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February 1st, 2013

BRIDGE WITH NO NAME: Sen. Banks proposes moniker

February 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A bridge in Columbia City could one day have a new name.

State Sen. Jim Banks proposed legislation to name the Ind. 9 bridge in Columbia City between West Spencer and Hanna Streets after former State Sen. Gary P. Dillon.

“I introduced the legislation a couple of years ago and introduced it again this time,” Banks said.

Banks did not anticipate the legislation passing this year, but said it had to get started on the process.

“I would love to surprise him with it,” Banks said of Dillon.

IN THE HEADLINES

February 1, 2013

Here are the headlines in Friday's issue:

Molestation case puts meth charges on hold

CCHS articulates higher education values

CCUMC blood drive

Sen. Banks proposes new name for bridge

30-car pile-up leaves five injured

January 31st

ARRESTED FOR THEFT: Nurse at retirement home suspected of theft

January 31, 2013

Marshall County – An investigation conducted by the Indiana State Police landed a Lakeville woman behind bars. Tuesday, state police were notified that a resident of Miller’s Merry Manor in Plymouth was the victim of an alleged theft. Police were informed that a resident had discovered one of their credit cards was missing.

COUPLED PRODUCTS: From the owners

January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Excitement may center around Drew’s and Johnson’s new-found leadership of Coupled Products LLC, but with the purchase of the business, owners also inherited a picket line.

Now into month 20, the amount of workers on strike has decreased from 29 to 21.

Although strikers declare unfair labor practices, Drew said Coupled Products has an “excellent workforce in the plant” and “dedicated employees” who will support the company.

However, from the picket line, workers are not so supportive.

LIKE LOSING A KID: Pittenger, CCPD excited to find K9 Stryker safe

January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “That was probably the sickest feeling I’ve had in law enforcement,” K9 handler Tim Pittenger said.

Pittenger’s police dog, Stryker, went missing Tuesday afternoon, but was found Wednesday morning in Allen County, at least eight miles from home. One of the Columbia City Police Department’s investments was stranded in Tuesday night’s thunderstorm, and ended up in a goat pen on Hathaway Road.

“My husband and I were getting ready to leave and I saw him in the pasture,” Arani Wentland said. “The goats were all lying around him.”

COUPLED PRODUCTS: Ownership douses picket-line rumors

January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the announcement of new ownership for Coupled Products LLC, Columbia City, questions have been raised as to the changes President Jonathan Drew and Director of Operations Tina Johnson might implement.

More than five years after a split from the then-bankrupt Dana Corporation, Coupled Products LLC was sold to Michigan-based TJD Industries. The manufacturing company makes fluid routing products for the automotive industry.

ATTENDENCE POLICY: WCCS clarifies

January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Attendance is important, and a presentation made at the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees meeting Monday emphasized that.

WCCS superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor said the board is an agency of the state and is required to enforce attendance.

Currently, there is a policy in the school district for attendance enforcement. If students have difficulty maintaining their attendance, there are steps the district takes to help with the problem.

HOMETOWN SEARS: New location, same products

January 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Sears Hometown store is moving this week.

The retail outlet is relocating from its previous location on Connexion Way to Plaza Drive, in the former Fashion Bug space in Town & Country Shopping Center.

Though the move is taking place this week, Sears will not be closed, as customers are able to visit the new store anytime.

The transition comes after the previous owner, Dave Meineke, left the business, Winter said. Winter said Sears is currently looking for an owner, and is in the beginning stages of finding one.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 31, 2013

These are the headlines in Thursday's issue:

Stryker and Pittenger reunited

Coupled products responds to strikes

Sears moves to new location

January 30th

HOUSE FIRE: Residents escape

January 30, 2013

Columbia City and Columbia Township firemen responded to a house fire at 1090 S. CR 50 E. late Tuesday night. The blaze was spotted at approximately 10:30 p.m., and was under control in less than an hour. The four occupants, including home-owner Jameson Barnes, of the house escaped uninjured, but three pets were killed. Above, Columbia Township firemen look for fire in the ceiling of the home’s front porch. Columbia Township Fire Chief Jim Bohnstedt said the cause has not been determined. Bohnstedt said the house sustained at least $30,000 damage, and is most likely not a total loss.

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