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COLUMBIA CITY â Twenty-nine years after William J. Spranger was convicted of shooting Avilla Town Marshal William âBillâ Miner Jr., Spranger was released from the Plainfield Correctional Facility Sunday.
John Barrett, who currently sits on the Whitley County Council and works security at the Whitley County Courthouse, was an investigator for the Indiana State Police at the time of the shooting.
Barrett worked the case with Noble County Prosecutor David Laur, and he interviewed Spranger, who was 18-years-old when he shot Miner.
The Salvation Army of Whitley County had its annual Pack-A-Truck with school supplies on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of Shoe Show at the Towne and Country Shopping Center in Columbia City. Items donated included paper, pencils, pens, dry erase markers, lanyards, erasers, colored pencils, two pocket folders, spiral notebooks, tissues, glue sticks, pencil bags, highlighters, scissors and composition books.
COLUMBIA CITY â According to the Associated Press, Indiana is reporting higher rates of infected mosquitoes due to the hot, dry weather conditions, posing a threat to humans.
These conditions make standing water, stagnant, allowing the Culex mosquitoesâ life cycles to speed up and therefore accelerating the virus replication process.
âGenerally West Nile virus is present in the hot summer months,â said Lisa Hatcher, Whitley County Health Officer. âWhen mosquitoes hatch earlier, they are around for a longer period.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Though burn bans have been lifted, fireworks still arenât permitted within city limits.
âThe Columbia City Police Department and Columbia City Fire Department have had numerous calls on fireworks since the burn ban has been lifted,â Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said. âThis does not change the days people are allowed to shoot off fireworks within city limits.
LaRue asks citizens to abide by the cityâs fireworks ordinance, which was put into effect in 2007.
The ordinance goes as follows:
COLUMBIA CITY â A white house sits on the corner of Jefferson Street and Main Street in Columbia City, but to a passing motorist, it appears to be just another house.
What is inside is a resource for Whitley County families and children.
When its doors opened in 2001, The Beds & Britches, Etc., (B.A.B.E.) program existed as a coupon incentive program for pregnant women and families to try to deter the high incidence of low-birth weight babies that were being born in Whitley County.
According to Shawn Ellis, who is in charge of the oganization, B.A.B.E has grown to be much more.
COLUMBIA CITY â Motorcyclist Robert Ramey, age 50, from Columbia City, was critically injured Saturday at 5:20 p.m. in a single-vehicle accident south of Columbia City.
According to Whitley County Deputy Sheriff Tony Helfrich, Ramey was southbound on Ind. 205, just north of Washington Road, when he entered a curve, lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle. Ramey was flown by Samaritan helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital. He was in critical condition with a head injury.
COLUMBIA CITY - A 15-year-old boy drowned in Troy-Cedar Lake, north of Larwill, early Saturday evening.
According to witnesses, the boy, who was from Fort Wayne, went under when he was playing catch in the water with his friends. The friends said he was not a good swimmer.
The boy reportedly went under water and didn't surface.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, Whitley County Sheriff's deputies and Richland Township Firemen assisted the Thorncreek Township Fire Department's Dive Team in a search that lasted over an hour.
COLUMBIA CITY â With little less than a month to prepare, what was known as Stepping Stones Day Care has closed, moved and will re-open Monday at 6 a.m. as a child care program under the Whitley County YMCA.
Stepping Stones Director Debbie Gates will continue with the YMCAâs program. According to Gates, parents who had utilized the day care that was once housed with First Church of God in Columbia City, were concerned over the idea of not having a childcare program in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â Although continuous rain has provided favorable weather conditions for late July, the end to the drought is far from over.
âThe only way we are going to see an end to the drought would be if we have a continuation of the rain on a regular basis,â said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. âThe rain we have seen has brought the grass back, but itâs still low.â
Whitley County is currently in an extreme drought, and Southern Indiana is in an exceptional drought, with an average of 15 inches of rain below normal.
SAN DIEGO Ââ At 70 years old, Columbia City native, Jody McKinney, graduated from Alliant International University on May 25, receiving a doctorate in educational leadership and management.
She had already earned a masters in administration from San Diego State in 2008 as well as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1964.
A member of the class of 1960 from Columbia City Joint High School, she has become a life long learner.
Even with all her degrees and accomplishments, McKinneyâs education goals are not over.