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February 18th, 2014

SENTENCE DELIVERED: Scoggins pleads guilty to forgery

February 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A Florida woman who participated in a forgery scheme with her boyfriend pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Rebecka L. Scoggins, 38, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was arrested in October on charges of forgery and theft.

She pleaded guilty to two charges of forgery. As part of a plea agreement, the charges of theft will be dismissed.Scoggins gave up her right to appeal her sentence as long as the court complies with her plea agreement. Scoggins will be sentenced March 24 at 9 a.m. Her attorney is Scott Lennox.

FIGHTING TO BE HEARD: State decisions have negative effect on smaller areas

February 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf has a heart for Whitley County, but feels rural areas might be losing a state voice.

“There have been so many state mandates that have caused our county to lose revenue,” said Schrumpf. “State leaders believe they can do what we do on a local level better, but it usually costs more money and in end the county misses out on revenue.”

Swim lessons heat up the pool

February 18, 2014

Mrs. Gawthrop’s third-grade class from Northern Heights Elementary School is enjoying swimming this winter at the Whitley County YMCA. Third graders from around the county participate in swimming lessons each year, provided by the Whitley County YMCA Swimming Lessons Endowment Fund. In addition to learning how to swim, students also receive instruction on proper swimming techniques, water safety and life skills. Pictured, students of Mrs. Gawthrop’s class also enjoy a little fun “free time” in the water. From left: Xitlally Rodrigquez and Allyson Dear.

Roof collapses at Glenbrook Mall

February 18, 2014

FORT WAYNE – Emergency crews have confirmed that a portion of the roof at Glenbrook Mall has collapsed, according to area media.

Mall security notified emergency dispatchers of the incident around 2 a.m., and Fort Wayne firefighters arrived on the scene to assess the situation.

Management from Glenbrook Mall has not returned commented on the collapse.

Indiana Senate approves limited gay marriage ban

February 18, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate voted Monday to amend the state constitution by banning gay marriage, but it will be 2016 at the earliest before the measure appears on a statewide ballot because of a late change that limits the scope of the ban.

Plan to cut business equipment tax up for debate

February 18, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal to give counties the option to cut the state's business equipment tax is set for review among a panel of Indiana lawmakers.

The Senate tax committee is scheduled hear testimony on the bill Tuesday.

The bill is a response to Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to phase out the business tax.

Pence and supporters say abolishing the tax could make Indiana more competitive and draw business to the state. However, an Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute report shows little evidence that the tax has a strong influence on where businesses settle.


February 18, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 18, 2014) -- The area received at least three inches of snow overnight. Although the snow fall has ended, high winds continue to drift rural roads shut, closing Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitko Community School Corporation and Smith-Green Community Schools today.

The windy conditions will continue to impact roads and travel through tonight.

Winds of up to 25 mph will blow and drift snow across freshly plowed roads making them almost impassable at times. The winds will continue to gust through tonight and will begin to decrease late Wednesday.

February 17th

TOP TEN: Schaefer returns from state’s DYW

February 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “I guess you could call it a ‘nail biter,’” said Pam Thompson, one of Whitley County’s coordinators for the Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) program.

Hannah Schaefer, a senior from Columbia City High School, represented Whitley County in the state DYW program Saturday. When the field of 23 young women was cut down to the top 10, Schaefer’s name and number wasn’t called until last.

Placing the top 10 meant Schaefer had a chance to vie for the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana.

NOW STRONGER: Eagles’ setback means a strong comeback

February 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A financial set back has only rallied the members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) at Lodge #1906, Columbia City.

In less than a year, the group who had no funds to pay for its building insurance and to maintain the lodge’s operations, has sold the old property, reorganized its leadership and remodeled a former vehicle repair shop for its new location.

“It’s great what they have done. The turnaround is remarkable,” said Mike Cummings, an Aerie agent with the state Grand Aerie organization.

DIFFERENCE MAKER: Teacher makes a lasting impression

February 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY ­ — Roxanne Thomas is a second-grade teacher at Coesse Elementary School and has taught for 40 years in Whitley County.

Administrators, students and faculty will miss the long-time educator when she retires in June.

But it’s not necessarily the longevity of Thomas in the classroom that makes her CES’s Difference Maker. Her dedication to her students puts Thomas in a class all her own.


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