Archive - May 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The former Columbia City man facing charges of child seduction will go to trial in June and the prosecution has attached more weight to the charges.
DeWayne E. Stewart, 47, will face a trial by jury June 21 in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Following the announcement of the court date by Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Rentschler approached the bench and submitted what he called an â€śenhancement to Count One.â€ť
Whitley County residents are reminded that the spring installment of property taxes are due today, May 10. The treasurer's office is open until 4:30 p.m. or there is a drop-box located on the north side of the Whitley County Government Center where payments may be dropped off. If you mail your taxes, they must be postmarked with today's date.
Payments after today will incur a penalty.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Approximately one in six Americans lives with some sort of disability.
Often those disabilities impact the individual in ways that non-disabled donâ€™t even think about.
Like getting gas.
A task most people take for granted and usually accomplish in less than five minutes can take a disabled person 30 minutes to do.
With full-service filling stations few and far between, there is a program that provides assistance for disabled motorists.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Contrary to rumors circulating, Whitley County Salvation Army director Pat Mossburg, the local organization is alive and well.
â€śNothing has changed; weâ€™re still here,â€ť Mossburg said this morning.
She said that over the weekend, she had gotten several e-mails asking her if the local Salvation Army was closing its doors.
Mossburg said the Salvation Army is not leaving the community and is stronger than ever and doing the most good in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An error in calculation has made it necessary for a company contracted by Whitley County to make a second presentation.
Thomas Payne, director of marketing for Border Energy, appeared before the Whitley County Council last week to give an update on his companyâ€™s efforts to save the county money on its energy bill.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety received word last week that a brand-new sewer lift station, dinged up by an excavator during installation, is fully repaired and ready to be put in the ground.
â€śThe repair has been made and meets the repair action plan,â€ť said City Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker on Friday.
â€śThere was no real damage, it was more of a cosmetic and aesthetic issue than anything else. Iâ€™m pleased with how it turned out.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Amidst a recent budget crunch that included the release of more than 20 teachers, the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees is more than a little resistant to spend money on a couple of vehicles.
At its regular board meeting last week, the board heard a presentation from corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf and Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor about the need for corporation vehicles for the school districtâ€™s maintenance director and transportation director.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Earlier this week, The Post & Mail received a press release from Mark Espich, president of the board of the Whitley County Humane Society, that they are facing a financial crisis.
In a plea for public support to offset operating expenses, Espich praised the Whitley County Community Foundation for a recent grant given to help stabilize the shelterâ€™s finances.
â€śThe economy has been particularly hard on our areaâ€™s non-profit organizations,â€ť explained September McConnell, Community Foundation Director.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees is paying, reluctantly, for the design of a renovation to the former Marshall Middle School that some board members said they didnâ€™t see coming.
â€śAre we done with these surprises?â€ť asked board member Deborah Hiss, when the board was asked to approve a contract with Gibraltar Design as architects for a renovation to the buildingâ€™s kitchen.