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March 22nd, 2012

CHOOSING TO WORK: Passages clients make a difference

March 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The clients of Passages don’t have to work outside the walls of Towerview Industries, but 14 of them chose to do so.
“I like to work here at The Clugston,” said Ryan Jackson, who prefers to be called “Mr. Jackson.”
He cleans both The Clugston and Whitley Meadows on a part-time basis.
Dean Kincaid, supported living coordinator at Passages, said the organization’s clients strive for independence.
Even though each client gets some form of disability payment from the federal government, each one is allowed to work part-time.

WIND ISSUE TABLED: Plan commission to take time to evaluate all input

March 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Government officials in charge of drafting up the rule book for windmills in Whitley County decided early this morning to take time to sift through all the input given during Wednesday night’s meeting of the Whitley County Plan Commission.
Following the lengthy public hearing to discuss changes to a zoning ordinance, specifically related to wind turbines, the Whitley County Plan Commission decided in favor of tabling its vote on a recommendation. The commission ruled it had taken in too much information and needed time to process what it had heard.

WILD, WACKY & WEIRD NEWS: Honolulu judge puts man in chokehold for ruckus

March 22, 2012

HONOLULU (AP) — It got personal for a judge in Honolulu when he put a man in a chokehold for jumping onto his bench and breaking a flagpole bearing the state flag, authorities said.
District Judge Lono Lee knocked down Steven Michael Hauge and restrained him Monday after the man caused a ruckus in Lee's courtroom, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hauge had been going from courtroom to courtroom in the Honolulu District Court building screaming, State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha said. "He was quite upset about something," Tsuha said.

Amnesty program in place for synthetic drugs

March 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Authorities say anyone in possession of synthetic drugs outlawed when Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a new law into effect last week can dispose of them in at any Indiana State Police post through Sunday.

While Whitley County has had a ban on synthetic drugs since last year, Gov. Mitch Daniels recently signed a new law outlawing the drugs from the state of Indiana.

In lieu of the ban, the Indiana State Police is allowing people to dispose of synthetic drugs at any police post through Sunday.

Eagles defeat Huntington, 80-55

March 22, 2012

HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a win at Huntington North Wednesday.

Senior Matt Rethlake, in his first high school track meet, won the 100-meter dash, long jump and high jump.

He was also on the 400-meter relay team with Zach Pequignot, Sam Dailey and Wayne Smith, which placed second. Smith won the 200-meter dash.

March 21st

STATE'S REPORT CARD: Whitko supt. assesses legislature’s performance

March 21, 2012

PIERCETON — Positive and encouraging news from the state legislature was reported by Whitko Community School Corporation Superintendent Steve Clason regarding the multiple Average Daily Membership (ADM) count, increased appropriation amount for full-day kindergarten and online courses for high school students.

POINT-COUNTERPOINT: Public hearing tonight on wind issue

March 21, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — At last month’s meeting of the Whitley County Plan Commission, President Brandon Forrester stated very matter-of-factly regarding the ongoing wind issue, “Our recommendation to the commissioners will not make everyone happy; there is no way to do that with a topic of this magnitude.”
Tonight, both happy and unhappy parties alike will get an opportunity to speak their mind at the public hearing being held during the commission’s meeting, set for a special time and place of 6 p.m. at the 4-H Center.

REVEALING ROOSEVELT'S CHARACTER: ‘Teddy’portrayed at annual meeting

March 21, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — An informative presentation of Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency entertained those present at the Whitley County Historical Society’s annual meeting, as Gib Young portrayed the 26th President of the United States. The event was held Monday at The Brownstone, located at 105 S. State St. in South Whitley.
Young walked around the room full of people, introducing himself as Theodore Roosevelt before sitting down to a meal. Afterward, he impersonated Roosevelt, speaking about the presidency for nearly 40 minutes.

PERSONNEL SHUFFLE: Whitko school board OKs job changes

March 21, 2012

PIERCETON — Several leadership changes and retirements will take place in Whitko Community School Corporation according to Superintendent Steve Clason. The transitions will become effective beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
“This is one of those times as a superintendent which is an exciting time and scary time as well,” Clason said at the Board of School Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday evening. “We (WCSC) have a number of people changing positions, changing roles, and doing things differently.”

Gladys Reimer, 85

March 21, 2012

Gladys Loretta Reimer, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:49 a.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Oak Pointe, Columbia City.
Born May 16, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Harry and Nora Luella (Nelson) Johnson.
Raised in Fort Wayne, she attended Central High School.
She moved to Columbia City following her marriage in 1943 to John Stidham. After Mr. Stidham’s death, she moved to South Whitley in 1966 and later bought a home in Columbia City.

 

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