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November 6th, 2013

UTILITIES: Col. City to notify residents of right to hearing

November 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As part of new legislation, utility companies have to notify their customers of the right to a hearing before being disconnected.

The City of Columbia City worked toward compliance with that legislation at last week’s meeting, as City Attorney Marcia McNagny presented the Board of Works with the verbiage that will now be included in disconnect notices.

“People have always had the opportunity for a hearing,” McNagny said.

“The court’s ruling was that we now have to notify them — that’s why we’re doing this. They just have to be notified of their right to a hearing.”

'I HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM': Greer sentenced 10 years for meth

November 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man received a 10-year prison sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine.

David A. Greer, 23, was ordered Monday to serve the entirety of his 10-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.

In his statement, Greer’s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client should be commended for accepting responsibility for his actions early in the process.

November 5th

Operation Christmas Child collection site opens in Columbia City

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In Columbia City, a nearby location is being transformed into a drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.

Local volunteers will be on hand to receive an expected 2,000 gift-filled shoeboxes, packed by Columbia City residents with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

At this local collection site in the Columbia City area, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas.

Elementary students elected to school council

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Northern Heights Elementary School has elected a Student Council for the 2013-14 school year.

The Student Council will share students’ views on issues involving the school, participate in community service activities, provide student leadership and role modeling, and represent the student population at Northern Heights.

Students in 5th grade participated in elections for Cabinet offices and classroom representatives, while the 4th grade participated in elections for classroom representatives.

Principal Jake Hoag has announced the following offices:

END ABUSE TODAY: Task force ‘grateful’ for support

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An initiative to create a heightened awareness of domestic violence in Whitley County saw an increased amount of support during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

“We had out greatest community participation to date,” said the task force’s founder Sherry Sausaman. “The task force is so grateful for all the restaurants who hosted a fundraising event as well as the patrons who came to eat.”

EAGLES LODGE: City moves funds to purchase lodge

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For the last several months, Columbia City has been working to purchase the former Eagles Lodge in downtown Columbia City.

Columbia City’s Common Council agreed last week to move some additional money from the city’s TIF (Tax Increment Finance) account into the TIF budget for the purchase of the building.

Initially, the city had approximately $88,000 allocated for the purchase, but needed to move an additional $62,000 into the TIF budget.

'THURGOODE': CCHS thespians tackle tough topics in play

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Dealing with multiple personalities that range from childish innocence to dark deviants, “Thurgoode” is a play that will challenge theater goers and their perspective.

Columbia City High School’s fall production is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and are available from any cast member or at the door on production nights.

“Thurgoode” tells the story of Charlie Parker, played by CCHS senior Ashley O’Connor, who struggles with dissociative identity disorder, more commonly known as multiple personality disorder.

KIMBLER SENTENCED: 30-year stint given for attempted murder

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A teenager received a 30-year prison sentence for attempted murder Monday.

Dakota Kimbler, 18, of Rome City, will serve 25 years of his sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) and will have five years suspended, to be spent on probation, for attempted murder, a Class A felony.

Kimbler was given a 10-year concurrent sentence for attempted carjacking, a 1.5-year concurrent sentence for receiving stolen property and a one-year concurrent sentence for carrying a handgun without a license.

November 4th

Veterans to be honored at county schools

November 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Although Veteran’s Day is observed Nov. 11, several schools will host veteran programs to honor service men and women.

Coesse Elementary School will once again invite parents and grandparents to its campus for a ceremony Friday at 12:45 p.m.

Peabody Public Library and Indiana Springs Middle School will hold a countywide event Sunday at 2 p.m.

This will be the 11th year for the ceremony.

Whitko High School will also recognize veterans in a program slated for Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m.

IN COURT: Meth precursors warrant 2-year sentence

November 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man who was arrested on meth charges with his mother was sentenced in Whitley County Superior Court.

Robert W. Barnett, 22, was sentenced to two years at the Whitley County Jail, with 180 days to serve and the balance suspended, for possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Barnett was released from the Whitley County Jail Oct. 22, having served half of his time under the day-for-day credit system.

He was also fined $200.

A charge of unlawful sale of a precursor was dismissed against Barnett by the state.

 

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