November 10th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the holidays draw near, alcohol-related arrests are on the rise.
But this is no surprise to police, as the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department saw a 58 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2011, and 33 percent in 2011 during the holiday months.
â€śI donâ€™t know what to attribute that to, but itâ€™s pretty staggering,â€ť WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said. â€śIt could be because of extra time off for the holidays or due to the holidays in general.â€ť
Gatton said the county also has an increase in suicide attempts in November and December.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After five year of planning, Indian Springs Middle School has submitted a new crisis plan.
â€śWeâ€™ve always submitted a plan each year, but this is a new plan that we may only have to tweak from time to time in the future,â€ť said Indian Springs Middle School Principal Jan Boylen.
According to Boylen, the plan was a collaborative effort on the part of many people at ISMS throughout several years.
â€śAssistant Principal Michelle Urban, head custodian Bill Helm and school nurse Kandy Gay did a lot of work on this,â€ť said Boylen.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As a nation takes time this weekend to remember those veterans who have shaped our countryâ€™s legacy, there is a new generation of soldiers rising through the ranks to walk a path that is all too familiar for so many soldiers before them.
â€śScared but proud.â€ť That would be the feeling for most parents with children in the military.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s downtown is expected to be a little more crowded today than previous years for the Veterans Marathon.
The marathon, half-marathon and 5K, which are set to begin at 8 a.m., have nearly 800 runners signed up between the three races.
Last yearâ€™s marathon netted 218 runners, while 2012â€™s race has approximately 325 signed up for todayâ€™s race, according to event coordinator Gary Bird.
Bird said there are twice as many people signed up for the 5K.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While politicians recently held debates in front of millions of viewers, Eagle Tech Academy was also conducting debates with high school students across the country.
The debates, held online with more than 2,000 students in 30 different schools, were part of a national New Tech Network election project called â€ś#MyParty12.â€ť
â€śThis year for 2012 we wanted kids to create their own public policies,â€ť said ETA English teacher Joe Urschel. â€śThey looked at cause and effect, problems and solutions. They had to propose real, viable solutions.â€ť
Harold Ellsworth Harmon, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at his home.
Born on March 18, 1919, in Marshall County, he was the son of William E. and Blanche (Waddle) Harmon.
He attended Tippecanoe High School, Marshall County. He lived in Allen County and moved to Whitley County in 1978.
On Dec. 31, 1940, he married Anita C. (McCutcheon) Harmon in Fort Wayne.
Terri Lea Christie, 56, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:01 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at her home.
Born on May 4, 1956, in Marion, she was the daughter of Donald Leslie and Ruby M. (Weber) Reagan.
She spent her childhood in Marion graduating from Marion High School with the Class of 1974.
On Aug. 8, 1981, she married Michael Scott Christie in Marion and they moved to Fort Wayne where he had been appointed as an Allen County Conservation Officer.
She graduated from Purdue University on May 11, 1983, with an associateâ€™s degree in nursing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Many harriers who were signed up for the New York City Marathon, which was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, are running to other venues.
According to JoAnn Bird, wife of Gary Bird, the event coordinator for Columbia Cityâ€™s Veterans Marathon, the local race is expected to add 30-40 runners from the NYC contest.
The Associated Press reported this is happening across the country, as many runners have spent months, even years, training for the event.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to cooler temperatures, energy assistance programs are working with county citizens to help them pay their heating bills.
Whitley Co. Energy Assistance Fund
â€śWe only help each household once every 12 months,â€ť said Steve Weaver with the Whitley County Energy Assistance Fund. â€śThe maximum we pay is $150, and if someone comes to us with an electrical bill, we ask them to come up with a budget of how they can continue to manage their own bills the next month. We do not help pay if they cannot plan to pay their next bill.â€ť