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November 19th, 2012

FALLEN 'BROTHER': Local firemen pay tribute

November 19, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — A Fort Wayne fireman was laid to rest at Churubusco’s Riverview Cemetery Saturday, after he was killed in the line of duty last week.

Fireman Mark A. Haudenschild II, Washington Township (Allen County), was killed after the tanker he was driving flipped over en route to a grass fire.

More than 1,000 people attended the funeral — firemen and fire trucks from every department in Whitley County were in attendance.

YULETIDE CAROLS: CCHS show choirs usher in holiday season

November 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Christmas carols wafted through Indian Springs Middle School Saturday.

Members of Columbia City High School’s show choirs, City Heat and City Lights, performed for patrons at their annual holiday bazaar, Yuletide Treasurers.

The event was a fundraiser for the choir program and featured a large assortment of vendors.

FRACTURE CRITICAL: County looks to begin another repair project

November 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Every two years, Whitley County bridges are inspected to ensure the existing structures are safe for use.

Currently, the county is working to hand over the plans for a bridge repair project located at CR 600 N. west of 450 E.

“It’s the only one that we have left on the list that’s fracture-critical,” said Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester.

According to Forrester, the bridge is 23 and a half feet in length and width and nearly 40 years old.

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: Healthier options help hinder holiday weight gain

November 19, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Eggnog, pumpkin pie, cookies and candies — it’s enough to make anyone’s mouth water. The holiday season isn’t complete without the tasty treats that come with parties and get-togethers. However, the weight gained during the months of November and December can make some don more than their gay apparel.

To combat bulging bellies, Whitley County YMCA is offering a holiday edition of its annual challenge, Whitley Weighs In.

November 17th

JINGLE BELLS: Holiday help comes from pocket change

November 17, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Salvation Army’s red kettles are out and bell ringers are making noise to bring in funds for the nonprofit organization.
The red kettle national campaign is the organization’s largest fundraiser.
Pat Mossburg is the Salvation Army of Whitley County’s ministries coordinator. “These donations help provide the monies for the year-round local programs and services for those in need in our community and continue to be one of our most important and well-known fundraising drives,”Mossburg said.

WORKING HARD: Whitko schools try to rebound from bad grades

November 17, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — After the Indiana Department of Education released a report grading Indiana Schools, Whitko Community Schools was ranked with some of the lower scores.
With Pierceton Elementary School and Whitko Middle School bottoming out with Ds, both the South Whitley Elementary School and Whitko High School held Cs.
Steve Clason, Whitko Com-munity School Corporation’s superintendent, said, “I am extremely disappointed with our grades. There are no excuses. They will improve.”
The district is reviewing the state’s report to see what academic areas need improving.

DOLLARS AND CENTS: Clerk-Treasurer to continue as dual position

November 17, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Titles and dollars were painted as leverage by Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl when she made a request to drop her dual title and change her pay.

Although her proposed idea left her no vacation time, no overtime and no paid time off, it would allow her to make her own hours and have a salary of $50,900 a year instead of $43,484.

FINANCIAL GROUND: United Way 2012 campaign continues to bring in funds

November 17, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — United Way’s 2012 campaign, Live United, continues to bring in funds for the nonprofit organization.

According to Executive Director Cindy Baker, approximately $23,000 has been pledged to this year’s $190,000 campaign.

“We still have many company employee campaigns that are still out there that are in the process of being wrapped up, which is where a lot of our contributions come from,” said Baker.

November 16th

HEROIN BUST: Warsaw nets largest in its history

November 16, 2012


WARSAW — What initially started as a controlled drug buy turned into one of Kosciusko County’s largest heroin busts in its history.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and Warsaw Police joined forces Thursday for a controlled heroin buy.

But the buy was interrupted by a report of a possible methamphetamine lab on Stoneburner Road in Warsaw.

Police searched the residence and found an active meth lab, arresting Shawn Morton, 50, and his wife Dawn Morton, 47, on a preliminary charges of dealing and manufacturing meth.

COUNTY HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT: Warns motorists to stay vigilant to road workers

November 16, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — In light of a southwest Whitley County crash that had the potential to be disastrous, Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton advises motorists to use caution.

A pair of Whitley County Highway workers were repairing pot holes on CR 400 S. near 950 W. Thursday afternoon when a car came over a hill.

The driver, Amanda Syndram, 19, of Pierceton, slammed on the brakes, losing control on the loose gravel on the road.

 

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