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September 26th, 2012

V-BALL BENEFIT HELPS LOCAL MAN: Hoffman paralyzed in July; vows to walk again

September 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Life for Kent Hoffman changed drastically on July 23 at 6 p.m. After working hard at the farm all day in temperatures that exceeded 90 degrees, Hoffman came home to take a break. He was going to clean the pool and then lay out on the sun deck and take a nap. For some as yet unknown reason, he fell through the railing hitting his head and landing on his back. Hoffman knew immediately that he had broken his neck. He lay there unable to move for six hours.

FESTIVAL FIREWORKS: City officials pleased despite bad weather

September 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Despite strong rain showers and even instances of hail in the afternoon that sent many local citizens taking cover in their cars, city officials said the fireworks which took place later Saturday night at the Fall Festival went smoothly.
“After about 3:30 p.m., when the sun and blue sky came out, it was really nice weather for fireworks out there,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Daniel complimented the volunteer fire department, who parked cars for the event, and the park staff.

FIREFIGHTER IN TRAINING

September 26, 2012

TREE BOARD: City council reappoints two members

September 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Two Columbia City Tree Board members were reappointed to the board at Columbia City’s Common Council meeting Tuesday.
“There are two tree board members who are up for reappointment,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel to the council. “One of them is Gloria Banker, the other is Ken Lundquist (tree board president).”
The board approved the motion to reappoint both members.
In other business, the Salary Range Ordinance was passed.

SMALL TOWN, BIG NEED: South Whitley sees exponential growth in the need for food

September 26, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY – South Whitley has operated a food bank for more than 20 years. In that time, the need for the food bank has grown. According to Co-Director Tonya Warner, the numbers grow each week.
“We feed about 80 to 100 people a month, but we’ve been adding two to four new families each week,” said Warner. “The need is growing as the price of gas, electricity and other things continue to rise.”
Warner, along with Mark and Michelle Pratt run the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank.

Opal Sitts, 73

September 26, 2012

Opal Ilene Sitts, 73, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born on December 17, 1938, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Wayne and Irene Elizabeth (Salesman) Sitts. She was a lifetime resident of Columbia City.
Survivors include sister-in-law, Wanda Sitts of Columbia City and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Faye Wood and brothers, Franklin and George Sitts.

September 25th

DRUG CHARGE: Indy woman pleads guilty

September 25, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Sue Kel-lems, 21, pleaded guilty Monday to charges relating to August’s drug sting in Churubusco. She is ordered to appear for sentencing Oct. 22.
Kellems was arrested Aug. 23, along with Damond McCauley, 18, Brian Tracy, 37 and Trent Wilson, 23.
According to a Whitley County Drug Task Force case report, an officer was tipped off to a drug buy of several types of prescription drugs.
According to the report, the four Indianapolis residents met the buyer at a location in Churubusco, and they were paid $850.

WARSAW: Man gets 12 years for Larwill incident

September 25, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A Warsaw man, 36-year-old Trever Hanlon, was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to 12 years for charges relating to an out of control rolling methamphetamine lab near Larwill in April.
According to the plea agreement, the sentences imposed will be served concurrent with one another.
Hanlon pleaded guilty back in August to manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class B felony, possession of two or more “precursors,” or ingredients used to make the drug, a Class D felony and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony.

THINK TWICE: Task force program addresses prominent teen issues

September 25, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Teenagers gathered together Sundayto learn how to make the most out of the one life they have to live. “You Only Live Once...So Think Twice,” was an initiative sponsored in part by the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Students and their parents were educated on sexting and the legalities and consequences when becoming involved in sexting. Chynna Presley, with Youth For Christ, gave the presentation. She warned teens that becoming involved in sexting not only sets them up for legal liability, but puts them in danger physically.

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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