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April 10th, 2015

FOUND GUILTY: Woman convicted in hit-and-run

April 10, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — More than two years after Alex Trabert was killed in Indianapolis, the woman who caused his death has been convicted in a jury trial.

Morgan Mannix, 26, of Kansas City, Mo., was found guilty of “failing to stop at an accident causing death” and “causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.”

Trabert, a Whitley County native and son of Wally and Carla Trabert, was killed in November of 2012 in the Indianapolis hit-and-run.

ON SALE TODAY: Tickets for 4-H concert; Whitley County Fair to host Dustin Lynch

April 10, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County 4-H Fair is taking its evening entertainment to the next level.
National County Music Award-nominee Dustin Lynch will be headlining a concert on July 21 at this year’s county fair, which is schedule to run from July 17-23.

Lynch is an up-and-coming artist who is known for his songs “Where It’s At” and “She Cranks My Tractor.”
US 93.3 announced Thur-sday that “Natalie Stoval and the Drive” will open the event at 6 p.m. followed by “Breaking Tradition” and then Lynch.

EARLY PARADE CALL-OUT: 2015 American Legion/OSD parade entrants need to go to Legion web site ASAP

April 10, 2015


COLUMBIA CITY – There is an early call-out for those wishing to take part in the 2015 American Legion / Old Settlers Days Parade, set for Saturday, June 27, starting at 6 p.m.

April 9th

LYNCH CONCERT: Tickets available Friday morning

April 9, 2015

Tickets for the Dustin Lynch Concert at the Whitley County 4-H Fair on July 21 go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. US 93.3 announced Thursday that Natalie Stovall and the Drive will open the show followed by Breaking Tradition and the headliner, Lynch. The show begins at 6 p.m. and seating is general admission. Tickets are $25 each and are available at

VIDEO-ALERT • Golden Bear on prowl at Masters Wednesday

April 9, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Jack Nicklaus Sinks Hole-In-One In Par-3 Contest
The Masters Par 3 Contest was a success, entertaining crowds with cute kid caddies, numerous holes in one and more than a few big-name stars -- some who weren't even golfers.

IN THE MAIL: Whitley County property tax bills

April 9, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — Laurell Hodges, Whitley County treasurer, is advising taxpayers that tax statements for 2014, payable 2015, were mailed Wednesday.

The spring installment is due May 11 and the fall installment will be due Nov. 10.

New tax amount for land parcels can be viewed online at

The following payment options are available:
• “E-Payment” at
• In person at the Whitley County Treasurer’s office, second floor of the Government Building.
• By mail (all payments must be postmarked by May 11, 2015).

RAIL TRAFFIC INCREASING: Trains to haul crude oil through city

April 9, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Emergency officials are taking extra precautions after a rail company has increased its traffic in Whitley County, with potential of shipping Bakken Crude Oil product, which is highly combustible, according to Whitley County Emergency Management Director Charlie Heflin.

The tracks run east and west on the south side of Columbia City, just south of Big G’s Sports Cafe near Chicago Street.

“We would handle a crude oil spill differently if it’s on fire or if there’s a potential for fire,” Heflin said.

"LEND ME A TENOR": Col. City H.S. play opens Friday

April 9, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s spring play, “Lend me a Tenor” will be on stage this weekend at the high school.

The play takes the audience to 1934 in Cleveland, where an Italian performer goes missing and is presumed dead.

The humorous play will be presented Friday and Saturday in the Newell Rice Auditorium.
Tickets are $8.

Cast members include Blake Ousley, Brooks Walker, Nathan Baker, Athena Arnold, India Dietrich, Gunner Arnold, Morgan Ellis and Courtney Gregory.

TEMPORARY ENTRANCE: Library to work around construction

April 9, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Road construction along Ind. 205 (East Van Buren Street) will cause burdens for travelers and businesses this spring, summer and early fall.

Scheduled to be completed in October, the highway project will block the primary entrance to Peabody Public Library.

According to Mary Hartman, director of the library, PPL is making an effort to continue to serve the people of Whitley County while the library entrance is obstructed. “My fear is, people are not going to be coming to the library like they have been, because of the road work,” Hartman said.

THURSDAY THUNDER: Thunderstorms impact county, country

April 9, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Thursday brought warmer temperatures and Whitley County’s first true threat of severe weather.

As a trough in the jet stream makes its way through the Upper Midwest, the dry western air, humid southeastern air and a warm front colliding will set the stage for severe thunderstorms.

According to the National Weather Service, today’s thunderstorms will be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and even tornadoes.

SOUTH WHITLEY — Monday night in South Whitley, Whitko’s Haley Yohe smacked a double in the bottom...
COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s girls tennis team played host to Whitko High School Monday night at...
CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s Eagle baseball team used an outstanding pitching performance by Jacob...


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