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August 9th, 2013
Bill Crouch, right, works to set up a fence with his grandson, Benjamin Hunter, left. The two are setting up, along with Billâ€™s wife and Benjaminâ€™s grandmother, Jane, for the Mihsihkinaahkwa PowWow, which will be held at Morsches Park this weekend.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the Indiana State Board of Health, seven pools of water have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Whitley County.
Environmental Health Specialist Scott Wagner said the pools were located at Columbia Cityâ€™s Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Tests were conducted July 26 and the State Board of Health made the confirmation official Friday.
â€śItâ€™s a good reminder for people to take care of standing water on their property,â€ť Wagner said. â€śAny faulty septic systems should be dealt with as well.â€ť
Dressers and nightstands were donated to Helpline of Whitley County by Super 8 Motel, Columbia City.
Helpline of Whitley County provides furniture and beds to those in need in the county.
Lennie Crosbie and Neil Cooper donated their trucks, trailers and time to assist in transporting the furniture to the Helpline barn at the Columbia City United Methodist Church. The furniture was made available as renovations were completed at the motel and the furniture was replaced with the building upgrades.
A golf cart was totaled when the top of a tree fell on it with people inside Wednesday at Crooked Lake Golf Course.
A storm blew in Wednesday evening, bringing straight-line winds that left many tree branches on the course.
No one was injured and Crooked Lake remains open for linksters.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Community Schools Transportation Director Keith Kohut is preparing to replace four buses in the district after approval from the Board of Trustees Monday.
Kohut was present at Mondayâ€™s meeting to inform the board that he was ready to obtain quotes for the buses, which are part of the districtâ€™s approved bus replacement plan.
All four buses are 13 years or older, including a handicap lift bus that has more than 160,000 miles on it.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Due to changes in enrollment, the budget for Smith-Green Community Schools is projected to be lower in 2014.
With the first day of school less than a week away, SGCS began work on its budget for the coming year.
Projected figures for 2014 are expected to be closer to expenditures, according to Todd Fleetwood, business manager for SGCS.
Fleetwood said the average daily membership (ADM), a headcount of students taken during the school year for the district, will be lower this year. SGCS will also receive fewer dollars per students it has.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who allegedly sold drugs in South Whitley had his first appearance in court Monday and pleaded not guilty.
Frank O. Hibbs, 60, of Liberty Mills, was arrested July 31 for two counts of dealing a Schedule II controlled substance.
Case reports state Hibbs allegedly made two drug deals in July, on the 2nd and the 31st. Both times, he sold to a confidential informant working for the Whitley County Drug Task Force.
The informant allegedly bought 40 pills of hydrocodone July 2 for $200 in South Whitley. A similar purchase was made July 31.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An email blast went out to Whitley Countyâ€™s Humane Society supporters last week stating Lindsay Pease, the shelterâ€™s director at the time, was resigning.
Although the fact of Peaseâ€™s departure may have caught some followers off-guard, Mark Espich, Humane Society of Whitley County board president, said her decision to leave was given with plenty of notice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Heavy winds in a quick storm left extensive damage at a local golf course.
Crooked Lake Golf Course had several branches down, along with one tree, after a storm blew through Wednesday evening.
Even more miraculous, according to course owner Bill Schumaker, is that no one was injured.
â€śThe worst part was that we had guys on the course in a cart have a top of a tree fall on them while they were in the cart,â€ť he said. â€śThe cart was totaled, but they were fine.â€ť
Schumaker said he could not believe the men survived.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several Career Technical Courses are available through Whitley County Consolidated Schools this school year.
Courses include: Agriculture, Business Technology, Various Computer Applications, Computer Tech Support, Cooperative Education (Co-op), Culinary Arts Careers, Education and Early Childhood Careers, Family and Consumers Science (FACS), Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Radio and TV. Pre-requisites for each course vary and are available by contacting Columbia City High School.