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October 3rd, 2013

START YOUR ENGINES: Slotcar racing takes local track

October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A popular hobby around the country has taken track locally in Columbia City.

Slot car racing has been happening at AllPro Raceway, which is adjacent to AllPro Towing on Fridays for almost six years. Jeff Hull works at AllPro Towing during the day and helps run the racing league in the evenings.

Hull said competition is open to the public, and the season, which runs from November to April, is set to begin soon.

CRIME OF OPPORTUNITY: Concealed by fog, thieves hit Tri-Lakes

October 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Thieves used Sunday night’s fog to their advantage, stealing from and rummaging through at least nine properties, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

Most of the homes affected were on Colony and Crescent Avenues in the Tri-Lakes area.

Many items were stolen, including a motorcycle.

The thieves didn’t get far with the bike, though, as it didn’t have any oil in it, causing the engine to seize by the time it got to the Lions Club, located less than a half-mile from where the thefts occurred on Colony Avenue.

October 2nd

Gourd project links students to reading

October 2, 2013

Students at Coesse Elementary School were encouraged to create a pumpkin that looked like a character from their favorite book.

The project was done in conjunction with the Parent Teacher Organization’s annual read-a-thon.

More than 50 decorated pumpkins will be on display through parent-teacher conferences this week.

Pictured, “Fly Guy,” created by Carter Copeland, is one of many pumpkins at CES. The projects mimicked characters from students’ favorite books.

Warsaw remains identified

October 2, 2013

WARSAW — The skeletal remains located in Kosciusko County Sunday have been identified.

The Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office determeind that the remains belonged to a missing 18-year-old girl from a near-by mobile home park — Aurora Shoemaker.

Shoemaker went missing Aug. 16 of last year. Official determination of the remains was conducted by Stephen P. Nawrocki, Ph.D., DABFA, Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist with the University of Indianapolis and Dr. Craig Nelson, DDS, Forensic Dentist with the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

COMMON CORE: A ‘lesson well-learned’

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Patriots gathered with Ind. Representatives to discuss the impact of educations standards in public schools Tuesday night.

Ind. Representatives Kathy Heuer and Dave Ober addressed questions and comments from those in attendance in regards to the state’s implementation of Common Core standards.

“This will be a lesson well-learned,” Heuer said about her research into Common Core. “It was a good wake up call.”

HIGHER LEARNING: Prepping for college extends beyond academics

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — College preparations can never be made too early, according to high school guidance staff at Columbia City and Whitko high schools.

With a college fair set for Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Columbia City High School, guidance counselors across the county are encouraging parents and students to attend.

“We tell our students to get up there,” said Mark Rickerd, guidance counselor at Whitko High School. “Parents should tag along and ask a lot of questions. They will think of things to ask that wouldn’t cross their child’s mind.”

‘SILENCE THE VIOLENCE’: Downtown decorations promote violence awareness

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Purple ribbons and banners were hung around the Whitley County Courthouse’s gazebo Tuesday in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Members of Columbia City High School’s Key Club and the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force joined County Commissioners in proclaiming the significance of this particular cause.

“This is important to our county. We need to get the word out,” said County Commissioner Don Amber. “Tell people what the purple stands for. That’s how we will make change.”

DESIRED DISCLOSURE: Schools can’t always provide the details parents want

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As school safety is ramping up around the country, many parents are asking — “How much am I entitled to know?”

The answer to that question is not always clear, as schools can be locked down for a variety of reasons — some that are open to the public, and some that aren’t.

As some schools in Whitley County have been on “lockdown” in the last few years, many administrators struggled with parents who were concerned with the safety of their child, demanding details of the school’s situation.

October 1st

Purdue extension offers farmland lease program

October 1, 2013

WARSAW — Farmers, landowners, bankers and farm managers can benefit from attending the upcoming program “Finding Balance in Farmland Lease Contracts.”

Many times there is confusion in determining a fair value for land rents and which lease option matches the expectations for landowners and tenants.

The Purdue Land Lease Team has developed this program along with several publications that address the many questions concerning land leases.

Fox Products toots its English horn for Rotary

October 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — What started out as a dream for Hugo Fox became a reality in 1949 as he established a Bassoon manufacturing company in South Whitley.

Hugo had played the bassoon for the Chicago Symphony from 1922 to 1949 and had dreamed of creating his own version of a bassoon for years.

It took two years to get up and running in the Bassoon business, but by 1951 Fox Products was producing twelve instruments a year.

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