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August 13th, 2013

A light dusting

August 13, 2013

The abundance of summer rain has brought farmers a bumper crop as well as pests.

This plane, owned and operated by AgriFlite Services, Inc., of Wakarusa, was spraying fungicide on many corn fields in Thorncreek Township Saturday.

AgriFlite is a family business owned and operated by David Eby.

UNITED WAY: Big bucks distributed across county

August 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After exceeding its goal of $190,000 by $15,000, the United Way of Whitley County awarded $100,000 in grants to local organizations.

“This is almost $20,000 more than we gave back last year,” said Executive Director Cindy Baker. “We know the dollars raised are not as important as how those dollars are invested into the community to give hope and change lives.

“But we do know that it is those dollars that make change possible. Change cannot happen without people in our community.”

Grants awarded included:

•Interfaith Mission (The Lighthouse) — $16,725

QUICK RESPONSE: Deputy saves wife’s life with AED

August 13, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy put his training to good use Monday morning, saving his wife’s life.

After dropping off their son at Churubusco’s football practice, Becky Rennaker called her husband and 22-year deputy, Paul, and told him she was going to the hospital because she didn’t feel well.

“She said she was having chest pains and her arms were hurting,” Rennaker said. “She was probably just thinking that she needed to get to the hospital right away.”

Rennaker said he told his wife to come home so he could drive her in to the hospital — a life or death decision.

August 12th

School begins this week

August 12, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Students from all over Whitley County will be back in the classroom this week, as summer break comes to a close for children across the state.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools start Tuesday, Whitko Community School’s first day is Wednesday and Smith-Green Community Schools begin Friday.

Schools chief dismayed over her 3 jobs

August 12, 2013

ANDERSON (AP) — Glenda Ritz says she’s dismayed by the tasks she faces succeeding Tony Bennett as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction.

Ritz told about 200 supporters that not only must she overhaul some of the changes Bennett made during four years in office and implement her own program, but now she must also deal with the investigation into Bennett’s manipulation of school grades.

Whitko football camp

August 12, 2013

Whitko football campers for 2013.

First row, from left: Third graders Reise Thomas, Owen Hobbs, Alex Yohe and Hunter Miller.

Second row, from left: Fourth graders Austin Kreeps, Wyatt Slusher, Slater Craig, Hunter Sills, Ashton Sheppard and Rob Werstler.

Third row, from left: Fifth graders Hagan Slusher and Zachardy Rimersma and sixth graders Mason Lehman and Clayton Ebbinghouse.

Fourth row, from left: Eighth graders Shad Ebbinghouse, Logan Busz and Kaleb Busz and seventh graders Zach Gardner, Cade Bechtold and Brad Trump.

Not pictured: Brighten Back (eighth grade).

TURTLE TOWN UPTURN: ’Busco on economic upswing

August 12, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — An economic shot in the arm has boosted Churubusco’s small town status and created an economic swing in the town’s favor.

Whitley County has been touted for its ability to make a strong comeback from the economic slump seen across the state in recent years, according to Indiana Economic Development reports.

Churubusco is another extension of the county’s growth.

Recently, Town Council President Frank Kessler shared his perspective on the town’s success with The Post & Mail.

Powerful Pow Wow

August 12, 2013

Morsches Park, in Columbia City, played host to the 18th Annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow over the weekend.

Gates opened Friday at 5 p.m., and events carried through Sunday evening. Food vendors served fry breat, buffalo burgers and buffalo tacos.

Pictured, people who attended the Pow Wow enjoyed the Grand Entry Dance Saturday evening.

NEW TOWERS: County to install new radio system

August 12, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — As part of a large grant, Whitley County’s fire departments are in the process of installing a new radio system.

In an effort to improve communications with dispatchers and between townships, six repeaters are being installed throughout the county in “dead spots” — where radio transmissions are frequently broken.

Repeaters take a weak signal and retransmit it at a higher capacity — helping communications reach a longer distance but maintain clarity.

August 9th

Alleged meth manufacturer appears in court

August 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman allegedly involved in a mobile meth lab busted in June had a pretrial conference in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Braidon Hall, 19, was arrested in June and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of two or more meth precursors, along with other drug-related charges.

She pleaded not guilty in June and hired Greggory Hockemeyer as her attorney.

Hockemeyer asked for a two-week continuance to Hall’s pretrial conference, as he needs to review discovery information.

 

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