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January 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dakota Wappes never imagined his time spent with the late Bob Brittain, a debate coach at Columbia City High School, would take him to Berlin, Germany.
Wappes, a sophomore at Ball State University, is a part of the schoolâ€™s debate team and a 2011 graduate of CCHS. For the first time, he ventured outside the U.S. and competed with his teammates from BSU in a debate challenge that encompassed some 400 schools from 82 different countries.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Board of Commissioners put the finishing touches on the CEDIT proposal at the first meeting of 2013 Monday.
The plan was amended to allow $100,000 to be put toward repair work on County Bridge 10, which runs over Carter Ditch on County Road 600 N. The total cost of the project will be approximately $215,00, with the remainder of the funds coming from CUMbridge and other sources.
The Commissioners also appointed new officers for 2013. George Schrumpf was named chairman for the year, with Don Amber appointed as vice-chairman.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko students will arrive at school 30 minutes later tomorrow and each Wednesday thereafter. The new starting times for Wednesdays at all Whitko Community Schools are as follows:
Whitko High School - 8:30 a.m.
Whitko Middle School - 8:15 a.m.
Pierceton Elementary School - 8:35 a.m.
South Whitley Middle School - 8:35 a.m.
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COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Turning short-term goals in to life-long ambition is the mission behind the Whitley County YMCAâ€™s Whitley Weighs-In program.
Now in its seventh year, YMCA Executive Director Erica Miller is hoping to overhaul the health and well being of people in Whitley County with the weight loss challenge.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco man who was previously convicted of bomb charges has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to sexual misconduct charges.
Christopher Sargent, 23, accepted a plea agreement for the Class B felony in exchange for a sentence of 7.5 years, with an added 2.5 years for probation violation.
Sargentâ€™s first run-in with the police was in July 2011, when the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department was investigating a possible illegal drug case and stumbled upon a bomb at Sargentâ€™s home he rented.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Police Department will be hiring a new officer this year â€” marking a milestone for the force. CCPD Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said this will be the first new officer the department has hired in 10 years. The new hire will be the 18th full-time officer for the force.
The process is currently underway, and the department has already had applicants perform the written exam and the physical agility test. Interviews are scheduled for Jan. 12 with the hope that the new officer will begin in February. The chief added that the list of applicants is strong.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Eight people turned out to interview for the two open school board seats for Smith-Green Community Schools Wednesday.
Gary Smith, who was originally elected to serve on the school board, resigned his position leaving two seats to be filled. President Kathy Petrie read Gary Smithâ€™s letter of resignation to the assembly.
â€śDue to unforeseen circumstances, I will be unable to perform my duties as a school board member,â€ť Smith wrote. â€śI want you all to know I really was excited to serve and be a part of Smith-Greenâ€™s success.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” There were no homicides in Whitley County for the year 2012. There were also no homicides in the county in 2011. However, there were three in a 13-month period between 2009 and 2010.
â€śWe averaged one per year, and that is out of the ordinary for Whitley Countyâ€ť Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said. â€śNormally we donâ€™t have any.â€ť
The Fire and Ice Festival, traditionally held on the Whitley County Courthouse Square, has been cancelled for 2013.
Both the Columbia City Chamber of Commerce and the mayorâ€™s office confirmed the cancellation. Financial reasons were cited as the reason for cancellation, although an official statement has not been released. â€śWe are disappointed, but I support the Chamber of Commerceâ€™s decisionâ€ť said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. â€śWe would like to see a winter festival planned for Columbia City to bring people downtown, but that probably wonâ€™t happen for this year.â€ť