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August 29th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man arrested in a traffic stop-turned drug bust in the spring requested to reschedule his jury trial in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Michael Yoha, 34, of Mansfield, Ohio, was scheduled to stand trial Sept. 10 for possession of cocaine and dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
Yohaâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a pretrial conference for Oct. 14. At that time, he said he would work on establishing a new trial date for his client.
The motion to continue the pretrial conference and vacate the trial date was approved by Judge James Heuer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After two years, United Auto Workers Local 2049 strikers left their site near Coupled Products, LLC. in Columbia City.
UAW officials said they got a call Friday night from the International UAW and the strikers packed up shortly after that.
It is unknown why the strikers decided to leave.
Twenty-nine members of UAW Local 2049 started picketing the manufacturer in June 2011. Claims of unfair labor practices after contract negotiations fell a part had kept 21 of the 29 picketers active.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With the celebration of Labor Day Monday, pools will no doubt be used to cool off from the predicted warm temperatures.
However, paying to fill those pools can escalate an ownerâ€™s water bill to exorbitant amounts.
Currently, the town of South Whitley has shown some grace to its residents when it comes to high water bills due to pool fill-ups or lawn irrigation, but a three-month window is considerably short, according to pool owners.
To minimize his water bill, South Whitley resident George Hathaway decided to get creative in solving his dilemma.
CHURUBUSCOâ€” Homecoming may be set for later this year, but for new Churubusco Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal Dan Hile, he experienced a partial taste recently.
It was the first week of school, and Hileâ€™s first as the new assistant principal. But it was hardly Hileâ€™s first time in the building.
He had been choir director at the high school from 2003 to 2011. Returning to Smith-Green Community Schools after two years of administrative work at Northridge High School was like coming home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s streets are ahead of the norm for new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Cities across Indiana had to make a transition plan to submit to the state by the end of December, 2012 â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s was submitted in November.
Not only does Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department have a plan, but Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh is already putting it into action.
Cearbaugh recently attended a conference, in which he learned several cities in Indiana havenâ€™t submitted a plan yet.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Two friends put their heads together to offer a local experience built off of what they both love in life â€” music.
Nate Norris, of Churubusco, and Nicholas Weaver, of Fort Wayne, have attended several music festivals and have a growing appreciation for local talent.
â€śWe had seen so many festivals become overrated and saturated with sponsorships,â€ť Weaver said. â€śWe thought it would be good to have a festival that wasnâ€™t about the hype, but about the music. We also wanted a stage to showcase independent talent.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A staple downtown Columbia City business came away from a professional conference with a big prize.
Sharon Hinen, of Hinen Printing, won a 2013, 1200 48 Harley Davidson Sportster at a conference in Orlando held by SP Richards.
SP Richards is an office-supply company that holds these events every year. Hinen Printing typically sends employees, but Sharon attending was somewhat unusual.
â€śJeff and Cindy (Hinen) normally go,â€ť Sharon said. â€śThey couldnâ€™t go, and I won the motorcycle.â€ť
Employees of Hinen Printing have won prizes before, but nothing at this level.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A summer college intern proved to be a valuable resource for Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Plant.
Water Pollution Control Superintendent Mike Cook said Wil Mannes, who is a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, did several jobs around the plant this summer.
â€śHe got a little bit of everything,â€ť Cook said. â€śHe did work in pre-treatment, worked in the laboratory and learned how to analyze samples.â€ť
Work was also done by the intern at lift stations and did maintenance around the plant.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitley Town Council members put wastewater treatment plant engineers in the hot seat at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
David Harvey and Rich Grant, representatives from Fleis & Vanderbrink Engineering, Inc., were on hand to give explanation as to the failures in several areas at the plant.
â€śWeâ€™ve had pretty intense rainstorms,â€ť Harvey said. â€śThe storm in early August was significant.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” As the 2013-14 school year got underway, it wasnâ€™t just students returning to the classroom with new school supplies, but teachers as well.
Whitko Community School Corporation rolled out its 1-to-1 technology plan with the start of the new year. The goal is to place technology, such as tablets and laptops, in the hands of every Whitko student.
A small group of high school students were introduced to tablets, and in just two weeks the devices have become an additional learning tool in the classroom.