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July 30th, 2012

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Salvation Army asks for donations

July 30, 2012

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.

WEST NILE: Hot, dry conditions may pose a threat

July 30, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — 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 mosquitoes’ life cycles to speed up and therefore accelerating the virus replication process.
“Generally West Nile virus is present in the hot summer months,” said Lisa Hatcher, Whitley County Health Officer. “When mosquitoes hatch earlier, they are around for a longer period.”

NO FIREWORKS: City still falls under ordinance

July 30, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Though burn bans have been lifted, fireworks still aren’t permitted within city limits.

“The Columbia City Police Department and Columbia City Fire Department have had numerous calls on fireworks since the burn ban has been lifted,” Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said. “This does not change the days people are allowed to shoot off fireworks within city limits.

LaRue asks citizens to abide by the city’s fireworks ordinance, which was put into effect in 2007.

The ordinance goes as follows:

B.A.B.E.: Serves children and families

July 30, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

July 29th

MOTORCYCLIST CRITICAL: Saturday wreck injures local man

July 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – 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.

July 28th

LAKE DEATH: Boy drowns in Troy-Cedar Saturday

July 28, 2012

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.

July 27th

NEXT STEPPING STONE: Day care steps out in a new direction

July 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — With little less than a month to prepare, what was known as Stepping Stones Day Care has closed, moved and will re-open Monday at 6 a.m. as a child care program under the Whitley County YMCA.

Stepping Stones Director Debbie Gates will continue with the YMCA’s program. According to Gates, parents who had utilized the day care that was once housed with First Church of God in Columbia City, were concerned over the idea of not having a childcare program in Columbia City.

DROUGHT: Far from over in Whitley County

July 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Although continuous rain has provided favorable weather conditions for late July, the end to the drought is far from over.

“The only way we are going to see an end to the drought would be if we have a continuation of the rain on a regular basis,” said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. “The rain we have seen has brought the grass back, but it’s still low.”

Whitley County is currently in an extreme drought, and Southern Indiana is in an exceptional drought, with an average of 15 inches of rain below normal.

NEVER TO OLD: Age isn’t a factor for recent college graduate

July 27, 2012

SAN DIEGO ­— At 70 years old, Columbia City native, Jody McKinney, graduated from Alliant International University on May 25, receiving a doctorate in educational leadership and management.
She had already earned a masters in administration from San Diego State in 2008 as well as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1964.
A member of the class of 1960 from Columbia City Joint High School, she has become a life long learner.
Even with all her degrees and accomplishments, McKinney’s education goals are not over.

WORKING TOGETHER: City, county hustle to finish cleaning recent storm damage

July 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While the violent storm that swept through the city, leaving several downed trees, occurred last month, officials from Columbia City and the rest of Whitley County are still reminded of its power as they continue working to finish clearing the damage away.
“We’re trying to keep the sweeper out, picking up debris and stuff that’s been out on the streets since the storm came through,” said Kelly Cearbaugh, Columbia City street superintendent, at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.

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