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October 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Squad cars flooded the parking lot at Columbia City High School Saturday, as nearly every law enforcement officer who serves Whitley County participated in a special training.
The training was held by the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team to assist the county with its recent focus on school safety.
The ISP team has traveled to several school districts in Indiana to help prepare agencies with the best tactics in the event of a school shooting.
â€śWe wanted everyone to be on the same page,â€ť said Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh.
Although chalk doesnâ€™t leave a permanent mark, the message displayed in a variety of colors is a powerful one.
Students at Columbia City High School gathered to decorate the pavement leading to the schoolâ€™s entrance with words and drawings in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Chalk It Up has been a county-wide campaign as students across Whitley County have etched sayings on sidewalks at numerous schools advocating a stop to violence.
Pictured is Maddison Berlin working on her chalk drawing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The thought of saying goodbye to those she has worked with for so long brings mixed emotions for Jackie Hake, evident in teary eyes.
For 18 years, Hake has been the executive director for The Woodlands, a county-wide center servicing the areaâ€™s senior community.
â€śThis has been my life,â€ť Hake said. â€śIâ€™ve been here to witness some of the biggest successes of this organization. Although I am ready to retire, itâ€™s hard to say goodbye.â€ť
Officially Hake will retire at the end of the year, but she is already making plans with her family.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When a park at Tri-Lakes had to have its bathroom facilities shutdown due to a contaminated well, Whitley County Commissioners proposed a new owner for the property.
â€śThis is the only park still under the countyâ€™s umbrella,â€ť said Commissioner Don Amber at a recent meeting. â€śI guess I would rather see the township take it over.â€ť
After discussing the possibility of the park becoming the property of Thorncreek Township, its trustee, Gene Heckman, said there was interest from both his township board and the Tri-Lakes Association.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of felony neglect of a dependent in connection with a local sex abuse case had a trial date set in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Joy Hughes, 37, of Kendallville, will stand trial Jan. 14 and 15, 2014. The final pretrial conference will be Jan. 6, 2014.
Hughesâ€™ attorney is Brad Baber. Felony neglect of a dependent is a Class C felony, which carries a sentence range of two to eight years if she is found guilty.
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Northern Heights Elementary School is working on itâ€™s fitness challenge, which began Monday.
A one-mile school-wide run/walk around the school grounds launched the challenge. A convocation with the Mad Ants, Fort Wayneâ€™s professional basketball team, was held where students were challenged to be active for 30 minutes a day, for 30 days.
Those students reaching the goal will receive a free ticket to a Mad Ants game.
â€śGo Mad Ants...Go NHES students,â€ť said Jake Hoag, NHES principal.
Pictured is Chase Jones, a third grader at NHES and â€śMad Ant,â€ť the Fort Wayne Mad Ants mascot.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A group of people donated a parcel of land for the expansion of a trail in Columbia City.
The Friends of the Eel River Trail met Aug. 7 and unanimously voted to gift a parcel of land to the city to help with the expansion of the Eel River Trail.
When completed, the trail will span from South Whitley to Churubusco, passing through Columbia City.
The parcel is west of Line Street and north of Vine Street in Columbia City.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the city appreciates the donation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department has found another way to give back to the community at Christmas time.
After more than 125 years of the Christmas Eve candy and orange giveaway at the Courthouse, the department is now helping children with the Toys for Tots program.
The department is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves under the guidance of the Leatherneck Coffee Club of Northern Indiana, which was founded in Columbia City in 2001.
Since then, thousands of children in need have received toys at Christmas.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded not guilty to burglary and theft charges Monday.
Stephen â€śNathanâ€ť Lawrence, 23, was arrested Oct. 2 for those charges, as well as counts of residential entry and criminal mischief.
According to police, Lawrence allegedly broke into his parentsâ€™ home and stole items from their residence.
Lawrence will have his next pretrial conference in Whitley County Circuit Court Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.