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September 24th, 2013

IN COURT: Church burglar sentenced to 10 years

September 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who stole relics from a local church received a 10-year prison sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Cody Miller, 21, of Columbia City, broke in and stole several relics from St. Paul of the Cross Church last winter.

Monday, he was given a 10-year sentence to the Indiana Department of Corrections, with eight years to serve, for burglary, a Class B felony. He will serve that time consecutively with a probation violation case in Whitley County Superior Court, for which he had more than one year of suspended sentence revoked.

DROWNED TODDLER I.D.’D

September 24, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Funeral arrangements have been made for a toddler who drowned at a Whitley County residence this weekend.

Officials believe Lucas Junk, 2, fell victim to an accidental drowning Saturday at a family member’s home, 8009 W. CR 300 S.

Around 1:40 p.m., first responders were called to the residence after Junk’s family found him submerged in a small pond.

Indiana Conservation officers say the boy was outside with his family when they realized he was missing. The family estimates they found him less than 10 minutes after they noticed he was gone.

September 23rd

Free website helps students

September 23, 2013

Morgan May, Zachary Rhea, and Rebecca Boyd, from Mr. Engelberth’s fourth grade class, are practicing their math facts using XtraMath.org.

Many teachers at Northern Heights Elementary School have been using XtraMath.org to assist in teaching students their math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) at a quick rate of speed.

The goal of the program is to have all students master each math fact by showing they can answer the question in three seconds or less.

Mid-week programs give kids traditional ‘fun’

September 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the new school year starting, some area churches are also began their Wednesday night activities.

Two of these mid-week groups include the Pioneer Club of Trinity Presbyterian Church and AWANA of New Hope Wesleyan Church.

Pioneer Club meets from 6:46 to 8 p.m., and is for children ages four to seventh grade.

The time is filled singing songs, “fun” games, and learning Bible lessons.

Wednesday the group will have a special appearance by Jim Barron, WBCL (90.3 FM) morning radio host and illusionist.

WHOLE HEALTH: Community garden grows in its efforts to give back

September 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Like minds, some seeds and a little ambition brought to life a community garden in rural Whitley County this year.

The Whole Health Wellness Center, located at 1065 W. CR 150 N, officially broke ground this spring with the mission “dedicated to making a positive impact in the community by encouraging others and restoring lives.”

Its founder, Aimee Clark, of Columbia City, wanted to offer greener choices for her family. She noticed the same desire in other community members who also saw a need for a garden to help feed those in need.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: School board argues over admin offices

September 23, 2013

PIERCETON — School leaders have been preparing for dust to fly as Whitko Community School Corporation prepares for two large construction projects.

However, it was difference of opinions that flew across the board room at September’s meeting of the district’s Board of Trustees.

The green light has already been given for South Whitley Elementary School to be remodeled and for Pierceton Elementary School to be rebuilt.

TODDLER DEATH: Two-year-old possibly drowned in Whitley Co. pond

September 23, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Officials believe accidental drowning was the cause of death for a toddler in Whitley County Saturday.

Around 1:40 p.m., first responders were called to 8009 W. CR 300 S., after family members found the two-year-old boy submerged and partially visible in a small pond.

Indiana Conservation Officers say the boy was outside with his famly when they realized he was missing. The family estimates they found him less than 10 minutes after they noticed he was out of sight.

When emergency crews arrived, they found family members performing CPR on the boy.

September 22nd

BREAKING NEWS: Child dead, possible drowning

September 22, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY (Sept. 21, 2013) - A two-year-old was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m. today, and Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the possibility that the cause of death was a possible drowning.

Investigators said around 1:40 p.m. the Whitley County Sheriff's Department was called to 8009 West 300 South on a possible drowning. When emergency crews arrived, they found family members performing CPR on a two-year-old boy.

September 20th

Pregnant woman receives 8-year sentence

September 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman received what a judge called “an unusual” sentence Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Rita Elswick, 19, was sentenced to eight years, with four to serve and four on suspended sentence, for dealing in methamphetamine.

What makes her sentence unusual is that Judge James Heuer will not decide where she serves it — at the county jail, at the state prison or on home detention — until March 17, 2014.

2013 CCHS Homecoming

September 21, 2013

Columbia City High School named its 2013 Homecoming King and Queen at Friday night’s football game against DeKalb. Standing in for King Sam Dailey, a football player who suffered a severe head injury at the Eagles’ first game, was quarterback Travis Herbst (left). The queen was Anna Atsinger (right).

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