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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2012 Whitley County 4-H Fair offered something for all ages, including adults, who were eligible to enter the Open Adult Show.
Winners of the 2012 show were:
Adabelle Lang, division winner
Renee Galloway, participant.
Joyce Berry, class winner; Sharon Geiger and Stephanie Zumbrun, honorable mention
Adabelle Lang, class winner; Ema Lou Rose, Marilyn Hull, Bonnie Platz, honorable mention; Elizabeth Binkley, Sue Collier, Judy Kreider, participants.
COLUMBIA CITY Â â€” As health officials around the state and other parts of the Midwest caution residents to be wary of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile Virus, it was announced Monday afternoon such a threat is no longer just a possibility.
â€śI was contacted today (Monday) by the state that Whitley County has the West Nile mosquito,â€ť said Scott Wagner of the Whitley County Health Department.
â€śThey just called me today. They found pools of these mosquitoes growing at the (Columbia City) Wastewater Treatment Plant.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY Â â€” Monday marked a new beginning for the Whitley County YMCA. The Early Learning Center opened its doors to serve as Whitley Countyâ€™s newest childcare program.
The YMCA opened its new childcare program in response to the recent surprise closing of Stepping Stones day care.
According to YMCA Executive Director Erica Miller, offering the program was a natural fit for the YMCA.
â€śItâ€™s the YMCAâ€™s mission to meet the needs of the community and we saw the need to have a childcare program.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Twenty-nine years after William J. Spranger was convicted of shooting Avilla Town Marshal William â€śBillâ€ť Miner Jr., Spranger was released from the Plainfield Correctional Facility Sunday.
John Barrett, who currently sits on the Whitley County Council and works security at the Whitley County Courthouse, was an investigator for the Indiana State Police at the time of the shooting.
Barrett worked the case with Noble County Prosecutor David Laur, and he interviewed Spranger, who was 18-years-old when he shot Miner.
The Salvation Army of Whitley County had its annual Pack-A-Truck with school supplies on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of Shoe Show at the Towne and Country Shopping Center in Columbia City. Items donated included paper, pencils, pens, dry erase markers, lanyards, erasers, colored pencils, two pocket folders, spiral notebooks, tissues, glue sticks, pencil bags, highlighters, scissors and composition books.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the Associated Press, Indiana is reporting higher rates of infected mosquitoes due to the hot, dry weather conditions, posing a threat to humans.
These conditions make standing water, stagnant, allowing the Culex mosquitoesâ€™ life cycles to speed up and therefore accelerating the virus replication process.
â€śGenerally West Nile virus is present in the hot summer months,â€ť said Lisa Hatcher, Whitley County Health Officer. â€śWhen mosquitoes hatch earlier, they are around for a longer period.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though burn bans have been lifted, fireworks still arenâ€™t permitted within city limits.
â€śThe Columbia City Police Department and Columbia City Fire Department have had numerous calls on fireworks since the burn ban has been lifted,â€ť Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said. â€śThis does not change the days people are allowed to shoot off fireworks within city limits.
LaRue asks citizens to abide by the cityâ€™s fireworks ordinance, which was put into effect in 2007.
The ordinance goes as follows:
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A white house sits on the corner of Jefferson Street and Main Street in Columbia City, but to a passing motorist, it appears to be just another house.
What is inside is a resource for Whitley County families and children.
When its doors opened in 2001, The Beds & Britches, Etc., (B.A.B.E.) program existed as a coupon incentive program for pregnant women and families to try to deter the high incidence of low-birth weight babies that were being born in Whitley County.
According to Shawn Ellis, who is in charge of the oganization, B.A.B.E has grown to be much more.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Motorcyclist Robert Ramey, age 50, from Columbia City, was critically injured Saturday at 5:20 p.m. in a single-vehicle accident south of Columbia City.
According to Whitley County Deputy Sheriff Tony Helfrich, Ramey was southbound on Ind. 205, just north of Washington Road, when he entered a curve, lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle. Ramey was flown by Samaritan helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital. He was in critical condition with a head injury.
COLUMBIA CITY - A 15-year-old boy drowned in Troy-Cedar Lake, north of Larwill, early Saturday evening.
According to witnesses, the boy, who was from Fort Wayne, went under when he was playing catch in the water with his friends. The friends said he was not a good swimmer.
The boy reportedly went under water and didn't surface.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, Whitley County Sheriff's deputies and Richland Township Firemen assisted the Thorncreek Township Fire Department's Dive Team in a search that lasted over an hour.