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May 7th, 2013

A conversation with . . . Melissa DeWitt

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Melissa DeWitt, 28 of Columbia City, describes herself as “an old soul,” and is the owner of Melissa DeWitt Photography. Missy, as she is most commonly known, is a mom to two girls, Gracie, 3, and Selah, 2, along with a stepson, Hayden, 7.

She is married to Tony and the two met in high school when she was a freshman. Now, 14 years later, she said “I couldn’t ask for a better husband. He’s supported and encouraged me as I built my photography business.”

Q: Are you originally from Whitley County?

On the air

May 7, 2013

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was in the studio at WJHS radio, Columbia City High School, for Coffee with the Mayor.

Typically the broadcast is held at Richards Restaurant, however, Thursday’s broadcast took an unexpected turn. Approximately 20 minutes into the hour-long program, technical issues interrupted the broadcast. The cell phone provider, which is used to transmit the program, dropped the call. When several attempts to reconnect failed, Mayor Daniel agreed to finish the interview in the WJHS radio booth.

ChromaSource adding capabilities

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY (May 7, 2013) – Locally based ChromaSource, a nationally recognized manufacturer of color systems and color cards, today announced plans to invest in new equipment that will expand the company’s capabilities, creating up to 12 new jobs by 2014.

“We are very optimistic about the future needs of our clients and our position within the color sampling industry,” said CEO Jason Brooks. “We are adding production equipment to meet increased customer demand.”

LOCAL BUSINESS GROWS: Red Star of Larwill expanding

May 7, 2013

LARWILL (May 7, 2013) – Locally based contract manufacturer Red Star Manufacturing, Inc. (Red Star) announced today the company is expanding its Larwill facility and adding new equipment, creating additional jobs by the fall of 2013.

“This project continues our focus on vertically integrating our capabilities to support medical device industry clients,” said Red Star President Scott Werstler. “We are committed to staying at the leading edge of technology and quality assurance.”

DEALING WITH LOSS: 13-year-old recounts cancer’s cost

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Relay for Life event will be held June 1, starting at 9 a.m. The 24-hour event is geared to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

As part of the festivities, survivors and family members who have been touched by cancer come together to cheer and support each other.

Kelly Thomas, 13, has come face-to-face with cancer as it took two of her family members. However, she found strength to weather the loss and now participates in the relay.

FARMERS MARKET: Opening day for market grows near

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Vendors are gearing up for the Whitley County Farmers Market, which will launch its season Saturday at the Courthouse.

To start off the series of weeks where fresh produce, plants and other home-grown and homemade items will be sold, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 8 a.m. at the gazebo. Among the vendors will be Whitko Middle School’s Clean World Association, an after-school club that grows flowers and plants. The group’s inventory will be displayed on the Courthouse lawn for purchase.

IN COURT: Kohut pleads guilty to meth manufacturing

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man, arrested in February for multiple methamphetamine charges, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Derek Kohut, 29, admitted his involvement in manufacturing methamphetamine, which is a Class B felony.

Kohut’s guilty plea was part of a plea arrangement. Senior Judge Mike Rush, who was in court in place of an absent Judge James Heuer, said he would leave it up to Heuer as to whether the plea agreement would be accepted or not.

Six other charges against Kohut will be dismissed upon acceptance of the plea agreement.

EDUCATIONAL RANKINGS: Schools leery of grading changes

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Lawmakers had a list of items to tackle on their legislative agenda this session.

One of those being the state’s A-F accountability ranking for schools.

When grades were awarded to schools earlier in the year, the results were criticized by school leaders across the state.

In the end, the House and Senate agreed to a letter ranking based on a measurement of individual student academic performance and growth or improvement. It cannot, however, compare student performance with peers.

DRUNK DRIVING: Temperature, OWIs on the rise

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In the eyes of many third-shift law enforcement officers — as the temperature rises, so does the number of drunk drivers.

“There’s a definite difference between summer and winter on third shift,” Whitley County Sheriff’s Sergeant Todd Cook said. “If it’s nice out, people are going to be out doing things, and around here, that tends to involve alcohol.”

The question many people have to ask themselves is — how much is too much?

Most kegs of beer don’t come with a complimentary portable breath test, so how can a responsible person know when to quit?

May 6th

SGCS names new Athletic Director

May 6, 2013

Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees named a new athletic director, beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

Jeremy Dexter, currently at Eastern High School in Greentown, will take the reins as athletic and extra curricular director at SGCS effective Aug. 1.

Dexter will make his way to Churubusco following his tenure as assistant athletic director, girls basketball coach and social studies teacher at Eastern High School

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