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April 19th, 2012

TEXTING KILLS: Police warn against distracted driving

April 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A law passed by the Indiana Legislature last July was allegedly broken in Adams County this week, causing the deaths of two small children in a vehicle-buggy accident that also seriously injured four others.
According to news reports, police accuse a 21-year-old Bluffton man of texting and driving, a crime in Indiana punishable with a $500 fine as of last summer.
According to local law enforcement, using a cell phone to create and send a text message while behind the wheel requires too much attention that should be spent on the road.

BREAKING NEWS: Kosciusko, Wabash police seek robbers, car theives

April 19, 2012

WARSAW — Police from Kosciusko and Wabash counties are investigating an early Thursday morning robbery and auto thefts that occurred in Kosciusko and Wabash counties overnight.
Sheriff’s deputies from Kosciusko County responded to the McClure Oil gas station in Silver Lake at 1:30 a.m. today after receiving a 911 call on a possible robbery. As officers were en route to the location, a deputy located an unoccupied vehicle near a county road intersection.
Police were told a vehicle matching the same description had apparently fled the robbery scene with two males suspects.

MARCHING MAN: CCHS student to participate in Macy’s Parade

April 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Trombone in hand, Foster Eber, a 17-year-old junior at Columbia City High School, is looking forward to playing and marching in the next Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Foster said the reason he auditioned came when his family was watching the parade last year on TV.

“We were watching a band, and were saying, ‘There’s probably some family in Kansas going there’s my kid on TV,’” said Foster.

During the parade, Foster heard someone on the television say the kids in the band were in high school, and they auditioned to play and march.

April 18th

SUMMER PLANS: Whitko tells big evaluation / assessment

April 18, 2012

PIERCETON — According to Whitko Community School Corporation’s Superintendent Steve Clason, summer evaluation plans are in the works.
The evaluations will focus on non-tested subjects including art, music, physical education and areas of social studies classes.

THRICE BLESSED: Trio of babies born on Valentine’s Day

April 18, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Jodi and Ethan Metzger had known they were having triplets since their eighth week of pregnancy, but what they did not know was that on Valentine’s Day they would receive three beautiful gifts from Heaven.
The Metzger triplets were not expected to be born Feb. 14, but Jodi drove herself to her doctor’s appointment earlier in the day, and within the hour, she was scheduled for a cesarean section to deliver.
“The doctor got things in motion, and he told me to call the babies’ daddy right away,” said Jodi.

WINDY WORK: Panel update on wind ordinance 'aired'

April 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — As expected, about the only discussion regarding the wind issue with the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Monday was that there would be no discussion regarding the wind issue; not yet, at least.
Whitley County joint Building and Planning Director Dave Sewell was on hand at Monday’s meeting to deliver and “certify” a copy of the proposed ordinance change for zoning, as it pertains to wind energy conversion systems.
Sewell explained that all of the proper and required steps to this point had been taken.

April 17th

GOING GREEN: County reports on energy grant

April 17, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County is currently doing its part to go green. According to Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Amber, about a year ago the county applied for and received an energy grant in the amount of $265,000.

The county used the grant at the Whitley County Jail, as well as switch to more energy efficient products for the jail’s entire heating system.

According to the grant administrator’s records, the project in the jail saved the county $8,520 in electricity and $18,340 in natural gas compared to the previous year.

A SPARKLING TIME: Passages clients enjoy annual gala

April 17, 2012


FORT WAYNE — Everything sparkled, from the dresses and tuxedos to the sparkling grape juice in the engraved champagne glasses.

It took three limousines and one tour bus to take Passages clients to the Navigators Spring Gala Saturday at Come2Go in downtown Fort Wayne.
The prom-like atmosphere lasted until 10 p.m., with nearly 200 clients of Passages attending. The Navigators are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

April 16th

CHAMBER EXPO: 1,000-plus attend 2012 event

April 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — More than 1,000 people poured through Indian Middle Springs Saturday at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Business EXPOsed to see what area businesses have to offer.

The EXPO was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the event hosted a long list of vendors and entertainment.

Carrie Hoffman, board member for the chamber, said there were more than 50 booths at this year’s EXPO, most of them from Whitley County, but others from Allen County.

“It’s one stop shopping,” said Hoffman. “It’s hard to go door to door, but here you can go from table to table.”

GETTING THE WORD AROUND: 4-H board discusses communication

April 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — If there was an emergency during the Whitley County 4-H Fair, how would word get around?

That was the question on each board member’s mind as they listened to Frank Rhoades, a veteran 4-H director in Kosciusko County. After walking the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds with several board members, Rhoades has come up with an idea on how this county can be safer during the fair.

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