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Archive - Mar 2014

March 27th

CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDING: City RDC elects to demolish building

March 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The building at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets is expected to be a parking lot by June, officials say.

Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) purchased the building located at 306 W. Van Buren St. from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which has since relocated to a building on South Main Street.

While the RDC hoped to utilize the building until the property was sold to a developer, plans were changed.

COUNCIL TWEAKS GIS POSITION FOR NEW HIRE: ‘Brad has made so much progress in this department’

March 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Recently, Columbia City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator Brad Smith announced he would be leaving his position at the city.

After several years, and what officials called “great strides” in the city’s GIS program, Smith is moving on to a job in the private sector.
Preparing for the hiring process, city officials voted to fine-tune the position’s job description before replacing Smith.

High waters, more rain to come

March 27, 2014

The Blue River had higher water levels 10 days ago, as the banks were swelling in Morsches Park. More high water levels could be coming this weekend. Whitley County is expected to receive up to half of an inch of rain. The added rain, combined with already swollen creeks and rivers, flooding in different areas throughout the county is a possibility.

Marie Thornburg, 89

March 27, 2014

Marie Thornburg, 89, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Fort Wayne.
Born in New Haven, Marie worked with Magnavox for eight years, retiring in 1988.
She was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church and the Adams and Allen County Geneology Society.

March 26th

CES principal faced with sweet treat

March 26, 2014

Churubusco Elementary School kindergarten students Jillian Wright, left, and Luke Hile, right, throw pies in the face of Principal Scott Fudge. The elementary students raised more than $1,900 for the Lymphoma Society, and Fudge said that, for every $100 raised, he would be hit with a pie in the face.

Extension educator clarifies: Not moles — voles

March 26, 2014

After the snow has melted, have you noticed mole-like "runs" in your yard, except that they appear to be well-traveled above ground runs, rather than the more familiar burrowing damage created by moles? If that is the case, change the 'm' to a 'v' – you probably have voles, not moles.

I recently got my first vole question of the year, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. Voles are a fairly common rodent in Indiana landscapes, except that they don’t get the same attention that the subterranean burrowing mole gets.

Blomquist shares 29 years of experience as nurse

March 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The February 20 meeting of the Zion Ladies Aid opened with a New Year’s Prayer by President Kathaleen Reese.

It was followed by a Mite incentive by Marty Williams to fill a red-cloth boot that she had made to be filled and brought to the December Christmas party.

The program was given by Sami Blomquist, who spoke of her experiences of 29 years as a nurse in the criminal justice system.

As a graduate nurse, she started out working in a sheriff’s office in 1984 in Jacksonville, Fla., and then went to work in the jail that was built in l963.

S. Whitley library announces April activities

March 26, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY —South Whitley Community Public Library recently announced events and activities slated for the month of April.
Cooking & Culture

•Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The group will be making a treat from the Netherlands this month – Jan Hagel Cookies. The group will be learning about a Scandinavian country and eating cookies. Those wanting to participate should register in the children’s room.

Teen screen
•Tuesday at 6 p.m. —Teens are going to finish costumes and start shooting a movie.


19 pies in the face

March 26, 2014

Churubusco Elementary School threw 19 pies at Principal Mr. Scott Fudge earlier this month. Each pie represented $100 of hard work in fundraising for the Lymphoma Society by the students. Fudge thanked the students for their efforts. Above, kindergarten student Jillian Wright throws a pie at Fudge.

Scoggins sentenced to six years in forgery case

March 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who committed forgery in multiple Northeast Indiana Counties was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction Monday.

Rebecka L. Scoggins, 38, was arrested in October with her boyfriend on multiple charges of forgery and theft.

She will be incarcerated for four years of her six-year sentence, with the balance on probation.

Her boyfriend, Scott D. Mahood, was given a four-year sentence to the Whitley County Jail in February.


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