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September 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â An 18-year-old man will stand trial next week for attempted murder.
Dakota R. Kimbler, 18, will have his trial begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Whitley County Circuit Court. The jury will convene at that time.
Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 of last year, when he was 17 years old. In addition to attempted murder, he was also charged with receiving stolen property, battery causing bodily injury and carrying a handgun without a permit.
Outside of the Haunted Jail, in Columbia City, a dying tree was transformed into a ghoulish figure by its owner, Paul Harrington.
The Haunted Jail opens for a âfriends and familyâ weekend to serve as the attractionâs dress rehearsal.
The Halloween-themed affair will begin its season in the following weekends.
LARWILL â A community health fair is slated for Saturday at Whitko Middle School from 8 a.m. to noon.
Sara St. Clair, Whitko Community School Corporation nurse, is coordinating the event, and said the fair is intended to take a âfunâ approach to health.
âWe wanted to do something to give parents a way to meet their health needs,â St. Clair said. âThe fair will put information in their hands about preventative care as well as present health care concerns, and itâs all under one roof.â
More than 40 health care vendors will be set up to offer aid in social, mental and physical care.
A beekeeper, Mike Lewis, spoke on how to raise honey bees at a new series of monthly workshops hosted by the Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc., a nonprofit community garden and education center.
The event was held at the Whitley County YMCA Tuesday night and gave participants information on making their own honey.
Next month, the workshop is slated for Oct. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Y, and will feature Joy Gilraine, of Columbia City, as the guest speaker. She will be offering her tips on how to can and freeze vegetables. Workshops are free and open to the public.
CHURUBUSCO (Sept. 25, 2013) â A Churubusco business caught fire this afternoon. Fire crews fought a fire on the roof afternoon after an employee thought he smelled something burning and discovered a fire in the attic.
According to Jim Horne, Captain of the Smith Township Fire Department, crews were called out to the fire at Precision Sharpening and Engine, located at 8435 U.S. 33, at around 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
Horne said one of the workers thought he smelled burning wires and then discovered smoke and flames in the attic.
COLUMBIA CITY â A $400 per year purchase is going a long way for several department heads in Columbia City.
This year, the city decided to go with a new weather service, WeatherSentry by Schneider Electric, and Communications Director Terry Wherry said the service has been very beneficial.
âThe $400 extra is nothing for the information weâre getting from this service,â Wherry said.
The communications, electric and parks department are splitting the cost of the weather service, which Wherry said provides more than weather radar.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Making sense out of South Whitleyâs dollars has been an ongoing mission for town council members and Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould.
South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey has spent several months working in conjunction with Gould, an outside accounting firm and the State of Indiana Board of Accounts to ensure the town comes into compliance with certain regulations.
At Tuesdayâs town council meeting, an audit was reviewed that gave specific areas of weakness in the managing and accounting of the townâs money.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Sheriff Reserve Organization was formed in 1991 to help with duties at the Sheriffâs Department. The organization has been growing ever since. The Reserve Organization currently has 10 reserve deputies. Itâs looking to add 10 to 15 more.
The Reserve Organization has its own command staff, however it answers to a Reserve Board. The Whitley County Sheriff has the final say in all aspects of the organization.
COLUMBIA CITY â Passages, Inc. and Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation will hold their joint annual meeting Thursday.
The evening will begin with a ribbon cutting signifying the opening of Passagesâ new Creative Learning Center located at 333 N. Oak St. in Columbia City.
Peter Berns, CEO of the Arc of the United States in Washington D.C., and John Dickerson, executive director of the Arc of Indiana will speak to the anticipated attendance of over 175 employees, individuals served and community supporters of Passages.
COLUMBIA CITY â Breyden Products, Inc., a manufacturer of lacing tapes, twines and yarns for the military and aerospace industries, recently announced plans to expand its headquarters in Whitley County, creating up to 23 new jobs by 2016.
The company, which relocated its headquarters from Hesperia, Calif. in 2004, will invest $2.2 million to purchase and equip a 35,000-square-foot facility on six acres in the Park 30 Business Center, a state certified shovel ready site in Whitley County.