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December 5th

TRACTOR DEAL: Local man accused of selling meth in fields

December 5, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A South Whitley man appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court for an initial hearing Monday after allegedly dealing methamphetamine from a tractor in March and April.

Gerald Michel, 19, was arrested Nov. 11 after two arranged buys turned up evidence of one gram of methamphetamine.

Between the two buys, Michel was paid $100 for zipper bags containing a white crystal substance, later identified as methamphetamine.

WHERE ARE YOU WINTER?: Unusual temperatures bring weeds, not snow

December 5, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Unseasonably warm temperatures have left most of the Midwest double checking the date. Yes, Monday was Dec. 4 and the temperature registered a high of 64 degrees. But yesterday temperatures dropped — to a high of 60 degrees. Even with the slight dip, the temperature was still 20 degrees above the normal high of 39.

Although some have enjoyed waking up to frost-free windshields, others are concerned the strange weather patterns are indicators of a bigger problem – severe weather outbreaks.

OUTAGE: Stoplights out downtown

December 5, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City's downtown area is facing an outage. Street lights and store fronts are currently without power.

HUMANE SOCIETY: Council approves possible shelter budget

December 5, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Council members approved a relationship between the Whitley County Humane Society and the Whitley County Commissioners to design a contract that will work for both parties.

Lindsay Pease, the humane shelter’s director, attended Tuesday’s council meeting where she requested an approval of $25,000 for next year’s budget.

The funds would be used by the shelter for several different tasks, such as off-setting the need for donations when strays are brought in and alleviating the costs of vaccinations for animals.

FLOOD PREVENTION: WCCS board looks over storm sewer proposal

December 5, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board (WCCS) of School Trustees is working to prevent future flooding problems at Columbia City High School.

A storm sewer proposal could be approve as early as Dec. 17. If the board approved the project, installation of a storm sewer would begin in March of 2013 — stretching the storm sewer along the north side of the school.

“Most of it would be completed by May 30 and final completion would be June 30,” said Zickgraf.

December 4th

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: Magazine scare locks down Columbia City High School

December 4, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — In most cases, it’s better safe than sorry.

Columbia City High School was on lock down for Monday morning after a gun magazine was found on the street in front of the school.

A K-9 unit from Allen County was brought to the school to search the building, but during the search it was determined that the magazine belonged to a Columbia City Police Officer.

Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said there was no safety issue with the students, and they were put on lock down as a precaution.

IDHS: Distributes 75 all-hazards alert radios to Whitley County

December 4, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Approximately 8,500 all-hazards alert radios were distributed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) to local emergency management agencies across the state — 75 of them going to Whitley County. The purpose of the radios is to provide early alerts to “at-risk” Hoosiers.

“On average, we’ve received 50 alert radios for the past couple years now, and most of them have been distributed to those who are elderly or low income,” said Whitley County Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball.

DELAYED: Whitko to start school day a half hour later on Wednesdays

December 4, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — Beginning Jan. 9, students attending Whitko Community School Corporation will start their school day a half hour later on Wednesdays.

The delay in the schools’ start time comes after the school board passed the amendment at its last meeting.

“We’ve needed to find a way to give our teachers time for professional development,” said Steve Clason, Whitko schools’ superintendent.

“This weekly delay will allow us to spend more time developing educational programs that will enhance our schools.”

CES CHIMERS: Group entertains at bazaar

December 4, 2012

Churubusco Elementary School's Chimers entertained holiday shoppers at the New Era Show Choir bazaar. The choir program hosts a bazaar each year as a fundraiser for its competition season expenses. As a part of the annual event, the Chimers perform.
Sue Lough, the group's director, is the music teacher for CES. She said most of the group is made up first year members. The Chimers were also featured on The Sounds of The Season program which airs throughout the holidays on PBS channel 39.
See more pictures of the Chimers on the Post & Mail's Facebook page.

TRABERT MEMORIAL: Skate park renamed

December 4, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Friends and family gathered Saturday at Morsches Park to honor Alex Trabert’s memory. The skate park, located near the front of Morsches Park, will now be known as the Alex Trabert Memorial Extreme Sports Park.
Alex, a 2007 graduate of Columbia City High School, was killed Nov. 25 in a hit-and-run accident in Indianapolis.
Saturday’s event was not the typical somber occasion, but more “extreme.” Friends spent the afternoon sporting tricks on skateboards and bicycles while others took part in a cook out.

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