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April 4th, 2013

THE METH EPIDEMIC: Cooking

April 4, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a multi-part series on the growing problem of methamphetamine.

COLUMBIA CITY — Ice. Glass. Crank. Crystal. Junk. Poop. Speed.

What could these words possibly have in common? They’re all nicknames for the same chemical — methamphetamine.

With the number of meth labs in the state of Indiana more than doubling in the last five years, many citizens have to ask themselves — are we safe?

Most meth-related injuries come from the making, or “cooking” of the drug.

EASTER CRASH: Victims in good condition after ATV accident

April 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Two juveniles injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash on Easter Sunday are in good condition.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., two 17-year-old girls from Whitley County were riding together on an ATV across an open field in southwest Whitley County.

According to Darren Reed, Indiana Conservation Officer, Shannon Kincaid and Nicole Karrer went through a rough, washed out spot in the area of 3899 S. CR 400 W.

The impact from the washout caused Kincaid to bounce from the driver’s seat, over the handlebars, and onto the ground in front of the vehicle.

GROWING BUSINESS: Whitley County Council approves tax abatement for PDQ

April 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s council approved a tax abatement for proposed improvements Tuesday.

PDQ Workholding, LLC was granted a 10-year deduction for the personal property improvements. The resolution passed 7-0.

County Councilman Bill Overdeer said he was happy with what PDQ has done so far.

“The redevelopment commission unanimously approved the 10-year abatement and I would move the council approve this,” he said. “(PDQ has) been pretty successful in the past three years. I am proud of them and all they have been able to do and are glad to have them here.”

April 3rd

LIGHT THE WAY: Event to be held Monday

April 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Salvation Army of Whitley County will be presenting "Light the Way" to Child Abuse Prevention and Education on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at The First Church of God, 1200 W. DePoy Dr., Columbia City.

"Our goal is to raise awareness of child abuse but also to illustrate that there can be help and hope for those going through this," Pat Mossburg, of the Salvation Army, said. "We also discuss the effects of domestic violence on children."

This year the event will host author April Maley, who will share her story from her book, "I Will not be Silent."

TOWNE & COUNTRY: Changing the sign

April 3, 2013

Last week, workers added Sears to the sign at the Towne & Country Shopping Center on Plaza Drive in Columbia City. Sears recently changed locations, moving from Connexion Way to the shopping center west of Walmart.

ADULT OR JUVENILE?: Heuer to take on Gingerich case

April 3, 2013

WARSAW — Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer is taking on a Kosciusko County case after the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled that the case was mishandled.

Heuer will determine whether 15-year-old Paul Gingerich should be charged as an adult after allegedly helping kill his friend’s stepfather in 2010 — when he was 12 years old.

The change of venue occurred after a dispute on whether he should be tried as an adult or a juvenile.

COACHING KIDS IN THE CLASSROOM: WHS develops a graduation game plan for at-risk students

April 3, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko High School has made graduation an area of focus for juniors.

With the implementation of a graduation coach, Principal David Parker is looking to target students who might otherwise fall through the cracks and miss graduating.

“These are kids that sort of fly under the radar,” Parker said. “Some of them realize too late that they needed to do certain things to graduate. Having a coach that keeps an eye on attendance, grades and credits will hopefully keep them from feeling like graduation is not possible.”

RESIDENTIAL TO COMMERCIAL: Commissioners approve rezoning in Dunfee area

April 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners approved a zoning request at Monday’s meeting.

Dave Sewell, of the Whitley County Plan Commission, told the commissioners it had been approved at the plan commission level and now needed commissioner approval.

The property was changed from residential to commercial. It is located south of County Road 500 South in the Dunfee area.

Sewell informed the commissioners the properties to the north and south are zoned commercial as well, so this brings them all into line with one another.

April 2nd

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: County tables Passages' funds request

April 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners heard a request from Passages, Inc. for funding, but decided to table a decision until the next meeting.

Tom O’Neill, president of Passages, was on hand at the meeting. He presented facts in support of the organization. O’Neill cited there are more than 180 employees that work for Passages and over 85 percent of those individuals live in Whitley County.

Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio expressed support for the organization as well.

HOORAY HORTICULTURE: Green thumbs produce greenbacks

April 2, 2013

LARWILL — “You get to get hands dirty.” According to Kaitlin Frank, a sixth grader at Whitko Middle School, that is one of the bonuses to being a part of the school’s Clean World Association (CWA).

The after-school group works as a hands-on club learning the ins and outs of horticulture.

Laura Thong-Umphai, a teacher at WMS, is the groups leader and started the club to give students the opportunity to experience a working greenhouse and learn a viable trade they could carry on into their adult lives.

 

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