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August 28th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 â€śprecursors,â€ť or ingredients used to make the drug, a Class D felony and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.
LARWILL â€” This past weekend marked the 158th year for Squawbuck Days in Larwill.
According to organizer Hal Trump everything was well attended.
â€śFor the little village of Larwill, 24 cars turned out for the car show,â€ť said Trump. â€śI think that is very good.â€ť
â€śThe pony pull was pretty good and a lot of people attended it,â€ť 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.
CHURUBUSCO â€” 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.
CHURUBUSCO â€” The construction bids have come in for Smith-Green Community Schools and the board of trustees took a look at them â€” then had a public work session Aug. 16.
But during Monday nightâ€™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.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Itâ€™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.
â€śJune 1, 1998 seems like such a short time ago and yet lo and behold itâ€™s been 14-plus years,â€ť said Scherer.
That date began a very big change for Scherer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śThe 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,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel. â€śAs weâ€™ve met today, itâ€™s clear to me that these youths want to do more than just give a voice to their age group. Itâ€™s clear that they really want to give back in some way to the community.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the grass is a vibrant green, and it has even become long enough for Whitley County residents to use their lawn mowers, the drought is still far from over according to experts.
â€śItâ€™s eased a little bit,â€ť said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. â€śWe went from being in an extreme drought to being in a severe drought.â€ť
The four levels of drought are moderate, severe, extreme and exceptional.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Western Governors University Indiana has selected Steel Dynamics, Inc. as the first northern Indiana employer to promote bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees from the stateâ€™s nonprofit, online university.
The announcement pairs Indianaâ€™s eighth state university with the nationâ€™s fifth-largest steel company, which has a division in Columbia City.
â€śSteel Dynamics is home to 6,500-plus associates, many of whom will be served by our partnership with WGU Indiana,â€ť said Steel Dynamics President and CEO Mark Millett.
LARWILL â€” A tenderloin fry at the fire departmentâ€™s headquarters in Larwill today, which begins at 4 p.m., will mark the official beginning of Larwillâ€™s annual festival, Squawbuck Days, which runs until the 11 a.m. carry-in lunch on Sunday.
The 158th anniversary of the town-wide festival is sponsored by the Larwill Fire Department, Lions Club and Richland Township Community Association.
A town-wide garage sale will take place during the weekend as well as a car show.