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October 7th, 2013

Breaking down to build new

October 7, 2013

Dave Stouder (left) and Glen Gilraine, from Community of Hope Church work to break up a concrete slab at The Lighthouse, a transitional home in Columbia City.

The foundation was located under an old garage, but the structure was removed to make room for a new playground.

Blessing of the animals

October 7, 2013

Grace Lutheran Church hosted a Blessing of the Animals Saturday.

Church members and their animals gathered for Pastor Matthew Converse to bless numerous cats, dogs and even a hamster, as pictured.

The church, in downtown Columbia City, held a Blessing of the Animals for community members to bring their pets to be prayed over.

IN COURT: Lemon receives 10-year sentence

October 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A South Whitley woman received a 10-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last week for committing burglary.

Ashley Lemon, 28, was found guilty at a bench trial in August.

She received a 10-year sentence, with six years to serve and four on suspended sentence. Four of the six years to serve will be at the Whitley County Jail and two will be on home detention.

Judge James Heuer said he would have Lemon serve the home detention portion of her sentence first, so it would not be a hardship on Lemon’s young daughter.

CHILD CRIMES: Law changes what schools need to know

October 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A new state law that went into effect July 1 is changing communication between police and school administrators.

Whenever a child is arrested or taken into custody for allegedly committing a crime, police are now required to inform the student’s school district.

Officials at the Whitley County Safety Commission discussed how that law will play a role with Whitley County’s law enforcement agencies and school systems.

Unfortunately for decision makers, there is no set process for how that communication is supposed to happen.

FUEL FEES FALLING IN FALL: Temperatures drop with gas prices

October 7, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Gasoline prices have fallen steadily throughout September, and drivers should look forward to even cheaper fill-ups in the weeks ahead.

The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is now $3.42, down from $3.59 on Sept. 1. The price is the lowest it’s been at this time of year since 2010 and is likely to keep falling.

In Whitley County Monday, prices were below the national average at $3.18 a gallon.

October 4th

Phone books becoming obsolete?

October 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — What is black, white and read all over? As of recently — not the phone book.

As CenturyLink rolled out this year’s phone book — which was as thick as a magazine — many reminisced about the “old days” when the phone book was several inches thick and a vault of information.

Over the last several years, phone books across the U.S. have been shrinking — some telecommunications companies have stopped producing them completely.

Three years ago, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania approved Verizon Communcations Inc.’s request to stop distributing the white pages.

IN COURT: Woman accused of thieving prescriptions from Oak Pointe

October 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from the elderly had her first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Nicole L. Smith, 43, of Larwill, was arrested Sept. 24 and charged with three counts of burglary, one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of possession of a legend drug.

Smith pleaded not guilty and stated she would hire her own attorney.

According to case reports, Smith was allegedly the perpetrator behind two thefts of prescription drugs from Oak Pointe Assisted Living.

CASINO MONEY: Riverboat tax monday pays for city police cars

October 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A budget change went into affect when Mayor Ryan Daniel took office in 2012, and many believe it was for the better.

Previously, the police department's squad cars were purchased through the city's general funds.

With the department replacing 2-3 vehicles per year, some citizens were distraught that local tax money was funding the new vehicles.

After some adjustments to the budget, Daniel decided to use the city's "riverboat" money to purchase squad cars.

RESCUE: Local family rescues neglected dog

October 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A local family rescued a dog this past summer and now hopes he can find a good home.

Cassie Bilderback, of Columbia City, said she and her daughters were given a Labrador-Retriever mixed-breed male about four months ago. At the time, he weighed only 40 pounds, had untrimmed nails and a rubbed-down, raw nose.

“He had to be trained to use the restroom outside,” Bilderback said. “He needed constant care because he was so sick.”

Now up to a healthy weight, the dog, who was dubbed Grizzly by the Bilderback family, now needs a home.

ONLINE POLL RESUTS

October 4, 2013

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