July 11th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY âBoomerang Backpacks is the name of a new program for food distribution for elementary aged students in Whitley County.
At Tuesdayâs Rotary Club meeting, Columbia City Rotarians learned of the program and how it helps children.
The mission of the program is to alleviate hunger over weekends, decrease health related sicknesses due to hunger, and help children improve their ability to concentrate.
The technique involves sending children home from school for the weekend with a backpack full of food, given to them at their school.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Fort Wayne man had his pretrial release revoked by a district judge due to his alleged role in thefts in Whitley County.
Dax Shephard, 42, was a member of a motorcycle gang that was indicted for racketeering in November.
He was released under court supervision.
However, his pretrial release was revoked due to alleged thefts in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â Health concerns were not enough to keep a man out of jail who was convicted of home improvement fraud.
Wearing a back brace, and walking very slowly, George A. Martin appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday and received a five-year sentence for home improvement fraud, a Class C felony.
Judge James Heuer ordered Martin to serve one year of that sentence at the Whitley County Jail, two on home detention, and the last two on probation.
Martinâs attorney, Jill Gonzales, argued health concerns were too great for her client to spend any time behind bars.
COLUMBIA CITY â For 10 years, Whitley Countyâs Giving Circle for Womenâs Health has reached out to ladies who might need medical care and support.
Wednesday, the organization celebrated the decade of service with a luncheon. Aileen Meier, president of the steering committee, revealed some impressive numbers for the group.
Since its inception, the Giving Circle has given 140 mammograms, totalling approximately $40,000. Since fundraising has been an ongoing focus for the group, Meier was âpleasedâ to announce the fund had an approximate balance of $164,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs 4-H Fair officially begins Friday with a Dairy Show at 11 a.m.
Cathy Heritier is overseeing the fair festivities. She said this yearâs events bring many opportunities for âgood wholesome family fun.â
âOur fair is really unique in that we donât charge for admission. Itâs free,â Heritier said. âAll the people who are working down there are volunteers. Auctioneers volunteer their time and so do the people at the grandstands.â
COLUMBIA CITY â One of Whitley Countyâs younger sheriffâs deputies is working his way up the ranks of the department.
Cory Patrick, who has five years with the department, was promoted as the second-shift sergeant Wednesday afternoon.
Patrick was one of three candidates who put in for the position, and he is looking forward to his new role in the department.
âThereâs not a lot of room to move up in a smaller department like ours,â Patrick said. âItâs a great opportunity.â
Two years ago, Patrick was the youngest and newest deputy on the department
INDIANAPOLIS â The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
âWe are counting on generous volunteer blood and platelet donors to step up and give now,â said Sharyn Whitman, CEO, Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.
âEvery two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for these patients in need.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Salvation Army of Whitley Countyâs âCelebrity Shoe Offâ is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Shoe Show in Columbia City.
The goal is for local âcelebritiesâ to generate money for the nonprofitâs drive to provide new school shoes for children in need.
Those wanting to contribute can drive by and put financial donations in a shoe of a local celebrity during the time they present at the store.
COLUMBIA CITY â Cassandra Petrie, the 2011 Whitley County Junior Miss, will join Greg Hockemeyer as emcee for the Distinguished Young Woman Program/Junior Miss Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
Hockemeyer, a Columbia City attorney, is in his 15th year of emceeing the program, which will be held in the auditorium at Columbia City High School.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students kindergarten through 12th grade.
SOUTH WHITLEY â âWho is your favorite firefighter?â
In an effort to raise money and increase food donations, the South Whitley Emergency Food Bank is holding a contest for residents to vote for their favorite Cleveland Township Firefighter.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, votes will be gathered.
When a voter brings a nonperishable food item to the station, one vote will go toward the count for their favorite firefighter.