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March 2nd, 2014

Charges doled in ’Busco crash

March 2, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — A Churubusco man was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital, then charged with driving while suspended Friday morning after he crashed his vehicle head-on into a tree.

According to a police report, Donald Barge, 29, along with two passengers, was traveling southbound on Blue River Drive in Churubusco when, for an unknown reason, drove left of center, across the road and into a tree.

Barge was pinned at the legs and extracted by the Smith Township Fire Department, before being flown to Parkview Regional Medical Center by Samaritan.

March 1st

Case moves forward for man accused of meth manufacture

March 1, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine, among other drug charges, had an attorney appointed for him by Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Judge James Heuer appointed Jeffrey T. Jones, Jr., to represent Nathan Fugate.

Fugate was arrested in January. At his initial hearing, Fugate informed Heuer that he would have private counsel.

At a hearing Monday, Fugate told Heuer he needed a public defender and was appointed Jones.

Dirt diagnosis causes concern for Whitko construction

March 1, 2014

PIERCETON — Calendar woes have been the source of debate for school officials with weather delays and cancellations.

However, for Whitko Community School Corporation, confirming the school calendar has been hampered by pending construction more than weather.

February 28th

Worship leader to be guest speaker at Eagle Quest

February 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Robert Rogers, an electrical engineer and accomplished pianist, songwriter, and worship leader, resigned from his technical career in 2004 to form Mighty in the Land Ministry.

He freely shares his message of “no regrets” by invitation around the world and calls Indiana his home.

Rogers will share his ministry and music at Eagle Quest Church, 1120 N. Ind. 109 in Columbia City at 7 p.m. Thursday. Seating is limited.

Limb pick up will soon begin for Col. City residents

February 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City will soon provide limb pick-up service to its residents. By following the guidelines below, officials can make sure the program is efficient and benefits all residents.
Program guidelines:
Limbs are to be placed along the curb in front of the property, not in the roadway or on the sidewalk.
The limb pick up is limited to city residents and properties only.
Limbs should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the first day of the pick-up weeks.
The city does reserve the right to refuse pick up if the pile does not fit within the guidelines.

Sunday bulletin

February 28, 2014

Claypool UM
Claypool United Methodist Church will be holding a Tenderloin Dinner on Friday, March 7, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Carry outs are also available. Claypool United Methodist Church would like participants to know if you bring a canned item to the Tenderloin Dinner, you will recieve 50 cents off you meal. The proceeds will go to the church and the church’s mission projects.
The church is located at 302 East Section Street, Columbia City,
For more information about the dinner, and the costs, contact Jane Brubaker at

Col. City UM


February 28, 2014

County Council
Whitley County Council members will meet Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the Whitley County Government Center on Van Buren Street in Columbia City.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. tems on the agenda include school fees for the 2014-15 year, Eagle Success evaluation and the hiring of a Food Services director.

Churubusco Town Council
Churubusco Town Council meeting will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall, Churubusco.


UP IN FLAMES: Dispute leads to burning investigation

February 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A rural property located on County Road 400 South, received the attention of county officials when a complaint was filed by neighbors for the unpleasant conditions at the home of Thomas Ebetino.

However, after Whitley County Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl mandated the property be cleaned up, an additional investigation was conducted by the state for illegal burning.

KEEPING KIDS FED: Boomerang Backpack program hopes to expand

February 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Parents are all too familiar with the whining and complaining associated with hungry kids.

But as grocery prices increase and the overall cost of living puts a pinch in parents’ pockets, quality food is harder to come by for some moms and dads.

Many students take part in school feeding programs, such as breakfast and lunch served during the school day.

However, when school breaks on Friday afternoons, how do children keep their stomachs full until Monday morning?

TECHNOLOGY: To iPad or not to iPad?

February 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — As technology is becoming more and more prominent in the world, school officials are questioning how that technology will fit into the classroom.

Some school districts have moved into the world of technology through 1:1 programs — each student receives a device.

Whitko Community School Corporation successfully began its 1:1 program this school year, and Smith-Green Community School District is also working to incorporate technology into the classroom, using iPads in the elementary classrooms.


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