April 23rd, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jurors heard witness testimony Tuesday during the first day of a burglary trial in Whitley County Circuit Court. Steven W. Slater, 38, of Columbia City, is standing trial for multiple charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.
He is represented by Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz.
A jury of six men and six women heard witness testimony Tuesday afternoon, which came after opening statements from Voelz and Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Federal aid will assist Whitley County in its expenses incurred from severe winter storms in January. Gov. Mike Pence received word Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted his appeal for assistance.
â€śThis has been an arduous process, but the outcome is good news for Hoosiers,â€ť said Pence. â€śThese grants will provide millions to local governments and select nonprofits that are hurting financially. I congratulate the counties, cities and towns for their perseverance.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools posted â€śexcellentâ€ť results in Indianaâ€™s recent evaluation of the district, in the eyes of WCCS Superintendent Patricia Oâ€™Connor.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s graduation rate also improved from 93 percent in 2012 to 94.7 percent in 2013.
â€śThat increase is outstanding,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said. â€śThank you to all teachers, administrators, parents and students for making that happen.â€ť
Little Turtle Elementary also showed a strong improvement in the stateâ€™s A-F grading system.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Volunteers are putting the final plans in place for the countyâ€™s Relay for Life event slated for June 7 at 8 a.m. at Indian Springs Middle School, Columbia City.
The 24-hour walk will raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Funds raised at the Whitley County event will financially support local patients and cancer survivors.
Currently, relay participants have raised $7,810 of the $35,000 goal. Eighteen teams have already registered, however, local organizers have a goal of 35. There is still time to register a team and to generate funds for the cause.
COLUMBIA CITY (April 23, 2014) â€” The Whitley County Health Department closed LosTequilos, a restaurant in Columbia City, Monday afternoon, pending an investigation. It is still closed at this time. The closure was issued after receiving a number of complaints of illness from patrons who had eaten there Thursday through Saturday (April 17-19).
For more on this story, see Thursday's edition of The Post & Mail.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Relay for Life of Whitley County, a 24-hour walk-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and patient services, has several fundraising events to support area teams working to generate money for their relay efforts.
All the money raised from fundraisers will go to the Whitley County relay event, slated for June 7 and 8 at Indian Springs Middle School, and will go to support local community members battling cancer.
Kathy Block won a Pamper Yourself Prize of a yoga mat, spa products, Dove chocolates, and a book bag at the South Whitley Public Library's Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading program.
Adult patrons were invited to participate during the long, bitter winter. Participants chose and read books just as they normally would, but then they logged and rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Each book earned a ticket for a chance to win a prize, and every five books was rewarded a chocolate Hersheyâ€™s kiss.
COLUMBIA CITY â€”Precision Plastics, Inc., a custom plastic injection molder, is expanding its operations in Columbia City. A 12,000-square-foot warehouse is being added to the existing 75,000-square-foot plastics facility, located on West Connexion Way.
The $265,000 investment is expected to be completed by June and will bring 15 new jobs by 2017. Precision Plastics will move product storage into its new warehouse, which will allow the company to add injection molding presses to its manufacturing facility.
The Lady Eagles traveled to Plymouth for an invitational Saturday, with the No. 1 doubles team of Macie Hinen and Sydney Ford leading the charge.
Hinen and Ford won all four of their matches to earn the No. 1 doubles championship.
The Lady Eagles also topped county-rival Churubusco 4-1 Monday.
Whitkoâ€™s baseball team lost a high-scoring affair against West Noble Monday. The host Chargers upended the Wildcats by a final score of 12-11.
West Noble had an 8-4 lead after three innings, and reached its 12-run total after four frames.
Whitko rallied with five runs total between the fifth and sixth innings, but came up one tally short at the end.
The loss dropped the Wildcats to 8-2 this year.