COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the local elections of 2014 around the corner, individuals seeking to run for office will have the chance soon to make their candidacy official.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Clerk of Courts office will accept candidate filings beginning Jan. 8, 2014.
The registration window closes 30 days later â€” Feb. 7, 2014.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A multi-step construction project for Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) is nearing its end.
Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said in November the endeavor was â€ś98 to 99 percent complete.â€ť
Fleetwood said more than 50 percent of the $4,775,100 project was dedicated to energy efficiency.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who was just placed on probation in September is alleged to have violated that term recently.
Anthony A. Adams, 35, of Churubusco, was sentenced in 2009 to serve 16 years for dealing in methamphetamine and other drug charges.
He was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections in 2009. His sentence was modified in 2012 to the Whitley County Jail.
In September, based on a good report from the work release facility, he was placed on probation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 7-4 record may not show it, but Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team could easily be undefeated this season.
Three of the Lady Eaglesâ€™ losses have been by five points or less, and the fourth loss was in overtime by seven points.
Glass-half-empty critics may view the losses as a weakness of the team, not able to come out on top of close games, but statistics shine a different light on the teamâ€™s effort.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) began finalizing its calendar for next year at a meeting this month.
At the December meeting of the Board of Trustees, the calendar had its first reading.
School will begin Aug. 14, 2014. The winter break will be from Dec. 20 to Jan. 5, 2015.
NEW CASTLE â€” Columbia City Assistant Girls Varsity Head Coach Jenny (Eckert) Zorger was recently selected for top basketball honors.
Zorger, who has been an assistant coach under Head Coach Amy Shearer for the past four years, was a Huntington North stand-out, still holding several records for the school, and continued her career at Ball State University.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors recently announced the selected inductees for 2014, which includes Zorger.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of dealing drugs in Whitley County had her bond revoked Monday.
Braidon M. Hall, 19, was charged in June with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
She was arrested in a traffic stop made by Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Whitley County children were spending Christmas Eve preparing for the visit of Santa Claus, Columbia Cityâ€™s firefighters were preparing to keep a tradition alive. CCFD firemen greeted children with bags of candy and an orange at the courthouse on Christmas Eve â€” a tradition that has been in place for more than a century.
â€śWeâ€™ve traced this (tradition) as far back as the 1880s,â€ť said CCFD Chief Tom LaRue.
Although young residents may not think too much about the orange they were given, the children of the 1800s most likely did.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A white day-after-Christmas created difficult road conditions across Whitley County Thursday.
A light dusting of snow hit the area after midnight. While accumulation was minimal, it was enough to make several of the countyâ€™s roads, particularly U.S. 30, dangerous for drivers.
Julie Smith of the Whitley County Sheriff dispatch center said several calls came in of drivers having slide-offs.
â€śPeople were driving too fast for the road conditions,â€ť she said. â€śU.S. 30 was really bad.â€ť
Many of those phone calls came in early Thursday morning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man arrested on drug-related charges during a spring traffic stop will stand trial early next month in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Vanness D. Oliver, 35, of Mansfield, Ohio, was arrested during a traffic stop in late April, and was charged with dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance and possession of a narcotic drug.
His trial is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2014, with jury selection at 9 a.m. and evidence beginning at noon.
Oliverâ€™s attorney is Nikos Nakos. Oliver is currently out on bond and is not incarcerated.