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May 21st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of home improvement fraud will stand trial next week in Whitley County Circuit Court.
George Martin, 55, of North Manchester, was arrested in October and charged with the Class C felony. His trial will begin Wednesday, May 29 at 9 a.m.
According to case reports, Martin, along with two other men, allegedly performed work on the driveway of a man in Whitley County. The elderly manâ€™s sister, who assists him with finances, called the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department believing her brother had been a victim of fraud.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Although the actual first day of summer is more than a month away, Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department is gearing up for summer projects.
Among the projects is crack sealing. Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh said during the winter, cracks appear in the pavement and summer is the time to fix them.
â€śWe usually have a company come in and use fiberized crack seal,â€ť he said. â€śThey blow out the cracks and get the sand and debris out first. It just preserves the street that much longer, itâ€™s part of pavement preservation.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indiana State Senator Jim Banks shared numerous actions he deemed as successes during the recent legislative session at a breakfast held for area Republicans Saturday.
Senator Banks listed his education initiatives as a â€świn.â€ť Higher education reform was on his radar as he sought to reduce the cost to attend Indiana state colleges.
â€śWe wanted greater transparency for state colleges,â€ť Banks said. â€śPeople need to see how that money is spent.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s new 911 system just went online last month, but there is an issue that still needs to be addressed.
Scott Jones, 911 director, reported to the Whitley County Commissioners Monday that the voice recorder currently in place records sound only, not text, video or any other way a person may message contact dispatchers with the new 911 system.
Columbia City High School held its honors convocation Monday night.
Above are the top 10 students, academically, for the Class of 2013.
Front row, from left: Aakash Patel, Tiffany Harber and Richelle Menzie. Back row, from left: Adam Wilkinson, Lindsay Angel, Ryan Romanowski, Corinne Kauffman, Carlee Hearld and Emily Lewis. Not pictured; Jordan Bickle.
Smith Townshipâ€™s honor guard and volunteer firefighters march toward their new fire station in a dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon.
Both the U.S. Flag and the Indiana State Flag were raised by town leaders.
The new station is located inside Churubuscoâ€™s town park on North John Kreiger Drive.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” A study by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs shows that in much of Indiana, public officials aren't aware their counties have 211 systems in which callers can find social services for help.
The Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations surveyed nearly more than 1,000 local government officials, including mayors, county auditors, council members, school board members and township trustees.
Whitko High School seniors that earned scholarships through Kosciusko County Community Foundation included Chelsee Christoffel, Becca Thomson, Jamie Wall, Natasha Anderson, Aaron Horn and Holly Frantz. Scholarships were presented by KCCFâ€™s Amy Cannon.
See Page A5 of the May 20 issue for more photos and a complete list of award recipients.
Cory and Maudie Sickafoose, along with their three daughters, helped plant flowers, clean the park, and picked up a lot of litter from alleys and streets.
They were just one of several families who came out to volunteer during South Whitleyâ€™s Spring Spruce-Up Day Saturday.
Garrett Shepherd, a kindergartner at Little Turtle Elementary School, participated in a nation-wide initiative to teach children how to run and operate a lemonade business.
Students were given a booklet to follow and specific instructions. Shepherd had to complete a business plan, create a menu, build a booth and serve customers as part of the program.
Shepherd said he intends to use the money he makes, after he takes out his expenses, to purchase a video game.
Pictured is Shepherd (right) and his father, Marty, operating the lemonade stand on Saturday.