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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Rotarians learned of explosions from the perspective of Fort Wayne Indiana Region III Bomb Squad Commander Sergeant Greg Stier.
â€śTo blow up is the only thing an explosive device wants to do,â€ť said Stier. â€śWe encourage that too, but we want it to blow up on our terms.â€ť
According to Stier, this is the simple goal of a person assigned to the bomb squad at the Fort Wayne police department.
â€śThe physics of an explosive device are simple,â€ť Stier said.
â€śIt just wants to react the only way it knows to react. Controlling that reaction is the key element.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The final meeting of the Columbia City Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Theta Tau Sorority was held at the home of Janelle Smith Dec. 2, 2013.
The remaining six members feasted their traditional cranberry pinwheels and cheeseballs along with homemade eggnog for the hors dâ€™oeuvres.
The meal included celery salad, crown roast, sun dried tomatoes in steamed broccoli and herb roasted potatoes.
The members also enjoyed the traditional homemade cinnamon bread, a Smith specialty. Berry swirl cheesecake and peppermint bark chocolate completed the dinner.
(Dec. 11, 2013) â€” Whitley County Emergency Management reported that roadways are slick and snow covered. Officials urge drivers to be careful when traveling and adjust vehicle speed as necessary. More snow is expected throughout the day and into the evening hours.
Janet Hinenâ€™s class at Little Turtle Elementary School showcased idioms for students and parents Tuesday. Each child chose an idiom to act out or to create a costume to illustrate their chosen idiom.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Teenagers from Columbia City United Methodist Church will be raising funds to cover the expense of a missions trip to Haiti in 2014.
A holiday bazaar will give the youth group the opportunity to sale kettle corn and hold a raffle to financially support their cause.
Santaâ€™s Helperâ€™s Market will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Van Buren Event Center, 301 W. Van Buren St., in downtown Columbia City.
Lt. Col. Robert L. Walker, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 2013, at his home in Columbia City.
Born Dec. 25, 1920, in Huntington, he was the son of Leslie A. and Elsie M. (Ramsey) Walker.
Raised in Huntington, Robert graduated from Huntington High School with the Class of 1938, and began working at Caswell-Runion.
On Jan. 14, 1942, he married Juanita Glenn Welches in Fort Wayne. Bob and Juanita lived in Fort Wayne until they bought a farm near Tri-Lakes in 1954, raising their family there until moving to Columbia City in 1992.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Children of all ages were welcomed at the South Whitley Community Public Library Saturday for a chance to greet Santa and meet a few four-legged helpers.
Reindeer pranced into the library to allow children a chance to learn about how the reindeer help Santa deliver presents to children on Christmas Eve.
â€śThe only way the reindeer can fly on Christmas Eve is if Santa chooses them and sprinkles them with magic dust,â€ť said Joni Cripe of Animal-Grams.
Cripe brought Poinsetta, a miniature pony, and Holiday, a reindeer, to visit the children along with Saint Nick.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Housing county inmates is becoming a challenging obstacle for both the Whitley County Jail and the Work Release Center.
Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake told County Council members that the Work Release Center was full and the jail was near capacity.
â€śWeâ€™re going to have to do something,â€ť Rethlake said. â€śI donâ€™t know if that means adding another wing off the back of the jail or what. We might even have to consider a wing off of Work Release as well.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners are keeping a close eye on a class-action lawsuit filed against the county and several other counties in Northeast Indiana.
At a recent meeting, Commissioners heard an update on the situation from County Attorney Dan Sigler.
Legal action was initiated after Lawrence M. Bickel was arrested and held longer than 48 hours before appearing in court for arraignment.
According to Indiana statute, an inmate must be brought before the judge for an initial court appearance within 48 hours of being arrested without a warrant.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a 2012 Walgreens robbery received an eight-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Troy J. Fritz, 31, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) for four of those years, with the other four years to be served on suspended sentence.
Case reports state Fritz stole Opana and Fentanyl by threatening the use of force in February of 2012.
Fritz said in an October court hearing that he walked to the pharmacy section of the store and handed a note to the person on-duty.