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June 4th, 2015

RAZED: Downtown building brought to rubble

June 4, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — An old downtown building has been reduced to rubble in Columbia City.

Crews began demolishing the building two weeks ago, and this week all that’s left is a pile of brick and dust.

June 3rd

CANNABIS:Church earns nonprofit status

June 3, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Excitement filled the air when an Indianapolis church received its nonprofit designation from the Internal Revenue Service this week.

The Indianapolis First Church of Cannabis was officially named a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, pushing forward the religion that promotes marijuana use.

CAMP: History to come to life for Civil War campers

June 3, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Historical Museum is bringing the War Between the States back to life again as it hosts its seventh annual Civil War Camp from June 9 to 11.

The camp is open to students ages 10-13. The children will learn firsthand what it was like to live in the U.S. during the 1860s. Campers will be enlisted as either Union or Confederate soldiers, while learning the history of each side.

BUSY SEASON: Whitley choir wraps up

June 3, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — As an ensemble of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir (FWCC), the Whitley Community Children’s Choir (WCCC) just finished its fourth year of performances and musical education.

The group performed for Whitley County Holiday Pops, Santa Parade, Christmas at the Courthouse, Fall Festival, nursing homes and the Farmer’s Market this past year.

June 2nd

T.R.O.Y provides educational option

June 2, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — In the past, every student in the area had to be in the same classroom, regardless of their age. The world of education has changed and not every student completes school in the same fashion.

This is where T.R.O.Y. Center is helpful. T.R.O.Y. Center, Whitley County’s alternative school, specializes in finding success for students who have difficulty in the regular classroom.

ACADEMIC AWARDS: Whitko High School recognizes underclassmen

June 2, 2015

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko High School recently held its Underclassmen Academic Awards. Jasmine Gregory and Maddie Shultz were awarded for three years of outstanding attendance. Juniors Nicholas Crosson, Nichole Crouch, Jacob Hyser, Veronica Palmer and Nathan Wiehe as well as sophomores Ronald Brown, Brandon Oaks and Emily Riddle received awards for two years of outstanding attendance.

Whitko’s 627 Awards were given to Casey Dierks, Mikayla Findley, Erick Loe, Morgan Miller, Veronica Palmer, Garrett Smiley and Cecilia White.

AWARDED: ’Busco seniors receive scholarships

June 2, 2015

SOUTH WHITLEY — Churubusco High School announced scholarship winners from the class of 2015 Friday in the high school auditorium. Numerous local individuals and organizations offered financial assistance for graduates pursuing further education.

Awarded in the Gaylord Jackson Top Five were Valedictorian Valerie Pope, Salutatorian Peyton Brandt, Kennedy Sade, Devon Zeigler and Madison Bieber. Each of the top five received a $700 scholarship.

June 1st

SPECIAL NEEDS: WCCS works to meet needs of all students

June 1, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — With a wide variety of academic levels in the district, Whitley County Consolidated Schools worked hard this school year to meet the needs of all students.

WCCS has a handful of students who have been labeled “high-ability” and about 18 percent of its enrollment is “special education.”

'SWATTING': Police probe phone pranks

June 1, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — A phenomenon in which pranksters call in phony emergencies that elicit a strong police response is being used by video gamers in a twisted competition where success is based on the level of that response, according to a suburban New York police commissioner.

The phenomenon is known as “swatting.”

More than 60 heavily armed officers were dispatched to a home in Long Beach, N.Y., an oceanfront community outside New York City, on what turned out to be a hoax.

HONOR GUARD: Slabaugh passes torch

June 1, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — When John Slabaugh began the Korean War Veteran’s Honor Guard 12 years ago, he had no idea it would be as impactful as it has been.

“I wasn’t thinking it would be much,” Slabaugh said.

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