May 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mary Raber Elementary Schoolâ€™s second-grade students invited first graders and kindergarteners to attend an Arbor Day program held recently at the school.
Parents and grandparents were invited to attend the celebration as well.
The event began with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel reading a proclamation declaring Arbor Day in Columbia City.
The second-grade students entertained the crowd with songs, poems and jokes concerning trees.
A benefit breakfast was recently held for Isaac Rentschler.
Pictured is Ian (center) accepting the proceeds from the breakfast on behalf of his brother, Isaac.
Appearing for the check presentation is his mother, Kristine.
Presenting the check on behalf of the Columbia Township Fire Department is Assistant Chief Michael Schrader.
NORTH WEBSTER (AP) â€” Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department F.A.C.T. team members have released the names of the four school bus drivers in yesterdayâ€™s crash along State Road 13 north of the town of North Webster.
A school bus slammed into the back of another one, setting off a chain-reaction crash involving four buses in northern Indiana, leaving about 50 middle and high students with non-serious injuries and one driver seriously injured.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Concerns have risen recently over the need for citizens to keep their yards free of junk and other debris.
The southeast part of Columbia City has been an area of concern for the enforcement of the cityâ€™s ordinance.
With residents coming before the Board of Works with arguments for and against the regulations, a neighborhood meeting will be held Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. to address the issue.
The meeting will be held at the Gospel Land Ministries Christian Center on 605 Douglas Ave.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Debates over public right of way were heard at Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Whitley County Commissioners.
Representatives from PDQ Workholding, LLC spoke of the desire of the company to dig fiber optic cable between two of its buildings to enhance communication between the two locations.
County Engineer Brandon Forrester expressed concern about the fiber cable being run underground in the public right of way.
â€śIf someone tears up the fiber, but itâ€™s in the public right of way, then whoâ€™s responsible?â€ť he asked, explaining the dilemma.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man already sentenced to jail time in Kosciusko County received his sentence in Whitley County Monday.
Jeremiah Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary and being a habitual felony offender, which allows for sentencing enhancements. He was sentenced to eight years for burglary, with a four-year enhancement for the habitual offender.
He received a 10-year sentence in Kosciusko for crimes in that county.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With less than two weeks until the annual Relay for Life event, teams filtered into Chase Bank, Columbia City, to turn in money and pick up last-minute information for the 24-hour walk.
Bank Night happens each year shortly before the relay kicks off, gives committee chairmen and coordinators a chance to see how much has been raised for the American Cancer Society, prior to the actual event.
â€śWe are about 70 percent to our goal,â€ť said Melissa Stephens, ACS community representative. â€śI have no doubt that weâ€™ll reach our goal of $24,000 when the relay is all done.â€ť
Roger A. Cooper, 65, Huntington, passed away at 9:36 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington.
Mr. Cooper was born July 2, 1947, in Wolf Lake, to Robert and Elizabeth Mae Orcutt Cooper. His parents preceded him in death.
Roger graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1966. He joined the U.S Navy after high school. He was currently retired from Wal-Mart as an assembler.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Drowning has been ruled the preliminary cause of death for a toddler who was found floating face-down in a Whitley County swimming pool this week.
A three-year-old boy drowned Tuesday morning at a residence southeast of Columbia City.
The relative told police that before finding the boy in the pool, they realized he was not in the house, and the back door leading to the pool was open, according to conservation officers.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys baseball team took out its frustration from dropping a double header to Norwell Saturday by pounding Bethany Christian Monday night.
The Wildcats handed their opponents a 12-2 loss.
Bethany Christian took a 2-0 advantage in the first two innings, but Whitko fired back in the second, third and fourth frames to combine for 12 runs, ending the game in the fifth inning.
Whitko began its tear when Trey Weber batted in Hunter Sroufe.
Weber hit 2-for-3, with three RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases.