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March 3rd, 2014

LTES to hold carnival for cancer research

March 3, 2014

Janet Hinen, a teacher at LTES, is a cancer survivor and planned a carnival to raise money and awareness for cancer research and patient services. Pictured, LTES students and faculty came together to form the shape of the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.

SNOW REMOVAL: A ‘seamless’ operation

March 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Chamber of Commerce hosted Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel at its monthly Lunch ’n’ Learn, and Daniel delivered his 2014 State of the City address.
After the address, Chamber President Doug Brown complimented the city’s snow removal efforts this winter, as the area has had record-breaking snowfall and difficult conditions for street crews.
“It has been a seamless operation,” Brown complimented Friday.

CONSTRUCTION: Road projects made difficult by weather

March 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Piling snow and bitter cold temperatures have slowed the process of many road projects slated for Whitley County.

Ruckman Road, which is in the process of bridge repair work, continues to be closed. The completion date is dependent on the weather.

“We had a timeline, but the weather hasn’t cooperated,” said Brandon Forrester, Whitley County engineer. “I don’t think anyone could have planned for a winter like this.”

'HOPE': LTES to hold carnival for cancer research

March 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Janet Hinen, a teacher at Little Turtle Elementary School, has worked with fellow faculty members to organize a special carnival — a fundraiser for cancer research and patient support.

In April of 2013, Hinen was diagnosed with breast cancer. In May, she underwent surgery in addition to chemotherapy treatments.

“This journey has been a ride with a whole lot of bumps,” Hinen said. “It’s been a roller coaster and at times felt like I was going through a dark tunnel.”

But it was the honest and genuine care from her students that kept a smile on Hinen’s face.

DIFFERENCE MAKER: English More than a high school subject

March 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Abby English is a teacher at TROY Center, an alternative education campus that works with students who need more than academic support.

Since 2004, English has taught at TROY, where she is described as “admirable,” “understanding,” and”kind.”

“Abby is patient and dedicated to her students,” said Nicole Trier, administrator for the school. “She truly cares about her students’ progress and success. She is always willing to begin each day with a fresh start.”

‘We are the champions, my friend’

March 3, 2014

City Heat, Columbia City High School’s mixed show choir, won Grand Champion at the East Noble Show Choir Invitational Saturday. City Heat is comprised by a majority of honor students. Each singer is required to participate in ISSMA Solo Vocal Contest each year. They are under the direction of Rosalie Geller. City Heat is choreographed by Jason Johnson. City Soul, the back-up band, is under the direction of Carolyn Hindbaugh.

Peabody Library seeks to fill vacancy on board of trustees

March 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Council is seeking applicants who would like to serve the remaining term for an open position on the Peabody Public Library's Board of Trustees.

The term is in effect until Sept. 7, 2016.

The position is unpaid, and would require attendance at monthly meetings, which take place the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Applicants must be a resident of Columbia Township, Thorncreek Township, or live within the city limits of Columbia City.

LOCAL COUPLE ACCUSED OF CHILD NEGLET: Police: Infant tests positive for methamphetamine

March 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Two individuals were charged with neglect of a dependent, as well as drug charges, when an infant in their care tested positive for methamphetamine.

Alisha K. Carden, 19, and Lutricia L. Harris, 42, were arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

Scott E. Cochran, 31, was arrested in connection with the same event, but was just charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

MONDAY'S WEATHER OUTLOOK

March 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 3, 3014) -- Bitterly cold temperatures mark the beginning of March. Temperatures will be 25 degrees below on average this afternoon with highs only in the teens.

We will continue to feel these bitter cold temperatures tonight with lows expected to be below zero. A slow moderation of temperatures will occur the rest of the week with highs in the 20s.

Today: Mostly sunny but very cold.

High: 14°

Winds: NE 5-10 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy and bitterly cold.

Low: -3°

Winds: N 1-5 mph

March 2nd

‘What a blessing it is to live here’: Daniel delivers State of the City address Friday

March 2, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce hosted Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel at Peabody Public Library for the State of the City address Friday afternoon.

Highlighting all of the city’s accomplishments from 2013, and giving an overview of 2014’s upcoming projects, Daniel concluded his speech with a sense of Columbia City pride.

“The state of our city is rising, and as long as our vision remains focused, eyes toward the prize and feet firmly planted on the ground, our city’s future will remain bright,” Daniel said.

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