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August 9th, 2013

Alleged meth manufacturer appears in court

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman allegedly involved in a mobile meth lab busted in June had a pretrial conference in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Braidon Hall, 19, was arrested in June and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of two or more meth precursors, along with other drug-related charges.

She pleaded not guilty in June and hired Greggory Hockemeyer as her attorney.

Hockemeyer asked for a two-week continuance to Hall’s pretrial conference, as he needs to review discovery information.

Doused lad

August 9, 2013

Tracy Wade holds her 1-year-old son Andrew at the Morsches Park Splash Pad, while her 4-year-old daughter Samantha looks on.

PROFESSIONAL PRICE: Development has a cost

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— For years, area school districts have been investing in professional development for their boards and administrators.

However, this training comes with a price, and it is an essential piece every year the budget pie is sliced.

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VACANT CROSSING: Railroad stretch to close

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Indiana’s Department of Transportation (INDOT) will be vacating a stretch of road and a railroad crossing in Whitley County.

In order to accomplish that, the county must close the southern approach to the railroad crossing, which is located on CR 700 East.

According to Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester, INDOT wishes to take the railroad equipment at that crossing and use it on a busier intersection.

CONGESTION CONTAINED: New road may ease U.S. 33 traffic

August 9, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Traffic could possibly be rerouted from U.S. 33, north of Churubusco, for those vehicles traveling to C&A Tool Engineering and BRC Rubber and Plastics, two large manufacturing facilities on the outskirts of town.

At Wednesday’s Churubusco Town Council meeting, a plan to construct a new road at the edge of town would create an alternative traffic pattern, lessening the back up of vehicles that occurs in town at certain times of day.

Prepping for pow wow

August 9, 2013

Bill Crouch, right, works to set up a fence with his grandson, Benjamin Hunter, left. The two are setting up, along with Bill’s wife and Benjamin’s grandmother, Jane, for the Mihsihkinaahkwa PowWow, which will be held at Morsches Park this weekend.

West Nile confirmed in county

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — According to the Indiana State Board of Health, seven pools of water have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Whitley County.

Environmental Health Specialist Scott Wagner said the pools were located at Columbia City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Tests were conducted July 26 and the State Board of Health made the confirmation official Friday.

“It’s a good reminder for people to take care of standing water on their property,” Wagner said. “Any faulty septic systems should be dealt with as well.”

Furniture re-purposed

August 9, 2013

Dressers and nightstands were donated to Helpline of Whitley County by Super 8 Motel, Columbia City.

Helpline of Whitley County provides furniture and beds to those in need in the county.

Lennie Crosbie and Neil Cooper donated their trucks, trailers and time to assist in transporting the furniture to the Helpline barn at the Columbia City United Methodist Church. The furniture was made available as renovations were completed at the motel and the furniture was replaced with the building upgrades.

Crunched

August 9, 2013

A golf cart was totaled when the top of a tree fell on it with people inside Wednesday at Crooked Lake Golf Course.

A storm blew in Wednesday evening, bringing straight-line winds that left many tree branches on the course.

No one was injured and Crooked Lake remains open for linksters.

SWEET RIDE: WCCS board approves four new school buses

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Community Schools Transportation Director Keith Kohut is preparing to replace four buses in the district after approval from the Board of Trustees Monday.

Kohut was present at Monday’s meeting to inform the board that he was ready to obtain quotes for the buses, which are part of the district’s approved bus replacement plan.

All four buses are 13 years or older, including a handicap lift bus that has more than 160,000 miles on it.

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