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August 23rd, 2013

FIRE DECISIONS: Department mulls grant, personnel

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While Columbia City’s Fire Department already planned to hire a new employee next year, Thursday morning, officials mulled the idea of hiring a second full-time fireman.

The option came up after a federal grant that will pay for two years of a new firefighter’s salary became available — but it’s more problematic than simply hiring another fireman.

The CCFD wants to add another firefighter to the department at the beginning of 2014, but if awarded the grant, funds may not be available until later in the year.

Marching in the 2013 season

August 23, 2013

Columbia City High School’s marching band had a performance for friends and family Wednesday night on the school’s football field.

The band will perform at halftime of Columbia City’s first home football game, next Friday night against county-rival Whitko.

The Marching Eagles are directed by Helen Hockemeyer.

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T.R.O.Y. CENTER: Creative vision opens possibilities for learning

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Registration remains open for those students looking to attend T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative eduction program.

Although the school accepts students throughout the 2013-14 year, the deadline to apply for the School Choice Scholarship is Monday.

Nikki Trier, T.R.O.Y. Center’s administrator, said the scholarship could possibly cover the complete tuition fee of approximately $5,000.

However, parents need to be in touch with T.R.O.Y. Center as soon as possible in order to register by the scholarship deadline.

TAX ADJUSTMENTS: City TIF boundaries expected to change

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of changing the boundaries of the downtown area’s Tax Increment Funding (TIF) District.

“We’re making sure properties that are legally supposed to be in there are there, and the ones that aren’t are taken out,” said Kevin Snell of Columbia City’s RDC.

Snell said when the TIF District was adopted in 1993, some properties were put in the area in error.

IN COURT: Five-year sentence dished out in child sex case

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl received a five-year prison sentence Monday.

Bradley Kincaid, 21, will serve three of his five years in the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and have the remaining two suspended.

Kincaid’s attorney, Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, said his client should receive a short sentence because of his admission of guilt early and remorse over his crime.

“He’s maintained consistent employment, and has no relevant criminal history,” Voelz said.

PUBLIC DISCUSSION: WCCS takes budget under review

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2014 budget for Whitley County Consolidated Schools is under review by the Board of Trustees.

WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf released the proposal to the school board at Monday’s meeting.

“We encourage each of you to meet with the superintendent and myself with any questions you have about the budget,” Zickgraf said.

Zickgraf and his staff put several months into the budget project, which will be open to public discussion at the Sept. 3 board meeting.

'DUMB CRIME': Thornsbearry receives sentence for 'dumbest thing she’s ever done'

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City woman received an eight-year sentence for a crime her own attorney referred to as “stupid.”

Krystal Thornsbearry was ordered to serve four years of her eight-year sentence at the Whitley County Jail for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.

Thornsbearry’s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client had several positive traits to offer society.

“Krstyal has no drug history and has a good employment history,” he said. “She said this was the dumbest thing she’s ever done. I agree, it was dumb.”

DUNHAM'S SPORTS: Store holds grand opening

August 23, 2013

Jason Traxler, store manager for Dunham’s Sports, in Columbia City, officially cuts the ribbon to open the store to the public Friday morning.

Dunham’s now occupies the former Scott’s building, which has been empty for several years.

August 22nd

COATS OF MANY COLORS: Schools handle uniforms in various ways

August 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — There’s more to outfitting a sports team than color selection.

For area high schools acquiring sports uniforms their athletes need provides myriads of options.

Some school districts, such as Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS), make a formal contract with an athletic company.

SGCS just signed a three-year uniform agreement with Adidas.

Other districts do not enter into contracts in that sense and work with a variety of different companies.

Whitko Athletic Director Casey Stouffer said a variety of companies work with the school to provide Wildcat apparel.

Squawbuck Days begins tomorrow

August 22, 2013

LARWILL — Celebrating 159 years, Squawbuck Days returns to Larwill this weekend.

The three-day event is sponsored by the Larwill Firemen, Lions Club and the Richland Township Community Association, and is a joint fundraiser to raise money for the community.

Festivities will begin Friday at 4 p.m. with a tenderlion dinner at the town’s fire department. The Larwill Lions Club will host a night of bingo at 7 p.m.

Saturday will start with a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. along with crafts, a flea market and town garage sales.

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