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August 9th, 2013

CONGESTION CONTAINED: New road may ease U.S. 33 traffic

August 9, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Traffic could possibly be rerouted from U.S. 33, north of Churubusco, for those vehicles traveling to C&A Tool Engineering and BRC Rubber and Plastics, two large manufacturing facilities on the outskirts of town.

At Wednesday’s Churubusco Town Council meeting, a plan to construct a new road at the edge of town would create an alternative traffic pattern, lessening the back up of vehicles that occurs in town at certain times of day.

Prepping for pow wow

August 9, 2013

Bill Crouch, right, works to set up a fence with his grandson, Benjamin Hunter, left. The two are setting up, along with Bill’s wife and Benjamin’s grandmother, Jane, for the Mihsihkinaahkwa PowWow, which will be held at Morsches Park this weekend.

West Nile confirmed in county

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — According to the Indiana State Board of Health, seven pools of water have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Whitley County.

Environmental Health Specialist Scott Wagner said the pools were located at Columbia City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Tests were conducted July 26 and the State Board of Health made the confirmation official Friday.

“It’s a good reminder for people to take care of standing water on their property,” Wagner said. “Any faulty septic systems should be dealt with as well.”

Furniture re-purposed

August 9, 2013

Dressers and nightstands were donated to Helpline of Whitley County by Super 8 Motel, Columbia City.

Helpline of Whitley County provides furniture and beds to those in need in the county.

Lennie Crosbie and Neil Cooper donated their trucks, trailers and time to assist in transporting the furniture to the Helpline barn at the Columbia City United Methodist Church. The furniture was made available as renovations were completed at the motel and the furniture was replaced with the building upgrades.

Crunched

August 9, 2013

A golf cart was totaled when the top of a tree fell on it with people inside Wednesday at Crooked Lake Golf Course.

A storm blew in Wednesday evening, bringing straight-line winds that left many tree branches on the course.

No one was injured and Crooked Lake remains open for linksters.

SWEET RIDE: WCCS board approves four new school buses

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Community Schools Transportation Director Keith Kohut is preparing to replace four buses in the district after approval from the Board of Trustees Monday.

Kohut was present at Monday’s meeting to inform the board that he was ready to obtain quotes for the buses, which are part of the district’s approved bus replacement plan.

All four buses are 13 years or older, including a handicap lift bus that has more than 160,000 miles on it.

ENROLLMENT DOWN: Smith-Green lowers budget for 2014

August 9, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Due to changes in enrollment, the budget for Smith-Green Community Schools is projected to be lower in 2014.

With the first day of school less than a week away, SGCS began work on its budget for the coming year.

Projected figures for 2014 are expected to be closer to expenditures, according to Todd Fleetwood, business manager for SGCS.

Fleetwood said the average daily membership (ADM), a headcount of students taken during the school year for the district, will be lower this year. SGCS will also receive fewer dollars per students it has.

TWO FELONY CHARGES: Alleged drug dealer appears in court

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who allegedly sold drugs in South Whitley had his first appearance in court Monday and pleaded not guilty.

Frank O. Hibbs, 60, of Liberty Mills, was arrested July 31 for two counts of dealing a Schedule II controlled substance.

Case reports state Hibbs allegedly made two drug deals in July, on the 2nd and the 31st. Both times, he sold to a confidential informant working for the Whitley County Drug Task Force.

The informant allegedly bought 40 pills of hydrocodone July 2 for $200 in South Whitley. A similar purchase was made July 31.

A NEW TOP DOG: Grube named shelter director; replaces Pease

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An email blast went out to Whitley County’s Humane Society supporters last week stating Lindsay Pease, the shelter’s director at the time, was resigning.

Although the fact of Pease’s departure may have caught some followers off-guard, Mark Espich, Humane Society of Whitley County board president, said her decision to leave was given with plenty of notice.

August 8th

CRUSHED GOLF CART: No one hurt in storm on the links

August 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Heavy winds in a quick storm left extensive damage at a local golf course.

Crooked Lake Golf Course had several branches down, along with one tree, after a storm blew through Wednesday evening.

Even more miraculous, according to course owner Bill Schumaker, is that no one was injured.

“The worst part was that we had guys on the course in a cart have a top of a tree fall on them while they were in the cart,” he said. “The cart was totaled, but they were fine.”

Schumaker said he could not believe the men survived.

 

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