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June 7th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A long tradition of newspapers providing government information to the public was backed this session by Indianaâ€™s Statehouse â€” for now.
Senate Bill 458 would have eliminated the need for government bodies publish their public notices in newspapers and would have replaced it with a post onto a website.
The Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) testified against the bill, which eventually died when a vote was not called up.
HSPA Executive Director and General Counsel Steve Key said the bill indicates a growing trend.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Making something old new again.
That is what Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said his department might do this summer regarding the radio system.
Currently the department is on the 800 megahurtz public safety spectrum. It moved to this format from the VHF system three years ago, but Hodges said the sheriffâ€™s department might go back to the former system.
â€śThe 800 system has kind of turned into a party line,â€ť he said. â€śSo many people are on that, we often get busy signals.â€ť
Busy signals occur when too many radios attempt to connect to the tower at once.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of attempted murder had his trial date moved in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Dakota Kimbler, 18, was arrested in December for attempted murder and several other charges related to an alleged attempted car-jacking.
Kimbler was originally scheduled to stand trial this Monday. His defense attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a continuance of pretrial proceedings to June 24.
The state objected to moving the date.
â€śWeâ€™re ready for trial,â€ť said Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.
Jolly Street between Elm and Walnut Streets in Columbia City will be closed today due to water line maintenance.
An open invitation has been issued to Whitley County residents to photographically document their life â€“ one day only â€“ on the longest day of the year, Friday, June 21.
Submissions to this special Post & Mail project will be placed in a unique newspaper publication to be published in mid-July.
â€śA Day in the Life of Whitley Countyâ€ť will herald slice-of-life happenings in our county community, such as community events, family outings, work-related activities â€“ just about anything imaginable.
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, Columbia City High School will be part of a new conference.
Huntington North and Leo will join Columbia City and five other teams from the Northeast Hoosier Conference, Bellmont, DeKalb, East Noble, New Haven and Norwell, in a yet to be named new conference.
Leo will leave the Allen County Athletic Conference and Huntington North will depart from the North Central Conference.
The current incarnation of the NHC, which also includes Carroll and Homestead, will cease operations in the summer of 2015.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A typical summer at The Center for Whitley County Youth is usually about relationships.
Summer Central would normally provide an opportunity several afternoons each week for students to gather and spend time around adults that care about how their summer goes.
This summer is still about relationships, but it will be entirely different than any prior year.
Summer SERVE, a new effort, will engage middle and high school students in weekly endeavors to do positive things throughout the community.
Little Turtle Elementary School recently named those students nominated for May Spirit Awards.
Those students included Makail Ruth, Nakita Antanovich, Cole Civiletto, Phoenix Hull, Jarred Lude, Andre Wood, Ainsely Richmond, Rilee Pressler, Everly Richmond, Katlynn Schuchman, Logan Shatzer, Phoenix Stults, Andrew Brubaker, Kayden Stanley, Cobe Crawford, Eli Fahl, Will Jackson, Kolby Krider-Tonkel, Jalyn Lindzy, Brady Meredith, Lance Rice, Carter Bloom, Tyler Crosson, Logan Osborn, Lindsay Taylor, Bradyn Malcolm,
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” On June 1 Keaton Anderson, Whitko High School senior, was presented the Signature Giving Vocational Scholarship award.
He was chosen from several entries sent in from all three Whitley County High Schools who were seeking vocational training. Each applicant had to write an essay including where they see themselves in five years and how their future profession will make Whitley County a better place.
â€śKeaton was the clear winner,â€ť stated Tina Houser, Signature Giving Board of Director President.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In just four years of 4-H involvement, Robby Sheets has already earned three Rookie Showmanships, Grand Champion Beef Steer, Grand Champion Barrow, three Beginner Showmanships, and two Junior Showmanships.
Now, leading into his fifth year, halfway done with his 4-H career, Robby isn't anticipating slowing down.
Robby is the son of Shawn and Jennifer Sheets. He attends Indian Springs Middle School where he is a seventh grader.
His projects for the year include pigs, sheep, dairy steer, feeder calves, alfalfa and gardening.