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July 5th, 2013

Dredging project upsets 3 lakes

July 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Department of Natural Resouces is warning boaters to beware of the inconvenience that might arise when maneuvering around Round, Little Cedar and Big Cedar lakes in Whitley County.

During the next four or five months, the DNR will conduct a dredging project set to begin in the middle of July.

Those that frequent the lake could begin to see equipment being set up next week. Anyone out on these lakes throughout the remainder of the year should be aware of navigational hazards, channel closings and equipment on the lakes, officials with the DNR said.

ROBBERY TRIAL SET: Alleged drug store robber to face trial

July 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Westville man accused of robbery and theft will have his trial in Nov. 19.

Troy Fritz, 31, was arrested in January for crimes that allegedly occurred at Walgreens in Columbia City.

He waived his right to have trial within six months of his arrest in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Case reports state Fritz allegedly stole Opana and Fentanyl by threatening the pharmacist in February of 2012.

THE HEART OF THE MATTER: New administrator motivated by WCSC’s family feel

July 5, 2013

LARWILL — Whitko Middle School’s new assistant principal is looking for ways to invest in more students.

Michael McClain, Jr. officially took his role as assistant principal Monday, and his recently-acquired position transitions him from an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Lakeview Middle School, Warsaw, to second in command at the middle school.

TECH UPDATE: Whitley Co. Consolidated leaning on technology

July 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As each year passes, the importance of technology increases for Whitley County Consolidated Schools.

Anne Plunkett, technology director for WCCS, shared with the board of school trustees areas of progress within her department in the past year.
Relocating to Indian Springs Middle School was perhaps the largest change for the department.

The move took several steps, but Plunkett said the new location at ISMS is serving the department well.

'BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR'

July 5, 2013

The sky over Columbia City was lit up with a fireworks show Wednesday evening for the Fourth of July holiday. Morsches Park was flooded with people of all ages for pre-fireworks activities, such as a bounce house and music by the “Junkyard Band.” See today's issue (July 5, 2013) of The Post & Mail for more photos.

July 3rd

Funeral director earns business certification

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has renewed the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation to Randy L. Grimes, CFSP, CPC, CFC, a funeral director with DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City.

The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.

In order to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual.

Four local graduates earn scholarships from church

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Each year, for 13 years, scholarships have been given in memory of Bernice Carver by the Women’s Association of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Carver was a long-time member of the church, a teacher at Columbia City High School and a community historian.

On June 16, scholarships were awarded to four high school graduates who are congregation members.

IN COURT: Goodman receives 10-year sentence

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine Monday.

Warren Goodman Jr., 41, was arrested in April and charged with four drug-related crimes. He pleaded guilty in June to dealing methamphetamine and, as part of a plea agreement, the other charges were dismissed.

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer gave Goodman a 10-year sentence, with eight years to serve and the rest to be spent on probation. Goodman will be incarcerated at the Indiana Department of Corrections, at his request.

SHERIFF MULLS NEW DISPATCH EQUIPMENT: Commissioners, county council question $266,000 price tag

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County government leaders were hit with a very expensive surprise this week.

Surprise was the word used by Sheriff Mark Hodges to describe the need to purchase new equipment for the county dispatch center. New computers and software, along with accompanying equipment, were on the list.

“This is a financial bombshell that took me by surprise,” Hodges said.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Marker a reminder of former governor’s contribution

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Courthouse lawn has a new addition to its landscaping.

A historical marker was dedicated Tuesday afternoon to memorialize the late Indiana Governor Ralph F. Gates (1945-49).

Senator Jim Banks and Representative Kathy Heuer were on hand at the ceremony to share the impact the Gates family has had on the community.

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