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May 8th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2012 Columbia City trash pick up will be divided up into two weekends this year. The city will be divided down Main Street (Ind. 9). The west side of the city will be picked up on Saturday, June 9 starting at 6 a.m. The east side of the city will be picked up on June 16 starting at 6 a.m. All trash will be picked up at the curb side or alley.
CHURUBUSCO â€” An annual event timed to coincide with the Churubusco Junior Senior High School prom is worth the effort that goes into it, if even one life is saved, according to the eventâ€™s coordinators.
CJSHSâ€™s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions cleared the schoolâ€™s parking lot Friday for an exercise designed to show students the effect of drunk driving, according to co-chairwomen Angie Glick and Brenda King.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mayor Ryan Daniel and Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor have developed a new cooperative called the Columbia City Youth Council (CCYC).
Comprised of students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes at Columbia City High School, the program will focus on engaging youth in the future of the city.
Whitko Middle Schoolâ€™s Clean World Association (CWA) was in full bloom at the Whitley County Farmerâ€™s Market Saturday. The group of 15 students participate in this extracurricular club to learn about plants and gardening.
Laura Thong-Umphai, the groupâ€™s sponsor and a 6th grade science teacher at Whitko, explains. â€śThey learn everything. Starting with sewing the seed, taking care of the plants, learning the variety and the needs of the plant. Now we are here today, the group is learning the business side of it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Farmerâ€™s Market kicked off its summer season with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning. Many of the Chamber of Commerce board members were present along with Mayor Ryan Daniel and Market Master, Chris Lilly.
According to Lilly, the market is full of vendors. Fifty vendors are now signed up for the Saturday morning market from now until Oct. 31.
LARWILL â€” One man was arrested in Larwill Sunday evening after an employee at the Larwill Deli reported a suspicious van outside the convenience store.
The employee reported a white van without a license plate that was suspiciously driving around the store. After the witness saw a man begin to put on what was reportedly a face mask, she called the police, locked the doors and hid in the back of the deli.
â€śThe attendant was really sharp,â€ť Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Detective Chuck Vogley said. â€śShe saw something wasnâ€™t right.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A South Whitley man was arrested on six charges early Sunday morning, after firing a shotgun four times from his residence, with police in the area.
Phillip J. Kessie, 36, already convicted as a violent felon on previous charges and who is on probation, was charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, criminal recklessness, reckless driving, possession of paraphernalia, resisting law enforcement and operating while intoxicated.
The incident began late Saturday night, with a reported domestic fight while driving.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department swore in a new deputy Friday morning at the Whitley County Courthouse.
Billy Maddox, 29, is WCSDâ€™s newest member and had his first day on the job Tuesday.
Maddox, along with his wife Tara, resides in the Larwill area and has been a Whitley County Sheriff Reserve since 2008.
He went to Vincennes University to study conservation law.
Maddox grew up in Southern Indiana and moved to Whitley County in 2003.
R & D Motorsports on Connexion Way caught on fire Friday afternoon. The Columbia City Fire Department responded to the blaze and had the fire put out within a half hour. No injuries were reported and according to Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue, the fire started when grease and oil and other flammable liquids ignited.
MCKINNEY, Texas â€” A Columbia City man is in jail in Collin County, Texas on charges of money laundering, a first degree felony.
Duane Ducharme, 70, was booked April 13 and has not been released as of press time. He is being held on a $500,000 surety bond.
According to the arrest report, Ducharme was observed by agents of both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of what those agencies say is an ongoing investigation.