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October 23rd, 2012

SENTENCE: Indy woman gets 8 years in ’Busco sting

October 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — An Indianapolis woman was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to eight years to the Indiana Department of Corrections, four to be served and four suspended, for charges relating to August’s drug sting in Churubusco.
According to a plea agreement, Sue Kellems, 21, pleaded guilty to dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, a Class B felony and possession of a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor.

October 22nd

IDENTIFYING BROWNFIELD SITES: Coalition to use EPA grant to conduct assessments

October 22, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Northeast Indiana Brownfield Coalition, which recently received a $909,303 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), plans to use some of the grant money for assessment of brownfield sites in Whitley County.
“The intent here is to get the ball rolling and to identify the potential brownfield sites,” said Executive Director of Region III-A, Loren Kravig.

COUNTY FIRM: Marks opening of Gateway Park plant

October 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Production machining firm Impact CNC, LLC celebrated the opening of the company’s facility in Gateway Park with an open house today hosted by the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
The company announced plans earlier this year to create up to 106 new jobs by 2014.

COL. CITY WOMAN: Arrested at prison for trafficking

October 22, 2012


WESTVILLE — A Columbia City woman was arrested Saturday at Westville Correctional Facility for attempted trafficking with an inmate.
Ashley Reavis, 27, was attempting to visit Blake Settles, 29, of Fort Wayne, when officers found contraband at her check-in.
Settles is serving multiple sentences on four felonies from Allen County courts, including: felony escape, operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic offender, felony theft/receiving stolen property and dealing/possession of a look-alike substance.

DNR: Probing Noble Co. hunting accident

October 22, 2012


ALBION — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a hunting accident that occurred in Noble County on Saturday.
Terry Tester, 57, of Albion, fell approximately 17 feet from his tree stand Saturday evening.
Tester was hunting in south-central Noble County, approximately one mile north of Merriam.
According to a press release by the Department of Natural Resources, Tester was climbing into his tree stand for an evening deer hunt, when a pair of metal cables snapped, dropping Tester, and the tree stand, to the ground.

TRAILING HISTORY: Tombstone Trail closing for ’12 season

October 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s cemeteries have become a tourist attraction. Joining this year’s Tombstone Trail, three of the area’s cemeteries were added to the tour earlier this summer. Blue River Cemetery, Greenhill Cemetery and South Park Cemetery all made the list.
This is the third season for the tour which highlights historic figures’ tombstones. For Columbia City, the tour will close at the end of the month, and is sponsored by Whitley County Genealogical Society.

A CHANCE TO DANCE:Dancer, owner hosts popular television show at competition

October 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The art of dance has seen a swell in interest from increased television shows that feature dancers to the genre of dances now made popular. What was once a dated art is now a thriving form of expression and creativity.
In Columbia City, Dance ‘Til U Drop is a fine arts academy dedicated to crafting dancers in performance.
Scott Frazier, owner of Dance ‘Til U Drop, is also the studio’s director. Through his many years in the dance community, Frazier has established a local competition that has now attracted the attention of the Lifetime television series, Dance Moms.

CAUGHT: Col. City woman arrested at Westville prison for trafficking

October 22, 2012

WESTVILLE — A Columbia City woman was arrested Saturday at Westville Correctional Facility for attempted trafficking with an inmate.

Ashley Reavis, 27, was attempting to visit Blake Settles, 29, of Fort Wayne, when officers found contraband at her check-in.

“Trafficking impacts us more than most people realize,” Westville Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said. “When fights and violence occur, they can often be traced back to contraband.”

Westville houses approximately 3,400 inmates in LaPorte County

October 19th

VINTAGE RIDES

October 19, 2012

The Route 33 Cruisers gathered together to show off classic cars at Advantage Auto Parts in Columbia City. Car owners met twice a month during the summer to display their nostalgic vehicles. The group’s organizer, John Van Houten, said the car show is open to any owner and there is no fee to participate. However, owners are asked to bring canned food items. The group donates the items to local food pantries. Van Houten said, “I just delivered about $400 worth of cans to Grace Lutheran Church.” For more information on Route 33 Cruisers, contact Van Houten at 248-8632.

REPRESENTING: School board members serve as delegates to state conference

October 19, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — After recently attending the fall Indiana School Board Association state conference in Indianapolis, Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation board members Deborah Hiss, Jill Western, Stan Meyer and Don Armstrong said they were grateful to be delegates of the district and were enlightened to hear what other districts are working on in their schools.
During the conference, each member attended different sessions.
Board member Deborah Hiss said one of those sessions was in regards to how the district is currently measured as far as its grade value.

 

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