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October 11th, 2013

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.

Hake to hand over her hat as center’s director

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The thought of saying goodbye to those she has worked with for so long brings mixed emotions for Jackie Hake, evident in teary eyes.
For 18 years, Hake has been the executive director for The Woodlands, a county-wide center servicing the area’s senior community.

“This has been my life,” Hake said. “I’ve been here to witness some of the biggest successes of this organization. Although I am ready to retire, it’s hard to say goodbye.”

Officially Hake will retire at the end of the year, but she is already making plans with her family.

PARK: Possession of park property possibly passing

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — When a park at Tri-Lakes had to have its bathroom facilities shutdown due to a contaminated well, Whitley County Commissioners proposed a new owner for the property.

“This is the only park still under the county’s umbrella,” said Commissioner Don Amber at a recent meeting. “I guess I would rather see the township take it over.”

After discussing the possibility of the park becoming the property of Thorncreek Township, its trustee, Gene Heckman, said there was interest from both his township board and the Tri-Lakes Association.

IN COURT: Mother of abused child to stand trial

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman accused of felony neglect of a dependent in connection with a local sex abuse case had a trial date set in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Joy Hughes, 37, of Kendallville, will stand trial Jan. 14 and 15, 2014. The final pretrial conference will be Jan. 6, 2014.

Hughes’ attorney is Brad Baber. Felony neglect of a dependent is a Class C felony, which carries a sentence range of two to eight years if she is found guilty.

ONLINE POLL RESULTS

October 11, 2013

Concerning setting Indiana’s educational standards, whose opinion should carry the most weight:

•Parents/guardians
•Employers/government/taxpayers
•Teachers/administrators

Fitness frenzy

October 11, 2013

Northern Heights Elementary School is working on it’s fitness challenge, which began Monday.

A one-mile school-wide run/walk around the school grounds launched the challenge. A convocation with the Mad Ants, Fort Wayne’s professional basketball team, was held where students were challenged to be active for 30 minutes a day, for 30 days.

Those students reaching the goal will receive a free ticket to a Mad Ants game.

“Go Mad Ants...Go NHES students,” said Jake Hoag, NHES principal.

Pictured is Chase Jones, a third grader at NHES and “Mad Ant,” the Fort Wayne Mad Ants mascot.

EEL RIVER TRAIL: Group donates land for trail

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A group of people donated a parcel of land for the expansion of a trail in Columbia City.

The Friends of the Eel River Trail met Aug. 7 and unanimously voted to gift a parcel of land to the city to help with the expansion of the Eel River Trail.

When completed, the trail will span from South Whitley to Churubusco, passing through Columbia City.

The parcel is west of Line Street and north of Vine Street in Columbia City.

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the city appreciates the donation.

TOYS FOR TOTS: CCFD, Marines join forces

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s fire department has found another way to give back to the community at Christmas time.

After more than 125 years of the Christmas Eve candy and orange giveaway at the Courthouse, the department is now helping children with the Toys for Tots program.

The department is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves under the guidance of the Leatherneck Coffee Club of Northern Indiana, which was founded in Columbia City in 2001.

Since then, thousands of children in need have received toys at Christmas.

IN COURT: Man accused of stealing from parents

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man pleaded not guilty to burglary and theft charges Monday.

Stephen “Nathan” Lawrence, 23, was arrested Oct. 2 for those charges, as well as counts of residential entry and criminal mischief.

According to police, Lawrence allegedly broke into his parents’ home and stole items from their residence.

Lawrence will have his next pretrial conference in Whitley County Circuit Court Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.

'INADEQUATE FACILITIES': District discusses aquatics options

October 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With 2014 being the final year for Burnworth Memorial Pool, which city officials opted to close due to financial strains, the community is working together to discuss the future of aquatics — both recreational and competitive.

An Aquatics Task Force has been formed to assess options, and Whitley County Consolidated Schools addressed its needs at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Tim Bloom is part of the Aquatics Task Force speaking for the school board and the district’s swim teams.

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