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Archive - Feb 2011

February 4th

Ex-officer to appear for hearing

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Fort Wayne man and former state excise officer accused of staging the break-in of an Indiana State Excise Police evidence room in Columbia City is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Feb. 15, according to the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office.
Aaron M. Bishop, 34, was arrested Nov. 24 and charged with theft and official misconduct in connection with the Aug. 4 break-in.
Bishop has been free on $8,000 bond since shortly after his arrest.

Council to hear request for funds

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The head of Whitley County’s public transportation system will seek money from the Whitley County Council next week.
Jackie Hake, executive director of Whitley County Transit is asking for her organization’s annual allotment of money from the County Economic Development Income Tax — an infusion of $20,000 as part of a local match with the Indiana Department of Transportation.
“These funds have gone a long way to support this growing program as we are starting our fifth year of public transportation,” said Hake in a letter to council president Kim Wheeler.

Weather, soil contamination stops work

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety approved on Friday a work shutdown by Bowen Engineering Corporation on the city’s Equal-ization Basin and Interceptor Sewer Project which was originally slated to be completed May 1.
The shutdown is primarily due to frigid temperatures.
But the recent discovery of contaminated soil at one of the locations and the subsequent delays caused by Indiana Department of Environmental Management intervention also plays a factor.

County to review DFI budget

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2011 budget for Whitley County’s chapter of Drug-Free Indiana will find its way in front of the Whitley County Council Tuesday.
The program’s coordinator, Nancy Prickett, presented the proposed budget to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Jan. 18.
“The funds available for distribution in 2011 are $45,000 said Prickett in a letter submitted to the commissioners and made available for the council’s Tuesday meeting.
Prickett announced the money would be distributed for prevention/education, treatment, justice and administrative costs.

Handbooks, budgets on agenda for school meeting

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees will roll up its sleeves and get to work Monday on several issues including the various school handbooks and the corporation’s budget.
In its regular meeting Monday, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Marshall Community Building, board members will hear a presentation on the district handbooks for the primary, middle and high schools.

State grant gives boost to Triad Metals

February 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A company that began construction of a new manufacturing facility here in Whitley County last year is going to get a boost from the state.
Triad Metals International, which broke ground on a 165,000 square-foot distribution facility in the Rail Connect Business Park east of Columbia City last fall, will receive a $250,000 Community Economic Development Program Grant.
The announcement was made earlier this week in a statement from Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and came less than a week after Whitley County learned it would lose an industry that received such a grant last year.

Grand Signing Day: Mathewson commits to GVSU

February 4, 2011

   CHURUBUSCO — Kyle Mathewson went from competing for state championships to national championships Thursday.
   The small class A football school of Churubusco had its all-time leading rusher continue his career as one of 24 recruits to sign with Grand Valley State University on national signing day.

Richter primed for first title

February 4, 2011

   WARSAW — The preliminary round of the Indiana High School girls’ swimming and diving sectional took place Thursday night at the Warsaw Community Pool.
   The Columbia City Lady Eagles qualified participants in every event for Saturday’s finals, led by two individual first-place qualifications by freshman Andrea Richter.

Bryce Fitch, 83

February 4, 2011

Bryce G. Fitch, 83, a former resident of Huntertown, passed away at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 at Life Care Center in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Fitch was born in Huntertown March 27, 1927, a son of Maurice Keith and Lois Marie (Byerley) Fitch.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Huntertown Cemetery with Rev. Greg Hiatt, pastor of Huntertown United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow.
Friends may call at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco after 9 a.m. Monday. The cortege will depart the funeral home for the cemetery at 9:30 a.m.

Rosalie Hartman, 70

February 4, 2011

Rosalie Hartman, 70, of Sterling, Colo. passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 in Sterling. Born Aug. 23, 1940 in Pierceton, she was a daughter of Russell and Mary (Merideth) Barnhart.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Ginger Kay Work and a son, Clayton A. Hartman.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at Tennant Funeral Home in Sterling.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Logan County Humane Society c/o Tennant Funeral Home, PO Box 1547, Sterling, CO 80751. Sign and view the online guestbook at

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