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December 30th

CONVERSION COMPLETE: Electric meters switched over

December 30, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Electric Department put the finishing touch on a nearly two-year project Friday.
The department, doing most of the work in its spare time, has successfully changed out over 4,500 electric meters, the device that measures the amount of electric energy consumed by a residence, business, or electronically powered device.
Two years ago the city was contacted to gauge interest in purchasing an over-stock of meters at a discount price.
“We got them for a very inexpensive price,” said Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Political meetings, bloodmobile visits and tons of library activities dot January calendar

December 30, 2011

Mark your calendar for these Whitley County events and activities:

Whitley County
Patriots will host
state legislators
COLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County Patriots will host State Sen. Jim Banks and State Rep. Kathy Heuer at their next meeting, open to the public, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m. at The Church of the Nazarene, 506 N. Main St.
The discussion will center on give-and-take about the upcoming legislative session. Also, Brendon Boudreau will attend to discuss Right to Work.
Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items for local charitable food pantries.

December 29th

LETTERS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: Local family corresponded with LBJ, Ladybird Johnson

December 29, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City resident Gary Fouts and his siblings did as many children do around the holidays while growing up in the 1960s: They wrote letters.
Theirs, however, were not to Santa Claus.
Gary, then 13, his brother Melvin, 14, sisters Jane Ann, 12 and Bonnie, 5, instead sent their holiday greetings to the White House; more specifically, to the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.
“We sent them every year when we were kids,” said Fouts.

December 28th

OOMPAH HO, HO, HO: Serenading Santas gift brass sounds at Christmastime

December 28, 2011

A brass trio serenaded in the Columbia City area on Christmas Eve Eve, last Friday. Above, the trio plays a Christmas selection at the residence of Colleen Ward on Wallace Avenue to the delight of neighborhood adults and children. The musicians are, from left, Todd Ward, Matt Murdock and Brandon Drew. They made several stops in Columbia City, Tri-Lakes, and Fort Wayne.

CITY COUNCIL: Utility rate increase discussed

December 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The next step in a proposed utility rate increase was taken last week when the Columbia City Common Council approved the application for a new water rate filing.
The rate increase was initially discussed in September after a one and one-half year study showed that sales volumes are down more than 10 percent since the last increase in 2006.
In 2007, projections for water usage were made and those projections have not been met.
According to Mayor Jim Fleck, there was an anticipated growth expectancy of two percent a year and growth simply stopped.

COUNTY CHIEF: Rethlake stepping down as chairman of county commissioners

December 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — For five of the last six years, Tom Rethlake has served as chairman for the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
Rethlake has announced he will be stepping down from the position.
He will remain on the board as a commissioner.
Commissioner Don Amber will take over the duties as chairman.
According to Rethlake, the county has a policy that a chairman generally only serves for two years at a time.

December 27th

CHRISTMAS CAST: St. Paul’s cast of kids tell Christmas story

December 27, 2011

Children at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church pose for the camera in advance of their program on Christmas Eve, presented Saturday afternoon.

December 26th

ALIAHNA DEAD; MALE BABYSITTER CHARGED

December 26, 2011

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a missing 9-year-old Indiana girl has been found dead, and a family friend who had been watching the girl is facing murder charges.

Allen County sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel said Monday night that investigators found the body of Aliahna Lemmon in the county, but he wouldn't say where.

Tinkel said 39-year-old Mike Plumadore was arrested and is being held on a murder charge. He's scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

December 23rd

ELKS HOOP SHOOTERS: Finalists headed to district event

December 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 recently held its annual Hoop Shoot at the Indian Springs Middle School Gymnasium.
Local winners from the three county school systems were in attendance, with the winners of this contest advancing to the District event to be held in January of 2012.
Over three million boys and girls are expected to compete in this year’s Elks National Free Throw Contest (Hoop Shoot).

HANGING UP THE CHALK: Teacher Gary Smith retires from 'Busco

December 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — He’s undoubtedly the most popular teacher at Churubusco Junior Senior High School and while on top, he’s retiring.
Gary Smith knows when to exit, stage left.
“I’m on the top of my game and I know this is the right time to retire,” said Smith, a social studies teacher.
Smith took over at CJSHS when long-time teacher Paul Daily retired 22 years ago.
Smith served four years in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Indiana University in 1980.

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s boys and girls soccer teams picked up Three Rivers Conference wins...
SYRACUSE — Coaches say Saturday high school volleyball tournaments can be beneficial to those who...
LIGONIER — Columbia City’s boys and girls cross country teams yet again took on some of the top...

 

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