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June 21st, 2012

UPDATE: Suspicious death ruled a suicide

June 21, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A death at a residence on Ind. 205, originally believed to be suspicious by police, was ruled a suicide after further investigation.

Kathy Gregory, 47, was found dead at 1920 S. Ind. 205 Tuesday night after medics and firemen were called to the scene of a fall.

First responders found Gregory unresponsive with a gunshot wound.

The case was investigated by Whitley County Coroner Scott Smith, Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Vogely and Crime Scene Investigator Randy Dellinger.

COLLEGE SAVINGS: Rotary members learn of college savings

June 21, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — College Choice 529 is the name of the state of Indiana’s plan to help parents and students prepare for the high costs of a college education.
Jodi Golden, executive director of the Indiana Education Savings Authority (ESA), was the speaker at the latest Rotary Club meeting.
She was introduced by Rotarian Dick Buchanan, who is a member of ESA’s board of directors.
Golden’s main focus was to inform the group of the benefits of the College Choice 529 program.
She started off by giving the current statistics of the realities of a college education in today’s numbers.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

June 21, 2012

Mobile mammography

June 20th

TURTLE DAYS: Events for the festival

June 20, 2012

Wednesday
5 p.m.
• FOOD, CRAFT, AND MERCHANT VENDORS; RIDES, GAMES, AND CONCESSIONS until 10 p.m., at the park
6 p.m.
• OPENING CEREMONY, entertainment stage
• ROYALTY INTRODUCTIONS, entertainment stage
6:30 p.m.
• JUNIOR KARAOKE COMPETITION, entertainment stage
8 p.m.
• DOOR PRIZE DRAWING, entertainment stage
8:15 p.m.
• ADULT KARAOKE COMPETITION, until 10 p.m., entertainment stage
10 p.m.
• RAFFLE DRAWING (must be present), entertainment stage
Thursday
5 p.m.

WHITKO SCHOOLS: Whitko OKs changes to personnel

June 20, 2012

PIERCETON — The Whitko Community School Corporation school board met Monday night to hear a host of requests to approve various personnel changes.
Included in those requests was the motion to approve the resignation of Rob Irwin as the athletic director effective July 1, which the board did grant.
In other personnel changes, the board approved the transfer of Stephanie Campbell from Pierceton Elementary School, where she was previously an office assistant, to the position of art assistant for both Pierceton and South Whitley Elementary Schools.

UWWC CELEBRATES: New director appreciated

June 20, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY – With a campaign appreciation breakfast Tuesday, the United Way discussed upcoming changes and encouraged agencies to meet the new executive director of the United Way of Whitley County (UWWC), Cindy Baker.
Baker has only been on the job for two and a half weeks, and while she admits there is much for her to learn, she believes her compassionate nature will lead the way.
“I don’t have to be an expert on the United Way, I have to be passionate about the United Way, and I have to be passionate about the people in this community that we serve,” said Baker.

ORDINANCE UNLIKELY: Commissioners say no burn ban likely

June 20, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY – Due to dry conditions and a lack of rain, Columbia City recently issued a burn ban, but the County Commissioners said it is unlikely the county will see a similar ban.
Amber said in a situation such as this, the commissioners leave the decision up to the nine fire chiefs in the county to make the determination. Amber said he spoke to the president of the Whitley County Fire Association before the meeting, and he did not want a ban.
“That’s not to say there still aren’t dangers out there,” said Amber.

BREAKING NEWS: Police probe suspicious death

June 20, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Police are investigating a suspicious death at the residence of 1920 S. Ind. 205 Tuesday evening.

"We're still trying to figure on what went on inside the house," Hodges said.

The victim is a female in her mid-30s.

According to the police, there was an indication of a gunshot wound, but it has not been determined that the wound was the cause of death.

An autopsy is being conducted this morning (Wednesday).

June 19th

THREADS OF A DREAM: Woman with local ties recognizes lifelong goal

June 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – As 52-year-old Monica Koldyke Miller flipped through the 688-page book titled “Threads of Betrayal,” she knew it was more than a collection of words, characters and themes; it was a lifelong goal achieved.
The book was published earlier this year.
“It was almost indescribable to hold the book in my hands,” said Miller. “I can’t tell you how thankful I am to all those who helped me along the way.”

10TH YEAR: Honor guard marks decade of ceremonies

June 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A local veterans group is celebrating its 10th anniversary and marked the occasion June 6 with a dinner.
The Korean War Veterans Honor Guard was formed in 2002 to provide a military burial service for veterans.
“There were too many veterans passing away with no honor given for their military service, for their keeping the U.S.A. a free nation,” said co-founder and commander John Slabaugh.
“We formed the honor guard to pay honor for all deceased veterans.”

 

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