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October 22nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The art of dance has seen a swell in interest from increased television shows that feature dancers to the genre of dances now made popular. What was once a dated art is now a thriving form of expression and creativity.
In Columbia City, Dance ‚ÄėTil U Drop is a fine arts academy dedicated to crafting dancers in performance.
Scott Frazier, owner of Dance ‚ÄėTil U Drop, is also the studio‚Äôs director. Through his many years in the dance community, Frazier has established a local competition that has now attracted the attention of the Lifetime television series, Dance Moms.
WESTVILLE ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City woman was arrested Saturday at Westville Correctional Facility for attempted trafficking with an inmate.
Ashley Reavis, 27, was attempting to visit Blake Settles, 29, of Fort Wayne, when officers found contraband at her check-in.
‚ÄúTrafficking impacts us more than most people realize,‚ÄĚ Westville Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said. ‚ÄúWhen fights and violence occur, they can often be traced back to contraband.‚ÄĚ
Westville houses approximately 3,400 inmates in LaPorte County
The Route 33 Cruisers gathered together to show off classic cars at Advantage Auto Parts in Columbia City. Car owners met twice a month during the summer to display their nostalgic vehicles. The group‚Äôs organizer, John Van Houten, said the car show is open to any owner and there is no fee to participate. However, owners are asked to bring canned food items. The group donates the items to local food pantries. Van Houten said, ‚ÄúI just delivered about $400 worth of cans to Grace Lutheran Church.‚ÄĚ For more information on Route 33 Cruisers, contact Van Houten at 248-8632.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After recently attending the fall Indiana School Board Association state conference in Indianapolis, Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation board members Deborah Hiss, Jill Western, Stan Meyer and Don Armstrong said they were grateful to be delegates of the district and were enlightened to hear what other districts are working on in their schools.
During the conference, each member attended different sessions.
Board member Deborah Hiss said one of those sessions was in regards to how the district is currently measured as far as its grade value.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ According to Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester, the county is working hard on the bridge repair project, located on CR 700 E. between CR 900 S. and 1000 S. The road has been closed since Oct. 1 and is expected to remain closed until January of next year.
Forrester said trees have been cleared to make way for the work, and minor grading and excavation, has taken place.
Ten steel encased concrete piles, that are 14-inches in diameter, have all been driven and poured.
There are five on each end of the bridge.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Give hope, change lives ‚ÄĒ that is the mission for the United Way of Whitley County Inc.‚Äôs Live United Campaign for 2012. Executive Director Cindy Baker is working to compel Whitley County residents and businesses to invest in the annual campaign that will fund the nonprofit‚Äôs work over the next year.
Baker said the goal is $190,000 by the end of November. ‚ÄúThe community piece will go until the end of November, but some of the bigger companies collect donations through December and January.‚ÄĚ
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs Town Council met for its regular meeting Wednesday night, announcing several new upgrades for the police department.
Some of the additions to the department include new bulletproof vests, upgraded computer air cards for squad cars and a few electronic scanner/printers. Churubusco police hopes by adding items such as these their jobs will be conducted in a more safe and streamlined fashion. New weapons are also being purchased from Tomlinson‚Äôs Shooting Supplies, Inc.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Authorities are investigating the cause of a fatal accident on U.S. 30 Wednesday morning.
James Priest, 37, of Bay City, Mich., was killed in a crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and CR 300 E. after the truck he was driving hit the back of a stopped semi at approximately 9 a.m.
According to police, Priest, who was headed westbound, made little or no attempt to stop before hitting the semi in front of him, driven by Thomas Dye of West Virginia.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no evidence that he hit the brakes at all,‚ÄĚ Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the realm of technology playing a vital role in education, Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation teachers and administrators have developed a curriculum based on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS).
‚ÄúThese standards were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education and they teach students to become proficient in problem solving, critical thinking and creativity through the use of technology,‚ÄĚ said Indian Middle Springs School Principal Jan Boylen.
Brad Wolfe was sworn in as a Whitley County Plan Commission member at the board‚Äôs regular meeting Wednesday night. Wolfe was appointed to the post on Monday by the Whitley County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners appointed Wolfe to replace former president of the plan commission, Dave Schilling who was removed from the board by the county commissioners in September. The nine-member county plan commission also includes Chairman Brandon Forrester, Vice-Chairman Dave Addison, Secretary Doug Wright, Bill Auer, John Johnson, Kenny Kerch, Paula Reimers and George Schrumpf.