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July 1st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Sheâs only lived here for three years, but Natalie Lewis cares a lot about Whitley County and its people.
Now, Lewis is president of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF), an organization with a mission to âreduce the impact and frequency of domestic violence incidents in Whitley County.â
Formerly of Iowa and Minnesota, Lewis draws on her own experiences with domestic violence as she helps local victims through the WCDVTF.
She recently spoke with The Post & Mail about herself, domestic violence and working with the Task Force.
Despite damp, rainy conditions at last weekâs Old Settlers Days, Ken Lundquist, secretary-treasure of Whitley Countyâs Shrine Club, said elephant ear sales were through the roof.
Lundquist said Saturday the club sold the festival novelty at a rate of 100 ears per hour â an increase of 15-20 percent from last year â and more than 800 in one day.
âWe were very successful,â Lundquist said. âWe sold more this year than any other.â
Lundquist was quick to tout the support of the Whitley County community.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City will be holding its annual fireworks celebration for Independence Day on Wednesday, July 3.
The festivities will take place in Morsches Park.
Fireworks are expected to begin between 10 and 10:15 p.m., but that will not be the only attraction in the evening.
Vendors will begin serving food at 5 p.m. There will be a bouncing house for children and other activities.
Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the Junkyard Band will begin its performance.
COLUMBIA CITY â Details are unfolding about an attempted child rape case in Whitley County last week.
A Columbia City man has been charged with six felonies stemming from an alleged assault at Park Terrace Apartments early Friday morning.
The accused, Dustin Nemitz, 18, pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
In a probable cause hearing in Whitley County Circuit Court Friday, Columbia City Police Detective Chip Stephenson said officers were called at approximately 12:37 a.m. by a step-parent of a 13-year-old girl, stating she had been stabbed and possibly raped.
COLUMBIA CITY â Jennifer Hinen and Isaiah Kreider were named Mr. and Miss Whitley County last night.
Hinen is a 10-year 4-H member from Columbia City High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Cindy Hinen, and was sponsored by Hoffman Farms.
Kreider is also a 10 -year 4-H member from CCHS. He is the son of David and Judy Kreider and was sponsored by Wolf Lake Feed and Farm Supplies.
By garnering the Mr. and Miss title, the pair received several keepsakes and $800 scholarships for each of them.
COLUMBIA CITY â âItâs an honor and a privilege,â said Gene Smith at Columbia Cityâs Rotary Club meeting last week.
Smith will become the new club president today. Smith had a chance to present his plans for his year as the clubâs chief officer.
Smith started his remarks by recognizing some of the club members whom he considered key to the success of the Rotary Club.
SOUTH WHITLEY â For two months, South Whitley Town Council members have been debating the issue of grass.
Yard waste and grass clippings have been traditionally picked up and disposed of by the town. However, the increasing amount of debris as well as the time it is taking for town employees to collect the waste has caused town leaders to reevaluate the townâs policy on such a service.
COLUMBIA CITY â As Old Settlers Day came to its closing day, the American Legion Parade celebrated âOur Fallen Heros.â
As groups, bands and floats were traveling down Main Street in damp weather, each parade entry was judged Saturday.
The following prizes were awarded for parade entries.
â˘Mizpah Shrine Power Club â First prize, $50
â˘Frank Fahl â Second prize, $30
â˘Carol Goff â Third prize, $20
Color Guard (men walking)
â˘Smith Township Fire Department â First prize, $100
KENDALLVILLE â A Larwill man was arrested Saturday night after an altercation with a hospital security guard and nurses in Kendallville.
Scott A. Sponable, 66, was admitted to Parkview Noble Hospital for âextreme intoxication,â according to a press release Sunday morning by Indiana State Police Public Information Sergeant Ron Galaviz.
Sponableâs blood alcohol content was .27, more than three times the legal driving limit (.08).
He allegedly punched a 58-year-old security guard in the face.
COLUMBIA CITY â Another step was taken for a potential new company hoping to locate in Columbia City and bring five to eight jobs to the community.
Blue M. Medical is the name of a company that Bill Smith, of Whitley County, will be starting. It will be a medical device manufacturing company.
Last Tuesday at the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety meeting, the board approved applying for a loan with the USDA, with the funds going toward Smithâs company.