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July 12th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â The Indiana State Police released its school bus inspection records online for every bus used to transport children to public and private schools.
While school bus reports have always been a public record, the Indiana State Police, in collaboration with the Indiana Office of Technology, has made records more accessible through the public access website, which became operational July 1.
Citizens can access the new service at secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index.
COLUMBIA CITY â Of the 117 Whitley County School buses inspected by Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Bills, all are ready to go for the upcoming school year.
Bills, of Whitley County, has been conducting bus inspections 17 years (two years full-time) and said all three of Whitley Countyâs school corporations did quite well.
âI would put my kids on any one of those buses any day,â Bills said.
âAll three of Whitley Countyâs schools do a great job taking care of their buses.â
Columbia City Rotary Club recently donated $1,110 to Camp Whitley.
Presenting the check is Rotarian Gene Smith (left).
Accepting the check on behalf of Camp Whitley is Brian Bills.
The Rotary Club recently served pizza to the campers at Camp Whitley as a way to support the summer camp program.
WARSAW â Hannah Schaefer, a Columbia City High School student, will appear in the Wagon Wheelâs production of âThe Pirates of Penzanceâ Saturday at 1 p.m. Schaefer will play the character Mabel in the first act of the musical.
Tickets are on sale until Saturday at www.wagonwheeltheatre.org, at 2515 E. Center St., Warsaw, or by calling toll-free 866-823-2618.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and free for Wagon Wheel season ticket holders.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Chapter AARP met July 2 at the Woodlands Senior Center. Vice President Martha Meier presided. She opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag followed by a prayer given by Phyllis Swick.
Celebrating a birthday this month is Joann Hinen.
The health report by Swick was a continuation from last month, "How to Age-Proof your Brain.â
The suggested ways to keep a brain young and healthy included:
â˘ Spice up your food
â˘ Find your purpose
â˘ Get a social life
â˘ Reduce your risks, e.g. high blood pressure
â˘ Check for any vitamin deficiency
COLUMBIA CITY âBoomerang Backpacks is the name of a new program for food distribution for elementary aged students in Whitley County.
At Tuesdayâs Rotary Club meeting, Columbia City Rotarians learned of the program and how it helps children.
The mission of the program is to alleviate hunger over weekends, decrease health related sicknesses due to hunger, and help children improve their ability to concentrate.
The technique involves sending children home from school for the weekend with a backpack full of food, given to them at their school.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Fort Wayne man had his pretrial release revoked by a district judge due to his alleged role in thefts in Whitley County.
Dax Shephard, 42, was a member of a motorcycle gang that was indicted for racketeering in November.
He was released under court supervision.
However, his pretrial release was revoked due to alleged thefts in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â Health concerns were not enough to keep a man out of jail who was convicted of home improvement fraud.
Wearing a back brace, and walking very slowly, George A. Martin appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday and received a five-year sentence for home improvement fraud, a Class C felony.
Judge James Heuer ordered Martin to serve one year of that sentence at the Whitley County Jail, two on home detention, and the last two on probation.
Martinâs attorney, Jill Gonzales, argued health concerns were too great for her client to spend any time behind bars.
COLUMBIA CITY â For 10 years, Whitley Countyâs Giving Circle for Womenâs Health has reached out to ladies who might need medical care and support.
Wednesday, the organization celebrated the decade of service with a luncheon. Aileen Meier, president of the steering committee, revealed some impressive numbers for the group.
Since its inception, the Giving Circle has given 140 mammograms, totalling approximately $40,000. Since fundraising has been an ongoing focus for the group, Meier was âpleasedâ to announce the fund had an approximate balance of $164,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs 4-H Fair officially begins Friday with a Dairy Show at 11 a.m.
Cathy Heritier is overseeing the fair festivities. She said this yearâs events bring many opportunities for âgood wholesome family fun.â
âOur fair is really unique in that we donât charge for admission. Itâs free,â Heritier said. âAll the people who are working down there are volunteers. Auctioneers volunteer their time and so do the people at the grandstands.â