May 21st, 2013
Abbi Copeland, an eighth grader at Indian Springs Middle School, recently won 2nd place in the anime drawing contest at the Cherry Blossom Festival.
There were approximately 200 entries in the categories, and three winners chose in four categories.
Copeland won a $20 cash prize, had her photo taken for the Cherry Blossom Festival website, and her artwork will hang in the Young Adult section of the Main Allen County Public Library for the month of June.
Copeland is enrolled in art and design classes for her freshman year at Columbia City High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Peabody Public Library has joined with Library Ideas to offer a network accessing more than 3 million songs.
The Freegal Music Service will allow library patrons to increase the size and diversity of their music collection by offering access to more than 10,000 music labels from 65 different countries.
Registered library cardholders can download three Freegal Music tracks in the MP3 format each week at no cost by going to the libraryâ€™s website at http://ppl.lib.in.us. Click on the Freegal icon in the upper right corner of the website and enter the library card number.
Whole Health Wellness Center held its first planting day Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Whole Health Wellness Center is a new organization created by and for the people of Columbia City. The centerâ€™s mission is to establish community gardens and improve overall health. The garden officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The dayâ€™s activities included planting in both the community and childrenâ€™s gardens as well as learning about composting.
The garden is located at 1065 West CR 150 N., Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School stand-out linkster Tyler Green has partnered with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) to raise funds for Leadership Whitley County.
Recently, the AJGA initiated "Leadership Links," a program that teaches charitable giving skills and service-oriented practices at an early age.
This program motivates junior players to donate their time and talent to local organizations.
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.