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October 2nd, 2013

HIGHER LEARNING: Prepping for college extends beyond academics

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — College preparations can never be made too early, according to high school guidance staff at Columbia City and Whitko high schools.

With a college fair set for Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Columbia City High School, guidance counselors across the county are encouraging parents and students to attend.

“We tell our students to get up there,” said Mark Rickerd, guidance counselor at Whitko High School. “Parents should tag along and ask a lot of questions. They will think of things to ask that wouldn’t cross their child’s mind.”

‘SILENCE THE VIOLENCE’: Downtown decorations promote violence awareness

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Purple ribbons and banners were hung around the Whitley County Courthouse’s gazebo Tuesday in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Members of Columbia City High School’s Key Club and the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force joined County Commissioners in proclaiming the significance of this particular cause.

“This is important to our county. We need to get the word out,” said County Commissioner Don Amber. “Tell people what the purple stands for. That’s how we will make change.”

DESIRED DISCLOSURE: Schools can’t always provide the details parents want

October 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As school safety is ramping up around the country, many parents are asking — “How much am I entitled to know?”

The answer to that question is not always clear, as schools can be locked down for a variety of reasons — some that are open to the public, and some that aren’t.

As some schools in Whitley County have been on “lockdown” in the last few years, many administrators struggled with parents who were concerned with the safety of their child, demanding details of the school’s situation.

October 1st

Purdue extension offers farmland lease program

October 1, 2013

WARSAW — Farmers, landowners, bankers and farm managers can benefit from attending the upcoming program “Finding Balance in Farmland Lease Contracts.”

Many times there is confusion in determining a fair value for land rents and which lease option matches the expectations for landowners and tenants.

The Purdue Land Lease Team has developed this program along with several publications that address the many questions concerning land leases.

Fox Products toots its English horn for Rotary

October 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — What started out as a dream for Hugo Fox became a reality in 1949 as he established a Bassoon manufacturing company in South Whitley.

Hugo had played the bassoon for the Chicago Symphony from 1922 to 1949 and had dreamed of creating his own version of a bassoon for years.

It took two years to get up and running in the Bassoon business, but by 1951 Fox Products was producing twelve instruments a year.

Free mammograms offered through county’s Giving Circle

October 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Whitley County Community Foundation’s Giving Circle for Women’s Health is working to generate a greater awareness for women’s health.

The organization recently announced that for the 10th consecutive year, certificates for free mammograms are available to Whitley County women who do not have insurance and would not otherwise be able to afford the vital screenings.

History played where history is made

October 1, 2013

Friday, a group of students gathered on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn for a history lesson brought to life.

Joe (left) and Denise Shawver, along with their son, Josh (center), demonstrated to a group of eighth grade U.S. History students from Indian Springs Middle School various facets of life in the 18th century.

The Shawver family regularly reenacts Revolutionary War life.

OUTAGES: Lapses in energy leaves residents powerless

October 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Power outages have peppered the town of South Whitley in recent weeks.

Two outages back-to-back Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 left many residents without electricity for hours.

At a recent town council meeting, town leaders heard from Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) representatives as to the issues with the town’s power.

“These outages were not IMPA’s issue, but Duke Energy’s outage,” said Eric Burch, manager of member services for IMPA.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Senate rejects House funding measures; both sides defiant

October 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government was poised to partially shut down for the first time in 17 years late on Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

With a midnight deadline fast approaching, the House voted 228 to 201 to approve the third GOP proposal in two weeks to fund the government — a plan that would delay enforcement of the “individual mandate,” a cornerstone of the legislation that requires all Americans to obtain health coverage in 2014.

KIMBLER CASE: Man admits to attempted murder

October 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With his trial less than a week away, a man admitted his guilt to attempted murder and several other charges.

Dakota Kimbler, 18, of Rome City, had a trial scheduled for today and Wednesday.

After his final pretrial conference Sept. 23 in Whitley County Circuit Court, Kimbler pleaded guilty later that week.

In addition to attempted murder, Kimbler also pleaded guilty to attempted carjacking, possession of stolen property and possession of a handgun without a license.

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