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April 20th, 2012

THERE GOES THE SUN: Skies cloud up, rain possible

April 20, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The National Weather Service is calling for dropping temperatures and light rain developing by early evening in Whitley County.
Clouds developed late in the afternoon and winds picked up and according to the NWS, temperatures are expected to fall into the up 40s.
Winds are out of the west-northwest at 20 to 25 miles per hour.

FIGHTING CHILD ABUSE: Ceremony pays homage, gives hope

April 20, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — “The world is filled with darkness but we can light the way,“ said Pat Mossburg, director of the Salvation Army in Whitley County Monday.
More than 100 people attended the solemn occasion at the fifth annual Light the Way to Child Abuse Prevention and Education hour at First Church of God in Columbia City.
“This is an evening of remembrance of children lost to abuse, neglect and human trafficking...but also a night of hope that through awareness we can make a difference in a child’s life,” said Mossburg.
She added her goal is to never have to do this seminar again.

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April 20, 2012

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April 19th

ROAD CLOSED: Bridge work to stifle Ind. 114 beginning Tuesday

April 19, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced this week that Ind. 114 is scheduled to be closed Tuesday, weather permitting, to accommodate replacement of the bridge over the west fork of Clear Creek, between CR 200 W. and South Washington Road, approximately 12 miles east of North Manchester.
The official detour is from Ind. 5 to Ind. 14 to Ind. 9.
The bridge requires rehabilitation for continued safety to the traveling public, according to INDOT. 
Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of August. 

EXTENSION: WCCS, Troy Center update agreement

April 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Troy Alternative Center for Learning has been in contract negotiations with Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WWCS) to extend the agreement already in place.
O’Connor said the center is an alternative and sometimes a last chance for many students, who are facing either expulsion or are simply not succeeding in a typical classroom environment.
“As we’ve looked at the data, we’ve seen the program has been successful for us,” O’Connor said. “This placement is ideal for students in need of additional social considerations.”

TREE CITY: Columbia City awarded for its trees, again

April 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s county seat continues to display its passion for trunks, leaves, limbs and branches, having garnered nearly two decades of recognition as a safe haven for all things “hardwood.”
“This is our 18th straight year as a Tree City,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel Wednesday, referring to the announcement by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources proclaiming Columbia City as one of 67 towns in the Hoosier State to be designated a Tree City.
The IDNR reported that among the awarded cities, Indiana’s Tree Cities planted 15,423 trees in 2011.

PASSING GRADE: IREAD results in for WCCS third graders

April 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — According to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor, third-grade IREAD test results are in.
Preliminary data indicates that 92 percent of third-grade students in the district passed the test.
“We are very, very pleased with these results,” O’Connor said.
O’Connor said the district will send out letters to let all parents to know whether a student failed or passed.
Those that passed will of course move on to the next grade-level, barring the completion of other requirements to do so.

TEXTING KILLS: Police warn against distracted driving

April 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A law passed by the Indiana Legislature last July was allegedly broken in Adams County this week, causing the deaths of two small children in a vehicle-buggy accident that also seriously injured four others.
According to news reports, police accuse a 21-year-old Bluffton man of texting and driving, a crime in Indiana punishable with a $500 fine as of last summer.
According to local law enforcement, using a cell phone to create and send a text message while behind the wheel requires too much attention that should be spent on the road.

BREAKING NEWS: Kosciusko, Wabash police seek robbers, car theives

April 19, 2012

WARSAW — Police from Kosciusko and Wabash counties are investigating an early Thursday morning robbery and auto thefts that occurred in Kosciusko and Wabash counties overnight.
Sheriff’s deputies from Kosciusko County responded to the McClure Oil gas station in Silver Lake at 1:30 a.m. today after receiving a 911 call on a possible robbery. As officers were en route to the location, a deputy located an unoccupied vehicle near a county road intersection.
Police were told a vehicle matching the same description had apparently fled the robbery scene with two males suspects.

MARCHING MAN: CCHS student to participate in Macy’s Parade

April 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Trombone in hand, Foster Eber, a 17-year-old junior at Columbia City High School, is looking forward to playing and marching in the next Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Foster said the reason he auditioned came when his family was watching the parade last year on TV.

“We were watching a band, and were saying, ‘There’s probably some family in Kansas going there’s my kid on TV,’” said Foster.

During the parade, Foster heard someone on the television say the kids in the band were in high school, and they auditioned to play and march.

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