August 15th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” School begins Tuesday for Whitley County Consolidated Schools, and itâ€™s a toss-up who is more excited at Northern Heights Elementary School, the new principal or his three children.
Jake Hoag, 38, was born and raised in Columbia City. Now he is excited to be principal of Northern Heights Elementary School.
â€śAll three of my children are students here, and they are as excited as I am. Not many people can say they work with their own children, but I can. I am so blessed,â€ť said Hoag.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Fall Festival approaching in September, an amendment was passed on first reading concerning the cityâ€™s Fireworks Ordinance at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
According to the City Fire Chief Tom LaRue, there were two issues being addressed in the amendment.
â€śThere are two things. One portion of it is a clarification that we do not regulate anything other than consumer grade fireworks,â€ť said LaRue.
Public displays of fireworks are governed by Indiana Code, according to the ordinance.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High School (WHS) will start the 2012-13 school year with numerous new faces. Five new teachers, out of a staff of 31, as well as a new athletic director and assistant principal, will be under the leadership of former Assistant Principal Dave Parker, who now sits in the seat of principal.
â€śWe are going to stumble a bit early on, but itâ€™s going to work out,â€ťsaid Parker. â€śItâ€™s nice to have new perspectives and ideas that come with new staff.â€ť
Larry Alan Falcone, 64, of Huntington, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 12:12 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation Center in Huntington.
Larry was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Huntington, to Russell and Patricia (Haneline) Falcone. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1966. Larry was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corp in 1967, and served as a corporal in the Vietnam War.
LOS ANGELESÂ â€” Churubusco native, Kayla Crance, isnâ€™t just gushing over â€śMcDreamy,â€ť sheâ€™s acting with him. Crance will appear on the upcoming season premiere of Greyâ€™s Anatomy, an ABC prime-time medical drama, starring Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, also known as â€śMcDreamy.â€ť
Since graduating in 2011 from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), sheâ€™s been working in some background acting and was fortunate enough to appear as a featured background actor in the Sept. 27 episode of Greyâ€™s Anatomy.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The verdict is in on the Burnworth Pool, and a detailed assessment revealed it would take more than $1 million to make the repairs necessary to keep the facility operational.
City officials have planned meetings to discuss the issue.
â€śThe park board has decided to host two Community Forums to hear from the citizens of Columbia City,â€ť said Parks Department Director Mark Green in a press release.
â€śMayor (Ryan) Daniel will be facilitating these forums that are scheduled to be held at the Peabody Library.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ron King, a 74-year-old South Whitley resident and Cleveland Township Trustee appeared in Superior Court Monday for an initial hearing on charges of official misconduct and battery.
King was arrested Aug. 6 after a complaint was made to the South Whitley Police Department alleging he inappropriately touched three women who were requesting financial assistance, according to a press release from the ISP.
Kingâ€™s office near South Whitley, is located at his residence at 4360 S. Whitley Rd., and the misconduct allegedly occurred on May 8 and between June 10 and 11.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Beginning Oct. 16, the Peabody Public Library (PPL) is making a change that will open a new realm of possibilities for all its patrons.
PPL has signed up Evergreen Indiana (EI) and is going green. PPL cardholders will have access to millions of items in 100 library systems across the state of Indiana.
PPL was the 100th library to sign up for this system.
EI enables patrons of PPL to search the EI online catalog, place holds on books and audio books at any other Evergreen Library and have them sent to PPL for pickup.