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February 26th, 2014

ANCHORS AWAY, BANKS: State senator to miss last week of session for Navy training

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — State Sen. Jim Banks is known for representing Whitley County at the Statehouse, facing political agendas.

But now, Banks will have an agenda representing the country. Banks will be deployed for two weeks with the U.S. Navy as part of his military training.

Banks joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 2012 as a supply corps officer. His military duty means he will miss the last week of the legislative session. Banks is set to leave March 8 for Rhode Island.

RAISE THE ROOF: Construction on the rise in Whitley County

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The National Association of Home Builders predicts a 25 percent gain in total new homes in 2014, with a 32 percent pickup in single-family constructions.

Whitley County appears to be following the trend, with a new housing addition, possible expansions to current subdivisions, and several new homes — an increase that began in 2013.

Though 2013’s building permit total of 667 is similar to 2012, Dave Sewell, Whitley County’s executive director of planning and building, said there is a major difference in the number of new home permits.

BYPASS BOLSTERED: State leadership supports U.S. 30 run around

February 26, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series on the proposed U.S. 30 bypass.

COLUMBIA CITY — Stop and go. Stop and go. Stop and go. Whitley County residents are all too familiar with the stoplight routine when traveling along U.S. 30.

The delays that can come from getting stuck at numerous intersections are not only recognized locally, but state leaders have taken notice.
In response to a state-wide road initiative, Gov. Mike Pence has been working with a group, Conexus Indiana, to include Columbia City in several projects to streamline traffic patterns.

February 25th

Library sets March events

February 25, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, recently announced its events for March.


• Tatting has been cancelled until April.
•There is no Yoga on Thursday, March 20.
•Yoga will be cancelled on those days that Whitley County Consolidated Schools are closed.

Special events

Jeopardy! 2014
•Tuesday, March 4, 11 at 6 p.m.
Come watch the Albertsons defend their title.

Writers contest
•Friday, March 28 by 6 p.m.
Entries for the PBS Kids Go! & PPL Writers Contest are due.

Fishing for muskies
•Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

Graphic students awarded for art work

February 25, 2014

FORT WAYNE — Graphic design students in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis dominated the student categories in the Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne Advertising Honors presentation in the Public Safety Academy on Fort Wayne’s south side Feb. 15.
School Of Creative Arts students’ won over half of a total 55 given in the student categories, taking home 31 awards: 17 gold, 13 silver and a Judge’s Choice for the new School Of Creative Arts viewbook.

The awards will be displayed in School Of Creative Art’s main case.

Winner, winner

February 25, 2014

Members of New Era show choir, from Churubusco High School, celebrate after the group was declared Grand Champion of the Small Mixed Division at Homestead High School Saturday, while also winning caption awards for Best Band, Best Choreography and Best Vocals. New Era also won Overall Grand Champion while winning Best Vocals and Best Choreography.

Green sentenced to 8 years for burglary

February 25, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who admitted to breaking into his family’s home to steal property was given an eight-year sentence to the Whitley County Jail.
Tyler Green, 30, pleaded guilty to burglary in January.

His sentence of eight years will be fully served at the Whitley County Jail.

Green received the maximum sentence for the amended charge, which was burglary as a Class C felony.

A stipulation of the plea agreement was that the state agreed to not veto any sentence modification after Green served one-fourth of the time.

VOTING: Judy to seek election as State Representative

February 25, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Christopher Judy has officially announced his intent to seek election to the Indiana House of Representatives for the 83rd District.

A conservative Republican, Judy “stands with those who believe that the people of Indiana, not a solitary judge, should be allowed to define traditional marriage.”

Judy said he wants parents and local educators, not “DC bureaucrats,” to set education standards for Indiana.

As a lifetime member of the NRA, he strongly advocates protecting Hoosiers’ Second Amendment rights from unconstitutional executive orders.

LOCAL BAR: Manager calls harassment charges ‘false’

February 25, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After a sexual harassment complaint was filed with the state against him as the manager of a local tavern, Frank James calls the accusations “totally false.”

A former female bartender at Tri Lakes Tavern filed a sexual harassment complaint against the employer.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission’s (ICRC) Deputy Director Akia Haynes announced Monday there is probable cause to believe the former bartender at Tri Lakes Tavern, Columbia City, was subjected to sexual harassment throughout the course of her employment.

Double the rewards

February 25, 2014

Churubusco High School’s show choir, New Era, had a long but rewarding weekend. Friday night New Era was awarded First Runner Up at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis. The group followed that up with “one of the greatest days in their history” Saturday at the Homestead Classic Showcase in Fort Wayne. During the day performance, New Era was named Grand Champion of the Small Mixed Division while also winning caption awards for Best Band, Best Choreography and Best Vocals.


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