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October 15th, 2013

IN COURT: Man admits to family meth-making

October 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man pleaded guilty Monday to supplying his son with ingredients for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Jay B. Greer, 56, was pleaded guilty to aiding in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

That crime carries a sentence of 6 to 20 years.

As part of a plea agreement, Greer will have five other charges against him dismissed, but sentencing will be entirely at the discretion of Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.

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

October 14th

Tabs collected for kids’ cause

October 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County employees are making way in their goal to collect one million — pop tabs, that is.

This will be the second year the county had gathered a million tabs.

In 2000, employees collected a million aluminum tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis.

Recently, the Whitley County Engineer’s office, who spearheads the collection with the support of the County Commissioners, received a generous donation of 149 pounds of tabs from the Living Waters Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake.

Task force works to generate awareness

October 14, 2013

Members of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force converged on the Courthouse lawn to decorate the square with purple ribbons in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Joining in the effort were Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia City High School Key Club members and other volunteers.

See a special publication inserted in today’s Post & Mail for on the task force.

SALVATION ARMY: Whitley County says ‘goodbye’ to a servant

October 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With news of her leaving the Salvation Army, Facebook comments flooded Pat Mossburg’s page.

“I didn’t even know I was that well-liked,” Mossburg responded to her Facebook comments.

Mossburg has been the ministries director for Whitley County’s Salvation Army for seven years.

Earlier this month, she announced she would be leaving her post, effective Oct. 31.

A special open house is planned in her honor Monday, Oct. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army’s office, inside the First Church of God in Columbia City.

TEST RESULTS: WCCS works to perfect ISTEP+

October 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While Whitley County Consolidated Schools posted competitive scores in the recent release of the ISTEP+ results, school officials are still working to make improvements for next year.

WCCS collectively had 78 percent of its students pass the test, but noted some areas where scores were lower than others.

SCHOOLS A PRIORITY: County agencies participate in active shooter training at CCHS

October 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Squad cars flooded the parking lot at Columbia City High School Saturday, as nearly every law enforcement officer who serves Whitley County participated in a special training.

The training was held by the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team to assist the county with its recent focus on school safety.

The ISP team has traveled to several school districts in Indiana to help prepare agencies with the best tactics in the event of a school shooting.

“We wanted everyone to be on the same page,” said Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh.

October 11th

Temporary medium, permanent message

October 11, 2013

Although chalk doesn’t leave a permanent mark, the message displayed in a variety of colors is a powerful one.

Students at Columbia City High School gathered to decorate the pavement leading to the school’s entrance with words and drawings in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Chalk It Up has been a county-wide campaign as students across Whitley County have etched sayings on sidewalks at numerous schools advocating a stop to violence.

Pictured is Maddison Berlin working on her chalk drawing.

Hake to hand over her hat as center’s director

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The thought of saying goodbye to those she has worked with for so long brings mixed emotions for Jackie Hake, evident in teary eyes.
For 18 years, Hake has been the executive director for The Woodlands, a county-wide center servicing the area’s senior community.

“This has been my life,” Hake said. “I’ve been here to witness some of the biggest successes of this organization. Although I am ready to retire, it’s hard to say goodbye.”

Officially Hake will retire at the end of the year, but she is already making plans with her family.

PARK: Possession of park property possibly passing

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — When a park at Tri-Lakes had to have its bathroom facilities shutdown due to a contaminated well, Whitley County Commissioners proposed a new owner for the property.

“This is the only park still under the county’s umbrella,” said Commissioner Don Amber at a recent meeting. “I guess I would rather see the township take it over.”

After discussing the possibility of the park becoming the property of Thorncreek Township, its trustee, Gene Heckman, said there was interest from both his township board and the Tri-Lakes Association.

IN COURT: Mother of abused child to stand trial

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman accused of felony neglect of a dependent in connection with a local sex abuse case had a trial date set in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Joy Hughes, 37, of Kendallville, will stand trial Jan. 14 and 15, 2014. The final pretrial conference will be Jan. 6, 2014.

Hughes’ attorney is Brad Baber. Felony neglect of a dependent is a Class C felony, which carries a sentence range of two to eight years if she is found guilty.

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