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January 1st, 2013
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the sixth of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Passionate. Dedicated. Loyal. Dependable. Reliable. Those are all words long-time Columbia City High School Athletic Director Geoff Penrod used to describe one of the school‚Äôs greatest servants ‚ÄĒ Andrew Thompson. From the classroom to the sports arena, Thompson helps out wherever he can.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs YMCA recently welcomed Tara Kuhmichel as the Early Learning Childcare director. In July, the YMCA took over where Stepping Stones Day Care left off. After the day care program was closed, most of the Stepping Stones staff made the switch to the YMCA‚Äôs Early Learning Childcare program.
The childcare program was a first for the YMCA, but Executive Director Erica Miller saw the community need and worked quickly to fill in the gap. Now the early learning center has a new director and is continuing to grow the program it so quickly took on.
December 31st, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Racing against the clock, the White House reached agreement with congressional Republicans late Monday on a deal to prevent across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts to government programs from taking effect at midnight, according to administration and Senate Democratic officials.
These officials said a New Year's Eve vote in the Senate to ratify the deal was possible later in the evening, barring opposition from majority Democrats.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Eighteen people, including two local residents, were arrested Saturday night after police were tipped off to a dog-fighting contest.
On Friday, Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department detectives were tipped off to the contest, that scheduled to take place Saturday night at Eddie Smith‚Äôs home at 906 E. Ind. 205 in Churubusco.
The investigation led to a search warrant, and at approximately 11 p.m., officers from the Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department and Indiana State Police raided the home, taking 18 people and three dogs into custody.
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the fifth of a six-part series.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ A Churubusco man‚Äôs search for his family‚Äôs history led him to a much larger story. Chuck Mathieu opened the Churubusco History Center in March of 2011 with Chuck Jones. His interest in history though began with his own family.
Mathieu began by going backwards from his mother and then tracing the generations forward from David Craig. He said there was a lost generation for which he could not account. Then, a second cousin in Florida sent him the Craig family Bible, which closed the remaining gaps.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Residents have until Monday to complete their homestead verification forms to declare a Whitley County property as their primary residence.
Whitley County Auditor Jenny McGuire said there were still 762 people, as of 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, who still have not declared or verified their county of residence.
However, she added that some may have done so through the state‚Äôs website. Citizens have until Monday to do so. McGuire noted that the county office will be closed on Monday, but residents still have options.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ By the numbers, Whitley County had an increase in new citizens during 2012. There were 225 births in Whitley County in 2012, as of Dec. 18. That is an increase compared to 188 in 2011 and 185 in 2010.
‚ÄúI think a lot of that was because of the new ob/gyn‚Äôs at the hospital,‚ÄĚ said Joann Miller, office administrator of the Whitley County Health Department.
The number of deaths held steady compared to previous years, with 229 as of Dec. 18, compared to 234 and 233 in the previous two years.
Columbia City's boys basketball team is hosting Munster tonight at 8 p.m.
Both teams are 8-0 and Munster is ranked No. 5 in the state by the Associated Press.
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the fourth of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Dustin, 37, and Amanda, 31, Petrosky are the parents of a growing family in Columbia City. They are expecting for the fifth time ‚ÄĒ from China, that is.
The Petroskys have built their home around children adopted through the state‚Äôs foster program and now through an international adoption.
‚ÄúMy heart is breaking for orphans in China,‚ÄĚ Amanda said.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Residents of a southeast Whitley County home escaped the burning house without injury, but left their home heavily damaged.
The house, which was located between County Roads 300 and 400 E. on Ind. 114, was damaged by a fire which began in the chimney Thursday morning at 8 a.m.
Firefighters from Jefferson, Columbia and Washington townships in Whitley County responded to the blaze at 3391 E. Ind. 114, along with departments from Allen and Huntington Counties.