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October 7th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new state law that went into effect July 1 is changing communication between police and school administrators.
Whenever a child is arrested or taken into custody for allegedly committing a crime, police are now required to inform the studentâ€™s school district.
Officials at the Whitley County Safety Commission discussed how that law will play a role with Whitley Countyâ€™s law enforcement agencies and school systems.
Unfortunately for decision makers, there is no set process for how that communication is supposed to happen.
NEW YORK (AP) â€” Gasoline prices have fallen steadily throughout September, and drivers should look forward to even cheaper fill-ups in the weeks ahead.
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is now $3.42, down from $3.59 on Sept. 1. The price is the lowest itâ€™s been at this time of year since 2010 and is likely to keep falling.
In Whitley County Monday, prices were below the national average at $3.18 a gallon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What is black, white and read all over? As of recently â€” not the phone book.
As CenturyLink rolled out this yearâ€™s phone book â€” which was as thick as a magazine â€” many reminisced about the â€śold daysâ€ť when the phone book was several inches thick and a vault of information.
Over the last several years, phone books across the U.S. have been shrinking â€” some telecommunications companies have stopped producing them completely.
Three years ago, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania approved Verizon Communcations Inc.â€™s request to stop distributing the white pages.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from the elderly had her first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Nicole L. Smith, 43, of Larwill, was arrested Sept. 24 and charged with three counts of burglary, one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of possession of a legend drug.
Smith pleaded not guilty and stated she would hire her own attorney.
According to case reports, Smith was allegedly the perpetrator behind two thefts of prescription drugs from Oak Pointe Assisted Living.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A budget change went into affect when Mayor Ryan Daniel took office in 2012, and many believe it was for the better.
Previously, the police department's squad cars were purchased through the city's general funds.
With the department replacing 2-3 vehicles per year, some citizens were distraught that local tax money was funding the new vehicles.
After some adjustments to the budget, Daniel decided to use the city's "riverboat" money to purchase squad cars.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local family rescued a dog this past summer and now hopes he can find a good home.
Cassie Bilderback, of Columbia City, said she and her daughters were given a Labrador-Retriever mixed-breed male about four months ago. At the time, he weighed only 40 pounds, had untrimmed nails and a rubbed-down, raw nose.
â€śHe had to be trained to use the restroom outside,â€ť Bilderback said. â€śHe needed constant care because he was so sick.â€ť
Now up to a healthy weight, the dog, who was dubbed Grizzly by the Bilderback family, now needs a home.
Autumn is here. What I like most about Hoosier fall is:
â€˘A new season of television shows.
â€˘I don't like fall because it means winter is coming.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Continuing an 18-year tradition, the Whitley County Community Foundation will host the annual Heart of Gold Awards in celebration of the people in the community who give of themselves to make life a little better for others.
â€śWhitley County is a great place to live and work thanks to the many thoughtful people who call it home,â€ť said Chelsey Barrell of the Whitley County Community Foundation.
While visiting with students at Mary Raber Elementary School, Allen County Superior Court Judge David Avery (left) shared information about the U.S. Constitution and various branches of government.
He then led a game in which students competed in teams to answer a variety of questions.
Judge Avery was at the school in honor of Constitution Day, Sept. 25.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s sport season, and nothing pricks the athleteâ€™s heart like good, clean competition.
However, one Columbia City resident has chosen a rather unique field of competition.
Steve Schuman, of Columbia City, will vie for a top spot in the 2013 Indiana State Hand Corn Husking Contest, taking place Saturday in Bremen.
This will be his fifth year to compete, in which he has placed in the top five each year.
â€śIâ€™ve been around it. I grew up in a farming environment,â€ť Schuman said. â€śThe competition is a challenge, and itâ€™s interesting to see who shows up to compete.â€ť