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May 31, 2013

Concerning a new aquatics facility to replace Burnworth Pool after it closes in 2014...

New territory

May 31, 2013

Nadia Rhodes, 8, made use of South Whitley’s newest playground, Adventure Mania, Thursday.

The new equipment was installed and open to children to utilize last week.

Adventure Mania is the second phase of the town park renovation. Doodle Bug Village, also in South Whitley’s town park, was erected over the last several years.

Passages, Inc. offers summer youth program

May 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Passages, Inc. is offering a Summer Youth Enrichment Program which will begin on June 10.

The program consists of two four-week sessions designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities who attend a Whitley County middle or high school to practice and enhance their academic, social and vocational skills in a structured and fun environment.

The participants will be offered local field trips to Morsches Park including the splash pad, The Humane Society of Whitley County and Paige’s Crossing.

Legion Post 98 remembers deceased veterans

May 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — American Legion Post 98 in Columbia City hosted a ceremony Memorial Day to honor local men and women who have fallen serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Deceased members of American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 5582 from the past year were memorialized.

They were Adrian R. Beers, Phil Glassley, Teddy R. Hare, Jack Kessie, Phillip L. Lundblad, Jack Moore, Chester Napier, Talbert W. Pittenger, Marquis Reid Jr., Robert Sandager, William H. Smith, Herman P. Stuersel, John Boggess, Earl McEntire, Tony Treece and Bobby Turner.

Camp Whitley is ‘alive and well’

May 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Rotary Club hosted, State Police Officer Brian Bills at its Tuesday meeting.

Although Bills’ main job is that of a state police officer for Indiana, he is an advocate for the rejuvenation of Camp Whitley. Bills started his involvement in Camp Whitley by just offering a gun-safety program to campers prior to them being active on the rifle range. This is just one of a host of activities offered at the camp.

Turtle take down

May 31, 2013

As school came to an end for Whitko Community School Corporation, an unexpected visitor was found on the premises of Whitko High School.

A large snapping turtle was camped out on the lawn at WHS, and Joe Jackson, head custodian for the school, took on the challenge of removing the turtle from the property.

The turtle had made its way to the front of the building, but it was uncertain where it came from.

CIRCUIT COURT: Burglar receives 6-year sentence

May 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man who pleaded guilty to burglary was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Charles Rector, 18, pleaded guilty last month to burglary, a Class B felony. He was sentenced by Judge James Heuer to six years at the Whitley County Jail, with three years to serve and three suspended.

At his hearing last month, the state dismissed a charge of theft upon accepting his guilty plea to burglary.

Rector’s admission of guilt was “straight up” — that is, it was not part of a plea agreement. This left Heuer with a 6-to-20 year sentencing range.

CONGRESSIONAL VISIT: Stutzman touts local business efforts

May 31, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Great things are happening for businesses in challenging times.

That is the opinion of U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman. The Republican representative of Indiana’s third district was in South Whitley Wednesday and visited Shindigz, among other stops.

Stutzman lauded the work of the company.

“This is my first visit here,” he said. “There are 450 jobs, and here in the district that is always important.

“Jobs are the number one focus of what we do in Washington.”

Stutzman was quick to point out that times have been difficult lately for companies.

RESIDENTS ARGUE NUISANCE ORDINANCE: Special meeting held in southeast Col. City

May 31, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Residents of Columbia City’s southeast side had the opportunity to participate in a neighborhood meeting to discuss city ordinances Thursday.

Sixteen citizens from the area around Swihart and Collins Streets met with Mayor Ryan Daniel, Councilman Nicole Penrod and Councilman Dan Weigold at Gospel-Land Ministries on Douglas Avenue to discuss issues of importance to the neighborhood.

’Busco sends off Monk, McClure

May 31, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco will be represented by two throwers in the track and field state competition held in Bloomington today and Saturday.

Senior Katie Monk is competing in girls discus after advancing out of regionals with a throw of 128 feet, 6 inches.

Senior Austin McClure will return to the state meet after claiming the regional championship in shot put with a heave of 51 feet, 9 inches.

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