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MUCH SLATED FOR SATURDAY: Mark your calendar

July 31, 2014

Saturday

•Back to school - 8 a.m.

Tools for School program along with Whitley County Salvation Army will be distributing goods for back to school at Eagle Quest Church located at 1120 N. Ind. 109 from 8 a.m. to noon. Each child will receive a backpack, school supplies and shoes for school.
Proof of Whitley County residency, birth certificate or another official record of children, and proof of income are needed.

• Car show - 8 a.m.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Teachers, parents, students enjoy final days of summer break

July 31, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — The remaining days of summer break are dwindling down as parents, children and school staff are prepping for the 2014-15 school year. Whitko Community Schools will be the first district in Whitley County to go back to classes, with the first day of school slated for Wednesday, Aug. 6. Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ first day will be the following Wednesday, Aug. 13, and Smith-Green Community Schools begin Aug. 14.

A CALL TO REJOICE: Church to celebrate 90 years

July 31, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — What started out as a pledge between 19 members has grown into a thriving congregation 90 years later. Churubusco Church of the Nazarene is planning a celebration to commemorate its 90th anniversary Sunday.

’BUSCO PAIR BOOKED ON DRUG CHARGES: Meth, mushrooms, heroin and marijuana found in home

July 31, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — A pair in Churubusco were arrested on a total of 22 drug charges last week. James Hampton, 45, and Shelly Stimmel, 35, were charged on multiple methamphetamine, heroin, mushroom, synthetic drug and marijuana charges after the Whitley County Drug Task Force received an anonymous tip July 22.

CITY 22nd SAFEST IN STATE: ‘I feel completely safe raising my family here’

July 31, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “When we hit the little things hard, the big things won’t come to town.” A motto taken on by the Columbia City Police Department is paying off, as Columbia City was recently named the 22nd safest city in the state of Indiana and the second safest in Northeast Indiana by Chief Executive Magazine.

ROAD WORK UPDATE: U.S. 30 and Ind. 109 open

July 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY (July 30, 2013) -- Columbia City Police Department has announced that Ind. 109 is now re-opened at US 30. Intersections are still congested so use caution in the area.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: Remembering loved ones in annual walk

July 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — For more than a decade, The Compassionate Friends group has existed to support those grieving the loss of loved ones. After the death of their daughter, Betsy Jane, Ben and Betsy Gates founded The Compassionate Friends in 2001.

PENCE, BAILEY, KILBY: Gathering memories, sharing friendships

July 30, 2014

A trio of Whitley County men gathered for lunch at DeVol Field Monday. Bailey and Pence took the opportunity at lunch to tout Kilby’s career as a leader in developing sports programming in Whitley County.

1:1 TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM: Students to ‘BYOD’ at Smith-Green

July 30, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Juniors at Churubusco Jr.-Sr. High School will have the chance to bring their own electronic device to class this upcoming school year. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) pilot-program comes in the wake of many area schools and school districts nationwide implementing “1:1” technology programs.

BREAKING: U.S. 30/Ind. 109 intersection closed today

July 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — According to police scanner traffic, the intersection of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109 will be closed until this afternoon.

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B.A.B.E.: Raises $2,560 in annual photo contest

July 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A variety of barnyard animals were highlighted at the Whitley County 4-H Fair, but in one vendor booth it was photographs of “cute kids” that gained attention. B.A.B.E. of Whitley County’s annual Cutest Kids Contest was a fundraiser held during the 4-H Fair.

PROPERTY OWNERS: Site to provide tax bills online

July 29, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Property owners may want to know more about where their tax dollars go and exactly what those funds are used for. Whitley County government leaders want county taxpayers to know that county budgets and tax levy information is available at www.budgetnotices.in.gov, or by calling the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance at 888-739-9826.

OFFICIALLY CHARTERED: Kiwanis club launches volunteer initiative

July 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Another community-minded group has joined the list of nonprofit and service organizations in Indiana. However, the Kiwanis Club is unique in that its founding purpose has evolved in its almost 100-year existence.

TWO ON-STAGE PLAYS: ‘Gunsmoke’ at the Peabody Library

July 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Marshal of Dodge City was forced to gun down a gang of outlaws in Columbia City Friday night. The massacre was followed by the return of the dastardly villain Butch Cavendish. A group of amateur actors and volunteers performed two on-stage radio plays “Bloody Hands,” from “Gunsmoke” and “The Return of Butch Cavendish” from “The Lone Ranger” Friday night at the Peabody Public Library auditorium, performed by The Peabody Radio Theatre Players.

 

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