Archive - Dec 2010 - News Article
The following are news highlights from 2010 as reported in the Post & Mail.
4 â€” Whitley County New Year baby, Haleigh Giselle Graves, daughter of Ryan and Aimee Graves of Columbia City, was born shortly after 4 a.m.
7 â€” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor takes over as interim superintendent at Whitley County Consolidated Schools after the December resignation of Dr. Laura Huffman.
8 â€” Four inches of snow prompt officials to place Whitley County under a Level 3 Watch Snow Emergency.
GREENTOWN (AP) â€” A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has rattled portions of central Indiana, prompting a wave of calls to local authorities from rattled residents.
The U.S. Geological Survey says on its website that the quake occurred at 7:55 a.m. EST Thursday and was centered about five miles south of Greentown in Howard County. Thatâ€™s about 50 miles north-northeast of Indianapolis.
No damage was immediately reported.
SOUTH WHITLEY - Tom Bernhard, representing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, explained loan and grant options to South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday for the upcoming wastewater treatment facility project.
â€śWe have a loan and grant program for water and sewer projects,â€ť Bernhard said.
â€śWe can do a project sewer extension â€” up to a 40-year loan with a 2.5 percent interest rate but that changes every quarter, so this rate is good until March.â€ť
Bernhard said the annual agricultural budget is $30 million a year for Indiana, once approved by Congress.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Fire Department didnâ€™t have far to travel Wednesday afternoon to respond to a fire at 113 East Market Street in Columbia City, just a block and a half east of the fire station.
There was minimal damage and it was contained rather quickly with just damage to an exterior wall and no one was hurt,â€ť said Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue this morning.
LaRue said the fireâ€™s origin was electrical and was extinguished by removing some siding and cellulose insulation on a porch of the house.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s wallet could be a bit thinner next year.
Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle brought before the cityâ€™s Common Council on Tuesday, an emergency resolution to reduce the cityâ€™s 2010 appropriations.
â€śI was notified by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) that I would need to reduce our appropriations by $292,000,â€ť said Coyle.
The clerk told the board she was able to skim $199,700 from the 2010 budget, but that the remainder would have to come from the 2011 appropriation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The city of Columbia City is working to bring street signs up to federal guidelines.
At the regular meeting Tuesday night of the Columbia City Common Council, Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle said an ordinance is being considered regarding the update of speed limit signs in the downtown area.
According to Coyle, speed limits downtown vary from 20 to 30 miles per hour.
â€śThose speed limits are what they are,â€ť she said. â€śBut there are no signs posted. They (the city) will be purchasing signs for those. There are a few that are posted.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents in town throughout Whitley County will be able to discard their used Christmas trees over the next few weeks.
The Town of Churubusco announced it will have Christmas Tree pickup Jan. 8.
At Tuesday nightâ€™s regular meeting of the Columbia City Common Council, Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle told the board that workers from National Serv-All would also be picking up discarded trees Jan. 8.
â€śSo people should have their Christmas trees out by the curb,â€ť Coyle said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Commissioners approved a resolution last week authorizing the submission of a grant application for community development.
According to Whitley County Auditor Linda Gerig, the resolution authorizes the submittal of the Planning Grant Application to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
The resolution was presented during the regular meeting of the commission Dec. 20.
The application asks for funding to conduct a feasibility study of sewer and drinking water services for Coesse and grant administration.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Public entities are dotting the Iâ€™s and crossing the Tâ€™s of their finances in preparation for the end of the year.
Both Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation and the Whitley County Council made appropriation reductions from their 2010 budgets in order to help fund their budgets for next year.
At the county, $481,354 was reduced from the 2010 Highway Department Budget in order to â€śfully fund the 2011 Highway Department Budget.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man was injured in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Ind. 205.
Police, EMS, and fire crews responded at approximately 1:28 p.m. to find James M. Lawdâ€™s truck wrapped around a tree.
According to the report by Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department Deputy Randy Dellinger, Lawd, 64, was driving his truck eastbound on Ind. 205 at an excessive speed and drove off the right side of the road.
Lawd over-corrected and slid through a yard before striking a tree on the driverâ€™s side door.