Archive - Dec 17, 2010 - News Article
of a series:
This is the first of a three-part series on crimes against children.
In part one, law enforcement officials from Whitley County as well as from state and federal agencies discuss the ongoing challenge of keeping Americaâ€™s youth safe from the ever-present threat of child predators.
In parts two and three, The Post & Mail talks to the heartbroken parents of a murdered girl whose life was taken earlier this year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” They have the effortless ability to finger paint a smile on the most despondent adult face using nothing more than a giggle.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church, located south of town at 2465 W. Keiser Road, began a unique ministry about three months ago when they started traditional Lutheran services for people with intellectual and development disabilities.
The church has members who are personally touched by such challenges, either themselves or with loved ones. They recognized, firsthand, the need for a comfortable place where folks would be welcomed, not feeling like they made others uncomfortable, and wouldnâ€™t feel like people would stare at them.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Resident Ed Ruckman was in attendance at Tuesdayâ€™s South Whitley Town Council meeting to voice his concerns on a continuous drainage problem in his front lawn located at 212 Collamer Road.
â€śBasically, since the streets have gotten redone there was originally an overflow for what it was intended for. Now that banking comes directly into my front yard,â€ť Ruckman said. â€śIt is pretty much destroying my yard and Iâ€™m getting all the street trash. I have picked up glass, paper and all kinds of debris that has come down from that drain.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council made several board appointments Tuesday night at its regular meeting.
The board approved the appointment of Marquis Jones to the cityâ€™s Board of Zoning Appeals.
The council also tabbed Don Sexton to be the councilâ€™s representative on the City/County Joint Planning and Building Department Advisory Board.
For the Whitley County Economic Development Commission, the board recommended Councilman Roger Seymoure.
Seymoure will have to be approved by the commission for that appointment.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council made some tweaks to its sewage pollutant concentration regulations with an amendment to its current sewage ordinance.
The amendment was heard in its first reading at the councilâ€™s regular meeting Tuesday night.
Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Mike Cook told the board the amendments were necessary to keep the city in compliance with Indiana Department of Environmental Management regulations.
â€śWe added one limit and the rest was just a matter of changing verbiage,â€ť said Cook.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council held a public hearing during its regular meeting Tuesday for the purpose of an additional appropriation of $60,000.
According to Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle, the appropriation, from the cityâ€™s Rainy Day Fund, was needed to cover costs of equipment purchases in the past several months.
In November, the cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety approved the purchase of televising equipment, or video cameras designed to view sewer lines and capture digital video images from inside the pipes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Councilman Dan Weigold announced the winners of the 2010 Christmas lighting contest at Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting of the cityâ€™s Common Council.
Weigold and Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendant Mike Cook were the judges for this yearâ€™s competition, driving around the cityâ€™s neighborhoods assessing the light displays of countless residentsâ€™ homes.
â€śWe get pretty picky,â€ť said Weigold when he announced the winners. â€śBut we try to spread it around.â€ť