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July 29th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A long-term weather forecast for the month of August returns an unusual word ‚ÄĒ normal.
Normal is something Northeast Indiana residents might have forgotten about in the past few weeks.
Wild temperature swings have taken the region from 100-degree heat indexes in the week of July 15 to temperatures not hitting 70 this week.
According to Lonnie Fisher, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in North Webster, August could be more typical.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City first is planned for Saturday ‚ÄĒ a city-wide garage sale.
The sale, organized by community members, is slated to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a good thing to have events that take place in the city,‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. ‚ÄúEvents bring in individuals who might not otherwise come to Columbia City. Who knows, they might like it here and decide to come back or even move here.‚ÄĚ
Town-wide sales have been popular in other Whitley County communities such as Churubusco and South Whitley.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man accused of attempted rape and child molesting had one charge amended at a pretrial conference Monday.
Dustin Nimtz, 18, was also charged with intimidation, burglary, strangulation and criminal deviate conduct.
Prosecution amended the intimidation count from a Class D felony to a Class C felony in Whitley County Superior Court.
That makes the charge punishable by a maximum of eight years in prison, where a Class D felony can only receive three years.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ What seemed like an insurmountable goal became one easily accomplished with joined efforts.
Whitley County‚Äôs Salvation Army has collected school supplies for area children in need for the past seven years.
Pat Mossburg, ministries coordinator, was worried that this year‚Äôs donations were going to leave many children without the needed supplies.
A drop in donations seemed to be due in part to the increasing amount of other groups launching similar missions.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ A company considering South Whitley as its base of operations has opted to look elsewhere for real estate.
‚ÄúThe company has decided to look for a smaller building,‚ÄĚ said Alan Tio Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president. ‚ÄúThey liked South Whitley and even thought this might be a good location once they are ready to expand.‚ÄĚ
With no company ready to occupy the former Dwyer building, South Whitley Town Council members had to decide how to proceed with the loan process.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Could extra-weighted grades for students who take Advanced Placement classes be eliminated?
That was the question Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O‚ÄôConnor proposed to the Board of School Trustees at the previous meeting.
Currently, if a student receives an A in an AP class, that counts as five points toward their grade point average, whereas an A in any other course counts as just four points.
‚ÄúWe have created an unequal grading system,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôConnor said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A man under a 10-year sentence had his incarceration time modified in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
William Mullins, 21, was sentenced to 10 years in 2010 for two counts of burglary, one charge of theft and one charge of robbery.
Mullins has been on work release for more than a year.
He had his sentence modified once already, having six months taken off, for completing his GED while incarcerated.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ Whitko Community school board members and administration breathed a sigh of relief as the date of July 18 came and went.
That was the deadline in a 30-day window in which objections to the $22 million projected construction plan could be voiced.
Whitko Community School Corporation held a 1028 hearing June 17 to explain in detail the desire of the district to build a new Pierceton Elementary School and extensively renovate South Whitley Elementary School.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Lake living might be the life for residents in the Tri-Lakes area, but over-grown channels and mucky canals are making waterway travel impossible.
Recently, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a project to dredge specific channels around Little Cedar, Big Cedar, and Round Lakes.
As part of the dredging work at Round Lake, a hole was needed to pump the channel water into in order to allow for DNR officials to access the sites.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Consolidated Schools will soon go about the task of selecting a new school board member.
Chris Bechtold was elected in 2010 and took office in 2011. He announced his resignation, effective Aug. 5, because he will be taking a teaching position at Eagle Tech Academy. Board members are not permitted to hold teaching positions.
To fill the vacancy, the school board has asked for those interested to submit their interest, in writing, to the superintendent.