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October 21st, 2013

Breaking ground

October 21, 2013

St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to signify the start of construction on its Deacon Joe Zickgraf Community Center.

The pricetag for the new building is $989,000 and took more than a decade to raise. Pictured, from left, are Father Gary Sigler, George Crowe and Kevin Rupp.

ISMS Career Day

October 21, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School held its Career Day Friday. Eighth-grade students had the opportunity to learn about several different careers, including farmers (pictured), a chef, lawyer, veterinarians and more.

IN COURT: Alleged forgery accomplice pleads not guilty

October 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A woman accused of working with another to commit forgery and theft pleaded not guilty Oct. 14.

Rebecka L. Scoggins, 37, was charged with two counts of forgery and two of theft.

Case reports indicate that Scoggins’ boyfriend, Scott Mahood, and herself allegedly cashed checks that did not belong to them at 1st Source Bank locations throughout Northeast Indiana.

Mahood and Scoggins were arrested in Warsaw. At the time, Scoggins had a blonde wig on in an attempt to resemble the person to whom the checks and identity belonged.

METH RAID: Woman arrested in Allen County

October 21, 2013

FORT WAYNE — A Columbia City High School graduate, along with three Fort Wayne men, were arrested on methamphetamine charges Thursday.

Reilly Esterline, 23, now of Pierceton, was arrested as part of a drug sweep on Nuttman Avenue, southwest of downtown Fort Wayne.

The Fort Wayne Police Department’s Emergency Services Team, Vice and Narcotics Division and Meth Suppression Unit served a search warrant at 1018 Nuttman Avenue after receiving several complaints of drug use and sales at the residence.

Police entered the home at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, finding Esterline and three men inside.

October 18th

Try, try again: Whitko school trustees to revisit office location

October 18, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko Community School Corporation board members will once again discuss where to locate the district’s administration offices.

September’s school board meeting left trustees at a standstill when a difference of opinion left no resolution.

School leaders are expected to revisit the options and ideas at Monday’s board meeting.

Because construction designs are already in the works for Pierceton Elementary School, Superintendent Steve Clason advised board members to make a decision sooner than later.

INDOT projects to include ’Busco

October 18, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Indiana’s Department of Transportation is currently working with municipalities across the state to map out road projects in 2014.

One particular project is on the top of the Churbusco Town Council’s list — a new road to divert traffic off of U.S. 33.

A plan to construct a new road at the edge of town would create an alternative traffic pattern for those vehicles traveling to C&A Tool Engineering and BRC Rubber and Plastics, two large manufacturing facilities on the outskirts of town.

‘The Music Man!’

October 18, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School presented a junior version of the Broadway musical, “The Music Man!” Thursday night.

The show tells the story of Harold Hill, played by Noah Wilson, and his shenanigans to swindle an Iowa town out of money by pretending to teach boys how to play band instruments.

In the meantime, he meets and falls in love with the town’s librarian Marian Paroo, played by Hunter Alles.

ISMS’s production was directed by Phil Genth and musical direction was by Karyle Genth.

Pictured are some of the cast members singing, “Iowa Stubborn.”

Local man recovering from accident

October 18, 2013

STEUBEN COUNTY — A Columbia City man who was injured while working on Interstate 69 is on the road to recovery.

Reports say Brandon Morris, a 2004 Columbia City High School graduate, suffered a collapsed lung and several scrapes and bruises after he fell 13 feet off construction equipment on I-69 Thursday afternoon.

HEART OF GOLD: Ending date for entries extends

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The deadline for submitting nominations for the Whitley County Community Foundation’s Heart of Gold award has been extended to Wednesday.

Continuing an 18-year tradition, the Whitley County Community Foundation will host the annual Heart of Gold Awards in celebration of the people in the community who give of themselves to make life a little better for others.

“Whitley County is a great place to live and work thanks to the many thoughtful people who call it home,” said Chelsey Barrell of the Whitley County Community Foundation.

DOUBLE THE VOICES, DOUBLE THE ‘FUN’: County’s choir hosts new faces

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Approximately 15 new voices joined the Whitley Community Children’s Choir (WCCC) at Thursday night’s “try it” event.

A special evening was planned for students who might be interested in singing with WCCC.

Becky Walter, one of the choir’s leaders, called the event “a night to check us out.”

“We just about doubled the amount of voices in our choir tonight,” Walter said. “It is so much fun to see these kids grab a hold of an opportunity like this.”

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