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August 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â In light of recent online rumors of a possible child abduction ring in Whitley County, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh says there's no need for citizens to be alarmed, but to continue to be vigilant, as always.
"As with anything else, if you see anything out of the ordinary, call the police department," Longenbaugh said. "We encourage citizens to report suspicious behavior."
Some say a man with a strong accent is attempting to sell books in Whitley County, and social media sites report the man may be from an national child abduction ring.
COLUMBIA CITY â After some debate from local residents, Columbia Cityâs Park Board decided that golf carts, and all motorized vehicles, will not be allowed on the Blue River Trail.
On July 10, the Park Board was approached by John St. George, who is the president of the CC Buggy Club.
The club was requesting to use the new portion of the Blue River Trial to access the north side of U.S. 30.
The latest addition to the trail opened this summer, linking Morsches Park to Denzil Drive, and providing runners, walkers and bikers the bridge between the north and south sides of town.
COLUMBIA CITY â Parkview Whitley Hospice has announced open registration for its fourth annual Pumpkin Run, a 1K Fun Run for children and 5K Run/Walk for all ages.
This yearâs event is presented by DeMoney Grimes Funeral Home and will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. The events will be held in Columbia City at Morsches Park.
Check-in will begin at 11:45 a.m., and the entry fee is $15 for the Fun Run.
Registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $20 before Sept. 1, $25 before Sept. 8, and $30 after Oct. 8.
Sarah Palmer, 14, of Larwill, and Ryder Sroufe, 14, of South Whitley, received top honors at the 2013 Indiana State Fair competition Aug. 4.
Palmer (left) demonstrated a second place entry in mechanical science and safety demonstration. She showed several ways to strip wires. She used a variety of gauged wires and several tools, showing how each one worked.
Palmer, a Whitley County 4-H member, has participated in the 4-H Youth Development Program for six years.
She is the daughter of Mike and Yvette Palmer.
COLUMBIA CITY â After drought conditions snuffed out Independence Day festivities in 2012, the first fall festival was planned and is slated to return for a second year.
The Fall Festival will be held Sept. 14 at Morsches Park from 1 to 9 p.m.
âThis is event is full of family fun,â Mark Green, Columbia City Parks Department director. âNo matter what your age, there is something for everyone this year.â
Launching the festival will be a 5K Pumpkin Run at 1 p.m., hosted by Parkview Whitley Hospital and a cornhole tournament at the Whitley County YMCA.
COLUMBIA CITYâ Main Street in Columbia City could soon be considered more than just the stretch of Ind. 9 that goes through the community.
City officials are working with state leaders at the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) to achieve Indiana Main Street designation for Columbia City.
According to OCRAâs website, Indiana Main Street encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns. The program provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to participating communities.
COLUMBIA CITY â Cultivating relationships is the motivation behind every decision made at The Center for Whitley County Youth â even when choosing paint color.
âTo some it might seem like its just paint and drywall, but thereâs a purpose to what weâve done here,â said Jeff Wike, The Centerâs executive director. âEven building a concession stand was done in a way to see relationships grow.â
Something as simple as creating a space to âhang outâ could spur a positive conversation and connection between teens and adult volunteers.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Police Department is warning residents to protect themselves from scams.
While detectives investigate every case as thoroughly as possible, CCPD detective Chip Stephenson said scam cases are hard to prove, especially since many scammers live states, even continents away.
âOftentimes, the tips we get lead us nowhere,â Stephenson said. âUnfortunately, very few of those crimes are solved.â
Stephenson said the best way to avoid scams is to know how to protect yourself.
Whitley Countyâs Youth Council gathered for its first meeting Tuesday.
The group of students work with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel along with other community leaders to learn leadership and to offer suggestions and ideas on bettering Whitley County.
Approximately 10 students serve on the council during the school year.
LARWILL â In its 159th annual event, Squawbuck Days was held in Larwill Friday through Sunday.
The three-day event was sponsored by the Larwill Firemen, Lions Club and the Richland Township Community Association, and was a joint fundraiser to raise money for the community.
Festivities began Friday with a tenderlion dinner at the townâs fire department. The Larwill Lions Club hosted a night of bingo.
Saturday, a breakfast was held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and visitors were able to purchase crafts, take in a flea market and venture out to several garage sales in town.