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April 26th

PRIMARY ELECTION PREVIEW: Several county races hotly contested

April 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — With the 2012 primary election less than two weeks away and the Republican nod for president all but a formality, local eyes are on a few contest for U.S. Congress and races for Whitley County Council and county treasurer.
County Treasurer
Three Republican hopefuls are vying for the treasurer slot being vacated by Lisa Richmond.
With no Democrat candidate, the winner of the position in the November general election will be either Cindy (Greer) Doolittle, Laurell E. Hodges or Tami R. Plew.
Board of Commissioners

DUST CONTROL: County highway department announces calcium chloride program

April 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Despite a reduction of $650,000 in its annual budget, the Whitley County Highway Department is announcing the continuation of a dust control measure conducted with the nod of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
“We will again, by contract, have calcium chloride applied at each residence for dust control,” said Mike Barton, highway department superintendent.
“The commissioners would like to do what (they) can,” said Barton in a press release.

INSURANCE IN SOUTH WHITLEY?: Town board considers changing coverage for town employees

April 26, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — With a monthly savings of $2,700, South Whitley town council members voted to change health insurance coverage for town employees, effective May 1.
“I met with town employees on this Physicians Health Plan (PHP) which is a less expensive plan and it will save the town some money until the wages and benefits comes around in November,” said Council President Tony Starkey in Tuesday evening’s monthly meeting. “New health insurance online submittal applications need to be done by each employee by May 1 and new (PHP) rates will hold until then.”

City OKs more appropriations to EDC

April 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The council approved additional appropriation of funds to the county’s Economic Development Corporation’s 2012 budget proposal during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Alan Tio, president of EDC, presented this request to the board as he explained the importance of EDC and its goal, including sustainability, leadership, innovation and connectedness.
“Our mission is also to attain and attract new employment in the community,” said Tio. “We want to be seen as the organization to go to for business in Whitley County.”
EDC is a nonprofit organization established in 1992.

Wildcats defeated by Tippy Valley; beat Triton, 9-5

April 26, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team came off a win over Triton Tuesday to fall to Tippecanoe Valley Wednesday night, 6-0.

The Vikings got 10 hits, eight against Whitko starting pitcher Alex Stoddard. Stoddard recorded four strike-outs, three errors and gave up four runs.

Colin Nicodemus and Wes Gensch each went 1-for-2 at the plate, getting Whitko’s two lone hits.

Tippy Valley scored three runs in the third inning, and one-per inning in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames.

Win over Triton

SOON TO BE FORMER PARKS: Col. City could vacate 3 properties

April 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Park Board members will soon address the vacating of Mayor Park, North Side Garden and Langeloh Park in Columbia City with Park Director Mark Green to compose a letter to City Council members.
“I think you (park board) have to basically suggest to the city council that you would like to vacate those three parks or put them up for sale,” Mayor Ryan Daniel said in Monday evenings park board meeting. “And, your suggestion being those proceeds of those (parks and garden) going back into the general fund for Columbia City Parks.”

Whitko softball beats Tippy Valley

April 26, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s softball team grabbed a Three Rivers Conference win Wednesday night against Tippecanoe Valley, 9-1.

Though the Lady Vikings scored the first run of the game in the first inning, Tippy Valley didn’t cross home plate for the rest of the game.

Whitko, on the other hand, scored nine runs in the third and fourth innings. Karissa Olinske and Hannah Cokl scored two runs apiece.

Audra Day, Hannah Himes, Aly Nicodemus and Emily Weigold each added a run as well.

Olinske pitched all seven innings with nine strikeouts, one walk and gave up seven hits.

PARK, CEMETERY CRACKDOWN: City establishes fines for violations of cemetery, park hours

April 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Two ordinances were approved on second reading concerning city cemetery and park hours at Tuesday’s Common Council City meeting.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said the reason the city established the ordinances was to give the police department the ability to remove people from any cemetery or park maintained by the city after hours.
“Frankly, we’ve been having trouble with a segment of our youth population in the cemetery being in there after hours, “ said Daniel.
The hours established for individuals to be in the cemeteries are from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Lady Eagles down Homestead, 3-0

April 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — You know it’s a tough ballgame when the losing pitcher who strikes out the first eleven batters she faces, only gives up two hits for the game and gets defeated 3-0.

That’s exactly what happened to the Homestead Lady Spartans when they visited the Columbia City Lady Eagles for a Northeast Hoosier Conference softball game on a wet cold Wednesday evening.

The Lady Eagles parlayed a Spartan error and two hits from the bottom of the order and 14 strikeouts from pitcher Cassie Vodde into a 3-0 win.

Locals prep for All-Star game

April 26, 2012

FORT WAYNE — The 20th Annual Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic All-Star Games will be Saturday at the University of Saint Francis’ Hutzell Center.

Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict will be coaching the boys team, which has Whitko stand-out Logan Irwin and Churubusco’s Tyler Arrowsmith on the roster.

The girls game begins at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.

Also included are 3-point shooting contests for the girls and boys and a slam-dunk contest for the boys.

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