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July 5th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â A Westville man accused of robbery and theft will have his trial in Nov. 19.
Troy Fritz, 31, was arrested in January for crimes that allegedly occurred at Walgreens in Columbia City.
He waived his right to have trial within six months of his arrest in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Case reports state Fritz allegedly stole Opana and Fentanyl by threatening the pharmacist in February of 2012.
LARWILL â Whitko Middle Schoolâs new assistant principal is looking for ways to invest in more students.
Michael McClain, Jr. officially took his role as assistant principal Monday, and his recently-acquired position transitions him from an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Lakeview Middle School, Warsaw, to second in command at the middle school.
COLUMBIA CITY â As each year passes, the importance of technology increases for Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
Anne Plunkett, technology director for WCCS, shared with the board of school trustees areas of progress within her department in the past year.
Relocating to Indian Springs Middle School was perhaps the largest change for the department.
The move took several steps, but Plunkett said the new location at ISMS is serving the department well.
The sky over Columbia City was lit up with a fireworks show Wednesday evening for the Fourth of July holiday. Morsches Park was flooded with people of all ages for pre-fireworks activities, such as a bounce house and music by the âJunkyard Band.â See today's issue (July 5, 2013) of The Post & Mail for more photos.
COLUMBIA CITY â The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has renewed the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation to Randy L. Grimes, CFSP, CPC, CFC, a funeral director with DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City.
The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.
In order to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual.
COLUMBIA CITY â Each year, for 13 years, scholarships have been given in memory of Bernice Carver by the Womenâs Association of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Carver was a long-time member of the church, a teacher at Columbia City High School and a community historian.
On June 16, scholarships were awarded to four high school graduates who are congregation members.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine Monday.
Warren Goodman Jr., 41, was arrested in April and charged with four drug-related crimes. He pleaded guilty in June to dealing methamphetamine and, as part of a plea agreement, the other charges were dismissed.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer gave Goodman a 10-year sentence, with eight years to serve and the rest to be spent on probation. Goodman will be incarcerated at the Indiana Department of Corrections, at his request.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County government leaders were hit with a very expensive surprise this week.
Surprise was the word used by Sheriff Mark Hodges to describe the need to purchase new equipment for the county dispatch center. New computers and software, along with accompanying equipment, were on the list.
âThis is a financial bombshell that took me by surprise,â Hodges said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Courthouse lawn has a new addition to its landscaping.
A historical marker was dedicated Tuesday afternoon to memorialize the late Indiana Governor Ralph F. Gates (1945-49).
Senator Jim Banks and Representative Kathy Heuer were on hand at the ceremony to share the impact the Gates family has had on the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â Firefighters from three departments quickly put out a barn fire Tuesday night in southeast Whitley County.
A controlled burn got out of control, catching one wall of a barn on fire at approximately 10 p.m. at a property north of Ind. 14, between County Roads 500 East and 600 East.
Jefferson, Union and Washington Township Fire Departments quickly made the scene and managed to put the fire out before there was major damage.