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August 14th, 2012

BURNWORTH POOL: Repairs could top $1 million

August 14, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The verdict is in on the Burnworth Pool, and a detailed assessment revealed it would take more than $1 million to make the repairs necessary to keep the facility operational.
City officials have planned meetings to discuss the issue.
“The park board has decided to host two Community Forums to hear from the citizens of Columbia City,” said Parks Department Director Mark Green in a press release.
“Mayor (Ryan) Daniel will be facilitating these forums that are scheduled to be held at the Peabody Library.”

KING: Set for pre-trial conference Sept. 11

August 14, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Ron King, a 74-year-old South Whitley resident and Cleveland Township Trustee appeared in Superior Court Monday for an initial hearing on charges of official misconduct and battery.
King was arrested Aug. 6 after a complaint was made to the South Whitley Police Department alleging he inappropriately touched three women who were requesting financial assistance, according to a press release from the ISP.
King’s office near South Whitley, is located at his residence at 4360 S. Whitley Rd., and the misconduct allegedly occurred on May 8 and between June 10 and 11.

LEAVING THE NEST

August 14, 2012

PPL: To offer access to millions of items

August 14, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Beginning Oct. 16, the Peabody Public Library (PPL) is making a change that will open a new realm of possibilities for all its patrons.
PPL has signed up Evergreen Indiana (EI) and is going green. PPL cardholders will have access to millions of items in 100 library systems across the state of Indiana.
PPL was the 100th library to sign up for this system.
EI enables patrons of PPL to search the EI online catalog, place holds on books and audio books at any other Evergreen Library and have them sent to PPL for pickup.

August 13th

POW WOW: Local residents celebrate

August 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Just over 200 years ago, Chief Little Turtle died in 1812. It is befitting the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow 2012 was a success with more than 2,000 people attending the 17th annual event at Morsches Park in Columbia City Friday through Sunday.
Lila Park, chairwoman of the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow committee, said the pow wow is simply a big family gathering.
“The Miami people host this event and is unique because it creates a special occasion for Native Americans to come together to honor, strengthen and share traditions, with one another and with others,” said Park.

GROUNDBREAKING: 1st Source Bank breaks ground in Col. City

August 13, 2012

Columbia City, IN – 1st Source Bank announces it will break ground on a new banking center at 630 Countryside Dr. in Columbia City, across the road from the Kroger Plaza.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday, August 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Those scheduled to attend the groundbreaking include Ryan Daniel, Mayor of Columbia City; Doug Brown, Director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Zartman-Romano, Chamber Board President; Larry Mayers, 1st Source Regional President; and Cari Wells, 1st Source Banking Center Manager, among others.

OCEANS APART: Couple goes to great lengths to bring their daughter home

August 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Saturday’s birthday party was four years in the making for Charlotte Eun Joo Smith, known as Charley, to her new adoptive family.
Shawn and Megan Smith, of Indianapolis, adopted Charley from Seoul, South Korea. The process took 14 months, but on May 26, Shawn and Megan welcomed their daughter into the family.
“When we were ready to start a family, we did not feel that our children needed to be biological to be ours. Our daughter was simply in South Korea,” said Megan, who is originally from Columbia City.

DROWNING: Fort Wayne man, 29, dies in Old Lake

August 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana conservation officers are investigating the apparent drowning of a Fort Wayne man on a northwest Whitley County Lake.

Officers say 29-year-old James Beck was swimming Saturday around 1:45 p.m. toward a floating raft on Old Lake when his girlfriend spotted him struggling.

Despite her attempt to swim out and help him, she couldn't hold on to him as he struggled and he disappeared under the surface of the water.

Divers from five different agencies spent approximately seven hours searching for the body. He was recovered in about 20 feet of water.

August 11th

WCCS: Implementation of autism program, one of best in state

August 11, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — For the third year in a row, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will be offering teacher training for autistic students, implementing a strategy teachers can follow to better meet the needs of students.
After receiving a two year grant, WCCS has already been working with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, who provides trainers and expert consultants to schools in the state, and this year WCCS’ teachers will receive training again using the special education grant dollars.

TEACHERS: Mentoring gives new educators support

August 11, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Teachers who will enter the Whitley County Consolidated Corporation as first-year teachers in August will receive mentoring through the district’s New Teacher program.
Research shows educators are more likely to stay in education if they are supported or mentored during their first two years on the job, according to Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) Dr. Patricia O’Connor.
“It’s a coaching model to really help our new teachers,” said O’Connor.

 

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