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May 7th, 2012

STUDYING PLANTS: Students turn seeds into dollars

May 7, 2012

Whitko Middle School’s Clean World Association (CWA) was in full bloom at the Whitley County Farmer’s Market Saturday. The group of 15 students participate in this extracurricular club to learn about plants and gardening.
Laura Thong-Umphai, the group’s sponsor and a 6th grade science teacher at Whitko, explains. “They 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.”

IN FULL SWING: Farmer's market takes off

May 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Farmer’s 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.

ROBBERY THWARTED: Suspicious van reported, weapon found

May 7, 2012

LARWILL — 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.
“The attendant was really sharp,” Whitley County Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Vogley said. “She saw something wasn’t right.”

GUNFIRE: Man shoots shotgun, gets arrested

May 7, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

May 4th

SWORN IN: WCSD welcomes newest deputy

May 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department swore in a new deputy Friday morning at the Whitley County Courthouse.

Billy Maddox, 29, is WCSD’s 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.

FIRE AT R&D: Motorsports store scene of oil fire

May 4, 2012

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.

ARRESTED IN TEXAS: Noted accountant booked for money laundering

May 4, 2012

MCKINNEY, Texas — 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.

GIFT OF LAUGHTER: Riley camp gets off-road wheelchair

May 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­— 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 it’s jeep seat, donut tires, pipe and jeep front, is the combination of McCoy’s vision and Sheet’s labor over the past month.
These two lifelong friends said they made the wheelchair for one purpose, to bring joy to children’s lives.
“If we can make one kid laugh and smile out of this, our job is done,” said McCoy.

DEEP DOODIE: Dog waste affects water quality

May 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“Cats use liter, which is disposed of in the trash,” said Haskins, “That’s no problem because it goes to the landfill.”
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.

SOUNDING OFF: Churubusco residents air grievances

May 4, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Public complaints and comments took priority at the Churubusco Town Council meeting Wednesday.
No old or new business was on the agenda but the public comment took precedence.
Wayne Yager, Churubusco citizen, spoke about the lack of enforcement on the junk car ordinance.
“It’s my understanding that a car that is unable to move under its own power is the meaning of a junk car in Churubusco,” said Yager.
“What would it take to get the junk car ordinance from the bottom of the priority list to the top?” he asked.

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