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August 29th, 2012

FIREWORKS AUTHORITY: Council gives Board of Works say-so to set dates

August 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The authority to grant Columbia City residents permission to shoot off fireworks in the city was transferred from one governing body to another this week.
An amendment was passed on second reading concerning the city’s Fireworks Ordinance at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said the ordinance had strict standards as to only allowing citizens to use fireworks on specific days in the year.
“This ordinance, first of all allows the Board of Works to set forth any additional dates, like this year when we had the burn ban,” said Daniel.

August 28th

'BUSCO DRUG STING: Nets Indy four

August 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A drug sting in Churubusco has resulted in the arrest of four Indianapolis residents, three on drug and gun charges and one for promoting prostitution, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.
Three of the four were in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for initial hearings.
Arrested were:
•Sue Kellems, 21, charged with dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, a Class B felony, possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor.

ONE HEAVY CHEVY: Restoration of ’55 Bel Air a ‘labor of love’

August 28, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Every nut, bolt, fender, wire, spark plug, motor and rim have been polished, replaced and the car is brand new. But yet it is still a 1955 Chevy.
With more than 2,000 man hours chalked on it Mike Herzog, 64, of Churubusco, considers it a “labor of love” to put the Chevy back together.
Bob Green, 67, of Ege, purchased the ‘55 Chevy from his brother-in-law’s (Kerry Boggs) grandmother.
“It had 55,000 original miles on it,” said Green.
He purchased the car for his then 15-year old son, Rick, to drive but it just sat in the garage.
Enter Mike Herzog.

METH LAB: Hanlon admits guilt to Larwill incident

August 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A Warsaw man admitted guilt in Whitley County court Monday on charges related to a rolling methamphetamine lab that went out of control near Larwill in April.
Trever Hanlon, 36, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to included manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, possession of two or more “precursors,” or ingredients used to make the drug, a Class D felony and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.

August 27th

SQUAWBUCK DAYS: Well attended

August 27, 2012


LARWILL — This past weekend marked the 158th year for Squawbuck Days in Larwill.
According to organizer Hal Trump everything was well attended.
“For the little village of Larwill, 24 cars turned out for the car show,” said Trump. “I think that is very good.”
“The pony pull was pretty good and a lot of people attended it,” said Trump.
The tenderloin dinner, Bingo, breakfast, ham and bean dinner and the concert featuring Larry and The Boys were all well attended.
Larry Secrist helped Trump organize Squawbuck Days.

TEEN VICTIMS: Picnic to honor Young and Spencer

August 27, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — The Young and Spencer families hope all will join them on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, as they host their annual memorial picnic benefit, celebrating the lives of Megan Young and Andy Spencer.
Megan was the daughter of Chris and Tanya Young. Andrew was a son of Cathy and Mike Spencer, all of Churubusco.
Andy was a member of the Churubusco High School Class of 2010, and Megan was a member of the CHS Class of 2011.
Both were killed in an automobile accident July 16, 2009, not far from both of their homes in rural Churubusco.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event.

WAIT AND SEE: Bailey advises caution on SGCS construction bids

August 27, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — The construction bids have come in for Smith-Green Community Schools and the board of trustees took a look at them — then had a public work session Aug. 16.
But during Monday night’s board meeting Ralph Bailey, interim superintendent, advised the board to continue to ask questions and table the decision until the next board meeting Sept. 4.

LIBRARIAN CHANGE: Eyermann takes over for retiring Scherer

August 27, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — It’s an end of an era at Churubusco Public Library. After more than 14 years Carol Scherer is retiring from her position as librarian.
Good news is long-time CPL employee, Rachel Eyermann, is taking over the reigns at the library that has 28,000 items for patrons to choose from.
An open house is planned today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CPL located at 116 N. Mulberry St., Churubusco.
“June 1, 1998 seems like such a short time ago and yet lo and behold it’s been 14-plus years,” said Scherer.
That date began a very big change for Scherer.

END OF AN ERA: New tests to replace ISTEP

August 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools is preparing for a smooth transition as the state expects the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment to begin in the 2014-15 school year, replacing ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress).
Julie Turpin, principal of Mary Raber Elementary School, told the school board Monday she met with teachers over the past two summers to come up with a plan for the students to make a smooth transition.
Turpin said 45 states and three territories have adopted the Common Core Curriculum.

TRIUMPHANT RETURN: Columbia City Youth Council reconvenes

August 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Nine students from Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy toured City Hall before beginning a brainstorming and planning session Thursday for the inaugural meeting of the Columbia City Youth Council.
“The youth council was kind of an idea I wanted to incorporate into our government to get more of the youth voice into the planning for our future,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel. “As we’ve met today, it’s clear to me that these youths want to do more than just give a voice to their age group. It’s clear that they really want to give back in some way to the community.”

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