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April 23rd, 2013

WATER HAZARD: Area golf courses still suffer effects from storms

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — From U.S. 30, it may appear that Eagle Glen Golf Course had an extreme makeover, but in fact, Mother Nature decided to do its own remodeling, turning the back half of the course into a giant water hazard.

Storms from nearly one week ago dumped several inches of rain in the county, flooding yards, parks and roads.

Eagle Glen wasn’t the only course to go underwater.

The front nine of Eel River remains closed to flooding, and many other courses in the area are feeling the effects of the rain.

CIRCUIT COURT: Alleged meth dealers have first hearing

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair charged with dealing methamphetamine had their first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Warren Goodman Jr., 41, Pierceton, and Rita Elswick, 19, Columbia City, were arrested Thursday and charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to ma-nufacture and possession of paraphernalia.

Dealing methamphetam-ine is a Class B felony.

Both individuals pleaded not guilty to the charges and will have public defenders.

Elswick will be represented by Brad Voelz and Goodman by Brad Baber.

SCHOOL GADGET: WCCS outlines tech plan

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) Board of School Trustees heard an update on its technology plan recently.

WCCS Technology Director Anne Plunkett presented a plan to the board communicating the vision, mission and goals for her department.

The vision for the department is to provide technology resources that enhance communication, instruction, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to inspire excellence.

To that end, Plunkett has steps in mind.

EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION: Whitko schools garner DOE nod

April 23, 2013

PIERCETON — School administrators have been exploring ways to better the education offered to Whitko Community School students.

At last week’s school board meeting, principals with each school reported a number of academic success stories, but a visit from the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) ruled positive for Pierceton Elementary School.

An evaluation for the state’s Title I program was conducted at the elementary school after PES received a low grade from the DOE earlier in the school year.

April 22nd

WHITLEY BIRTHDAY: County turns 175 years old

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Genealogical Society of Whitley County celebrated 175 years since the founding of Whitley County, April 1, 1838, at a ceremony held at the Peabody Public Library Thursday.

“Think of the courage our ancestors must have had,” said President Charlotte Blair about the early settlers.

“To leave everything, travel and settle here, despite uncertainty. Leaving everyone and everything behind so they could have the chance to work hard and make the land a better place for their children. They’ve left us such a wonderful heritage.”

LEGO LEARNING: Robotics to build new class at WMS

April 22, 2013

LARWILL — LEGOs are more than just toys to students at Whitko Middle School. They are building blocks to futures in engineering, design and computer programming.

Last week, members of the Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees heard from LEGO Robotics Advisor Teresa Knepple on her petition to turn what is an after-school club into a class.

“The LEGO portion is just the tip of the iceberg,” Knepple said. “We’re talking about giving students a chance to hit on math, science, forensic sciences and engineering.”

FLOODED FIELDS: Morsches tries to recover from rain

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Flood waters saturated Morsches Park last week, shutting down Columbia City’s recreation hub by postponing games and cancelling practices, and leaving its new playground submersed in water.

While the park is drying out, more rain is expected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, leaving many youth league and high school athletes wondering how much more the park can handle.

As of Monday’s presstime, Columbia City park officials said Saturday’s Opening Day for youth league baseball and softball will be on as scheduled.

CIRCUIT COURT: Raber receives sentence for meth

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man arrested for having a methamphetamine lab in a motel received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last Monday.

Michael Raber, 27, was arrested in January on seven charges related to a meth lab at the Budget Inn, Columbia City. He was sentenced to 12 years, with 10 to serve and two suspended, at the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he gave Raber more than the advisable sentence due to a previous criminal history in Huntington County, which included theft and forgery.

MEDICAL MUSEUM: Luckey Hospital holds a healing history in Wolf Lake

April 22, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a two-part series on the historical Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake.

WOLF LAKE — In Wolf Lake, a town of less than 500 people, stands a piece of history that has restored, but on the brink of being obsolete.

The Luckey Hospital Museum stands on the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 109. It was originally built in 1929 by Dr. James E. Luckey, and began as a fully operational hospital in 1931.

Healing history

Together with two of his three sons, Robert (Bob) and Harold, Luckey ran the hospital until his death in 1938.

CURTAINS: Play brings murder-mystery to life

April 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Columbia City High School students will present a whodunit show featuring show-stopping musical numbers and suspenseful entertainment.

“Curtains, The Musical,” is a murder-mystery storyline centering around a cast of characters presenting their stage adaptation of Robin Hood in the Wild West. The show is set to perform April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any cast member or at the door.

 

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