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October 15th, 2013

REVISIONS: Garage sale policy on town agenda

October 15, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — If at first you don’t succeed, try again — that seems to be the mantra for Churubusco’s 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.

NEW OPTOMETRIST: Dr. Hogue takes over Westrick Family Eye Care

October 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— 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.

“I 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,” he said.

AWARD WINNERS: Accolades abound at 4-H achievement night

October 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 County’s 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.

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.

 

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