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October 4th, 2013
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
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Lingering questions have plagued South Whitley Town Council members in regards to the system failures at the recently completed wastewater treatment plant.
When heavy rains hit the town in August, backups and overflows caused the plant to not perform as designed.
Since then, town leaders have questioned engineers as to where the problem lies and what needs to be done to prevent further system failures.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Visit Churubuscoâ€™s town park and it wonâ€™t take long to notice the numerous stumps that dot the wooded areas.
Parts of the park, easily accessed and seen by the public, are peppered with stumps from trees that have been cut down.
The more than 25 stumps and 65 downed trees are a result of the ash borer. The tiny insect reeks havoc on ash trees, carving a deadly path from the top of the tree, down to the base, devouring life-sustaining nutrients the tree needs.