Archive - News Article
May 7th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Mayor Ryan Daniel and Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Dr. Patricia OâConnor have developed a new cooperative called the Columbia City Youth Council (CCYC).
Comprised of students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes at Columbia City High School, the program will focus on engaging youth in the future of the city.
Whitko Middle Schoolâs Clean World Association (CWA) was in full bloom at the Whitley County Farmerâs Market Saturday. The group of 15 students participate in this extracurricular club to learn about plants and gardening.
Laura Thong-Umphai, the groupâs sponsor and a 6th grade science teacher at Whitko, explains. âThey learn everything. Starting with sewing the seed, taking care of the plants, learning the variety and the needs of the plant. Now we are here today, the group is learning the business side of it.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Farmerâs Market kicked off its summer season with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning. Many of the Chamber of Commerce board members were present along with Mayor Ryan Daniel and Market Master, Chris Lilly.
According to Lilly, the market is full of vendors. Fifty vendors are now signed up for the Saturday morning market from now until Oct. 31.
LARWILL â One man was arrested in Larwill Sunday evening after an employee at the Larwill Deli reported a suspicious van outside the convenience store.
The employee reported a white van without a license plate that was suspiciously driving around the store. After the witness saw a man begin to put on what was reportedly a face mask, she called the police, locked the doors and hid in the back of the deli.
âThe attendant was really sharp,â Whitley County Sheriffâs Detective Chuck Vogley said. âShe saw something wasnât right.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A South Whitley man was arrested on six charges early Sunday morning, after firing a shotgun four times from his residence, with police in the area.
Phillip J. Kessie, 36, already convicted as a violent felon on previous charges and who is on probation, was charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, criminal recklessness, reckless driving, possession of paraphernalia, resisting law enforcement and operating while intoxicated.
The incident began late Saturday night, with a reported domestic fight while driving.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Sheriffâs Department swore in a new deputy Friday morning at the Whitley County Courthouse.
Billy Maddox, 29, is WCSDâs newest member and had his first day on the job Tuesday.
Maddox, along with his wife Tara, resides in the Larwill area and has been a Whitley County Sheriff Reserve since 2008.
He went to Vincennes University to study conservation law.
Maddox grew up in Southern Indiana and moved to Whitley County in 2003.
R & D Motorsports on Connexion Way caught on fire Friday afternoon. The Columbia City Fire Department responded to the blaze and had the fire put out within a half hour. No injuries were reported and according to Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue, the fire started when grease and oil and other flammable liquids ignited.
MCKINNEY, Texas â A Columbia City man is in jail in Collin County, Texas on charges of money laundering, a first degree felony.
Duane Ducharme, 70, was booked April 13 and has not been released as of press time. He is being held on a $500,000 surety bond.
According to the arrest report, Ducharme was observed by agents of both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of what those agencies say is an ongoing investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ The red, off-road wheelchair was piloted out of the garage by Mike McCoy, a resident of Eagle Glen who built the contraption with the help of mechanic Rodney Sheets of One Stop Auto.
The 200-pound wheelchair, fashioned to look like his red jeep with itâs jeep seat, donut tires, pipe and jeep front, is the combination of McCoyâs vision and Sheetâs labor over the past month.
These two lifelong friends said they made the wheelchair for one purpose, to bring joy to childrenâs lives.
âIf we can make one kid laugh and smile out of this, our job is done,â said McCoy.
COLUMBIA CITY â Pet waste, especially dog waste, can mean trouble for the water quality in Columbia City.
Gene Haskins with Whitley County Soil and Water said this is usually not a problem with cats.
âCats use liter, which is disposed of in the trash,â said Haskins, âThatâs no problem because it goes to the landfill.â
For dogs, Haskins said the problem is twofold when owners walk their dogs and do not clean up after them, and when the dogs are fenced in a yard.