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March 21st, 2014

BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION: Morsches Park to revise weekdays schedule

March 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY (March 21, 2014) — The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that work will begin as weather permits for the bridge project on U.S. 30 over Blue River at Morsches Park Drive in Columbia City. The project will consist of superstructure and sub structure improvements of the Dean Brenneman Bridge on U.S. 30 in Whitley County.


March 21, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 21, 2014) -- It's the second day of spring, but that isn't keeping the snow away. Flakes starting falling in the early hours this morning as temperatures dipped into the 30s. But the snow won't stick around for long. Forecasters are anticipating a high of 57 this afternoon.

Morning: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain or snow showers.

Low: 30°

Winds: E 5-10 mph

Today: Becoming mostly sunny and very mild.

High: 57°

Winds: S 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph

Tonight: Showers possible through late evening.

Low: 34°

Winds: W 10-15 mph

March 20th

Award-winning efforts

March 20, 2014

Through the Cultural Resource Management Award, Property Manager Sam Boggs and the staff at Chain O’Lakes State Park, were honored for restoration of the interior of the Stanley Schoolhouse, built in 1915 and located inside the park. The structure previously housed the park’s nature center, which has been moved to a facility near the beach. Pictured, from left, are Property Manager Sam Boggs, Office Manager Ginny Skiles, Assistant Property Manager John Pankop and Administrative Assistant Stacy Foote.

CCHS choirs garner several awards: Schaefer continues winning streak for 5th week

March 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia Cityt High School’s two show choirs competed Saturday in Shelbyville.

The groups competed against 15 other show choirs from Indiana and Ohio.
City Lights won 2nd runner-up in the Women’s Division.

City Lights placed third with Bridgette Hinen winning best performer.
City Heat placed fourth with Darrik Brower winning best performer.


March 20, 2014

Board of Zoning
The Whitley County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a meeting Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Whitley County Government Center.
Items on the agenda include a request from Jason Hoffman for a special exception to allow for a Home Occupation Alternative Fuel business. The property is currently zoned as an Agricultural District.

Redevelopment Commission
The Whitley County Redevelopment Commission will meet Friday at 9:30 a.m. Items on the agenda include EDC updates, Swinford Properties and Engineering Services, Inc.

City Zoning

Elswick sentenced to home detention in meth case

March 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After a six-month wait, a woman who already received an eight-year sentence for dealing methamphetamine learned how she would spend it Monday.

Rita R. Elswick, 20, was given an eight-year sentence in September by Judge James Heuer. Four of those years are to be suspended, but the executed portion will be spent on home detention in a decision reached by Heuer Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

In September, Heuer said he would wait to decide how and where Elswick would serve her executed sentence until March 17.

LTES: Grand sum comes from carnival fun

March 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After a carnival was held at Little Turtle Elementary School Saturday, two checks were presented to area organizations to help fund cancer research, awareness and services.

A total of $5,500 was raised at the carnival, which was named Charge Against Cancer. Janet Hinen, a teacher at LTES, worked to coordinate the event after she fought her own fight against breast cancer.

In April of 2013, Hinen was diagnosed with breast cancer. In May, she underwent surgery in addition to chemotherapy treatments.


March 20, 2014

YEAR 2014: Indiana teen dating violence tops national average

March 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Students and adults alike have resources if there is violence in their dating or domestic relationships.

Despite this fact in the year 2014, teen dating violence in Indiana is still above the national average.

Numbers indicate the amount of Hoosiers facing teen dating violence is higher across the board, with the Indiana rate at least a point above the national average.

PASSION NEEDS NO VOICE: Speech competitor debates with hands

March 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Deaf people can do anything except hear,” signs an emphatic Kalika “Kali” Lacy, a freshman at Columbia City High School.

Lacy is deaf, but recently competed in a state-wide speech competition. She took third place in an area sectional held at CCHS, and qualified for the state competition held in Fishers Saturday.

With an interpreter at her side, Lacy delivered her speech through the use of American Sign Language, and placed 19th out of 48 competitors.


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