in addition to chemotherapy treatments.
âThis journey has been a ride with a whole lot of bumps,â Hinen said. âItâs been a roller coaster and at times felt like I was going through a dark tunnel.â
But it was the honest and genuine care from her students that kept a smile on Hinenâs face.
COLUMBIA CITY â Abby English is a teacher at TROY Center, an alternative education campus that works with students who need more than academic support.
Since 2004, English has taught at TROY, where she is described as âadmirable,â âunderstanding,â andâkind.â
âAbby is patient and dedicated to her students,â said Nicole Trier, administrator for the school. âShe truly cares about her studentsâ progress and success. She is always willing to begin each day with a fresh start.â
City Heat, Columbia City High Schoolâs mixed show choir, won Grand Champion at the East Noble Show Choir Invitational Saturday. City Heat is comprised by a majority of honor students. Each singer is required to participate in ISSMA Solo Vocal Contest each year. They are under the direction of Rosalie Geller. City Heat is choreographed by Jason Johnson. City Soul, the back-up band, is under the direction of Carolyn Hindbaugh.
WHITLEY COUNTY â The Whitley County Council is seeking applicants who would like to serve the remaining term for an open position on the Peabody Public Library's Board of Trustees.
The term is in effect until Sept. 7, 2016.
The position is unpaid, and would require attendance at monthly meetings, which take place the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Applicants must be a resident of Columbia Township, Thorncreek Township, or live within the city limits of Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â Two individuals were charged with neglect of a dependent, as well as drug charges, when an infant in their care tested positive for methamphetamine.
Alisha K. Carden, 19, and Lutricia L. Harris, 42, were arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
Scott E. Cochran, 31, was arrested in connection with the same event, but was just charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
WHITLEY COUNTY (March 3, 3014) -- Bitterly cold temperatures mark the beginning of March. Temperatures will be 25 degrees below on average this afternoon with highs only in the teens.
We will continue to feel these bitter cold temperatures tonight with lows expected to be below zero. A slow moderation of temperatures will occur the rest of the week with highs in the 20s.
Today: Mostly sunny but very cold.
Winds: NE 5-10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and bitterly cold.
Winds: N 1-5 mph
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce hosted Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel at Peabody Public Library for the State of the City address Friday afternoon.
Highlighting all of the cityâs accomplishments from 2013, and giving an overview of 2014âs upcoming projects, Daniel concluded his speech with a sense of Columbia City pride.
âThe state of our city is rising, and as long as our vision remains focused, eyes toward the prize and feet firmly planted on the ground, our cityâs future will remain bright,â Daniel said.
CHURUBUSCO â A Churubusco man was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital, then charged with driving while suspended Friday morning after he crashed his vehicle head-on into a tree.
According to a police report, Donald Barge, 29, along with two passengers, was traveling southbound on Blue River Drive in Churubusco when, for an unknown reason, drove left of center, across the road and into a tree.
Barge was pinned at the legs and extracted by the Smith Township Fire Department, before being flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center by Samaritan.