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March 24th, 2011

Kiddie pool problem pondered

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — More repairs to Columbia City’s half-century-old public swimming pool are being discussed.
City Parks Director Mark Green reported to the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday that the kiddie pool section of the Burnworth Memorial Pool is in need of renovation.
“We’ve had problems with leaking, we’ve had problems with stability,” said Green.
“It’s repairable, but it’s not in good shape.”
Green told the council that estimates for the kiddie pool repairs are at about $27,000.

Drivers license renewal leads to arrest

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — An alert agency employee is responsible for putting a Whitley County sex offender and fugitive from justice behind bars.
According to police and several people connected with the Huntsville, Ala. Salvation Army, DeWayne E. Stewart, 47, formerly of Columbia City, was arrested Friday when he attempted to get an Alabama driver’s license.
Huntsville police confirmed the arrest on Monday.
Stewart was reportedly living in a shelter for the homeless run by the Huntsville Salvation Army chapter and was attending a six-month drug and alcohol treatment program.

City announces limb pickup dates

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City street crews will be making their annual rounds to gather limbs from the past winter, according to Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh.
“We’ll have the sweeper out picking up sand and other stuff that accumulated over the winter,” said Cearbaugh to the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday during his department report.
Cearbaugh announced the limb pickup program, which begins April 4.
The program has been initiated as a means to dispose of limbs and branches from storm-related events and small pruning projects, according to Cearbaugh.

What would you do in an earthquake?

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Local emergency officials are teaming up with experts at the national level to raise awareness and preparedness in the event a disaster the likes of which rocked Japan should strike the Midwest.
The event, called the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will be observed in April and will involve more than one million people, according to a press release issued by the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security.
The event is being organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and will involve 11 states, including Indiana.

Whitko vets target team first

March 24, 2011

   There is a glaring absence from the Whitko baseball program when it comes to the postseason. The   Wildcats have been there playing for a sectional championship but never been able to take home the hardware to South Whitley.
   The 2011 Wildcats hope to change that with a returning core of seniors bunched with a talented newcomer.
   Goals have been set by the Wildcats and head coach Erik Hisner says its time to achieve them.

Paul Birch, 82

March 24, 2011

Service pending
Paul Birch, 82, of Columbia City, and a winter resident of Naples, Fla., passed away at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at his residence.
Among survivors are his wife, Karin Birch of Columbia City; two children, Rebecca Yann and Ethan Birch; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be scheduled for a future date. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.

Fort Wayne Metals establishes Whitley County operation

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A company with its roots in northeast Indiana is planning to grow into Whitley County.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC, a manufacturer of premium metal alloys, announced today that it will locate a new operation in Columbia City, creating up to 68 new jobs by 2014.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC plans to invest $12.9 million to renovate the 115,000 square-foot former Fort Wayne Foundry building, and purchase production equipment that will enhance capabilities and increase capacity in support of current operations.

March 23rd

County seeks to enforce homestead compliance

March 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s auditor is taking steps to make sure residents don’t commit homestead fraud — either intentionally or inadvertently.
County Auditor Jen McGuire said this week her office is sending out “soft letters” to residents who she said could be claiming the standard homestead deduction on residences in more than one county.
“We want to make sure they’re not double-dipping,” McGuire said.
Indiana state law reads that individuals and married couples are limited to one homestead standard deduction.

Wind study committee formed

March 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — As consulting firm Ground Rules, Inc. begins the study process of wind energy in preparation for the eventual drafting of a new Whitley County Wind Ordinance, it will have a nine-member panel to provide input.
Dave Sewell, Whitley County’s Executive Director of the Building and Planning Department presented a nine-member steering committee to the county’s Board of Commissioners Monday.
The committee has been called for from an outcry by residents who oppose the installation of 400-foot-plus windmills near their property.

No moratorium on wind farms

March 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Residents opposed to the installation of windmill facilities in Whitley County have been keeping their fingers on the pulse of local government in recent months — particularly the Whitley County Plan Commission and the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
There have been many common themes in the opposition to the possible arrival of wind farms.
One of those has been a call for a moratorium on wind farms until the proper zoning ordinance can be drafted.

 

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