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April 24th, 2014
Pierceton Elementary School recently hosted Donuts for Dads where students were able to bring their dad, or other important men in their life, to a breakfast. Dads were served a breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy, donuts, juice and coffee. â€śPierceton students had a lot of important people in their life because the cafeteria was packed with more than 335 attendees,â€ť said school officials. â€śIt was a great morning for the students.
A shell building is nearing completion at Rail Connect Business Park, located off of County Road 600 E. The building was constructed to be adjusted to meet the needs of a future occupant. A shortage of commercial real estate prompted the building project, which should be finished at the end of April.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 12-person jury found a Columbia City man guilty of six crimes Wednesday evening. Steven W. Slater, Jr., 38, was also named a habitual felony offender by the jury, due to having two prior, unrelated, felony convictions on his record.
Wednesday, the jury found Slater to be guilty of two charges of burglary, a Class C felony, two counts of theft, a Class D felony, and two charges of criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor, for a string of five crimes in the downtown area of Columbia City in January.
Slater will be sentenced Monday, May 19, at 9 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In an effort to thwart prescription drug abuse, Whitley Countyâ€™s Drug Task Force is opening three locations for residents to drop off old pills on Saturday.
Several agencies are working together for the event, including Columbia Cityâ€™s, South Whitleyâ€™s and Churubuscoâ€™s police departments, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Saturday marks the eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft. Officials say ridding homes of potentially dangers expired, unused and unwanted drugs helps keep them from getting in the wrong hands.
WHITLEY COUNTY Ââ€” Consider the following â€” â€śWhat should be the biblical response to the tumultuous wind of change in our country and world which most of us can acknowledge is alarming?â€ť
This question was posed by Jeremy Wike, senior pastor at Community of Hope Church in Columbia City, which will host the National Day of Prayer service May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 1, and a prayer session is planned for noon at the Whitley County Courthouse gazebo.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Economic Development Corporation has been working to consistently fill vacant buildings and facilities with new business. The initiative also brings additional job opportunities and economic growth to the area.
But when available property is in shortage, what can be done?
The EDCâ€™s answer â€” find a way to build a building.
Events for this weekend.
Saturday, April, 26:
â€˘5K for Jesus - 9 a.m.
A 5K Walk-Run for Jesus is set for Saturday at 9 a.m. and will begin at The Center for Whitley County Youth, Columbia City.
Pre-registration is $15 due by Wednesday, April 16. Afterward the cost is $20. There is a $50 maximum fee for families and children in strollers are free.
â€˘Radio test - 9 a.m.
The next Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test Session will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.
A global celebration was planned in observance of Earth Day Tuesday.
Whole Health Wellness Center, a Whitley County nonprofit that works to educate the community on healthy living and provides a community garden, coordinated volunteers to visit Coesse Elementary School.
â€śItâ€™s a fun project to get kids thinking about reusing things before just throwing them away,â€ť said Aimee Clark, one of Whole Healthâ€™s founder.
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