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September 26th, 2013

CANI energy assistance program to begin again

September 26, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Beginning Oct. 15, Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) will be accepting calls to schedule appointments for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley counties.

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay a portion of a household’s heating bills during the winter months.

Last year, CANI helped approximately 9,500 families with their utility bills. Households include both renters and homeowners. They are eligible for this benefit one time a heating season.

NO COMMENT: Smith-Green holds budget hearing

September 26, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) Board of Trustees heard no public comment at its hearing for the 2014 budget, and will look to adopt it in October.

The public comment was the final phase of the budget process before adoption.

Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the advertised budget for this year is lower than what last year’s approved budget was and lower than 2012’s.

Fleetwood said the actual budget often is lower than advertised, because he overestimates based on the chance the district might need more faculty.

LIFELONG LESSONS: Teaching kids to swim

September 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Tragedy struck again this week, as another young child drowned in Whitley County Saturday.

Lucas Junk, 2, was the second toddler in four months in Whitley County who lost his life in a matter of minutes after falling into a body of water.

WEDNESDAY FIRE: ’Busco business damaged in blaze

September 26, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A small engine repair and tool rental business in Churubusco was damaged Wednesday in a fire.

At approximately 2:10 p.m., crews were called to Precision Sharpening and Engine.

Flames burned the attic of the one-story building, located at 8435 U.S. 33, fire officials report.

Officials say the fire started after electrical wiring in the attic shorted out and ignited the insulation.

KIMBLER CASE: Man to stand trial for attempted murder

September 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An 18-year-old man will stand trial next week for attempted murder.

Dakota R. Kimbler, 18, will have his trial begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Whitley County Circuit Court. The jury will convene at that time.

Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 of last year, when he was 17 years old. In addition to attempted murder, he was also charged with receiving stolen property, battery causing bodily injury and carrying a handgun without a permit.

September 25th

Tree trunk transformation

September 25, 2013

Outside of the Haunted Jail, in Columbia City, a dying tree was transformed into a ghoulish figure by its owner, Paul Harrington.

The Haunted Jail opens for a “friends and family” weekend to serve as the attraction’s dress rehearsal.

The Halloween-themed affair will begin its season in the following weekends.

Fair puts ‘fun’ in health education

September 25, 2013

LARWILL — A community health fair is slated for Saturday at Whitko Middle School from 8 a.m. to noon.

Sara St. Clair, Whitko Community School Corporation nurse, is coordinating the event, and said the fair is intended to take a “fun” approach to health.

“We wanted to do something to give parents a way to meet their health needs,” St. Clair said. “The fair will put information in their hands about preventative care as well as present health care concerns, and it’s all under one roof.”

More than 40 health care vendors will be set up to offer aid in social, mental and physical care.

Buzzing bees offer a honey of a workshop

September 25, 2013

A beekeeper, Mike Lewis, spoke on how to raise honey bees at a new series of monthly workshops hosted by the Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc., a nonprofit community garden and education center.

The event was held at the Whitley County YMCA Tuesday night and gave participants information on making their own honey.

Next month, the workshop is slated for Oct. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Y, and will feature Joy Gilraine, of Columbia City, as the guest speaker. She will be offering her tips on how to can and freeze vegetables. Workshops are free and open to the public.

BREAKING NEWS: Churubusco business on fire

September 25, 2013

CHURUBUSCO (Sept. 25, 2013) – A Churubusco business caught fire this afternoon. Fire crews fought a fire on the roof afternoon after an employee thought he smelled something burning and discovered a fire in the attic.

According to Jim Horne, Captain of the Smith Township Fire Department, crews were called out to the fire at Precision Sharpening and Engine, located at 8435 U.S. 33, at around 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Horne said one of the workers thought he smelled burning wires and then discovered smoke and flames in the attic.

STORM WATCHING: Groups aided by new weather service

September 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A $400 per year purchase is going a long way for several department heads in Columbia City.

This year, the city decided to go with a new weather service, WeatherSentry by Schneider Electric, and Communications Director Terry Wherry said the service has been very beneficial.

“The $400 extra is nothing for the information we’re getting from this service,” Wherry said.

The communications, electric and parks department are splitting the cost of the weather service, which Wherry said provides more than weather radar.

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