April 26th, 2012
SOUTH WHITLEY â With a monthly savings of $2,700, South Whitley town council members voted to change health insurance coverage for town employees, effective May 1.
âI 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,â said Council President Tony Starkey in Tuesday eveningâs monthly meeting. âNew health insurance online submittal applications need to be done by each employee by May 1 and new (PHP) rates will hold until then.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The council approved additional appropriation of funds to the countyâs Economic Development Corporationâs 2012 budget proposal during Tuesday nightâs 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.
âOur mission is also to attain and attract new employment in the community,â said Tio. âWe want to be seen as the organization to go to for business in Whitley County.â
EDC is a nonprofit organization established in 1992.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs 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 Whitkoâs 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
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
âI 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,â Mayor Ryan Daniel said in Monday evenings park board meeting. âAnd, your suggestion being those proceeds of those (parks and garden) going back into the general fund for Columbia City Parks.â
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs 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 didnât 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Two ordinances were approved on second reading concerning city cemetery and park hours at Tuesdayâs 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.
âFrankly, weâve been having trouble with a segment of our youth population in the cemetery being in there after hours, â said Daniel.
The hours established for individuals to be in the cemeteries are from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â You know itâs 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.
Thatâs 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.
FORT WAYNE â The 20th Annual Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic All-Star Games will be Saturday at the University of Saint Francisâ Hutzell Center.
Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict will be coaching the boys team, which has Whitko stand-out Logan Irwin and Churubuscoâs 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Jeremiah is typically known as a Biblical prophet. But to Brandon and Elizabeth Bauer, Jeremiah is a different servant of God.
Elizabeth and the Bauerâs three children were saved by who they call, an âangelâ, Tuesday afternoon when their house caught ablaze.
A man only known as âJeremiahâ was driving by the Bauer residence when he saw smoke coming out of the side of the house.
COLUMBIA CITY â In Tuesdayâs meeting, the Columbia City Common Council recommended back to the Animal Ordinance Committee that they would not like to see a chicken ordinance.
The discussion was brought up after Robin Lahrman made a presentation at the councilâs last meeting April 10, suggesting there be a change to the cityâs ordinance to allow chickens (hens) in city limits.
Mayor Ryan Daniel addressed the council in Tuesdayâs meeting asking them to talk about the feedback they received as well as their own concerns.