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October 1st, 2013

OUTAGES: Lapses in energy leaves residents powerless

October 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Power outages have peppered the town of South Whitley in recent weeks.

Two outages back-to-back Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 left many residents without electricity for hours.

At a recent town council meeting, town leaders heard from Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) representatives as to the issues with the town’s power.

“These outages were not IMPA’s issue, but Duke Energy’s outage,” said Eric Burch, manager of member services for IMPA.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Senate rejects House funding measures; both sides defiant

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government was poised to partially shut down for the first time in 17 years late on Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

With a midnight deadline fast approaching, the House voted 228 to 201 to approve the third GOP proposal in two weeks to fund the government — a plan that would delay enforcement of the “individual mandate,” a cornerstone of the legislation that requires all Americans to obtain health coverage in 2014.

KIMBLER CASE: Man admits to attempted murder

October 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With his trial less than a week away, a man admitted his guilt to attempted murder and several other charges.

Dakota Kimbler, 18, of Rome City, had a trial scheduled for today and Wednesday.

After his final pretrial conference Sept. 23 in Whitley County Circuit Court, Kimbler pleaded guilty later that week.

In addition to attempted murder, Kimbler also pleaded guilty to attempted carjacking, possession of stolen property and possession of a handgun without a license.

September 30th

SAFETY MEASURES: Committee unites police, school administrators

September 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Local law enforcement and school administrators are joining forces to provide a safer environment for Whitley County's students.

Whitley County Probation, Columbia City Police, Indiana State Police, The Bowen Center, Whitley County Department of Child Services, Churubusco Police and the Whitley County Sheriff's Department were all represented at a school safety meeting Friday, which included officials from all three of Whitley County's school districts.

CITY: Blanket ERA ‘makes sense’

September 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City's Common Council is ready to take the next steps in placing a blanket Economic Revitalization Area within the city limits, just as the Whitley County Council has done in the county.

Several council members at last week's meeting agreed the designation "makes sense."

Currently, there are several small ERAs throughout the city, and every time a company wants to apply for a tax abatement, a process of public hearings and council appearances have to take place before the company can even apply for the abatement.

DOUBLE PLAY: Twin brothers spend Friday nights under the lights

September 30, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — It’s not double trouble, but twice blessed for Whitko High School’s football team.

Caleb and Logan Busz, 14-year-old identical twins, have spent the last eight seasons on the sideline for the Wildcats’ football team.

After several seasons as water boys, the Busz brothers are now on their third year as the squad’s ball boys.

The boys began helping the team because their father, Joey Busz, is an assistant coach for the Wildcats.

With two older brothers, both boys agreed there’s a lot of football in the Busz household.

ATHLETE RECOVERING: Dailey improving, returns home

September 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City High School football player who suffered a severe injury in the first game of the season has finally returned home, reports say.

Sam Dailey, senior captain running back for Columbia City, received a brain injury in the Eagles’ season opener at Warsaw Aug. 23, and was in serious condition after a blood clot formed on his brain. He underwent several surgeries to reduce the swelling.

After being hospitalized for about 10 days, Dailey was moved to a rehabilitation center.

September 27th

2013 Whitko Homecoming Royalty

September 27, 2013

Whitko High School hosted its homecoming game Friday night against Northfield.

Pictured from left are the 2013 Homecoming Royalty: Prince Lane Wolf, Princess Taylor Trump, Queen Taylor Zwick and King Chris Baker.

COHESION OR COMPETITION? — Schools stand by choices in programming

September 27, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second part in a two-part series on alternative education.

COLUMBIA CITY — Eagle Opportunity to Success, a new alternative education program, is now offered to middle and high school students within the Whitley County Consolidated Schools district.

Educating students who need something not offered in a traditional classroom is now handled in-house, as opposed to utilizing an outside agency such as T.R.O.Y. Center, located in Whitley County.

AMENDED: Fireworks amendment passes in city

September 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Two weeks ago, Columbia City's Common Council discussed an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, the amendment passed, adding additional days for residents to shoot off commercial fireworks.

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