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October 18th, 2013

Local man recovering from accident

October 18, 2013

STEUBEN COUNTY — A Columbia City man who was injured while working on Interstate 69 is on the road to recovery.

Reports say Brandon Morris, a 2004 Columbia City High School graduate, suffered a collapsed lung and several scrapes and bruises after he fell 13 feet off construction equipment on I-69 Thursday afternoon.

HEART OF GOLD: Ending date for entries extends

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The deadline for submitting nominations for the Whitley County Community Foundation’s Heart of Gold award has been extended to Wednesday.

Continuing an 18-year tradition, the Whitley County Community Foundation will host the annual Heart of Gold Awards in celebration of the people in the community who give of themselves to make life a little better for others.

“Whitley County is a great place to live and work thanks to the many thoughtful people who call it home,” said Chelsey Barrell of the Whitley County Community Foundation.

DOUBLE THE VOICES, DOUBLE THE ‘FUN’: County’s choir hosts new faces

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Approximately 15 new voices joined the Whitley Community Children’s Choir (WCCC) at Thursday night’s “try it” event.

A special evening was planned for students who might be interested in singing with WCCC.

Becky Walter, one of the choir’s leaders, called the event “a night to check us out.”

“We just about doubled the amount of voices in our choir tonight,” Walter said. “It is so much fun to see these kids grab a hold of an opportunity like this.”

PLANNING AND BUILDING: Board of Works mulls certification

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works is taking some extra time making a decision about sending an employee for a certification.

Dave Sewell is Whitley County’s executive director for the Planning and Building Department, and there is a $1,500 certification available to him through a consulting firm, High Performance Government.

The firm is seeking all planning and building directors in Northeast Indiana to join forces in creating a more standardized process for permit application, as well as sharing other techniques to make Northeast Indiana a prime location for new business.

EDUCATIONAL EQUILIBRIUM: WCCS finds balance in class sizes

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With consistent budget cuts and little room for additional staff, many Indiana schools are struggling with class sizes.

Despite the difficulty, Whitley County Consolidated Schools has balanced out its classes — for now.

WCCS had a slightly higher enrollment this school year — two students — but as population grows and more students are attending school, changes may need to be made.

MISCONDUCT: Wilkinson pleads guilty to sex charges

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Chais A. Wilkinson, 19, was arrested in September.

He was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor as a Class D felony. The minimum sentence is six months and the maximum is three years.

When reading the charges, Judge James Heuer said Wilkinson performed or submitted to fondling with a 14-year-old female victim.

Wilkinson will be sentenced Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.

October 17th

GARAGE SALES: ‘Ordinance needs enforcement’

October 17, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — With Churubusco leaders working on a revised garage sale ordinance, Wayne Yager, a resident, offered an example of why the town needs an enforceable policy.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Yager told Town Council members that he felt the town’s ordinances were not being enforced.

“You need to be doing a better job of enforcing ordinances pertaining to the appearance of the town,” Yager said.

According to Yager, a home on West Whitley Street held a garage sale which lasted for a lengthy period of time.

The road to semi-state

October 17, 2013

Columbia City High School’s Marching Eagles stepped their way right into a Gold Rating and Distinction in Visual Effect Saturday at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) district competition at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.

The Eagles will compete again this Saturday for the Lafayette regional, with hopes to advance to semi-state.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: WCCS trains staff on CPR

October 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A law passed in 2012 now requires all new school teachers and instructors renewing their licences to have CPR, AED and Heimlich certification.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure, performed in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore blood circulation and breathing in a person in cardiac arrest.

GARAGE SALE ORDINANCE: So far, so good

October 17, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A new ordinance was introduced at Churubusco’s Town Council meeting Wednesday night.

After the town tried to pass a new policy on garage sales this summer, residents created a stir over the proposed permit fee and the limitations placed on the number of sales allowed during a calendar year.

Because the debate was thick, town leaders agreed to scrap the proposal and go back to the drawing board.

Wednesday’s meeting offered signs that the town may be on the right track.

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