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July 24th, 2012
Today, the Whitley County Fire Chiefs Association recommended to the Whitley County Commissioners to lift the county wide ban of open burning and fireworks at this time. Due to recent rain and improving conditions they feel the ban can be lifted, but conditions will still be closely monitored. If conditions deteriorate again, or do not continue to improve, the ban may have to be put back in to effect. All county residents are asked to use consideration and caution when burning.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Sailrite is one of 25 companies from 13 Indiana counties to earn a place in Indiana‚Äôs fifth annual field of ‚ÄúCompanies to Watch.‚ÄĚ
The company, started in 1969, is owned by Matt and Hallie Grant, who recently moved it less than a year ago to its current location at a 71,000 square foot building visible from U.S. 30 East.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a great honor, and a testament to our company,‚ÄĚ said Hallie. ‚ÄúA lot of our growth is because of the good employees that we have.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Logan S. Kirk, 19, of Avilla, and Dallas M. Jones, 20, of Churubusco, both appeared in circuit court on methamphetamine charges Monday.
According to the Whitley County Drug Task Force, the two-week long investigation of stolen property and drug activity led officers to a residence on Staunton Drive in Churubusco.
According to WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton, two males were in or near a vehicle parked on the street, preparing their equipment and chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The third time was the charm for Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively Monday morning.
After Rafael Davila of Ohio fled from Hively twice and began a 90 mph police chase through Columbia City, Davila was taken into custody around 4 a.m.
In a police report, Hively said he was traveling eastbound on U.S. 30 when he spotted a car in the westbound lane going 72 mph in a 60 mph zone.
‚ÄúI turned my squad car around and caught up to the vehicle at the intersection of Ind. 9 and U.S. 30,‚ÄĚ Hively said in the report.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Despite the way the economy has struggled and the way crops are looking, the 2012 Whitley County 4-H Livestock Auction still managed to raise $373,749 for 4-Hers.
The 2012 Whitley County 4-H Livestock Auction was held in the show barn again this year on Thursday.
Ritter Cox, auctioneer, welcomed more than 400 buyers during a rainy day.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒTwo bikes carrying medics could be seen tracking through the 4-H Whitley County Fair this year, as Parkview Whitley Hospital took extra steps to stay on top of medical emergencies.
The two bikes, owned by the hospital, were part of a Bike Medic program.
According to Andy Grote with Parkview, who came up with the idea last winter and saw it approved in March, this is the first year for the program.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a quicker aid for people in need,‚ÄĚ said Grote. ‚ÄúThe bikes are fully stocked, and we carry just as much stuff on an ambulance.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Peter Mallers, an attorney representing Parkview Health System Inc., attended the County Commissioner‚Äôs meeting Monday concerning the purchase agreement of the old hospital property in Columbia City.
‚ÄúThis occasion is the second part of the presentation and the request made more than a year ago, February, 2011, related to the construction of the new hospital and the sale of the old hospital property,‚ÄĚ said Mallers.
‚ÄúThat was for the specific purpose of the sale of the Lemburg building, and today is for the specific sale of the hospital property, again to Passages Inc.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As the 4-H Whitley County Fair wrapped up Thursday, 4-H Fair President Cathy Heritier estimated this year brought in more profit than last year.
‚ÄúThe final attendance numbers are not in yet, but regardless of whether our attendance was up, our profitability was up,‚ÄĚ said Heritier.
‚ÄúWe ended up finishing really well.‚ÄĚ
Topping the list this year for the most popular desert was ice cream, with more than 12,000 gallons sold.
‚ÄúWe also sold around 2,500 hotdogs, and we had to re-order pop and Gatorade,‚ÄĚ said Heritier.
SHERMAN, Texas ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man initially arrested in April for money laundering, but who pleaded guilty to another charge earlier this month should find out his fate in the next several months.
According to court records, Duane Ducharme, 70, pleaded guilty July 2 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas to misprision of a felony.
Ducharme was initially incarcerated in the Collin County Jail April 13 after being observed by agents of both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of what those agencies said was an ongoing investigation.