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April 5th, 2013

SEXTING EXPOSED: Locals weigh in on dangers of growing trend

April 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The phrase “nothing lasts forever” doesn’t apply to a growing problem in the technology world.

A photograph can last forever — and people are learning the consequences of the photos they take and send on their cell phones.

Teens and adults alike are becoming more aware of the ramifications of “sexting,” a mash-up of the words “sex” and “texting.”

Sexting is defined as the sending of sexually-explicit messages or images through the use of cell phones and texting.

MORSCHES PARK: Fun in the sun

April 5, 2013

Children of all ages are enjoying Morsches Park’s new playset, located near the park office. Above, kids enjoy the final days of spring break, with temperatures nearing 60 degrees Thursday afternoon.

THE METH EPIDEMIC: Dealing

April 5, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second of a multi-part series on the growing problem of methamphetamine.

COLUMBIA CITY — Though many experts say AMC’s hit television series “Breaking Bad” is a fairly accurate portrayal of methamphetamine dealing in the Southwest U.S., the drug market is nearly the opposite in Whitley County.

The television show, staged in New Mexico, illustrates interactions and relations with Mexican drug cartels, along with high-level business operations in dealing meth.

COUNTY HOMESTEADS: 350 homes not yet verified

April 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — There were 350 listings of homesteads in Whitley County that were not verified as of tax bill time.

For these individuals, they will now have a higher tax bill to pay if they do not clarify with the auditor’s office.

Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire said the biggest problem could be how long it takes for the person to realize that there is an issue.

April 4th

WHOLE FAMILY DEAL: CCPD’s Stoffel begins as first new officer in a decade

April 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Though Columbia City’s first hire in 10 years may be new to the department, police work is nothing new for Jonathan Stoffel.

Stoffel, 22, has been surrounded by law enforcement work for much of his life.

His father, Terry Stoffel, is currently serving his first term as Huntington County’s Sheriff. Terry was a Huntington City Police officer for 20 years, and was the chief for eight years.

Jonathan’s sister, Whitney, has spent the last six years as a Huntington PD officer.

THE METH EPIDEMIC: Cooking

April 4, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a multi-part series on the growing problem of methamphetamine.

COLUMBIA CITY — Ice. Glass. Crank. Crystal. Junk. Poop. Speed.

What could these words possibly have in common? They’re all nicknames for the same chemical — methamphetamine.

With the number of meth labs in the state of Indiana more than doubling in the last five years, many citizens have to ask themselves — are we safe?

Most meth-related injuries come from the making, or “cooking” of the drug.

EASTER CRASH: Victims in good condition after ATV accident

April 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Two juveniles injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash on Easter Sunday are in good condition.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., two 17-year-old girls from Whitley County were riding together on an ATV across an open field in southwest Whitley County.

According to Darren Reed, Indiana Conservation Officer, Shannon Kincaid and Nicole Karrer went through a rough, washed out spot in the area of 3899 S. CR 400 W.

The impact from the washout caused Kincaid to bounce from the driver’s seat, over the handlebars, and onto the ground in front of the vehicle.

GROWING BUSINESS: Whitley County Council approves tax abatement for PDQ

April 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s council approved a tax abatement for proposed improvements Tuesday.

PDQ Workholding, LLC was granted a 10-year deduction for the personal property improvements. The resolution passed 7-0.

County Councilman Bill Overdeer said he was happy with what PDQ has done so far.

“The redevelopment commission unanimously approved the 10-year abatement and I would move the council approve this,” he said. “(PDQ has) been pretty successful in the past three years. I am proud of them and all they have been able to do and are glad to have them here.”

April 3rd

LIGHT THE WAY: Event to be held Monday

April 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Salvation Army of Whitley County will be presenting "Light the Way" to Child Abuse Prevention and Education on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at The First Church of God, 1200 W. DePoy Dr., Columbia City.

"Our goal is to raise awareness of child abuse but also to illustrate that there can be help and hope for those going through this," Pat Mossburg, of the Salvation Army, said. "We also discuss the effects of domestic violence on children."

This year the event will host author April Maley, who will share her story from her book, "I Will not be Silent."

TOWNE & COUNTRY: Changing the sign

April 3, 2013

Last week, workers added Sears to the sign at the Towne & Country Shopping Center on Plaza Drive in Columbia City. Sears recently changed locations, moving from Connexion Way to the shopping center west of Walmart.

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