Archive - Nov 2012 - News Article
SOUTH WHITLEY â Kent Theater sits with a nearly perfect faĂ§ade at 220 S. State St. in South Whitley, but look behind the exterior and the theater is anything but perfect.
Upon a recent inspection of the site that once housed Turning Point Church, the former theater looked much the same as it did nine months ago when a fire gutted the theater, causing the roof to collapse Feb. 18.
Debris and rubble still cover the theater seating, while parts of the structure still display blackened walls.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High School senior Foster Eber wonât be watching football and eating turkey on Thanksgiving.
He will be part of an 86-year tradition â the Macyâs Thanksgiving Day Parade. Foster auditioned for the Macyâs Great American Marching Band after watching last yearâs parade.
Foster will leave Saturday to meet up with approximately 250 band members to rehearse for the parade. The marching band will perform two pieces during the event, âMoves Like Jagger,â and a jazz number entitled âLazy River.â
ALLEN COUNTY â Two men pleaded guilty to a marijuana-growing operation at Lake Everett â a mile northeast of the Whitley County line in Allen County.
Jason Bridges, 32, and Jarrod Vroom, 39, were arrested Sept. 8 in a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Allen County Drug Task Force and Indiana State Police, which uncovered more than 100 marijuana plants.
Allen Countyâs SWAT team raided Bridgesâ house and found the growing operation, along with an additional four pounds of marijuana.
SOUTH WHITLEY â An error in the amount of $160,000 has caused South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey to scratch his head.
Clerk Treasurer Bob Gould informed the council at Tuesdayâs meeting of the error. âThere are erroneous numbers in the computer system that showed we had $160,000. We didnât have that money. I donât know where that dollar amount came from.â
Gould said when he discovered the error, funding categories needed to be redistributed and the $160,000 had to be deducted from various spending accounts.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council is reviewing an ordinance that may help to fill the old Scottâs building, located on the corner of Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive.
The council is working to offer incentives to promote growth in that area to aid businesses that might consider the building.
âThe building has been sitting vacant for five to six years now, and we know there is some very good potential for it,â said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitleyâs Town Council approved the minutes from its Oct. 25 meeting, where the council moved forward with the townâs new energy contract with Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
The contract will replace the existing relationship with Duke Energy, saving the town of South Whitley an estimated $110,000 a year.
In other council business, Waste Managementâs contract for sludge hauling is soon to be expired.
COLUMBIA CITY â While the Whitley County Salvation Army is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the organization recently received pieces of its past from a local resident. The collection includes historical photos, memorabilia and memories of the organizationâs olden days, which will be used by the local Salvation Army as it begins compiling a memory book.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia OâConnor said construction workers have scratched the surface on Eagle Tech Academyâs Phase III project.
OâConnor said the project, which began in October, will open up enough classroom space to allow an additional 200 students at ETA for the next school year.
The project will also group the schoolâs offices, granting direct access to them through the public entrance.
âI think itâs going to be a real nice facility for the district, and something that the community can be proud of,â said OâConnor.
COLUMBIA CITY â Katrina Simpkins, a young celebrity from Columbia City, was on hand to introduce the movie, âDolphin Tale,â at Mary Raber Elementary Schoolâs movie night Friday.
Katrina is well known for her connections to Winter, the dolphin that inspired the movie âDolphin Tale,â released in 2011 by Warner Brothers.