November 7th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” School officials have been working hard to increase school safety for the last several months.
Officials have partnered with local law enforcement agencies to form a School Safety Commission, created safety plans for every building in their districts, and have opened up buildings for officers to conduct extra training.
Friday, the school systems received a boost in their safety efforts, as Indiana Governor Mike Pence awarded Whitley Countyâ€™s schools $120,411.60 of the stateâ€™s $9 million in grant money.
Elizabeth Linnette Martinez, 48, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly at her residence at 1:14 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
She was born in Fort Wayne Aug. 21, 1965.
She was the daughter of Willis DeWayne â€śBillâ€ť and Viola May (Wood) Bosserman.
Liz spent her lifetime in Columbia City graduating with the Class of 1983 from Columbia City High School. She attended cosmetology training and received a Nail Tech certificate.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Veterans Day will have a greater significance for Pat Gunter and her family.
Gunter works at Smith & Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City and lives in Fort Wayne with her husband John.
Together with their daughter Kayleigh, the family earned their U.S. citizenship recently.
â€śIt took years to get here,â€ť Gunter said. â€śWe wanted to complete the process before our daughterâ€™s wedding. We started working on our citizenship as a family and we wanted to finish it that way as well.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of Trustees was informed of the planned calendar for the 2014-15 school year Monday.
Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff told the board high school graduation would be set for June 5, 2015. She said though the date is nearly two years away, people have already begun asking her and Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor when the event will be held.
Graduation comes 14 days after the planned last day of school, which is May 22, 2015.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As part of new legislation, utility companies have to notify their customers of the right to a hearing before being disconnected.
The City of Columbia City worked toward compliance with that legislation at last weekâ€™s meeting, as City Attorney Marcia McNagny presented the Board of Works with the verbiage that will now be included in disconnect notices.
â€śPeople have always had the opportunity for a hearing,â€ť McNagny said.
â€śThe courtâ€™s ruling was that we now have to notify them â€” thatâ€™s why weâ€™re doing this. They just have to be notified of their right to a hearing.â€ť
HUNTINGTON â€” Huntington Universityâ€™s menâ€™s basketball team is off to a perfect start in the early going of the 2013-14 Forester hoops season.
The Foresters beat visiting Purdue North Central Tuesday 90-78.
Columbia City High School 2013 graduate Derek Hinen is a starter as a freshman for Huntington, and he was the third-leading scorer in Tuesdayâ€™s win.
Hinen had 13 points and paced the Foresters with eight assists.
Shane Merryman led Huntington in scoring with 24 and rebounds with nine.
Drew Benedict, another CCHS 2013 graduate, had seven points for the Foresters Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A Columbia City man received a 10-year prison sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine.
David A. Greer, 23, was ordered Monday to serve the entirety of his 10-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.
In his statement, Greerâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client should be commended for accepting responsibility for his actions early in the process.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City athlete saw his cross country season end early, and now has seen the next step in his career begin early.
Evan Harney, a senior, was injured midway through the 2013 season for the Eagles.
However, in late October he signed with Indiana Tech to continue his running career.
The move comes early in the recruiting process.
Harney will run cross country and distance events in track for the Warriors.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In Columbia City, a nearby location is being transformed into a drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child â€” the worldâ€™s largest Christmas project of its kind.
Local volunteers will be on hand to receive an expected 2,000 gift-filled shoeboxes, packed by Columbia City residents with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
At this local collection site in the Columbia City area, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Northern Heights Elementary School has elected a Student Council for the 2013-14 school year.
The Student Council will share studentsâ€™ views on issues involving the school, participate in community service activities, provide student leadership and role modeling, and represent the student population at Northern Heights.
Students in 5th grade participated in elections for Cabinet offices and classroom representatives, while the 4th grade participated in elections for classroom representatives.
Principal Jake Hoag has announced the following offices: