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March 4th

Teams set to battle at fourth Benefit Cookoff challenge

March 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 — in chef hats — 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.

Local ice artist Stan Horne creating sculpture in Alaska

March 4, 2011

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — 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.
“This 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,” said event publicity chairman, Don Callahan in a press release. “The event is run almost exclusively by volunteers, of whom some have traveled from as far away as Australia.”

Program aims to reduce energy costs

March 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Through concerted efforts between Columbia City’s electric utility and the state’s municipal power supplier, area officials are hoping to burn a few less lumps of coal.
During the regular session of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety Friday, Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone announced a statewide program designed to “reduce energy use and save money.”
Whetstone said the program is available to commercial and industrial customers of municipal utilities who are members of the Indiana Municipal Power Agency.

City police recover one, look for second stolen truck

March 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“In the past week or so, we’ve been having some reports of vehicles being entered,” Anspach said this morning.

Toxic waste: EPA, private contractors in process of determining scale of project

March 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Workers wearing hazardous materials suits aren’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.
“The state fire marshal and IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management) first requested our assistance back in 2006,” 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.

March 3rd

Budget issues top WCCS agenda

March 3, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Inclement weather Feb. 21 created a bottleneck of issues that will be addressed Monday when the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees meets in regular session.
Snowfall and freezing temperatures caused the corporation to cancel its Feb. 21 meeting — a session that promised to be heavily attended as staff and faculty corporation-wide await recommendations and decisions regarding the upcoming budget.
“I would expect there will be several people attending,” said Anthony Zickgraf, the corporation’s business manager.

Rescued ponies from Larwill making strides

March 3, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — More than six months after being saved from certain starvation, 11 ponies and one horse are making a comeback, chewing hay, rolling around in the mud and nipping at the haunches of their nearest playmate.
“They were all pretty out of control when we got them,” said Michelle Heitz, owner of Shadarobah Horse Rescue southeast of Churubusco.
Heitz received eight of the original 13 animals found neglected and starving at the residence of James and Cynthia Mullins of Larwill.

March 2nd

Intersection to get safety feature

March 2, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Columbia City’s lone representative in the Indiana Senate has spearheaded a campaign designed to make one of Whitley County’s most harrowing intersections a little safer.
Freshman Sen. Jim Banks R-Columbia City reported this week that officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation plan to install “rumble strips,” or traffic control devices that produce an audible vibration for motorists, at the intersection of U.S. 30 and state Route 205.

South Whitley police find meth lab

March 2, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Police in South Whitley, assisted by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police, parlayed a routine traffic stop into the discovery of yet another methamphetamine lab in Whitley County.
According to a press release from the Whitley County Drug Task Force, South Whitley Deputy Marshall Chuck LeWallen conducted a traffic stop on Isaiah A. Neer, 26 of South Whitley.

Court tells man to stop stalling

March 2, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer told a man suspected of child molesting he would have to quit dragging his feet and face trial.
“This case will be tried on the court’s schedule, not on yours,” said Heuer to Ronald A. Rostochak in court Feb. 22.
Rostochak has been awaiting trial for child molesting, a Class A felony and sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony, since late 2009.
Since then, the court has granted Rostochak several continuances for pre-trial conferences and trials and Rostochak himself has been represented by five different attorneys.

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