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March 29th, 2014

SHINING STARS

March 29, 2014

Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrated its March Shining Stars. Students were recognized for using their life skills, treating people right, and doing the right thing. Shining stars for March include — Kindergarten: Devin Haskin, Brodie Thorn, Hailey Weber, Harley Holdeman and Carsyn Brewer. First grade: Isaac VonHoldt, Landon Fazio, Madison Fee, Addison Tackett and Judah Weir. Second grade: Garrison Gavin (not pictured), Hailey Soliday, Cara Sue Thorn, Xaiden McKenzie and Janiel Soto Vargas. Third grade: Zoe Whitacre, Jasmine Craig, Alexander Hamilton and Lucas Harber.

SELFIE SATURDAY: Rachel Alexander

March 29, 2014

Rachel Alexander, of Columbia City, has worked at Accu-Tool, Inc. for 13 years as quality control manager and as an orthopedic machinist.
Alexander enjoys gardening, live music and chasing her six year old son Isaac around.

She currently volunteers within the community as a director with Giving Gardens of Indiana, a coordinator on several Parent-Teacher Organization projects for Coesse Elementary School and she volunteered in the past with Special Olympics and Whole Health Wellness Center.
Alexander has lived in Columbia City all but two years of her life.

Kilgores returning full service station to city

March 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After an absence of a year, a local family is filling what it calls a “need” in Columbia City.

George and Jane Kilgore, along with their daughter Stephanie, are reopening the former Hammond Oil location on North Line Street.

Renaming the business Kilgore Oil, the family plans to bring back a full-service fuel station to the community.

“We just saw a need,” George said. “Everyone was saying, ‘someone needs to open that.’”

Sunday bulletin

March 29, 2014

Big Lake COG
The Kuyasa Kids, Horizon International’s acclaimed ambassador choir from Capetown, South Africa, will be in concert at Big Lake Church of God Wednesday, at 7 p.m.
Horizon International is a nonprofit Christian relief and development organization dedicated to creating a world of hope for orphans affected by HIV or AIDS.
For more information about the Kuyasa kids, the tour, or Horizon International, go to www.horizoninternationalinc.com.

Col. City UM

Local officials: Pence makes ‘good move’ with Common Core

March 29, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Many local officials agree with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision earlier this week to do away with Common Core.

“Politically, the move was a good one for the governor and probably for the schools as well,” Whitko Community School Corporation Superintendent Steve Clason said. “It shows leadership and that he listens to his political backers.”

More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative morphed into a political tempest, fueling division among Republicans.

March 28th

Police find truck of home invasion suspects

March 29, 2014

NOBLE COUNTY — After an elderly couple was tied up for several hours by two intruders in the early morning hours Friday, police began a search for the truck the suspects allegedly left in.

Around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, police notified media that the truck had been found in Fort Wayne.

According to a press release from the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, two people broke into the home at the 8100 block of East 200 South, LaOtto in Noble County around midnight.

The two men were armed and woke up the couple in the home.

Main Street makes its move

March 28, 2014

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, who heads OCRA by virtue of her state office, will be in Columbia City April 10 to award a plaque and certificate citing officials with attaining Indiana Main Street status.

Upcoming CCMSA projects:
•Reviving a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and outdoor concert on June 21.
•Relocating the Fall Festival from Morsches Park to downtown October 25
•Planning a Winter Festival next February.

Disabilities fair held at CCHS

March 28, 2014

Columbia City High School hosted a Disabilities Awareness Day Thursday in the gymnasium during lunch. Pictured is Meghan Fahl also participates in an activity.

Winds and waves delay survey of Indiana oil spill

March 28, 2014

WHITING (AP) — High winds and waves have delayed a search along Lake Michigan for crude oil possibly submerged offshore following an oil spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday's poor weather made it too dangerous for a Coast Guard, BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assessment team to launch boats to retrieve samples along the path of the Whiting refinery's oil spill.
That work is expected to resume Sunday.

Acid tank explosion injures nine

March 28, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor, officials said.
None of the workers suffered life-threatening injuries when the 250-gallon tank exploded about 1:30 p.m., Capt. Mike Pruitt of the Wayne Township Fire Department said.
The explosion released a vapor cloud that left the workers with burns and breathing problems.

 

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