April 13th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team squared off against Central Nobleâ€™s Cougars in a seesaw battle that was the season-opener for the Eagles. Columbia City pushed across four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-8 win over the Cougars on Saturday at Max Gandy Athletic Field.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” More than 150 people came to the 4-H Center Friday evening to celebrate a man who has done a lot of things for a lot of people in Whitley County.
Elmer Heinley turned 100 years old last Thursday and still doesnâ€™t miss a beat, greeting everyone with a smile and a firm handshake.
â€śHe always has a smile,â€ť said Jacie Worrick, president-elect of the Columbia City Rotary Club. â€śHeâ€™s so sharp.â€ť
Worrick said Heinley is one of the oldest Rotarians in Indiana, with more than 50 years in the local club.
LARWILL â€” Two projects that were scheduled to begin this week were delayed due to rain.
Railroad crossing improvements and repaving of Ind. 5 is scheduled to begin Monday in Larwill.
The crossing, located a half mile south of U.S. 30 on Ind. 5, will close traffic between Main and North streets in Larwill.
The Indiana Department of Transportation suggests a detour of U.S. 30 to Ind. 9 to Ind. 205 to Ind. 5.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley County Sheriff Marc Gatton and Chief Deputy Jason Spencer presented an updated request to the Whitley County Council at its April meeting for funds to purchase two four-wheel drive pickup trucks and one car as part of the vehicle replacement rotation for the department.
Council eventually approved a dollar amount for the purchase, rather than approving specific vehicles.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler came before the Whitley County Council with a request to use money seized in drug-related investigations to assist in funding the Whitley County Drug Task Force.
Rentschler informed the council of three substantial cash seizures during the past year.
He said that the seizures totaled $52,760.12 and that he was requesting the use of $30,000 to use in funding the Whitley County Drug Task Force.
Council members asked Rentschler why he was not requesting use of the whole sum.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Data reported to the federal government speaks well for Whitley County and its social and economic factors.
The data-collecting website countyhealthrankings.com recently released a report that places Whitley County ninth in the state in the category that includes high school graduation, unemployment and poverty rates.
Information gathered from 2011-12 shows that 93 percent of Whitley County high school students graduate in four years. This is 6 percent higher than the state average and ranks the county tenth of 92 counties.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A former Parkview Whitley nurse has been sentenced for stealing narcotics from the hospital.
Britte Smith, 40, will serve one year in the state corrections facility, one year of home detention with supervision and will have two years suspended with probation.
Smith was arrested last June after hospital officials found that she had been stealing prescription narcotics similar to morphine from one of Parkview Hospitalâ€™s machines and replacing it with saline solution.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School announced its Valedictorians and Salutatorians Thursday afternoon.
This year only, the school is naming two Valedictorians and two Salutatorians, one each from Eagle Tech Academy and Columbia City High School.
â€śDue to a difference in grading scales at the beginning of ETA, we will have one from each school this year,â€ť said CCHS Principal Jennifer Reiff.
Eagle Tech is considered a program of CCHS, and all students will graduate with diplomas from Columbia City High School. This year marks the first group of graduates who attended Eagle Tech.