August 8th, 2013
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 Churubuscoâs 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 âgarage saleâ 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:
âYard sales shall includeâŠand shall mean the sale of personal/private property from a residentially-occupied site,â 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 Countyâs 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 âmany years,â Whitley Countyâs Sheriffâs 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 nightâs 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 âTeam Iron Addictionâ 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.
Romanâs 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 âshovel readyâ certified Rail Connect Business Park in Whitley County.
âBased on our analysis, this is both the right time and the right location to develop a shell building,â said Whitley RC Investments partner Simon Dragan. âOur team greatly appreciates the welcome we have received in Whitley County and looks forward to seeing this project become successful.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A banner year for cancer research was cause for celebration for Whitley Countyâs Relay for Life participants and chair persons.
After its annual event, held in June, the fundraiser exceeded its goal by $7,000 â raising a total $31,132.
Team leaders, volunteers and participants gathered last night to applaud the countyâs efforts and to brainstorm on the 2014 relay.
âI canât imagine doing this without you,â said Cathy Cronin, the eventâs chairman. âWords fail me. I canât thank you all enough. This was a fantastic year, and I am looking forward to next year.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A man who attempted to escape from the Whitley County Jail last year pleaded guilty Monday.
Charles E. Norris, 29, of Cromwell, was booked at the jail last November on a probation violation and other charges.
On Dec. 7, 2012, he attempted to escape from the jail. He used a shank â a make-shift knife made from the sharpened end of a toothbrush â and held it to the throat of another inmate.
Norris demanded the keys and said he would harm the other inmate. Jail officials refused to relent, and Norris was eventually subdued.