Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
Area firefighters are stressing the importance of following the recently-imposed ban on open burning in Whitley County.
On Monday, the Whitley County Fire Chiefsâ€™ Association issued a ban countywide on all open burning until further notice.
While township and city firefighters have said they donâ€™t plan to issue fines for violating the ban, they do say the ban will be enforced.
â€śWeâ€™re going to go put out the fire, thatâ€™s enforcing the ban,â€ť said Thomas E. LaRue, Columbia City fire chief.
â€śThere will also be the added embarrassment of having to have the fire department come out.â€ť
Whitley County Consolidated School patrons have decisions to make regarding who will represent them on their board in the coming years.
Four seats are open on the board, with three incumbents, Don Armstrong, Brooks Langeloh and Tim Bloom, choosing to seek re-election. Nicki Baker opted to not seek re-election.
The incumbents all have challengers.
Baker and Armstrong represents the city district and there are challenges for both seats from three opponents, Herschel Aumsbaugh, Christopher Bechtold and Eric Horvath.
Inebriation can sometimes lead to visions of pink elephants and flying pigs.
But the pink ducks flying through the air at the CCHS gym Wednesday night are real and have nothing to do with too much to drink.
After all, the chuck a duck contest is just part of the CCHS volleyball teamâ€™s Dig for Cure night.
The volleyball team, in conjunction with breast cancer awareness month, has a series of fundraisers taking place at their match Wednesday with all proceeds helping to provide cancer services for Whitley County residents.
Whether you are unemployed, working yet uneasy driving outside of your comfort zone, require transportation to and from medical appointments or struggle to own a dependable vehicle, Team CKD Transport, LLC is stepping up to the plate and available to lend a helping hand.
Established in August, 2008, Team CKD Transport (non-emergency certified within the State of Indiana) is located in Warsaw providing ambulatory and non-ambulatory transportation to and from medical/personal appointments within the state of Indiana.
A Syracuse woman, Linda J. Dietzen, 51, was killed Sunday afternoon after the car she was driving rear-ended the back of a semi at U.S. 30 and 300 E.
According to the police report, the driver of the semi, 24-year-old Jeffery E. Brown, II of Kansas City, Mo., was eastbound on U.S. 30 at about 4:30 p.m. when he started to slow down to stop at a red light.
The light turned green and Brown began to accelerate, traveling with the flow of traffic, according to the report.
Dietzenâ€™s vehicle entered the intersection and crashed into the rear of the tractor-trailer rig pinning her into the car.
Like flame and gasoline, dry weather and moderate-to-high winds make a volatile pair.
When you add the burning, floating ember of a carelessly-monitored trash fire, youâ€™d better hope you have your local volunteer fire department on speed dial.
The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department reported seven grass fires over the weekend from Friday through Sunday.
The fires burned countless acres and were primarily caused by controlled burns spreading out of control.
Columbia City police plan to add a pair of new cars to the department by early next year.
The cars, one marked and one unmarked, will be delivered and â€śpreppedâ€ť by a local car dealership and should be cruising the cityâ€™s streets by spring, according to Chief of Police Michael Petersen.
According to Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck, the funds to purchase the cars could be made at least partially available through savings by the city in salaries of two police officers called up to active military duty.
The City of Columbia City is considering the purchase of equipment that could help city workers see underground.
Televising equipment, or video cameras design to snake through sewer lines and capture images from inside the pipes, could benefit the city in terms of man-hours and dollars, according to city officials.
The possibility was discussed at Fridayâ€™s meeting of Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety.
According to Kelly Cearbaugh, Superintendent of Columbia Cityâ€™s street department, the benefits of purchasing such equipment could be far-reaching.