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February 8th, 2014

Piled high

February 8, 2014

Snow was piled nearly as high as houses in the back parking lot of the old Eagles Building, on West Van Buren Street, Columbia City. Columbia City’s Street Department removed snow from downtown to make more parking available.

Dress collection begins for prom season

February 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — They say its the clothes that make the man, but for high school prom season, its the dress that makes the girl.

To help high school girls secure that perfect dress without the pretty penny associated with formal gowns, a prom dress collection is being coordinated at Columbia City High School.

“Girls should get to put on a pretty dress and feel good about themselves,” said Sandy Kohut, Columbia City High School’s nurse.

Local meth activity differs from state

February 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In Northeast Indiana, when it comes to meth labs, Whitley County is an island.

The county had a much lower number of methamphetamine labs busted by law enforcement in 2013 than its neighboring counties.

This fact might come as a surprise, since Whitley County’s courts are consistently tied up with methamphetamine-related cases and the Whitley County Drug Task Force focuses most of its energy on the drug.

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February 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Several animals were lost in a barn fire in Whitley County Wednesday morning.

After 12 inches of snow fell on the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the fire was spotted by the property owners at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday, and firefighters responded — as quickly as possible.
With many county roads and state highways still snow-covered, officials were delayed in making the scene, located on Ind. 9, slightly south of Ind. 14.

Man pleads not guilty in Hosler burglary

February 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of breaking into an appliance store and stealing property pleaded not guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Steven W. Slater, 38, of Columbia City, was arrested Jan. 26 for three charges of burglary, one charge of theft and two charges of criminal mischief.

Case reports indicate Columbia City Police officers were advised about two burglaries that had occurred at Hosler’s TV and Appliance in the month of January, 2014.

Officers found a three-hole brick at both locations. A sound bar was reported missing.

County denied desired cumulative capital rate

February 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Council faced a financial dilemma Tuesday.
When the county proposed its increase to the Cumulative Capital Fund (CCF), it voted to put it at .03.

The Department of Government and Local Finance informed County Auditor Jen McGuire it would only approve the county raise the rate to .0287.

Thus, the council needed to trim $108,475 from its proposed budget for the CCF.

By a 5-0 vote, the council agreed to cut the equipment in the CCF to $7,525. It had previously been at $74,000.

'OSCAR' WONT' BE DENIED: Turtle Days receives OK on date change — June 11-14

February 7, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — An annual summer festival in Churubusco has an earlier spot on the calendar.

Turtle Days Board President Nicole Kirkpatrick announced Thursday that the four-day celebration of Oscar, the legendary tortoise from ‘Busco, will be June 11-14.

“This year we were completely unable to find a company that was available for our original dates during the third week of June,” Kirkpatrick said. “I contacted Gary Bolander, the owner of Poor Jack amusements. He too was unavailable for that third week, but did have an opening for the second week.”


February 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 7, 2014) -- Whitley County Emergency Management officials declare that all power is restored to the county...but be aware that a 5 to 10 minute outage will occur this evening as a new line is installed.

Shining stars

February 7, 2014

Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrates its January Shining Stars. 

The following students were recognized this month for using their life skills, treating people right, and doing the right thing — Kindergarten: Ellie Fox, Kourtny Cody, Brooke Tyler, Noah Smith and Alyson King.

First grade: Bailey Dunk, Ella Walter, Caleb Summers, Trey Whitacre, Kendal Bockleman and Jennasey Aikey.

Second grade: Zoey Egner, Natalie Minks, Eden John and Emmalee Hammons.

Third grade: Kaylen Hendricks, Markus Steele (not pictured), Elise Winebrenner and Mariah Adkins.

From whiteout to blackout

February 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Schools were delayed, factories weren’t able to operate and traffic was hindered in Whitley County yet again Friday morning.

Though it sounds like just another day in the life of Whitley County this year, the reason for the inconvenience was different this time.

The area received another foot of snow this week, on top of more than 30 inches in January.

Conditions went from whiteout to blackout, as approximately 8,600 IMP and REMC customers were without power Friday morning.


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