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September 27th, 2013

HITTING HOME: County goes purple to support domestic violence awareness

September 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Soon the Whitley County Courthouse will be decorated in shades of purple for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October is the month set aside to spotlight the reality that domestic violence happens — even here in Whitley County.

To launch the initiative, a proclamation will be read at the Courthouse Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. County Commissioners will come together for the proclamation and in support of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION: County schools stand by choices in programming, partnerships

September 27, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a two-part series on alternative education.

COLUMBIA CITY — A new alternative education program rolled out for middle and high school students within Whitley County Consolidated Schools this fall.

Educating students who need something not offered in a traditional classroom is now handled in-house through a program called Eagle Opportunity to Success, a decision approved by school officials in May.

OPPORTUNITY: New ‘milestone’ for Passages unveiled

September 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A new educational opportunity officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday night.

Passages, Inc. purchased the former Lehmberg Medical Office Building, located on North Oak Street in Columbia City, and remodeled it to serve as its new Creative Learning Center.

A capital campaign raised more than $700,000 to renovate the building so it could offer more day programming and a richer learning environment.

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Children helping children

September 26, 2013

Third-grade mentor, Samuel Joseph (right), works with his kindergarten “buddy,” Jaiden Comparet.

Third-grade mentors at Coesse Elementary School meet with their kindergarten “buddies” each week to read, discuss books and to complete projects together.

The mentorship helps kindergarten students learn procedures as they experience books with their mentors. Additionally, the mentorship gives third-grade students the opportunity to take on leadership roles.

Red Cross Bloodmobile pays visit to Col. City

September 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Residents of Thorncreek Township responded in greater numbers than any other area Thursday to the Red Cross Bloodmobile’s appeal for blood at the Zion Lutheran Church.

The goal of 58 was not met, as only 50 pints of blood were collected.
Roberta Metzger received a seven-gallon pin in recognition of gallons she had donated.

Volunteers at the registration table were Nancy Souers, Mary Cornmesser, Sharon Kimmel and Ellen Hively.

Other volunteers were Steve Smith, Sharon Cearbaugh, Mollie Payne, Ruthie Busick, Diana K. Walter, Roberta Metzger and Diane Foughty.

CANI energy assistance program to begin again

September 26, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Beginning Oct. 15, Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) will be accepting calls to schedule appointments for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley counties.

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps pay a portion of a household’s heating bills during the winter months.

Last year, CANI helped approximately 9,500 families with their utility bills. Households include both renters and homeowners. They are eligible for this benefit one time a heating season.

NO COMMENT: Smith-Green holds budget hearing

September 26, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) Board of Trustees heard no public comment at its hearing for the 2014 budget, and will look to adopt it in October.

The public comment was the final phase of the budget process before adoption.

Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the advertised budget for this year is lower than what last year’s approved budget was and lower than 2012’s.

Fleetwood said the actual budget often is lower than advertised, because he overestimates based on the chance the district might need more faculty.

LIFELONG LESSONS: Teaching kids to swim

September 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Tragedy struck again this week, as another young child drowned in Whitley County Saturday.

Lucas Junk, 2, was the second toddler in four months in Whitley County who lost his life in a matter of minutes after falling into a body of water.

WEDNESDAY FIRE: ’Busco business damaged in blaze

September 26, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A small engine repair and tool rental business in Churubusco was damaged Wednesday in a fire.

At approximately 2:10 p.m., crews were called to Precision Sharpening and Engine.

Flames burned the attic of the one-story building, located at 8435 U.S. 33, fire officials report.

Officials say the fire started after electrical wiring in the attic shorted out and ignited the insulation.

KIMBLER CASE: Man to stand trial for attempted murder

September 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An 18-year-old man will stand trial next week for attempted murder.

Dakota R. Kimbler, 18, will have his trial begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Whitley County Circuit Court. The jury will convene at that time.

Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 of last year, when he was 17 years old. In addition to attempted murder, he was also charged with receiving stolen property, battery causing bodily injury and carrying a handgun without a permit.

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