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May 23rd, 2013
NORTH WEBSTER (AP) â Kosciusko County Sheriffâs Department F.A.C.T. team members have released the names of the four school bus drivers in yesterdayâs crash along State Road 13 north of the town of North Webster.
A school bus slammed into the back of another one, setting off a chain-reaction crash involving four buses in northern Indiana, leaving about 50 middle and high students with non-serious injuries and one driver seriously injured.
COLUMBIA CITY â Concerns have risen recently over the need for citizens to keep their yards free of junk and other debris.
The southeast part of Columbia City has been an area of concern for the enforcement of the cityâs ordinance.
With residents coming before the Board of Works with arguments for and against the regulations, a neighborhood meeting will be held Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. to address the issue.
The meeting will be held at the Gospel Land Ministries Christian Center on 605 Douglas Ave.
COLUMBIA CITY â Debates over public right of way were heard at Mondayâs meeting of the Whitley County Commissioners.
Representatives from PDQ Workholding, LLC spoke of the desire of the company to dig fiber optic cable between two of its buildings to enhance communication between the two locations.
County Engineer Brandon Forrester expressed concern about the fiber cable being run underground in the public right of way.
âIf someone tears up the fiber, but itâs in the public right of way, then whoâs responsible?â he asked, explaining the dilemma.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man already sentenced to jail time in Kosciusko County received his sentence in Whitley County Monday.
Jeremiah Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary and being a habitual felony offender, which allows for sentencing enhancements. He was sentenced to eight years for burglary, with a four-year enhancement for the habitual offender.
He received a 10-year sentence in Kosciusko for crimes in that county.
COLUMBIA CITY â With less than two weeks until the annual Relay for Life event, teams filtered into Chase Bank, Columbia City, to turn in money and pick up last-minute information for the 24-hour walk.
Bank Night happens each year shortly before the relay kicks off, gives committee chairmen and coordinators a chance to see how much has been raised for the American Cancer Society, prior to the actual event.
âWe are about 70 percent to our goal,â said Melissa Stephens, ACS community representative. âI have no doubt that weâll reach our goal of $24,000 when the relay is all done.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Drowning has been ruled the preliminary cause of death for a toddler who was found floating face-down in a Whitley County swimming pool this week.
A three-year-old boy drowned Tuesday morning at a residence southeast of Columbia City.
The relative told police that before finding the boy in the pool, they realized he was not in the house, and the back door leading to the pool was open, according to conservation officers.
Laura Lefever organized a team of Whitley County residents to participate in the 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day event, a walk to benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
More than 700 people attended the walk Saturday and helped raise more than $55,000 for the organization.
Cancer Services provides emotional support, practical resources and information to patients and their families dealing with cancer. The organization also serves Whitley County.
Lefever serves on the Board of Directors for the organization.
Heath Fearnow, one of Columbia Cityâs Police Departmentâs newest reserve officers, went through an unpleasant training exercise Saturday night.
Fearnow, along with fellow reserve Tony Kumfer and CCPDâs newest hire, Jon Stoffel (pictured left), underwent taser training at City Hall.
Pictured, from left: Stoffel, Fearnow, taser instructor and CCPD Officer Thor Hodges, and Sergeant Trey Insley.
CHURUBUSCO â Cafeteria food pricing and lunch menu mandates by the state of Indiana had food service workers overheated at Smith-Green Community School Board of School Trustees meeting Monday.
Pam Hill, a cafeteria worker, told board members of a problem with students charging their lunches, causing a deficit of more than a thousand dollars.
Hill discussed at length her frustration with the federal governmentâs mandates on pricing and menu.
âThe kids still donât like the food,â Hill said. âWe try our best to tweak it and encourage them to try it, but they just throw away so much.â
COLUMBIA CITY â There was no shortage of suggestions at last nightâs aquatics facility public forum.
Since the announcement of Burnworth Memorial Pool closing in 2014, a task force has been working on a replacement for the public pool option.
Kevin Post, of Counsilman-Hunsaker, led the forum with his expertise on facility design and execution.
âThe typical pool has a life of 30 to 50 years. Burnworth Pool is out of that life expectancy. It is definitely time to look at another aquatics option,â Post said. âBut the idea of what a pool is has evolved over the years.â