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May 3rd, 2013
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the final installment of a three-part series on prom season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Boutonnieres and polished nails may be on the mind of Whitley County students this weekend, but as prom season starts for the county, school leaders, police and parents are concerned with safety.
In the next two weekends, all three Whitley County high schools will hold their proms in Fort Wayne.
Melanie Bechtold, prom advisor for CCHS and teacher, said safety is part of planning the annual event.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thursday marked the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer, and events were scheduled for participation throughout the day.
Events began as early as 7 a.m., with a breakfast at Grace Lutheran Church for local church leaders and government officials.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel read a proclamation to start the day.
â€śI say this every year, but if our nation ever needed prayerâ€”itâ€™s now,â€ť said Pastor Steve Johnson of Oak Grove Church of God.
SOUTH BEND (AP) â€” Notre Dame unveiled a plan Thursday to add buildings and more than 3,000 revenue-producing premium seats in and around Notre Dame Stadium in a push to make that area of campus more of a community hub.
The stadium that opened in 1930 and was expanded in 1997 is used fewer than 10 times a year for football games, commencement and recreational events. The idea is to use the stadium as a centerpiece where academics, athletics, students' social lives and the surrounding community come together.
With temperatures reaching the 80s on Wednesday, many youngsters were playing outside. Pictured, a group of friends ride their bikes in Columbia Shores. From left are Leonidas Huskey, 6, Aiden Huskey, 3, and Alexis Pettigrew, 9.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” An Indiana Department of Education spokesman says the agency hasn't received any reports of problems by schools administering a required standardized test after computer troubles caused testing to be halted earlier this week.
Daniel Altman says as of Thursday afternoon, everything appeared to be running smoothly. The department asked schools for a second straight day to reduce the number of students taking the test by half to avoid problems.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” The mayor of Fort Wayne is assuring residents of Indiana's second-largest city that public safety is a top priority of his administration after the second fatal police-action shooting in five days and the fourth in just over 10 weeks.
After police officers fatally shot a man who was shooting at them and nearby homes Thursday, Mayor Tom Henry issued a statement supporting Police Chief Rusty York and his department.
Little Turtle Elementary School recently named its Spirit Award recipients.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Humane Society is gearing up for its Annual Benefit Auction to be held Friday, May 10 at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center.
This is one of the Humane Societyâ€™s largest fundraisers of the year, and every dollar raised is applied to the care and welfare of the animals in the shelter.
â€śThis will be the 14th year for this event, and one of the most important fund raising events of the yearâ€ť said Mark Espich, Board of Directors president.
(May 2, 2013) â€” An official state vehicle driving Indiana Governor Mike Pence was involved in a traffic accident in Indianapolis en route to Fort Wayne today. No one was seriously injured. Once it was determined that no one involved required immediate medical attention, the Governor proceeded to Fort Wayne to continue his schedule for the rest of the day.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City 18-year-old pleaded guilty to his role in a burglary last year.
Charles Rector admitted his guilt Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Rectorâ€™s plea was â€śstraight up,â€ť without an agreement beforehand.
â€śI hope the state dismisses the theft charge on the guilty plea to burglary,â€ť said Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, who was representing Rector.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler confirmed that was his intent.
Burglary is a Class B felony and theft is a Class D felony.