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October 16th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â While many view court-ordered community service as punishment, more positives than negatives come from the work crew, according to its leader Thor Hodges.
Many have seen the yellow community service van around Whitley County, at the schools, working in the streets and parks, but Hodges said there are misconceptions about the people working on those crews.
âTheyâre not bad people,â Hodges said. âTheyâre people who have made a mistake and were ordered to do community service for it.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A man convicted for using drugs at a local bar in Columbia City received the maximum prison sentence Monday.
Chadwick L. Sweet, 36, was sentenced to three years to the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC), for maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.
Sweet was ordered by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to serve the entire time behind bars.
The maximum sentence for a Class D felony is three years.
Sweet was originally arrested in April, when he was caught using drugs in the restroom at Duffâs in Columbia City.
Friday, Oct. 18
âą Radio theater - 7 p.m.
Radio Theater will be Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Peabody Public Library auditorium. The two shows will include spine-tingling and rib-tickling productions of âThe Hitchhikerâ and âHalloween with Baby Snooks.â
Wednesday, Oct. 23
âą Trick-or-Trunk - 6:30 p.m.
Smith Green Community Schoolsâ Trick-or-Trunk will be Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 28
âą Harvest party - 4:30 p.m.
CHURUBUSCO â The combined show choirs of Churubusco Junior-Senior High Schoolâs New Era and Columbia City High Schoolâs City Lights and City Heat will be singing to raise money for the Whitley County Literacy Council.
Join this musical extravaganza Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the CJSHS auditorium located at 1 Eagle Dr., Churubusco.
The doors open at 6 p.m. so participants can bid on the silent auction items and enjoy light refreshments. A $5 fee will be charged at the door.
CHURUBUSCO â If at first you donât succeed, try again â that seems to be the mantra for Churubuscoâs Town Council and the garage sale ordinance that has left many residents upset.
In September, the ordinance fell flat when community members spoke out against the fees and language in the proposed policy.
COLUMBIA CITYâ Sights will be set on a familiar face in Columbia City.
Dr. Andrew Hogue purchased the practice of Dr. Westrick at Westrick Family Eye Care, which is located on North Line Street in Columbia City.
Hogue, a Whitley County native, purchased the practice this past summer. He said returning to his hometown has been a blessing.
âI am enjoying being back in Columbia City with the many patients I already know. I am reconnecting with a lot of memories from being a kid,â he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Thunderous applause and a standing ovation greeted Tom Zeisig as he accepted the 2013 Friend of 4-H Award.
Zeisig was nominated for the honor because of his tireless volunteer efforts with Whitley Countyâs 4-H program.
Also garnering an award was Matt Gibson. He received the 2013 Adult Leadership Award for work in developing a 4-H program that ensures growth and education in its youth participants.
A host of other awards and recognition was given to adult leaders, volunteers and 4-Hers Monday night at the annual Achievement Program.
COLUMBIA CITYâ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County employees are making way in their goal to collect one million â 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 Engineerâs 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.
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 Sheriffâs Department, Columbia City High School Key Club members and other volunteers.
See a special publication inserted in todayâs Post & Mail for on the task force.