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August 27th, 2013
Sarah Palmer, 14, of Larwill, and Ryder Sroufe, 14, of South Whitley, received top honors at the 2013 Indiana State Fair competition Aug. 4.
Palmer (left) demonstrated a second place entry in mechanical science and safety demonstration. She showed several ways to strip wires. She used a variety of gauged wires and several tools, showing how each one worked.
Palmer, a Whitley County 4-H member, has participated in the 4-H Youth Development Program for six years.
She is the daughter of Mike and Yvette Palmer.
COLUMBIA CITY â After drought conditions snuffed out Independence Day festivities in 2012, the first fall festival was planned and is slated to return for a second year.
The Fall Festival will be held Sept. 14 at Morsches Park from 1 to 9 p.m.
âThis is event is full of family fun,â Mark Green, Columbia City Parks Department director. âNo matter what your age, there is something for everyone this year.â
Launching the festival will be a 5K Pumpkin Run at 1 p.m., hosted by Parkview Whitley Hospital and a cornhole tournament at the Whitley County YMCA.
COLUMBIA CITYâ Main Street in Columbia City could soon be considered more than just the stretch of Ind. 9 that goes through the community.
City officials are working with state leaders at the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to achieve Indiana Main Street designation for Columbia City.
According to OCRAâs website, Indiana Main Street encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. The program provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to participating communities.
COLUMBIA CITY â Cultivating relationships is the motivation behind every decision made at The Center for Whitley County Youth â even when choosing paint color.
âTo some it might seem like its just paint and drywall, but thereâs a purpose to what weâve done here,â said Jeff Wike, The Centerâs executive director. âEven building a concession stand was done in a way to see relationships grow.â
Something as simple as creating a space to âhang outâ could spur a positive conversation and connection between teens and adult volunteers.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Police Department is warning residents to protect themselves from scams.
While detectives investigate every case as thoroughly as possible, CCPD detective Chip Stephenson said scam cases are hard to prove, especially since many scammers live states, even continents away.
âOftentimes, the tips we get lead us nowhere,â Stephenson said. âUnfortunately, very few of those crimes are solved.â
Stephenson said the best way to avoid scams is to know how to protect yourself.
Whitley Countyâs Youth Council gathered for its first meeting Tuesday.
The group of students work with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel along with other community leaders to learn leadership and to offer suggestions and ideas on bettering Whitley County.
Approximately 10 students serve on the council during the school year.
LARWILL â In its 159th annual event, Squawbuck Days was held in Larwill Friday through Sunday.
The three-day event was sponsored by the Larwill Firemen, Lions Club and the Richland Township Community Association, and was a joint fundraiser to raise money for the community.
Festivities began Friday with a tenderlion dinner at the townâs fire department. The Larwill Lions Club hosted a night of bingo.
Saturday, a breakfast was held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and visitors were able to purchase crafts, take in a flea market and venture out to several garage sales in town.
FREMONTâ Quick thinking and needed medical equipment helped save a personâs life before Churubuscoâs football game Friday night at Fremont.
Dave Crabill, a Whitley County media member and a long-time Eagle football supporter, according to Coach Paul Sade, collapsed on the sidelines during warm-ups.
Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber, who is a former paramedic, was at the game, and when he realized what happened, he went down from the stands to assist, along with Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City senior football captain Sam Dailey remained in critical condition throughout the weekend after a head injury Friday night.
Dailey was hurt while trying to make a tackle against Warsaw in the season-opening football game.
âHe made an outstanding play on a run off-tackle,â Columbia City Randy Hudgins told an area newspaper. âWe watched it on film and it didnât look like anything out of the ordinary, but it must have hit him just the right way.â
WHITLEY COUNTY â There may be many fish in the sea, but Jeff Melvin caught one that many fishermen will never see in their lifetime.
Melvin, of rural Whitley County, hooked a 15-foot, 900-pound largetooth sawfish shark during a fishing trip in Florida April 29.
An endangered species, Melvin only had a few seconds to snap some photos, measure, and release his catch back into the wild. By law, he couldnât take the shark out of the water.
âI couldnât get the whole shark in the photo â he was so big,â Melvin said.