February 19th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitley has a newly operational wastewater treatment plant.
Town council members were informed last week that as of Jan. 24, the project had reached a substantial completion status and is operational.
There are still some minor items to finish before the project is completed. Training on new equipment is underway and smaller items are being installed.
But the council was concerned with an entirely different pipe problem. A storm sewer pipe at 306 S. Main St. had collapsed, but the pipeâs failure seemed to originate with its installation.
The National Weather Service has issued a forecast consisting of scattered snow showers, mainly before 4 p.m., and wind gusts as high as 40 mph for Tuesday. In the evening, the wind chill is estimated to be as low as -5 and wind gusts to remain strong at 30 mph.
Columbia City High School Show Choir is having a give-back night at Dairy Queen in Columbia City Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Dairy Queen will donate 10 percent of sales made in that time.
The CCHS Show Choir will give those funds to the Austin Show Choir, which lost most of its equipment earlier in February when the choirâs truck and trailer went off the road while traveling to a competition.
Donations for the Austin Show Choir will also be accepted.
Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus will have an open house Monday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Attendees can learn more about Ivy Tech programs, admissions, financial aid, student life, career services, the Center for Academic Excellence, disability support services, the TRiO program, College for Working Adults, Corporate College, the American Honors Program, and the FOCUS Hospitality Internship Program.
Also on hand will be Francineâs Friends mobile mammography unit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Red Cross Bloodmobile from 1 to 6:30 p.m.
CHURUBUSCO â Saturday nightâs basketball game was most definitely a game of very contrasting halves.
The visiting Whitko Wildcats used stellar shooting from the field to win the first half, but the host Churubusco Eagles used a furious fourth quarter and an off-balance shot in the final seconds to win the second half, and the game, by a 42-40 score.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team proved it is ready for sectional play â topping Northrop Saturday, 55-49.
The Eagles had as much as a 15-point lead over the Bruins, who knocked Columbia City out of the state tournament last season and handed the Eagles two of its eight losses in 2011-12.
Northrop has lost its last three games in a row, with Concordia and Pike setting the stage for Columbia City to beat the Bruins for the Eaglesâ senior night.
WARSAW â Columbia Cityâs boys swim team saw its season come to a conclusion at Saturdayâs sectional.
The Eagles garnered 187 team points to finish fourth. Warsaw won the meet with 498.5 points.
Eagle coach Kristen Swonger was pleased with the performance overall of her team.
âI think the boys did a fantastic job,â she said. âWe came in fourth overall with just a few swimmers and they swam great.â
INDIANAPOLIS â House Republicans tossed out Indiana Governor Mike Penceâs call for a tax cut Friday.
Indiana has an approximate $500 million annual surplus that Pence proposed could benefit Hoosiers if that money was turned back to the people.
However, House Representatives would rather see those funds used for education and transportation.
âWeâre continuing fiscal integrity, we will have a balanced budget, weâre making priority investments in education and priority investments in transportation,â House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs show choir, City Stars, held its 5th annual Sounds of the City Invitational.
Seven different middle school choirs competed Friday night, with Norwell Middle School taking the top honors. The choir also won Best Vocals and Best Choreography awards. As the night came to an end, City Stars entertained the crowd with its competition show, performing in an exhibition status.
âThe invitational ran very smoothly thanks to all the hard work from parents and supporters of the choir,â said Karyle Genth, City Starsâ director.
SOUTH WHITLEY â After a sticker shock of close to $500,000 to stabilize the Eel River bank, South Whitley Town Council members researched ways to cut costs and has found some viable solutions.
With erosion running rampant along the riverbank, it is only a matter of time before the Eel River uncovers newly laid wastewater lines.
Project engineers advised council members that the erosion could cause pipes to be exposed creating a possible threat to the wastewater lines.
But the council received some good news at Tuesdayâs meeting when alternatives were suggested to fund the project.