May 4th, 2012
R & D Motorsports on Connexion Way caught on fire Friday afternoon. The Columbia City Fire Department responded to the blaze and had the fire put out within a half hour. No injuries were reported and according to Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue, the fire started when grease and oil and other flammable liquids ignited.
MCKINNEY, Texas â€” A Columbia City man is in jail in Collin County, Texas on charges of money laundering, a first degree felony.
Duane Ducharme, 70, was booked April 13 and has not been released as of press time. He is being held on a $500,000 surety bond.
According to the arrest report, Ducharme was observed by agents of both the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of what those agencies say is an ongoing investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” The red, off-road wheelchair was piloted out of the garage by Mike McCoy, a resident of Eagle Glen who built the contraption with the help of mechanic Rodney Sheets of One Stop Auto.
The 200-pound wheelchair, fashioned to look like his red jeep with itâ€™s jeep seat, donut tires, pipe and jeep front, is the combination of McCoyâ€™s vision and Sheetâ€™s labor over the past month.
These two lifelong friends said they made the wheelchair for one purpose, to bring joy to childrenâ€™s lives.
â€śIf we can make one kid laugh and smile out of this, our job is done,â€ť said McCoy.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Pet waste, especially dog waste, can mean trouble for the water quality in Columbia City.
Gene Haskins with Whitley County Soil and Water said this is usually not a problem with cats.
â€śCats use liter, which is disposed of in the trash,â€ť said Haskins, â€śThatâ€™s no problem because it goes to the landfill.â€ť
For dogs, Haskins said the problem is twofold when owners walk their dogs and do not clean up after them, and when the dogs are fenced in a yard.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Public complaints and comments took priority at the Churubusco Town Council meeting Wednesday.
No old or new business was on the agenda but the public comment took precedence.
Wayne Yager, Churubusco citizen, spoke about the lack of enforcement on the junk car ordinance.
â€śItâ€™s my understanding that a car that is unable to move under its own power is the meaning of a junk car in Churubusco,â€ť said Yager.
â€śWhat would it take to get the junk car ordinance from the bottom of the priority list to the top?â€ť he asked.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The local farmers market will kick off its season with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday at 8 a.m.
This year the market will host 48 vendors featuring locally made crafts, jewelry, baked goods, vegetables, plants and more.
The farmers market will be open each Saturday until Oct. 31. at the courthouse square from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Entertainment will be open to those who wish to perform for tips.
COESSE â€” A routine traffic stop for speeding Thursday morning led Indiana State Police to a drug bust in Columbia City.
David Allen Potter, 18, from Columbia City and Morgan Richard Willingham, 20, from Philadelphia, were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and reckless possession of paraphernalia. They were booked into the Whitley County Jail.
J.R. Ford puts bolts in the mural of The Blind Manâ€™s Popcorn Stand owned by Clarence and Fern Brumbaugh. The historic mural was placed on the Lucky Lady building Monday morning. Helping Ford are Pete Allen and Frank Kessler, both members of the Main Street Project in Churubusco. The next mural planned is of the Standard Station.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s girls tennis team fell to Angola and West Noble this week, both by a score of 5-0.
Against Angola Tuesday, No. 3 singles Kayleen Mitchell and No. 1 doubles Maggie Kitt and Katee Baxter were the lone players to win a set, both falling 6-0, 6-1.
The rest of the matches lost by 6-0, 6-0 scores. Madi Cook played the No. 1 singles match and Nikki Esslinger had No. 2. Alexis Helbert and Kaley Scott played the No. 2 doubles match.
The Lady Eagles posted a similar score against West Noble.
NEW HAVEN â€” Columbia City dropped a 8-7 decision to New Haven Thursday night in extra innings at New Haven High School.
The Eaglesâ€™ record falls to 9-6 while the Bulldogs improve to 12-4. The Eagles are now 1-3 against Northeast Hoosier Conference opponents.
Columbia City scored seven runs on 10 hits with five errors. New Haven scored eight runs with 12 hits and no errors.
Columbia City shortstop Brandon Gay drilled two doubles in the game, while right fielder Landon Rehrer and left fielder Austin Clark each hit a double.