Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ A high-speed chase that began in Fort Wayne ended at the Whitley-Allen County Line Tuesday.
Whitley County‚Äôs Sheriff deputies were called to assist Fort Wayne‚Äôs Police Department after the pursuit headed toward Columbia City on U.S. 30.
The deputies set up stop sticks near CR 300 E., but the suspects, Pedro Garza and Luis Juarez-Cabrera, turned north on County Line Road before being apprehended by Fort Wayne police.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ High utility bills? Some residents of South Whitley believe the rates appearing on their monthly utility statements are higher than average. In fact, one resident appeared at the town council meeting Tuesday night to voice her concern over an increasing utility bill.
Town council members wanted to know just where utility rates stood in relation to covering costs and preparing for future upgrades.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The wind blew hard, but Columbia City pushed back.
On June 29 of this year, a violent wind storm powered its way through Columbia City. The tempest left a trail of damage in its wake, including downed trees. For many towns, the clean-up effort could have been a marathon. However, Columbia City Tree Board President Ken Lundquist said that the work has been ‚Äúexcellent,‚ÄĚ and thanked the City Electric Department for its input in the project.
Those participating in the most recent www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll said "No" to legalizing marijuana in Indiana because they deem it "a gateway drug."
Forty-five percent of respondents voted "no" on the legalization question.
However, 38 percent voted in favor of legalization because "it will increase revenue for the state."
Meanwhile, 13 percent said marijuana "should be decriminalized, not legalized."
Additionally, 4 percent voted "I don't care what the state does."
More than 100 votes were recorded in the poll.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety moved Tuesday to begin work on storm sewers before Phase II of the Line Street Project begins next year.
Wigent Excavation was awarded the bid for $41,045, and should begin work immediately, according to Jeff Walker, Community Development Director for Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council met Tuesday and among other agenda items, discussed some changes to personnel policy for city employees. Among the most talked about changes were a policy require employees to wear identification badges while they are on duty and rules regarding smoking locations at city buildings.
The identification policy is in place, according to Mayor Ryan Daniel, so that residents can have confidence that the people working with them are city employees. Council member Bill Simpson said that the policy would not be necessary for officers in uniform.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Jessica Harrison, a Columbia City High School graduate, works as a disc jockey for 106.3 clickhop.com ‚ÄĒ but she didn‚Äôt interview for the job in a traditional way.
A contest was held earlier this year to find a co-host for the radio morning show, ‚ÄúNugget in the morning.‚ÄĚ Harrison turned in a video which was voted on by friends, family and the station‚Äôs listeners.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Center for Whitley County Youth recently received a grant of $45,000 from the Dekko Foundation. The grant will be used to further The Center‚Äôs Building Hope project.
Jeff Wike, The Center‚Äôs executive director, said the project is just over the half-way mark to its goal of raising $210,00.
In December of 2011, The Center was able to purchase its building debt free. Owning the building free and clear means the organization eliminated $10,000 a year in rent payments.
Pizza Hut-WingStreet in Columbia City is offering yummy Christmas wishes to its customers and to all readers of The Post & Mail.
"Joy, Hope, Love, Peace, Health and Harmony," are the Christmas wish toppings offered by Pizza Hut-WingStreet employees. "Who says you can't have it all? Merry Christmas and many thanks for your loyal patronage. We look forward to seeing you soon!"
The popular restaurant is famously located at U.S. 30 and Ind. 9 in Columbia City. It has become "holiday party central" for many area families. Telephone number is 260 248-2566 if you prefer carry out or delivery.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚Äď A conflict of interest made choosing a trash contractor ‚Äúreally tough.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis is a tough decision,‚ÄĚ said Council President Tony Starkey. ‚ÄúThese guys are both friends of mine.‚ÄĚ Starkey was referring to town council member Steve Smith and his associate with Whitley Environmental.
Smith removed himself from all discussion as well as the final vote on trash collection bids due to his personal tie with one of the companies vying for the right to collect South Whitley‚Äôs trash.