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October 23rd, 2013

WINTER SAVINGS: Salt prices not so salty for city

October 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the first frost of the season hitting the county less than a week ago, many find it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.

Tuesday evening brought the season’s first snow showers, and Columbia City’s Street Department is already prepared for the upcoming winter weather.

While Tuesday night’s flurries didn’t amount to any accumulation, this year’s Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a “bitterly cold” winter — “cold, wet and white.”

October 22nd

Shriners make donation

October 22, 2013

Whitley County’s Shriners made a donation to The Woodlans Senior Center, Columbia City, Monday morning.

The $500 donation will be used to purchase a power washer for the center.

Pictured, from left, Hal Trump, Ken Lundquist, Jackie Hake, the center’s executive director, Dick Kessie and Jim Kyler.

Website weighs on Weigold for compliance

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the county’s online tools may become a source of frustration for the GIS Department.

The geographic information system (GIS), is an online, searchable database that provides a host of information from the names of property owners to the taxes paid on such properties.

It’s the names published on the public site that had Dan Weigold, GIS coordinator, asking Whitley County Commissioners for guidance.

“I’m not really sure what to do,” Weigold said.

Pee wee football

October 22, 2013

Columbia City’s Junior Football League wrapped up its season Saturday.

Pictured receiver Carson Tonkel (left) attempts to make a catch while defender Bradyn Elkins works to deflect it.

In high school action, sectionals begin Friday.

LONG-TERM IDEAS: WCCS to make plans for future of facilities

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools is working toward a long-term plan for the buildings in the district.

The schools’ business manager Tony Zickgraf told the Board of Trustees at Monday’s meeting that WCCS is seeking bids from consulting firms, architects and construction managers to establish facility plans for all schools in the district.

The building analysis was one of several goals the board laid out for 2013.

Zickgraf said it has been in discussions for several years, and the project is expected to be completed in April 2014.

BMV CRASH: Driver to make plea

October 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man accused of crashing a stolen vehicle through the Columbia City BMV is set to plead guilty to charges in November.

Danny Rose, 20, of Columbia City, was arrested July 23 for auto theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief and reckless driving.

According to documents, Rose will plead guilty Nov. 12 at a hearing to unspecified charges.

According to case reports, officers were called to a scene in response to battery July 21. At that time, Rose was alleged to have committed battery and criminal mischief against his girlfriend.

October 21st

’Busco park fields receive much-needed attention

October 21, 2013

CHURUBUSCO ­— Although summer festivals and park activities have come to an end, work at the Churubusco Town Park is ongoing.

At Wednesday’s Town Council meeting, Park Superintendent Rick Krider submitted a report that spelled out the areas of focus he has for the park.

“There’s always something that needs to be done,” Krider said in an interview.

“Yes, the weather changes, but that just means we work on other things.”

Breaking ground

October 21, 2013

St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to signify the start of construction on its Deacon Joe Zickgraf Community Center.

The pricetag for the new building is $989,000 and took more than a decade to raise. Pictured, from left, are Father Gary Sigler, George Crowe and Kevin Rupp.

ISMS Career Day

October 21, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School held its Career Day Friday. Eighth-grade students had the opportunity to learn about several different careers, including farmers (pictured), a chef, lawyer, veterinarians and more.

IN COURT: Alleged forgery accomplice pleads not guilty

October 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A woman accused of working with another to commit forgery and theft pleaded not guilty Oct. 14.

Rebecka L. Scoggins, 37, was charged with two counts of forgery and two of theft.

Case reports indicate that Scoggins’ boyfriend, Scott Mahood, and herself allegedly cashed checks that did not belong to them at 1st Source Bank locations throughout Northeast Indiana.

Mahood and Scoggins were arrested in Warsaw. At the time, Scoggins had a blonde wig on in an attempt to resemble the person to whom the checks and identity belonged.

 

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