August 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Heavy winds in a quick storm left extensive damage at a local golf course.
Crooked Lake Golf Course had several branches down, along with one tree, after a storm blew through Wednesday evening.
Even more miraculous, according to course owner Bill Schumaker, is that no one was injured.
â€śThe worst part was that we had guys on the course in a cart have a top of a tree fall on them while they were in the cart,â€ť he said. â€śThe cart was totaled, but they were fine.â€ť
Schumaker said he could not believe the men survived.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several Career Technical Courses are available through Whitley County Consolidated Schools this school year.
Courses include: Agriculture, Business Technology, Various Computer Applications, Computer Tech Support, Cooperative Education (Co-op), Culinary Arts Careers, Education and Early Childhood Careers, Family and Consumers Science (FACS), Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), Radio and TV. Pre-requisites for each course vary and are available by contacting Columbia City High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the 18th year, the annual Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow will converge on Morsches Park, Columbia City, this weekend.
Gates will open Friday at 5 p.m. with 32 vendors offering crafts, products and Native American wares.
Three food vendors will serve fry bread, buffalo burgers and buffalo tacos. Admission is $4 and children under the age of 12 are free.
Young Native Night will begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a concert featuring Adam Strack and Mike Mowery.
CHURUBUSCO Ââ€” Residents filled Churubuscoâ€™s Town Hall to speak against the proposed garage sale ordinance, which was slated for a public hearing at the Town Council meeting Wednesday night.
In the proposed ordinance, a â€śgarage saleâ€ť is defined and includes yard sales, sidewalk sales, patio sales and so forth. However, it also includes verbiage that could limit a resident from selling any personal items from their private property:
â€śYard sales shall includeâ€¦and shall mean the sale of personal/private property from a residentially-occupied site,â€ť as it reads in the proposed ordinance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Swarming bees, broken windows and a vermin infestation are reasons for a vacant home becoming the concern of Whitley Countyâ€™s Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner.
At the County Commissioners meeting Monday, Wagner requested county leaders to approve his moving forward in declaring the building unsafe.
The property is located at 8075 S. 200 E. and sits on the corner of Smith Street and 200 E. According to Wagner, the property is owned by William L. Hinen.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the first time in â€śmany years,â€ť Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s Department is adding two deputies at the same time, said Sergeant Todd Cook.
Kory Bailey, 23, and Terrance McKinney, 27, are the latest additions to the department of 15 deputies.
Bailey and McKinney are replacing two deputies who resigned this year, Scott Geist and Chuck Vogely.
Another law enforcement officer will join the squad in December, when long-time deputy Dennis Ruch is expected to retire.
Bailey grew up in Whitley County and is a 2009 Columbia City High School graduate.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” High schools in Columbia City will no longer offer weighted grades to students taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees removed the program by a unanimous vote at Monday nightâ€™s board meeting, affecting students at both Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy.
The change will be phased in over the next two years.
In June, the Whitley/Noble County powerlifting team â€śTeam Iron Addictionâ€ť traveled to Springfield, Ohio for an Individual National Competition.
Keith Herron (left), of Noble County, was bench press national champ in the 220-pound weight class. James Crump (middle), of Whitley County, was power sports national champion in bench press, curls and dead-lift in the 162-pound weight class. Gunnar Barnhard (right), of Whitley County, was bench press national champ in the 275-pound weight class.
Jessica Wietfeldt and Amelia Roman (right) returned from the Indiana State Fair with several awards.
Wietfeldt's cat, Molly, earned a Blue Merit and earned Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Level Cage Decorating.
Romanâ€™s cat, Cinnamon, earned a Blue Merit. Roman also brought home the Senior Champion Showmanship award and Grand Champion Showmanship overall. This is the second year that she has won the two showmanship awards.
Both she and Wietfeldt are members of the Whitley Whiskers 4-H Cat Club.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Developer Whitley RC Investments, LLC announced the construction of a 75,000-square foot, expandable shell building at â€śshovel readyâ€ť certified Rail Connect Business Park in Whitley County.
â€śBased on our analysis, this is both the right time and the right location to develop a shell building,â€ť said Whitley RC Investments partner Simon Dragan. â€śOur team greatly appreciates the welcome we have received in Whitley County and looks forward to seeing this project become successful.â€ť