May 21st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of home improvement fraud will stand trial next week in Whitley County Circuit Court.
George Martin, 55, of North Manchester, was arrested in October and charged with the Class C felony. His trial will begin Wednesday, May 29 at 9 a.m.
According to case reports, Martin, along with two other men, allegedly performed work on the driveway of a man in Whitley County. The elderly manâ€™s sister, who assists him with finances, called the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department believing her brother had been a victim of fraud.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Although the actual first day of summer is more than a month away, Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department is gearing up for summer projects.
Among the projects is crack sealing. Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh said during the winter, cracks appear in the pavement and summer is the time to fix them.
â€śWe usually have a company come in and use fiberized crack seal,â€ť he said. â€śThey blow out the cracks and get the sand and debris out first. It just preserves the street that much longer, itâ€™s part of pavement preservation.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indiana State Senator Jim Banks shared numerous actions he deemed as successes during the recent legislative session at a breakfast held for area Republicans Saturday.
Senator Banks listed his education initiatives as a â€świn.â€ť Higher education reform was on his radar as he sought to reduce the cost to attend Indiana state colleges.
â€śWe wanted greater transparency for state colleges,â€ť Banks said. â€śPeople need to see how that money is spent.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s new 911 system just went online last month, but there is an issue that still needs to be addressed.
Scott Jones, 911 director, reported to the Whitley County Commissioners Monday that the voice recorder currently in place records sound only, not text, video or any other way a person may message contact dispatchers with the new 911 system.
Columbia City High School held its honors convocation Monday night.
Above are the top 10 students, academically, for the Class of 2013.
Front row, from left: Aakash Patel, Tiffany Harber and Richelle Menzie. Back row, from left: Adam Wilkinson, Lindsay Angel, Ryan Romanowski, Corinne Kauffman, Carlee Hearld and Emily Lewis. Not pictured; Jordan Bickle.
Smith Townshipâ€™s honor guard and volunteer firefighters march toward their new fire station in a dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon.
Both the U.S. Flag and the Indiana State Flag were raised by town leaders.
The new station is located inside Churubuscoâ€™s town park on North John Kreiger Drive.
Suzanne Elizabeth Guse Morrison passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala. Mrs. Morrison was born Feb. 19, 1928, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Arthur and Carolyn Pehrson. She was united in marriage to Charles R. Guse June 2, 1950, in Indianapolis. They resided in Rushville, Chicago, Columbia City and Michigan City.
Dr. Guse proceeded her in death Jan. 31, 1978. Mrs. Guse married Richard Morrison April 12, 1980, at First United Methodist Church in Michigan City. They retired to Navarre, Fla. where he died Sept. 19, 2001.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City rode two home runs to victory in a 9-7 win over Northrop Friday night.
The first was a two-run shot over the left field fence off the bat of Eagle third baseman Jordan Bickle. His dinger came in the top of the first inning, giving Columbia City a lead it wouldnâ€™t relinquish.
â€śI think the key to the game was starting it off offensively with Bickleâ€™s home run. I think that got us going,â€ť said Columbia City Head Coach Zac Bireley.
The other homer, also to left field, was a grand slam by right fielder Keaton Reed in the third frame that put the Eagles up 7-1.
LAGRANGE â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team lost a road contest to Prairie Heights Saturday.
The Wildcats fell by a final score of 7-3.
Both teams struck early. Whitko opened with a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning. The Panthers quickly struck back in the bottom of the first with three runs of their own to tie the score.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia City took two from Bishop Dwenger in a double header Saturday at Shoaff Park.
The Eagles won the morning game 8-3, and then beat the Saints again by a final of 13-3.
Columbia City betters its record to 13-8 with the two wins. Both victories are part of an important turn-around for the Eagles, who before Saturday had a 4-6 record so far in May.
â€śI think we were in the game, as opposed to other games weâ€™ve had this last month,â€ť said Columbia City Head Coach Zac Bireley.