March 28th, 2014
Columbia City High School hosted a Disabilities Awareness Day Thursday in the gymnasium during lunch. Pictured is Madi Cochran attempts to tie a pair of shoes with oven mitts on, helping students have an understanding of the struggles for people with disabilities.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted representatives of Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) at the EDC Outpost co-working facility Thursday.
The event was held to discuss CANIâ€™s small business loan programs with EDC Outpost members and small business and Entrepreneurship Initiative (SBEI) clients.
The goal of the CANI small business loan program is to promote community development by serving entrepreneurs through financing and development services.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s focus on downtown revitalization and improvement has paid off.
The city was recently informed that it had met the stateâ€™s requirements to be designated as a Main Street Association.
Indiana Main Street encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns.
The program provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to participating communities. Indiana Main Street is the stateâ€™s coordinating program to the National Main Street Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Officials with the Whitley County Council on Aging are warning residents of false solicitation for donations.
â€śWe have had a scam reported using our organization,â€ť said Debra Darr, executive director for the Council for Aging.
According to Darr, phone calls are being placed to area residents requesting donations be made to the Council on Aging. The caller asks for the donation to be paid with a credit card, a practice Darr said is not possible with the organization.
â€śWhile we would gladly accept your donations, we do not accept credit cards,â€ť said Darr.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A crime that shocked the Columbia City and Whitley County communities last summer will soon be brought to a close.
Dustin A. Nimtz, 19, of Columbia City, broke into a Park Terrace Heights Apartment in late June of 2013. While inside, he forced a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him while he held a knife to her throat. The victimâ€™s throat was then â€śstabbedâ€ť during the attack.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” County health rankings were released for the state of Indiana this week, and once again, Whitley County stands out among surrounding counties on the list.
Whitley County ranks ninth overall in the rankings. Only two other counties in the northeast corner of the state rank higher â€” Wells and LaGrange.
Officials say access to healthy activities and food for all people in the county plays a factor in the rankings. Erica Miller, executive director for the Whitley County YMCA, said that is part of the nonprofitâ€™s mission, which is now reaping dividends in the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School students were given a brief, but unique opportunity to experience life with disabilities Thursday.
As part of Disabilities Awareness Month, several stations were set up around the high school gymnasium for students to visit.
At each stop, a challenge was given to teens to maneuver through an obstacle with a twist that focused on a certain disability.
Columbia City High School hosted a Disabilities Awareness Day Thursday in the gymnasium during lunch. Pictured is Shaina Hiatt, Karen Koday and Brittany Haire sell items made by CCHS students with disabilities.
According to area media, two white males, armed with a gun, entered the home of an elderly couple just north of Laotto, tied them up and robbed the place. The gunmen held the couple overnight until early this morning.
Reports say the suspects took weapons from the home, as well as a red pick-up truck, before leaving. The suspects remain at large.
Dolores C. Winters, 84, passed away suddenly Thursday morning after being taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Her visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Her complete life story will appear in the Saturday edition of The Post and Mail or visit online at www.demoneygrimes.com where her life story will be published later today.