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August 20th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A man accused of selling methamphetamine from his tractor admitted his guilt in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Gerald Michel, 20, of South Whitley, was arrested in November of 2012. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.
Monday, he pleaded guilty to one count of dealing methamphetamine. As part of a plea agreement, the remaining charges against Michel will be dismissed.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ By a close decision, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees named its newest member at Monday night‚Äôs meeting.
Winning the 4-3 vote was Dan Curless, but Board President Don Armstrong encouraged the other candidate, Leslee Derbeck, to continue pursuing her involvement in the WCCS district.
‚ÄúWe certainly hope you will run for one of these positions again,‚ÄĚ Armstrong said. ‚ÄúIt was a tough choice.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ B.A.B.E. of Whitley County held a contest as a fundraiser during the county‚Äôs 4-H fair in July.
Participants and winners in the 2013 Cutest Kids Contest included:
0-1 year old
‚ÄĘEmmaline Maddox (daughter of Billy and Tara Maddox)
‚ÄĘJase King (son of Meghan Faylor)
‚ÄĘPresley Saggars (daughter of Rachel Dziabis)
‚ÄĘCallaghan Myers (son of Katie Myers)
‚ÄĘCamden Holzinger (son of Heather Holzinger)
Total amount raised in this category: $2,272.40
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Saturday marked the 100-year anniversary of the South Whitley Community Public Library.
More than 100 former library workers, relatives of the late librarian Marian Bollinger, and members of the community joined in the festivities with balloons, refreshments and party favors.
While the party was officially for the library, the life of Bollinger was recognized for her part in the foundation of the library.
Patty Weybright, library board president and Whitko High School librarian, spoke at the event.
Animals were the featured exhibit Sunday at the Whitley County Historical Museum. Jenn Heffernan, of the Fort Wayne Children‚Äôs Zoo, was on-hand to introduce children to various animals native to Indiana.
Pictured is Heffernan (left) allowing Megan Heuer, 8, and Natalie Bockelman, 8, to pet a rabbit after learning what makes the hare a mammal.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Consolidated's Board of School Trustee‚Äôs will be replacing one board member with another tonight.
Former Board Member Chris Bechtold stepped down from his position after he was hired within the district. The announcement was made earlier this summer.
At WCCS‚Äôs last board meeting, Aug. 5, current trustees had the opportunity to interview two candidates interested in filling the position.
Leslee Derbeck and Dan Curless were asked questions by each board member, and tonight a final decision is expected to be made by vote and nomination.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Though the city will be putting on a display at Morsches Park for the Fall Festival, consumer, or personal fireworks will not be allowed.
Columbia City‚Äôs ordinance includes specific dates that residents can shoot off fireworks, and Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue discussed the option of an amendment for the Fall Festival with the Board of Works last Tuesday.
‚ÄúLet them come to the festival and enjoy them there ‚ÄĒ not at home,‚ÄĚ said Walt Crowder, of the Board of Works.
The two other Board of Works members, Dan Weigold and Mayor Ryan Daniel agreed.
Letters were scattered in front of the entrance of Dunham‚Äôs Sports Friday afternoon, as crews worked to place the sign on the front of the building.
Dunham‚Äôs is expected to have it‚Äôs grand opening Aug. 25.
The new retailer will occupy the majority of the former Scott‚Äôs building in Columbia City.
The corner of U.S. 30 and Armstrong Drive was deemed an economic target area for the city and many upgrades and renovations have transformed the building.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In an ordinance violation that has been ongoing since January, Columbia City‚Äôs Board of Works decided to leave things as-is ‚ÄĒ for now.
In April, Larry Jacobs, of 980 S. CR 50 E., was granted an extension after he was found in violation of the city‚Äôs nuisance, or junk ordinance.
His extension gave him leeway through July 31, and as the date came and went, significant progress had not been made on the property.
Jacobs has several older tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles, etc. on his property.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve done a good job of making this a work truck, not a parade truck.‚ÄĚ Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue and his crew are finishing up the specs for the department‚Äôs new fire truck and are doing what they can to keep the cost down.
‚ÄúWe are improving some of the ways we do things in order to make it more unified for our community,‚ÄĚ LaRue told Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council Tuesday. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre taking cost and benefit into consideration. We don‚Äôt have $50,000 lights and gold-plated doors.‚ÄĚ