April 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco man accused of four meth-related crimes appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court for the first time Monday.
Christopher Bell, 26, was arrested April 12 for unlawful sale of precursors, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture meth, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
Bellâ€™s next court date is May 20, and Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz will be his attorney.
According to case reports, Bell was booked on an unrelated charge earlier this year. As soon as he was released, he began purchasing pseudoephedrine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Superior Courtroom went mobile Friday.
Real defendants, real prosecution and real cases traveled to Whitley Countyâ€™s middle schools to give students a true feel for what goes on in the courtroom.
Real life defendants volunteered to participate in the program.
After the hearings, students had the opportunity to ask the prosecution, Judge Doug Fahl, the public defender and the defendants questions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Recent heavy rains have primed Whitley County to be a possible breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Scott Wagner, Whitley Countyâ€™s environmental health specialist, said as the temperatures rise, standing water will become attractive pools for mosquitoes to hatch.
â€śTypically the mosquitoes that bite and transmit the West Nile virus start moving when the temperatures get above 65 degrees,â€ť Wagner said. â€śAlthough we havenâ€™t had those kind of temperatures yet, we will be getting warmer and itâ€™s time for people to start thinking about mosquitoes.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY (April 26, 2013) â€” A tractor-trailer rollover on U.S. 30 Friday afternoon caused traffic problems for commuters heading westbound into Columbia City. No serious injuries were reported in the accident, but Whitley Countyâ€™s HazMat team was called to the scene to clean up fuel and oil spills. The semi was hauling automotive parts, and rolled over in the area of U.S. 30â€™s intersection with County Road 100 South.
An autism support group will meet today and every first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Whitley County YMCA.
Barbershop music-7 p.m.
The Barbershoppers' Reunion will be Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the basement of Peabody Public Library. Cookies will be served. Attendees will hear award-winning barbershop quartets.
Pam Crone, tour director for Travel Time Senior Tours, in affiliation with the Whitley County Council on Aging, will host a travel show Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Don Halls Guesthouse, 1313 W. Washington Center Rd., Fort Wayne to preview "The Best of the West- Great National Parks by Train" tour on August 15 to 29.
Lamaze class-6 p.m.
Parkview Whitley Hospital will offer Lamaze classes designed for expecting parents to explore the physical, emotional, and social aspects of birth.
Sessions last four weeks and will be offered Mondays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in terrace level classroom C. This session will meet April 29, May 6, 13, and 20.
Parent feedback-5:30 p.m.
Whitko Community Schools announce a Title I Parent Feedback Night Monday, April 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Whitko Administration Building at 432 S. First St., Pireceton.
Red Cross course
The Red Cross is offering three courses to train those wishing to volunteer in disaster relief shelters in Whitley County. The courses will be Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Church of God, Columbia City.
The training is free. Snacks and drink will be provided. There will be a 45 minute lunch break.
Registration is required by Saturday, April 20 and can be done by calling First Church at 244-5959 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class reunion-9 a.m.
In light of the atrocity at the Boston Marathon, are you willing to sacrifice freedoms in the interest of public safety?
HUNTINGTON â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s golf team traveled to LaFontaine Golf Course Thursday to face the Huntington North Vikings.
Despite a hole-in-one by Eagle freshman Spencer Klimek, Columbia City fell to the Vikings, 161-169.
Klimek led the Eagles with a 39, scoring his hole one-in-one on hole No. 17 from 142 yards out.
â€śSpencer led our team tonight,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said. â€śHe came out and had the great fortune to have the hole-in-one and that is a tremendous accomplishment. Itâ€™s a tremendous feeling, and that is icing on the cake for him.â€ť