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November 26th, 2010
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Fort Wayne man and state excise officer is free on bond after being arrested early Wednesday morning, accused of staging the break-in of an Indiana State Excise Police evidence room in Columbia City.
Aaron M. Bishop, 34, was arrested at 2:04 a.m. Wednesday, charged with theft and official misconduct.
He was booked at the Whitley County Jail on $8,000 bond and is scheduled for an initial hearing in Whitley Circuit Court Monday.
Across the country, young artists work to perfect their craft, be it painting, photography, sculpture or the art of storytelling in the written word.
For 87 years, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers has provided a means for these budding creators to put their creations up against others their age, to see if they have what it takes.
From the turnout at the Autumn Art Festival in Columbia City each fall, and the many local artists who bring their work to the event, it is apparent that art is alive and well in Whitley County.
But where can you find local original artwork the other 51 weeks of the year?
With the opening Saturday of a new Art Gallery, called â€śA Gift of Art,â€ť this question has an answer.
â€ś(There are) so many talented artists that people never get to see,â€ť said Jeanne Pfeiffer, owner of Sun Kiss Tanning Salon. â€śItâ€™s hard for them to find a venue for people to see it.â€ť
Don York of Columbia City stopped by The Post & Mail office to show us an invitation he received in 1952 while serving in Osan, Korea for a Thanksgiving dinner more than 6,000 miles from home.
The artwork was done by one of his comrades in arms, D. W. Bennett, showing the emblem of the 840th Engineering Aviation Battalion and their location â€śK55â€ť which is today the Osan AB Airport.
Take a break from getting the turkey and dressing in the oven Thursday and tune into the 84th Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade and you may see a familiar face.
Amanda King of Columbia City, a junior at Purdue and a student leader for the Purdue Golden Silks, just might get her 15 minutes of fame as they lead the procession down Central Park West for the 2.65 mile parade on Thanksgiving Day.
Look for her in the opening moments of the parade, seen on WKJG NBC 33 beginning at 9 a.m. as the Purdue University Band will be the first band in the parade, according to Kingâ€™s mother, Wendy King.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Whitley County man and one from Wabash are both being charged with several counts related to domestic disturbances over the weekend.
Anthony A. Omelian, 23 of Churubusco and Darrell W. Grizzle of Wabash were charged a variety of crimes in two separate incidents.
Omelian was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department on Friday following a reported fight in a Churubusco trailer park.
Police were called to 6755 E. U.S. 33 and were told that the male of half of a domestic disturbance had left the scene of a physical fight on foot.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A special fund is being mulled by the Columbia City Common Council that could make money available to local businesses for economic development-type improvements.
The council heard the first reading of an ordinance establishing a â€śRevolving Loan Programâ€ť during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
According to Mayor Jim Fleck, the cityâ€™s redevelopment commission has funds earmarked for economic development.
The management and employees of a local convenience store arenâ€™t letting a slap in the face at holiday time stop them from remembering the reason for the season.
On Monday afternoon, the Pak-A-Sak convenience store on Line Street in Columbia City was lauded by the local Salvation Army as the first organization to volunteer for Friday bell-ringing duty this holiday season.
Just hours later, the store was held up at gunpoint, but the storeâ€™s employees are even more determined to help the needy despite the harrowing Monday night ordeal.
Local residents have a new way to celebrate Christmas.
The lobby of the Clugston Senior Apartments is being transformed into a Christmas tree wonderland for the first-ever Walk of Trees.
More than a dozen trees from local businesses and organizations have been decorated, and visitors to the lobby will have the chance to look over the different trees, vote for the Peopleâ€™s Choice, and purchase a raffle ticket to win the tree of their choice.