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September 17th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Thousands of people from the South Whitley community and throughout the tri-county region converged on the farm of Roy and Mary Rubrake for the 7th Annual South Whitley Plow Day Saturday.
Antique tractors, horse-drawn plows and contemporary machines all worked together to plow acres of farm land while other activities were offered at CR 350 West in South Whitley.
â€śThis is a fun day,â€ť Mary said. â€śWe are blessed to be able to have this here. Itâ€™s a perfect day for it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools began a survey of the community Monday.
The WCCS district is looking for input from parents, guardians, teachers, staff and other members of the community in regards to a future district referendum, or vote, for funding of a new high school facility, as well as upkeep of current schools and new safety and security measures.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man will spend three years in jail for staging a dog fight in Whitley County.
Edward E. Smith, Jr., 37, was sentenced to three years at the Whitley County Jail for promoting an animal fight, a Class D felony. He was given a concurrent three-year sentence for purchasing an animal for use in a fight and a concurrent one-year sentence for possession of paraphernalia.
The sentences were the maximum Smith could receive for the crimes, a fact noted by Whitley County Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler.
Pierceton Elementary School student Guinevere Garr, a fourth grader, is pictured presenting Pierceton Firefighter Matt Brubaker with fall mums.
Garr planted the flowers at the Pierceton Fire Station in honor of the firefighters who gave their lives in New York during the September 11 attack.
She is a student in Lynn Studebakerâ€™s class and participated in the nationwide â€śI Willâ€ť movement to honor those who helped others on 9/11.
The students then wrote about their experiences volunteering and helping others.
Fun was had by all at Saturdayâ€™s Whitley County Fall Festival at Morsches Park.
An event hosted by the Columbia Cityâ€™s Parks Department, there was a slew of activities for children of all ages, such as hot air balloon rides, bounces houses and more (pictured.)
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A silver screen will decorate downtown Saturday as Columbia Cityâ€™s Main Street Association hosts a free movie on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn.
â€śWall-E,â€ť a Walt Disney motion picture, will play at 8:15 p.m. on the west side of the Courthouse.
The movie is free and popcorn and water will be available at no cost. Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to take in the show.
Liane Minier, with the associationâ€™s committee, said the event is part of a plan to bring people to downtown Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three members of the same family pleaded not guilty to drug charges Monday.
Jay B. Greer, 55, Patricia M. Greer, 51, and David A. Greer, 23, all of Columbia City, were arrested Sept. 6 for multiple methamphetamine-related charges.
Jay was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, unlawful sale of a precursor and possession of marijuana.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A national organization, sometimes referred to as the best-kept secret in America, is having an impact in Northeast Indiana.
The Civil Air Patrol U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (CAP) is a congressionally-chartered nonprofit that has youth and adult volunteers serving nationwide.
In the area, there are two groups that meet in Fort Wayne, and there are some Whitley County residents that participate.
Jay Stiles is a local citizen whose son, Theron, is a cadet with INCAP 201 in Fort Wayne. Jay also works as a volunteer, which many parents take as an opportunity to help.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A project in Columbia City that was expected to be completed in 2012 is now not expected to begin until late 2014.
Officials are continuing to move forward with the slow process to urbanize Ind. 205.
The road reconstruction project, dubbed the â€ś205 Projectâ€ť was a dream of former Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck and Parkview Whitley Hospitalâ€™s John Meister â€” a venture that began five years ago.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With the cost of water impacting the wallets of South Whitley residents, one particular homeowner found a creative way to skirt the expense.
George Hathaway, of South Whitley, applied for a permit to drill a well at his property, which is located within town limits.
The cost to fill swimming pools and water lawns throughout the summer months becomes an increasing bill.
With his private well, Hathaway would be able to take care of his additional water needs without raising his bill.