October 18th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Board of Works is taking some extra time making a decision about sending an employee for a certification.
Dave Sewell is Whitley Countyâs executive director for the Planning and Building Department, and there is a $1,500 certification available to him through a consulting firm, High Performance Government.
The firm is seeking all planning and building directors in Northeast Indiana to join forces in creating a more standardized process for permit application, as well as sharing other techniques to make Northeast Indiana a prime location for new business.
COLUMBIA CITY â With consistent budget cuts and little room for additional staff, many Indiana schools are struggling with class sizes.
Despite the difficulty, Whitley County Consolidated Schools has balanced out its classes â for now.
WCCS had a slightly higher enrollment this school year â two students â but as population grows and more students are attending school, changes may need to be made.
COLUMBIA CITYâ A total of 14 records were broken by Burnworth Pool swimmers this summer.
Coached by Pat Willliams, the team saw six relay records and eight individual records fall.
New medley relay records were set by three teams. Sophia Hatcher, Mykaela Crowell, Shauna Jo Young and Lauren Liston set the new record for 11-and 12-year-old girls at 2:27.05.
Charlie Varga, Aaron Fix, Ryan Devito and Telly Varga set the new record for the 11 and 12-year-old boys in the medley relay with a mark of 2:17.45.
COLUMBIA CITYâ A Columbia City man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Chais A. Wilkinson, 19, was arrested in September.
He was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor as a Class D felony. The minimum sentence is six months and the maximum is three years.
When reading the charges, Judge James Heuer said Wilkinson performed or submitted to fondling with a 14-year-old female victim.
Wilkinson will be sentenced Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.
CHURUBUSCO â With Churubusco leaders working on a revised garage sale ordinance, Wayne Yager, a resident, offered an example of why the town needs an enforceable policy.
At Wednesdayâs meeting, Yager told Town Council members that he felt the townâs ordinances were not being enforced.
âYou need to be doing a better job of enforcing ordinances pertaining to the appearance of the town,â Yager said.
According to Yager, a home on West Whitley Street held a garage sale which lasted for a lengthy period of time.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs football team had its five-game winning streak snapped last week against Rochester.
Even worse for the 5-3 Wildcats, their loss to the Zebras was their first to a Three Rivers Conference opponent.
This week, though, Whitko still has much to play for when it takes the field. The Wildcats can put the 26-9 loss to the Zebras in the rearview mirror and focus on visiting Tippecanoe Valley.
The winner of the game between the Wildcats and Vikings will get at least a share of the TRC championship, and possibly more.
COLUMBIA CITYâ After three straight weeks of playing a ranked football team, Columbia City gets a reprieve.
But not much of one. The Norwell Knights are currently unranked in Class 4A, but are red-hot, having won their last three games in a row.
Those three wins came against East Noble, DeKalb and Homestead.
While Columbia City lost to East Noble and Homestead this year, the Eagles also beat Bellmont, who defeated Norwell.
This match-up between the 3-5 Eagles and 3-5 Knights will be even more interesting, though, as it is a sectional preview.
Columbia City High Schoolâs Marching Eagles stepped their way right into a Gold Rating and Distinction in Visual Effect Saturday at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) district competition at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.
The Eagles will compete again this Saturday for the Lafayette regional, with hopes to advance to semi-state.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubuscoâs conference winning streak, dating back to 2010, was snapped last week by Fairfield.
Despite that result, the 7-1 Eagles still have much incentive in their final game against Lakeland, which is 6-2.
âBusco could rebound from defeat all the way into a tie for the Northeast Corner Conference championship.
Fairfieldâs conference slate is over, and the Falcons ended at 7-1 in the NECC. Churubusco, at 6-1, could get a tie for the championship with a win Friday.
COLUMBIA CITY â A law passed in 2012 now requires all new school teachers and instructors renewing their licences to have CPR, AED and Heimlich certification.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure, performed in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore blood circulation and breathing in a person in cardiac arrest.