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February 26th, 2013

WHITLEY ON THE MOVE: Ideas sprout within revitalization group

February 26, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitley on the Move (WOTM) is a grassroots movement to revitalize South Whitley.

Several committees have formed to tackle different aspects of the town from recreation opportunities to beautification of Main Street.

One particular committee is focused on the economic development of the town.

“This is the hardest area to work on, I think,” said Julia Robinson, WOTM’s leader. “At the same time, I think this is an area with great potential.”

LOCAL BUSINESSES: Whitley Co. Expo date, location announced

February 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A new date, but the same tradition.

The Whitley County Expo is set for Saturday, March 16. It will be held at Indian Springs Middle School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“March 16 is about a month earlier than it was last year,” said Doug Brown, executive director for the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce.

The expo is the chamber’s annual gathering to highlight area businesses and nonprofits. With the event previously held later in the spring, Brown said those dates were difficult for landscaping businesses.

WINTRY MIX: Freezing rain arrives on schedule shortly after 9 a.m.

February 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – A wintry mix of freezing rain started coating vehicles, sidewalks and roadways shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service in North Webster issued this special weather statement about 8 a.m.:

WINTER MIX RAPIDLY MOVING NORTH THIS MORNING...

AN AREA OF SLEET WITH FREEZING RAIN WILL MOVE RAPIDLY NORTH TO
NEAR THE ROUTE 30 CORRIDOR BY AROUND 9 AM. WITH TEMPERATURES
HOVERING NEAR TO JUST BELOW FREEZING...RAPID ICE ACCUMULATION
ON UNTREATED ROADS WITH AN ICY MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
DRIVING CONDITIONS ON ANY UNTREATED SURFACES MAY RAPIDLY

February 25th

DOG NEGLECT: Community appalled, Shearer issued order to appear in court

February 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CTIY — Many members of the community are revolted at a recent animal neglect discovery in Whitley County.

Two dogs, Albos and Ruby, were taken into custody last week from the residence of Douglas Shearer at 2690 N. CR 450 E.

The animals were in poor condition, and according to veterinarians, one dog, Albos, was at least 25 pounds underweight.

Line Street Veterinary’s Carol Hainje plans to foster Albos and the Whitley County Humane Shelter is caring for Ruby.

IND. 14 ACCIDENT: Larwill man hurt in Kos. County crash

February 25, 2013

KOSCIUSKO CO. — A Larwill man is in critical condition after being ejected from his vehicle in a early-morning crash today.

Jeffrey Reiff, 25, was found outside his vehicle at approximately 12:36 a.m. Monday morning on Ind. 14 near the intersection of Packerton Road in Kosciusko County.

Reiff was airlifted by medical helicopter to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, in critical condition.

Reiff’s passenger, Brian Lardino, 25, of Silver Lake, was also hospitalized.

Lardino was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital in fair condition.

BACKING FARMERS: State legislators speak at 4-H museum

February 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Sitting down with state leaders and discussing government issues over a cup of coffee is not a common Saturday activity for most residents in Whitley County.

However, Indiana State Senator Jim Banks, Ind. Representative Kathy Heuer along with Ind. Rep. David Ober spent Saturday morning at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds to meet face to face with their constituents.

The Farmer’s Share Breakfast was hosted by the Whitley County Farm Bureau. Those who attended came armed with questions and looking for state officials to offer answers.

WATER DEPT. RECOGNIZED: Columbia City joins CIPCC

February 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Maintenance is important in any line of work.

Columbia City’s water department recently received recognition for some of its maintenance. The city was added as a member of the Cast Iron Pipe Century Club (CIPCC).

“Any town with active water mains with over 100 years of service gets recognized for keeping that water line in service,” said Mike Dear, Columbia City water superintendent.

Dear did research and found 10” mains on W. Van Buren St. and S. Chauncy St. were part of the original system installed in 1895 for the city, and they still provide service today.

February 23rd

CHOIRS GIVE BACK: Show choirs help out fellow performers

February 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For students who are involved in multiple school and extra-curricular activities, time and energy can become depleted.
But in the middle of competition season, when Saturdays start early and end late, Columbia City High School’s show choir students have dug deep to find more time and more energy to serve another Indiana show choir.
Recently, students held a fundraiser at Dairy Queen, Columbia City, with some $500 raised for a competing choir.

KAUFFMAN HEADS TO KOKOMO: 48th DYW representative participates in state program

February 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Corinne Kauffman, a senior at Columbia City High School, will represent Whitley County at the Distinguished Young Woman state program in Kokomo.

Kauffman is the 48th representative of the local program of DYW and will participate in a preliminary competition Thursday and Friday and a final competition Saturday.

“I am really looking forward to the overall experience and meeting new people,” Kauffman said. “Getting the chance to represent my county is a real honor.”

PRE-TRIAL: Court date extended for Smith, Mireles

February 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Pierceton man accused of two felonies had his pre-trial conference continued until March 18.

Jeremiah Smith, 26, was in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. He is accused of burglary, a Class C felony, and theft, a Class D felony.
According to case reports, Smith was alleged to have broken into the Larwill Deli.

He is accused of having stolen $1,252.76 of merchandise, 12 cartons of cigarettes.

The back door, door locks and hinges were also broken during the crime, which was estimated to be $650 in damages. This incident occurred on Sept. 9, 2012.

 

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