February 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Fort Wayne has been dealing with an abundance of bank robberies, Whitley County has stayed under the radar â€” for the most part.
Police received a call Tuesday morning of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a bank in South Whitley.
According to police scanner traffic, bank employees may have seen a man wearing a ski mask parked outside of the bank.
According to the scanner, the vehicle took off before police arrived, and traveled southbound out of town.
Police in the area have been paying special attention to banks and credit unions.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Some ideas are finding their way to fruition in South Whitley.
After several brainstorming sessions, Whitley on The Move (WOTM) formed a handful of committees to take community suggestions and begin working on action plans to bring those ideas to life.
Now, two committees have the opportunity to move out of the brainstorming stage and into a planning progression.
Julia Robinson, WOTMâ€™s organizer, gave town council members an update at Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed his first piece of legislation since taking office.
The bill prevents an estimated $57 million property tax increase on Hoosier farmers by delaying the use of new soil productivity factors in farmland assessment.
Legislators want the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and the Purdue University College of Agriculture to complete a study on the process.
Indiana Representative Kathy Heuer was in Columbia City Saturday to convey the importance of this bill to local farmers.
HUNTERTOWN â€” "You never know what's going to happen in game one," Columbia City head coach Chris Benedict said after the Eagles' sectional opener against a struggling East Noble team.
There were no surprises at Carroll Wednesday night, as Columbia City took a lopsided 74-28 win over the Knights.
"Everybody had to come out ready to go," Benedict said. "I'm really happy with the way our guys came out defensively, it put us in control of the game from the get-go."
The Eagles held East Noble to only one basket, a 3-pointer, in the first eight minutes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The IHSAA has released its enrollment figures that will determine sports classification for the next two years.
2013-14 and 2014-15 are the schools years covered by the new figures.
Official reclassification has not occurred yet. Sectional assignments for the sports affected by the enrollment numbers (football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer) will happen in April and will receive final approval April 29.
While the assignments are not official, a glance at the enrollment numbers could indicate changes for some area schools.
Dennis Wayne Palmer, 56, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 16, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of Neil Burwell and Patty Ann (Hoffman) Palmer.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, he graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1976. On Dec. 12, 2012, he married Christine Lynn Bowman in Larwill.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Parking problems have been an issue for Columbia City for some time, and the Common Council approved an ordinance Tuesday in an effort to provide a solution.
The new ordinance, which unanimously passed by the council, now allows for parking in the North Chauncey Street Municipal Parking Lot near the post office. There will be two handicapped spots, three two-hour spaces and the remainder will have a 24-hour limit on the time a vehicle can remain in any one spot.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eagle Tech Academy students presented community leaders with their suggestions of a sister city for Columbia City.
Having a sister city would allow Columbia City to partner with a foreign city and glean from its cultural differences and economic strengths as well as learn from its unique way of living. At the same time, Columbia City would be able to offer its knowledge, support and insight.
Displaying a multimedia presentation, students shared common characteristics between Columbia City and their Spanish-speaking city of choice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” New vehicles for the city were approved for purchase by the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.
The board approved the purchase of a Ford Escape for the electric department at $23,620.29; a new dump truck for the electric department at $34,069.21; a Ford F550 for the water department, which will be $36,679.46 and a new vehicle for the street department, which will cost $31,542. All costs include trade-in from previous vehicles where applicable.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (center) proclaimed March as Disability Awareness Month in the city of Columbia City. Tuesday, Daniel presented several members of Passages, Inc. with his official proclamation. From left, Katie Kinsey, Jonathan Morris, Jamie Horn, Mayor Daniel, Mike Parker, Nathaniel Boutelle and Connie Brockup.