Archive - 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety listened to details of a dispute between two companies at its regular board meeting Friday.
The issue â€” poor drainage on Walker Way and the cost of fixing it.
At stake â€” city takeover of the street.
â€śThe city is not a party to that dispute,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck.
An agreement has been drafted between CLW Investments Inc. and Hooks SuperX, Inc.
Fleck said eventually, once the agreement has been signed by both parties, the town will take over responsibility of the road.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local officials are paying close attention to Indianapolis, where experts on local government and state lawmakers are discussing strategies that could affect how business is conducted at the grassroots level â€” townships, cities, counties.
According to the Gary Post-Tribune, a government reduction committee, led by Rep. Chet Dobis of Merrillville, met for the first time Tuesday and heard ideas for minor changes to state law that could add up to larger time and dollar savings for Indianaâ€™s towns, cities and counties.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Students doing well academically and showing their progress across the board â€” that is what Whitko School Corporation officials are saying resulted in one of their elementary programs being lauded by the state.
A contingent from South Whitley Elementary School traveled to Indianapolis Tuesday to collect the schoolâ€™s â€śTop Gainerâ€ť Award at the seventh annual Indiana Conference on Learning.
Principal Bruce Hansen, along with kindergarten teacher and literacy coach Diane Williams and fifth-grade teacher Gina Borton traveled to the state capital to receive the award.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County and the local economic development company began a process months ago to take grant money from Greatbatch Medical and funnel it elsewhere in anticipation of Thursdayâ€™s announcement the Columbia City plant will shut down and move jobs to Allen County.
â€śWe asked that the money be transferred to another company,â€ť said Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake. I know Alan Tio (Executive Director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation) was down in Indianapolis twice trying to get that done in the last couple of months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new slate of officers was installed for the new year at Mondayâ€™s Columbia City Parks Board meeting. Officers include: Kelley Sheiss, president; Mark Ellis, vice-president; Mauri Bordner, recorder; and Dennis Warnick, member. Tammy Nickolson will serve as an intern from Leadership Whitley County.
With the resignation of member Michael Malcolm, effective Dec. 31, the board continues to seek a replacement.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s a little later than usual, but local health officials say they are starting to see an upswing in local flu cases.
Heather Reid, public health nurse at the Whitley County Health Department, said local doctors are just starting to see cases of the flu and expect it to rise in the coming days and weeks.
â€śItâ€™s a later onset than usual,â€ť Reid said, noting that influenza cases usually start rising after Christmas.
Superintendents at Smith-Green and Whitko school corporations said schools in their districts have not yet noticed increased absenteeism due to sickness.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gov. Mitch Daniels will be the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Day dinner, according to a news release from the Whitley County Republican party.
The dinner is planned for March 16 at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center. Tickets are $40 per person for the dinner and $100 for a private reception and dinner.
To reserve a seat or table, call vice chairman Laurel Hodges at 723-4495.
Two file for vacant council seat
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local law enforcement has mixed emotions regarding proposed legislation at the statehouse about texting and driving.
The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban texting while driving for all Hoosiers, sending the bill to the state senate.
â€śGenerally speaking, I think law enforcement would be in favor of some kind of legislation, but weâ€™re going to be held to the usual standard of actually seeing it happening,â€ť said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges today.