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January 23rd, 2014
Columbia City High School students unload from buses and head into class in 1961 â€” the same place school buses drop off children today. All three Whitley County school districts were on a two-hour delay today, after the area received 1 to 2 inches of snow Wednesday evening. More snow is expected Friday, possibly bringing another 2 to 4 inches to Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City woman who violated her probation had 90 days of her suspended sentence revoked Tuesday.
Heather R. Burns, 27, had 90 days of her suspended sentence revoked. She was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for that time, with an assignment to Whitley County Work Release.
Burns was originally on probation for multiple drug charges.
In late 2013, her probation officer, Ed Beber, petitioned that Burns had committed a probation violation. The petition stated Burns had tested positive for a controlled substance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Case loads for the courts of Whitley County remained consistent in 2013 compared to previous years.
In Whitley County Superior Court, which has Judge Doug Fahl on the bench, there were 2,297 total filings in 2013.
That number compares to 2,295 in 2012.
Of those, there were 821 criminal cases in 2013. There were 865 in 2012, but only 736 in 2011.
â€śWe are down a little bit from last year,â€ť he said. â€śWe had a big jump two years ago.â€ť
Canda Goldwood, from Goldwood Gardens, was the guest educator at Whole Health Wellness Centerâ€™s monthly workshop. Goldwood shared tips on organic gardening practices. The centerâ€™s workshops are held at the Whitley County YMCA and are free.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team is preparing for its fundraiser night Friday. The Lady Eagles are supporting down syndrome awareness with a silent auction. Pictured, the team cheers for a local girl with down syndrome, Sydney Pequignot, who scored a basket into the trash can in Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s cafeteria last week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While many have watched the news of school shootings in other areas of the country, Purdue Universityâ€™s incident Tuesday hit home for many Whitley County residents.
Tuesday afternoon, a Purdue student from Warsaw opened fire in a classroom, killing a 21-year-old man.
According to the Purdue Exponent, Cousins seemingly sought out the victim, Andrew Boldt, during a lab in the Electrical Engineering building. After he killed Boldt, police say he left the building, and surrendered outside.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Jan. 22, 2014) -- Snow showers are possible today through the afternoon with up to an inch in accumulation. Cold temperatures will call for extra layers, gloves and hats as the high is expected to reach 15 degrees, but wind chills will be 15 below zero.
The cold temperatures will stay through the end of the month. Highs will only be in the teens through Friday and back into the 20's for the weekend. Another surge of bitter cold air comes in next week and throws the region back into the cold.
We could see more accumulating snow late Friday night and early Saturday.
COLUMBIA CITY -- An event to launch the efforts of Whitley County's Relay for Life event, set for June, was planned for this evening. However, hazardous weather conditions have postponed the party until Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
The night will feature food and entertainment as well as information regarding the relay in June. Interested participants, team members past and present as well as survivors and caregivers are encouraged to attend.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the new year brought some personnel changes for many school districts in Indiana, that wasnâ€™t the case for Whitley Count Consolidated Schools.
At last weekâ€™s meeting, school board members nominated and voted Don Armstrong back in as the WCCS school board president, and also kept all other officials the same.
Tim Bloom served as vice president last year and was reelected by unanimous vote last week.
Deb Hiss wasnâ€™t present at the meeting, but was re-elected as the WCCS secretary.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Give and take â€” that was the concept Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Chief Deputy Marc Gatton pitched to County leaders last week.
Gatton asked County Council to give the department an additional $26,960 for the purchase of four new vehicles.
The actual cost to outfit the three cars and one SUV would be more than $100,000, but Gatton told both the County Commissioners and County Council members that the department would shoulder the financial burden to retrofit the vehicles.