July 25th, 2012
PIERCETON â€” In May, 3-year-old Blaire Deeter was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, which is a rare cancerous tumor in the eyeâ€™s retina.
Retinoblastoma is rapidly-developing cancer that develops in the cells of retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye.
Blaire is the daughter of Whitko High School graduate Katie Deeter and granddaughter of Debbie (Deeter) Reed, who also graduated from WHS.
To offset medical expenses for Blaireâ€™s treatments in Cincinnati, â€śBlaireâ€™s Rideâ€ť will take place Saturday with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Post in Pierceton.
CHURUBUSCO â€” In a special meeting, the Smith-Green Community Schools board of directors unanimously voted Jim Folland new principal of Churubusco Junior Senior High School Tuesday night.
Folland is a former chemistry teacher for CJSHS and has been employed at SGCS for nine years.
Ralph Bailey, interim superintendent, announced the appointment.
â€śI have to give thanks to this board. It took four days to get this appointment and that is something special to get it moving this quickly,â€ť said Bailey.
A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the opening of a new business in downtown Columbia City. Mayor Ryan Daniel cut the ribbon to officially open Bugsyâ€™s Downtown Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor. The restaurant specializes in handmade pizza, breadsticks, deep dish pizza, Bugsy Bombs and hand-dipped hard ice cream and is located at 207 West Van Buren in Columbia City across from Ball Furniture. The grand opening will continue throughout the week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Board of Commissioners/Council held a joint meeting Tuesday at the Whitley County Government Center to discuss the 2013 county budget, department heads, county CEDIT plan, county group insurance funding and cumulative funds 2013 rates.
While the County Council still needs answers to several questions they posed at their meeting for the 2013 budget, some issues were discussed and decided upon with a general consensus.
â€śThis meeting is mainly for us to get answers to questions we have,â€ť said Councilwoman Paula Reimers.
Clint Robert Collier, 31, of Larwill, died at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
A lifetime Whitley County resident, he was born Aug. 19, 1980, in Columbia City, the son of Robert Lee Collier and Tonya (Smith) McKay.
Today, the Whitley County Fire Chiefs Association recommended to the Whitley County Commissioners to lift the county wide ban of open burning and fireworks at this time. Due to recent rain and improving conditions they feel the ban can be lifted, but conditions will still be closely monitored. If conditions deteriorate again, or do not continue to improve, the ban may have to be put back in to effect. All county residents are asked to use consideration and caution when burning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Sailrite is one of 25 companies from 13 Indiana counties to earn a place in Indianaâ€™s fifth annual field of â€śCompanies to Watch.â€ť
The company, started in 1969, is owned by Matt and Hallie Grant, who recently moved it less than a year ago to its current location at a 71,000 square foot building visible from U.S. 30 East.
â€śItâ€™s a great honor, and a testament to our company,â€ť said Hallie. â€śA lot of our growth is because of the good employees that we have.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Logan S. Kirk, 19, of Avilla, and Dallas M. Jones, 20, of Churubusco, both appeared in circuit court on methamphetamine charges Monday.
According to the Whitley County Drug Task Force, the two-week long investigation of stolen property and drug activity led officers to a residence on Staunton Drive in Churubusco.
According to WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton, two males were in or near a vehicle parked on the street, preparing their equipment and chemicals to manufacture methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The third time was the charm for Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively Monday morning.
After Rafael Davila of Ohio fled from Hively twice and began a 90 mph police chase through Columbia City, Davila was taken into custody around 4 a.m.
In a police report, Hively said he was traveling eastbound on U.S. 30 when he spotted a car in the westbound lane going 72 mph in a 60 mph zone.
â€śI turned my squad car around and caught up to the vehicle at the intersection of Ind. 9 and U.S. 30,â€ť Hively said in the report.