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November 10th, 2012

NOVEMBER: Brings rise in alcohol-related arrests

November 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — As the holidays draw near, alcohol-related arrests are on the rise.
But this is no surprise to police, as the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department saw a 58 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2011, and 33 percent in 2011 during the holiday months.
“I don’t know what to attribute that to, but it’s pretty staggering,” WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said. “It could be because of extra time off for the holidays or due to the holidays in general.”
Gatton said the county also has an increase in suicide attempts in November and December.

FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING: Indian Springs M.S. completes new plans for crisis management

November 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — After five year of planning, Indian Springs Middle School has submitted a new crisis plan.
“We’ve always submitted a plan each year, but this is a new plan that we may only have to tweak from time to time in the future,” said Indian Springs Middle School Principal Jan Boylen.
According to Boylen, the plan was a collaborative effort on the part of many people at ISMS throughout several years.
“Assistant Principal Michelle Urban, head custodian Bill Helm and school nurse Kandy Gay did a lot of work on this,” said Boylen.

SERVICE COMES IN TWOS: Military legacy continues in young soldiers

November 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — As a nation takes time this weekend to remember those veterans who have shaped our country’s legacy, there is a new generation of soldiers rising through the ranks to walk a path that is all too familiar for so many soldiers before them.
“Scared but proud.” That would be the feeling for most parents with children in the military.

C.C.’s Veterans Marathon: Nets record turn-out

November 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s downtown is expected to be a little more crowded today than previous years for the Veterans Marathon.
The marathon, half-marathon and 5K, which are set to begin at 8 a.m., have nearly 800 runners signed up between the three races.
Last year’s marathon netted 218 runners, while 2012’s race has approximately 325 signed up for today’s race, according to event coordinator Gary Bird.
Bird said there are twice as many people signed up for the 5K.

ETA: Opens opportunities through online debates

November 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While politicians recently held debates in front of millions of viewers, Eagle Tech Academy was also conducting debates with high school students across the country.
The debates, held online with more than 2,000 students in 30 different schools, were part of a national New Tech Network election project called “#MyParty12.”
“This year for 2012 we wanted kids to create their own public policies,” said ETA English teacher Joe Urschel. “They looked at cause and effect, problems and solutions. They had to propose real, viable solutions.”

CCHS: Gears up for play

November 10, 2012

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VETERANS MARATHON: Adds 30-40 runners from NYC

November 9, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Many harriers who were signed up for the New York City Marathon, which was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, are running to other venues.
According to JoAnn Bird, wife of Gary Bird, the event coordinator for Columbia City’s Veterans Marathon, the local race is expected to add 30-40 runners from the NYC contest.
The Associated Press reported this is happening across the country, as many runners have spent months, even years, training for the event.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: Offer help with bills

November 9, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Due to cooler temperatures, energy assistance programs are working with county citizens to help them pay their heating bills.
Whitley Co. Energy Assistance Fund
“We only help each household once every 12 months,” said Steve Weaver with the Whitley County Energy Assistance Fund. “The maximum we pay is $150, and if someone comes to us with an electrical bill, we ask them to come up with a budget of how they can continue to manage their own bills the next month. We do not help pay if they cannot plan to pay their next bill.”

COUNTING ON GOOD HEARTS: Foundation honors community members for their service

November 9, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Community Foundation held its 17th Annual Heart of Gold awards ceremony last night to recognize county residents who have given back to the community.
The foundation’s Executive Director September McConnell said, “This has been a very good year. This night is a chance for us to say ‘thank you’ to all of you who help make Whitley County a better place to live.”
Thirteen Heart of Gold recipients received gold medallions, a certificate and $100 to be awarded to the charity of their choosing.

WCCS: Prepares 2013-14 school calendar

November 9, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — During the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees meeting Monday, Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff notified the board that the district school calendar would be presented at the next regular board meeting.
“I met with the calendar committee Sept. 26,” said Reiff. “We looked at two options. One option was to start school Aug. 19 and end June 4. The second option starts school Aug. 12 and ends May 28.”

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