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October 27th, 2012

'FUTURE THINKING': TROY Center works on partnerships, goals for student achievement

October 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Since TROY Center became accredited in August, the school staff has continued to secure partnerships and work with students’ goals, making the atmosphere a warm, caring environment.
“We’re just trying to do a lot more future thinking,” said TROY Administrator Nicole Trier.
Trier said TROY’s first intention is to partner with schools in the area before having students apply for vouchers.
“If a student comes to us and they want to enroll, we’re going to first see if the schools are willing to refer them,” said Trier.

URBAN LEGENDS: Set tone for Halloween

October 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Haunted houses and ghost stories are a common place this time of year. Halloween can evoke spooky tales, but some stories hit close to home. There are a few urban legends that originate in Whitley County. Some are told in whispers and shared around campfires.
The circumstances surrounding these tales are not confirmed to be factual. That doesn’t mean the encounters themselves are not true. Those who have faced fear down and stood toe-to-toe with Whitley County’s paranormal would agree — truth lies within perception.
Arresting tale

CHALK IT UP

October 27, 2012

October 26th

Rachel Sheets, 28

October 26, 2012

Rachel Lila-Jane Sheets, 28, of Churubusco, passed away at 1:18 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born on Feb. 25, 1984 in Columbia City, the daughter of Rodney Clayton Sheets and Jane Ellen (Fry) Goldwood.
She spent her entire lifetime in Whitley County. She graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 2002.
She was baptized and attended Oak Grove Church of God, Columbia City. She received her associates degree in cosmetology from Ravenscroft Beauty College, Fort Wayne.

SGCS: Construction gives 'Busco new look

October 26, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Construction work is moving forward at Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS). Fetters Construction Inc. has torn down a canopy that once covered the sidewalk in front of the building. The canopy has been a part of the school’s facade for decades. Now, only a small portion remains near the main entrance.

LOCAL MAN: Handed additional charges

October 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man, who was arrested back in April for allegedly leaving the scene of his girlfriend’s moped accident, is back in the Whitley County Jail on charges of domestic battery and resisting law enforcement.
According to a Columbia City Police Department report, Lyle Orr, 47, was arrested Oct. 18 after police responded to a domestic fight at 517 N. Oak St.
According to police, Orr was currently out of jail on a $38,000 bond.

OCRA GRANT: Mayor asks citizens to return surveys

October 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The City of Columbia City will be sending out an income survey to a portion of the city’s population as it takes steps to try to secure a grant which would help pay for a Comprehensive Community Development Plan.
According to Mayor Ryan Daniel, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) grant would pay for approximately 90 percent of the study.
“Our comprehensive plan is a bit outdated,” said Mayor Daniel. “Fur-thermore, I think having a plan of action and goals for the future — and steps to get toward that future is very important.”

IRONIC?: Elwood man arrested 15 miles from ’Busco

October 26, 2012

KNAPP LAKE — An Elwood man was incarcerated after neighbors caught him breaking and entering a home, approximately 15 miles away from Churubusco.

In light of tonight’s sectional football game between ’Busco and Elwood, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Ron Galaviz said there is no indication that the alleged crime is related to the game.

According to the Indiana State Police, neighbors saw what they believed to be a breaking an entering in progress — a call which resulted in the arrest of a 50-year-old man from Elwood.

TRAA vehicle strikes pedestrian

October 26, 2012

FORT WAYNE — A pedestrian was struck by a Three Rivers Ambulance Authority (TRAA) Supervisor vehicle early Friday morning in Fort Wayne.

According to a press release by the Fort Wayne Police Department, police were called to the scene of an unknown problem.

When officers arrived, they found that a pedestrian had been struck, and the driver, a paramedic, was rendering medical aid to the victim.

Though he was conscious, the victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition, which was later changed to critical condition.

October 25th

ROBBED: Fort Wayne Police probe armed robbery

October 25, 2012

FORT WAYNE — Police are looking for suspects in an armed robbery that occurred Thursday morning in Fort Wayne.

According to a press release by the Fort Wayne Police Department, at approximately 8:40 a.m. Thursday, two males in dark hooded sweatshirts approached two employees from Midwest America Federal Credit Union on Swinney Avenue, forcing the employees to take them inside.

Both suspects, who were armed with handguns, demanded cash before leaving.

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