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November 15th, 2012

POT OPERATION: Pair pleads guilty to marijuana possession

November 15, 2012


ALLEN COUNTY — Two men pleaded guilty to a marijuana-growing operation at Lake Everett — a mile northeast of the Whitley County line in Allen County.

Jason Bridges, 32, and Jarrod Vroom, 39, were arrested Sept. 8 in a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Allen County Drug Task Force and Indiana State Police, which uncovered more than 100 marijuana plants.

Allen County’s SWAT team raided Bridges’ house and found the growing operation, along with an additional four pounds of marijuana.

November 14th

FINANCES UNDER FIRE: Questionable numbers lead to heated town council meeting

November 14, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — An error in the amount of $160,000 has caused South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey to scratch his head.
Clerk Treasurer Bob Gould informed the council at Tuesday’s meeting of the error. “There are erroneous numbers in the computer system that showed we had $160,000. We didn’t have that money. I don’t know where that dollar amount came from.”
Gould said when he discovered the error, funding categories needed to be redistributed and the $160,000 had to be deducted from various spending accounts.

CITY COUNCIL: Looks to fill old Scott’s building

November 14, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council is reviewing an ordinance that may help to fill the old Scott’s building, located on the corner of Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive.
The council is working to offer incentives to promote growth in that area to aid businesses that might consider the building.
“The building has been sitting vacant for five to six years now, and we know there is some very good potential for it,” said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.

TUESDAY MORNING BLAZE

November 14, 2012

S. WHITLEY: Town Council ties up loose ends on old business

November 14, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s Town Council approved the minutes from its Oct. 25 meeting, where the council moved forward with the town’s new energy contract with Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
The contract will replace the existing relationship with Duke Energy, saving the town of South Whitley an estimated $110,000 a year.
In other council business, Waste Management’s contract for sludge hauling is soon to be expired.

November 13th

PIECES OF THE PAST: Local Salvation Army to compile memory book

November 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While the Whitley County Salvation Army is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the organization recently received pieces of its past from a local resident. The collection includes historical photos, memorabilia and memories of the organization’s olden days, which will be used by the local Salvation Army as it begins compiling a memory book.
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SCRATCHING THE SURFACE: Phase III project to open up ETA classroom space for next year

November 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor said construction workers have scratched the surface on Eagle Tech Academy’s Phase III project.
O’Connor said the project, which began in October, will open up enough classroom space to allow an additional 200 students at ETA for the next school year.
The project will also group the school’s offices, granting direct access to them through the public entrance.
“I think it’s going to be a real nice facility for the district, and something that the community can be proud of,” said O’Connor.

PROSTHESIS: Supports platform for self-esteem

November 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Katrina Simpkins, a young celebrity from Columbia City, was on hand to introduce the movie, “Dolphin Tale,” at Mary Raber Elementary School’s movie night Friday.
Katrina is well known for her connections to Winter, the dolphin that inspired the movie “Dolphin Tale,” released in 2011 by Warner Brothers.

November 12th

COL. CITY NATIVE: Feels Indy’s blast

November 12, 2012


INDIANAPOLIS — “It’s not something you expect to hear when you come from small-town Columbia City where it’s so quiet.”
Anna Prickett, 23, a Columbia City High School graduate was less than two miles away from the explosion in Indianapolis that killed two people and rendered entire blocks uninhabitable.
“The blast was so loud,” Prickett said. “And the power sent a rush of air through our apartment windows, strong enough to blow the blinds up and rattle items in the kichen.
“My first thought was thunder, but the blast of air didn’t make sense.”

NO SURPRISES: Gillette wins Vets Marathon for fourth time

November 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Taking home first-place honors at Columbia City’s Veterans Marathon is nothing new for Justin Gillette.
Gillette has won the marathon in all four years of its existence.
Gillette, 29, Goshen, finished with a time of 2:34:28.56, six minutes ahead of second place finisher Doug Powers, of Clinton, Iowa.
Gillette ran a pace six minutes faster than last year’s winning time.
Three Whitley County runners placed in the top 60, led by Austen Davenport, of Columbia City.
Davenport, 26, came in 12th with a time of 2:55:52.12.

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
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