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November 22nd

Aging water lines concern superintendent

November 22, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — For Mike Dear and the rest of Columbia City’s water department, ensuring residents have safe water to drink is pretty much a “round-the-clock” job.
Dear reported to the city’s Board of Works and Safety on Friday and told the three-man board that the town is facing the same problem that many municipalities in the country are dealing with — breaks in half-century-old water mains.
“It’s a problem that’s hitting the whole country,” Dear said. “The cast (iron) from the ’50s and ’60s is just breaking.”

November 19th

Two suspected meth makers nabbed by police

November 19, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man was arrested by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday for several drug-related charges and booked into the Whitley County Jail.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, faces counts of dealing in and manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and a controlled substance and failure to comply. The charges also include the possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

Panel identifies potential brownfields

November 19, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s committee looking into ways to turn unsightly properties within the city into viable vessels for economic development heard feedback and ideas from the general public Wednesday night.
The Columbia City Brownfields Committee held an open forum to give citizens a chance to chime in on potential “brownfields.”

Fair board grateful for work of volunteers

November 19, 2010

Giving thanks seemed to be what the annual meeting of the 4-H Inc. board of directors was all about at its annual meeting Thursday which included not turkey, but a beef and noodle dinner.
After the pledges and approval of the secretary’s report, the election for four board members was held. The terms of Cathy Heritier, Chad Nix, Aaron McDevitt and Dave Rupley were up and all four were on the ballot with Julie Frazier-Johnson, Tim Johnson and Greg Rostochak added, as well.

Expressions earn student national award

November 19, 2010

It’s been said that when one of the senses is diminished, the others will compensate. In some cases, far exceeding the capabilities for those whose senses are not impaired.
Such would appear to be the case with Kalika Lacy, an 11-year-old student at Indian Springs Middle School.
Born completely deaf in China, Kalika was adopted and brought to Columbia City at the age of four by her parents Barbara White and Paul Lacy.

Education conversation begins by sharing ideas for the future

November 19, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Dr. David Dresslar, Executive Director for the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, addressed a wide group of interested Whitley County residents Nov. 9, about the status of American education and how to get from where we’ve been in the last century to where the world is going in this century.
This second installment of the conversation covers the breakout session where citizens reacted to and discussed Dresslar’s presentation of, as one attendee put it, “demoralizing” statistics regarding education.

Father relates lessons learned from tragedy

November 19, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Newell Cerak was the keynote speaker for the Whitley County Youth for Christ’s “Piece Rally” 2010 at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center Thursday evening. Cerak is the father of Whitney Cerak, who was misidentified after a truck-van accident on I-69 in April, 2006 when she was a freshman at Taylor University in Upland.

November 18th

Economist dissects recession, looks at future

November 18, 2010

FORT WAYNE — Does a dead cat bounce? Economists would say yes, but not because they tried it with a real cat.
The theory is that if you have a live cat and a dead cat and you drop them both off a building, the dead cat will bounce higher than the live cat. Or, the longer and deeper the recession, the stronger and more robust recovery there will be when it hits bottom, as opposed to a shallow recession with a shallow recovery, or the “live cat.”

Community meals aim to feed hungry in the community

November 18, 2010

By BECKY HAND
Community editor
WHITLEY COUNTY — A new group is organizing meals for those down on their luck, by a new church which meets in the Ag Museum, “The Warehouse.”
Called “The Forklift” the meals will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays at The Center for Whitley County Youth, 201 W. Market Street, Columbia City.
“Jeff Wike has worked tremendously for us,” said organizer Hank Workman. They had to bring the kitchen up to Health Department standards which required quite a bit of renovation. But the work is done, inspection completed and they are ready to serve.

Wind ordinance work to start over

November 18, 2010

Whitley County’s proposed wind power ordinance isn’t dead, but it has fallen into a coma.
And the responsibility for inducing the proposal’s deep sleep falls on a determined citizenry, articulate lawyers and an error in judgment by a county plan commissioner.
More than 200 people crowded the sweltering lower level meeting room in the Whitley County Government Center, some having to listen to the proceedings out in the hall, as eight members of the nine-member board listened to public input on the controversial Whitley County Wind Ordinance.

 

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