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November 13th, 2013

IN COURT: Man sentenced for family meth crimes

November 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man who partnered with his son in methamphetamine manufacturing received a 10-year sentenced to the Whitley County Jail Tuesday.

Jay Greer, 56, will serve six of those 10 years at the jail for assisting in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony. The other four years of the sentence will be served on probation. Judge James Heuer hoped Greer would be able to apply for work release as soon as he was eligible.

‘YOU MADE IT HAPPEN’: Town park dedicated

November 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — It’s been five years in the making, but the end result is two new playgrounds in South Whitley’s town park.

A dedication ceremony was held Tuesday night in the town hall, which overlooks the newly erected Adventure Mania, a playground designed for older children.

The project began with Doodlebug Village, an interactive playground for younger children, which saw fundraising efforts by some of the students at South Whitley Elementary School.

Chairing the project was Park Board member Katey Till, a stay-at-home mother and South Whitley resident.

BUDGET: S. Whitley finances receive good feedback

November 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — After numerous meetings where budget numbers and appropriation reports were the topic of tense discussion, South Whitley leaders had positive comments at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

“There are no foreseeable problems,” said Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould. “We are looking really good. All of our accounts show positive in the appropriations report.”

Town Council President Tony Starkey asked Gould in previous meetings to give extensive explanations on budget line items and spending categories.

November 11th

Toys For Tots starts season

November 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With all the beautiful weather lately, it is hard to believe Christmas is only a few months away.

The local Leatherneck Coffee Club Marines and Whitley County Toys For Tots coordinators have been hard at work already planning the 2013 season.

Those experiencing difficult times or know someone who is, and will need assistance this Christmas, sign up will be from now through Wednesday, Nov. 27, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army office located at the First Church of God, 1200 W. Depoy Dr. in Columbia City.

Church to restore tradition

November 11, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — The aged assertion, “When it rains, it pours,” seemed to be an understatement this past spring and summer for Believers’ Bible Fellowship, 316 N. Main St., Churubusco.

The unusually wet spring and summer left the church’s basement drenched and damp.

After repairing the source of the problem, the members of the church were met with the need to repair the damage. Not only were they confronted with crumbling basement walls, many of which are rock and mortar, but also black mold.

Church members soon realized that the restitution was beyond their capabilities.

Veterans tell their stories

November 11, 2013

Whitko High School held a special convocation for students and members of the community to recognize veterans Monday.

Speaking to the audience were veterans David Roth and Wilbur Wilson (right).

Both men shared some of their experiences as military servicemen.

VETERANS MARATHON: Happy homecoming for Hare family

November 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — When Kende Hare made the decision to participate in the Columbia City Veterans Marathon last year, she didn’t know if her husband would be able to see her cross the finish line.

He husband, Jason, was stationed in Kuwait for 10 months as a flight medic, and didn’t know when he was going to return home.

Regardless, Kende trained all summer for her first marathon.

“I’d always wanted to run a full marathon,” Kende said. “When Jason was deployed I decided I wanted to do this race for all veterans.

WORLD RUNNER: City Veterans Marathon hosts record-holder

November 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man who ran in the Veterans Marathon this past Saturday has done something many have dreamed of doing — traveled to all seven continents.

Hajime Nishi, 64, of Japan, has done that feat to an even greater degree. Nishi has run a marathon on all seven continents.

The native of Kyoto, Japan, began running marathons in the 1990s. In 1997, he stepped into the Guiness Book of World Records.

Nishi ran seven marathons on seven continents in a record amount of time — slightly less than seven months.

90 PERCENT PARTICIPATION: Parents, teachers build strong alliance

November 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “The heart and soul of our job is parents working with teachers for the benefit of the student.”

Whitley County Consolidated School Superintendant Pat O’Connor stressed the importance of parent involvement in the schools, and that was reflected in the district’s parent-teacher conferences last month.

In the elementary schools, there was more than 90 percent participation in the conferences.

Coesse and Northern Heights both had 97 percent participation, Little Turtle had 95 and Mary Raber brought in 90 percent of parents to conferences.

MANHUNT: Whitley, Kosciusko Co. searching for two men

November 11, 2013

WARSAW — A pair of men who are wanted in Whitley County for home improvement fraud had a warrant issued for their arrest from Kosciusko County as well.

Elvis Allison, 26, and his brother Bobby, 22, of Silver Lake, are wanted by both counties in connection with home improvement fraud scandals.

An accomplice of the men, George Martin, was convicted of home improvement fraud in Whitley County Circuit Court this year.

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