Archive - Mar 4, 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While public schools are generally not held up as creators of haute cuisine, when it comes to competition, they move to the head of the class.
All three county public schools are going head to head â€” in chef hats â€” with the cafeteria staff at Parkview Whitley Hospital, to see who can make the tastiest meal, according to a persnickety public.
And all for a good cause.
Jeff Wike, director of The Center for Whitley County Youth is excited this year as he is planning for The Benefit Cookoff. In its fourth year, Wike says the event grows by another 50 people each year.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska â€” Four men who carved ice sculptures at the recent Fire & Ice Festival in Columbia City have traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska for the 2011 BP World Art Ice Art Championship.
â€śThis annual event has been held since 1988, when the tradition of ice sculpture, a feature of the Fairbanks Winter Carnival celebrations held during the 1930s, was revived,â€ť said event publicity chairman, Don Callahan in a press release. â€śThe event is run almost exclusively by volunteers, of whom some have traveled from as far away as Australia.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Through concerted efforts between Columbia Cityâ€™s electric utility and the stateâ€™s municipal power supplier, area officials are hoping to burn a few less lumps of coal.
During the regular session of Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety Friday, Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone announced a statewide program designed to â€średuce energy use and save money.â€ť
Whetstone said the program is available to commercial and industrial customers of municipal utilities who are members of the Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Police are on the lookout for a black 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck stolen from a residence on Holden Road sometime last night or this morning.
According to Columbia City Police Department Capt. Brian Anspach, reports of several vehicle break-ins, as well as two vehicle thefts, have occurred in the city since early evening Thursday with similar activity going back several days.
â€śIn the past week or so, weâ€™ve been having some reports of vehicles being entered,â€ť Anspach said this morning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Workers wearing hazardous materials suits arenâ€™t on-scene yet, but officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and independent contractors are in Columbia City assessing the scale of cleanup that will be needed to bring a local industrial property into federal compliance.
â€śThe state fire marshal and IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management) first requested our assistance back in 2006,â€ť said Theresa Holz, an on-scene coordinator for the U.S. EPA who is overseeing the cleanup of the former Testworth Laboratories, Inc. building on South Main Street.