Archive - Apr 26, 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the 2012 primary election less than two weeks away and the Republican nod for president all but a formality, local eyes are on a few contest for U.S. Congress and races for Whitley County Council and county treasurer.
Three Republican hopefuls are vying for the treasurer slot being vacated by Lisa Richmond.
With no Democrat candidate, the winner of the position in the November general election will be either Cindy (Greer) Doolittle, Laurell E. Hodges or Tami R. Plew.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Despite a reduction of $650,000 in its annual budget, the Whitley County Highway Department is announcing the continuation of a dust control measure conducted with the nod of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
â€śWe will again, by contract, have calcium chloride applied at each residence for dust control,â€ť said Mike Barton, highway department superintendent.
â€śThe commissioners would like to do what (they) can,â€ť said Barton in a press release.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With a monthly savings of $2,700, South Whitley town council members voted to change health insurance coverage for town employees, effective May 1.
â€śI met with town employees on this Physicians Health Plan (PHP) which is a less expensive plan and it will save the town some money until the wages and benefits comes around in November,â€ť said Council President Tony Starkey in Tuesday eveningâ€™s monthly meeting. â€śNew health insurance online submittal applications need to be done by each employee by May 1 and new (PHP) rates will hold until then.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The council approved additional appropriation of funds to the countyâ€™s Economic Development Corporationâ€™s 2012 budget proposal during Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting.
Alan Tio, president of EDC, presented this request to the board as he explained the importance of EDC and its goal, including sustainability, leadership, innovation and connectedness.
â€śOur mission is also to attain and attract new employment in the community,â€ť said Tio. â€śWe want to be seen as the organization to go to for business in Whitley County.â€ť
EDC is a nonprofit organization established in 1992.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Park Board members will soon address the vacating of Mayor Park, North Side Garden and Langeloh Park in Columbia City with Park Director Mark Green to compose a letter to City Council members.
â€śI think you (park board) have to basically suggest to the city council that you would like to vacate those three parks or put them up for sale,â€ť Mayor Ryan Daniel said in Monday evenings park board meeting. â€śAnd, your suggestion being those proceeds of those (parks and garden) going back into the general fund for Columbia City Parks.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two ordinances were approved on second reading concerning city cemetery and park hours at Tuesdayâ€™s Common Council City meeting.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said the reason the city established the ordinances was to give the police department the ability to remove people from any cemetery or park maintained by the city after hours.
â€śFrankly, weâ€™ve been having trouble with a segment of our youth population in the cemetery being in there after hours, â€ś said Daniel.
The hours established for individuals to be in the cemeteries are from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jeremiah is typically known as a Biblical prophet. But to Brandon and Elizabeth Bauer, Jeremiah is a different servant of God.
Elizabeth and the Bauerâ€™s three children were saved by who they call, an â€śangelâ€ť, Tuesday afternoon when their house caught ablaze.
A man only known as â€śJeremiahâ€ť was driving by the Bauer residence when he saw smoke coming out of the side of the house.