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October 10th, 2012

ZOMBIE RUN: Zombie run makes fundraising a scream

October 10, 2012

FORT WAYNE — A 5K obstacle course is taking shape on the campus of IPFW Nov. 10.
But this fundraising event is not the normal 5K run. Zombies will be invading the obstacle course to motivate runners into a frenzy.
Just Cause International, a Columbia City missions group, is hosting the run to benefit its efforts in Haiti.

WALK FOR AUTISM: Group dedicated to awareness grows in numbers, dollars

October 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — In the past three months, an Autism support group has taken shape, established regular meetings, seen growth in meeting participants and after Sunday, can add a benefit walk to its list of accomplishments.
Kelly Pence is an ally for the Autism Society of Indiana. She said that the society saw the need to have local support throughout the state and instituted area allies. Pence works with counties in Northeast Indiana.

October 9th

MENTONE: Man arrested in 2 counties for bad checks

October 9, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Police are saying that a Mentone man’s propensity for writing bogus checks over more than 10 years has finally caught up to him.
Matthew S. Shepherd, 31, was arrested at 3:30 a.m. by Warsaw police. According to a press release by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Shepherd was wanted in that county on 15 active warrants for check deception dating back to 2001.
KCSD spokeman Sgt. Chad Hill said Shepherd is also wanted on active warrants in at least three other counties, including Whitley.

SHROUDED IN FOG

October 9, 2012

October 8th

BLUE RIVER TRAIL EXTENSION: Project rolls along; bridge parts ordered

October 8, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Blue River Trail extension project is rolling along as Niblock Excavating and Hamilton Hunter anticipate good progress in the coming months.
“Both parties hope to make significant progress and potentially finish the project yet this calendar year,” said Columbia City Community Development Director Jeff Walker last week.
“The bridge will be erected on-site. However, if the trail doesn’t get finished before next spring, the bridge will remain closed to pedestrian traffic.”

‘SOUPER’ STRUTTERS

October 8, 2012

PRESERVATION: Project catalogs Whitko history

October 8, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce,” said designer, Karl Lagerfeld.
Capturing memories and encapsulating history in photos is what the Whitko Community Digital Image Project is working to do.
For the past two years, Joan Hostetler, in collaboration with her company, Heritage Photo and Research Services, has been partnering with the South Whitley and Pierceton libraries to scan historical photographs.

October 5th

HOMESTEAD VERIFICATION: Taxpayers have three months to return forms

October 5, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — According to the Whitley County auditor’s office, a list of taxpayers who still need to complete and return a Verification form to keep a Homestead filed on their primary property are viewable on the county’s website. The listing for Whitley County, which displays taxpayers who are receiving a Homestead Exemption, but who have not submitted the information required by the state, can be found at www.whitleygov.com.

ENROLLMENT: Total WCCS enrollment down with large 2012 graduating class

October 5, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — According to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor, the ADM (Average Daily Membership) for WCCS is down with the number for total enrollment down 25.
“We had a large senior class graduating 292 and 241 first graders coming in so we have fifty-one kids right there,” said O’Connor. “Then we’ve got ins and outs in each grade level, but nothing catastrophic.”
O’Connor said there were also 15 students who graduated early as well as six exchange students.

VACCINATE? Flu shots recommended but not widely accepted

October 5, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Flu season. The threat of contracting the flu should come with its own ominous music. With severe symptoms and possible life-threatening complications, those in fear of the flu are arming themselves with vaccines.
In recent years, the push to vaccinate has been echoing through doctors’ offices as the health care profession has urged those at risk of getting Influenza to get a flu shot.
Dr. Lisa Hatcher is the health officer for Whitley County’s Health Department and is also a family practice physician.

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