Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs county seat continues to display its passion for trunks, leaves, limbs and branches, having garnered nearly two decades of recognition as a safe haven for all things ‚Äúhardwood.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis is our 18th straight year as a Tree City,‚ÄĚ said Mayor Ryan Daniel Wednesday, referring to the announcement by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources proclaiming Columbia City as one of 67 towns in the Hoosier State to be designated a Tree City.
The IDNR reported that among the awarded cities, Indiana‚Äôs Tree Cities planted 15,423 trees in 2011.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ According to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O‚ÄôConnor, third-grade IREAD test results are in.
Preliminary data indicates that 92 percent of third-grade students in the district passed the test.
‚ÄúWe are very, very pleased with these results,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôConnor said.
O‚ÄôConnor said the district will send out letters to let all parents to know whether a student failed or passed.
Those that passed will of course move on to the next grade-level, barring the completion of other requirements to do so.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A law passed by the Indiana Legislature last July was allegedly broken in Adams County this week, causing the deaths of two small children in a vehicle-buggy accident that also seriously injured four others.
According to news reports, police accuse a 21-year-old Bluffton man of texting and driving, a crime in Indiana punishable with a $500 fine as of last summer.
According to local law enforcement, using a cell phone to create and send a text message while behind the wheel requires too much attention that should be spent on the road.
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ Police from Kosciusko and Wabash counties are investigating an early Thursday morning robbery and auto thefts that occurred in Kosciusko and Wabash counties overnight.
Sheriff‚Äôs deputies from Kosciusko County responded to the McClure Oil gas station in Silver Lake at 1:30 a.m. today after receiving a 911 call on a possible robbery. As officers were en route to the location, a deputy located an unoccupied vehicle near a county road intersection.
Police were told a vehicle matching the same description had apparently fled the robbery scene with two males suspects.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Trombone in hand, Foster Eber, a 17-year-old junior at Columbia City High School, is looking forward to playing and marching in the next Macy‚Äôs Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Foster said the reason he auditioned came when his family was watching the parade last year on TV.
‚ÄúWe were watching a band, and were saying, ‚ÄėThere‚Äôs probably some family in Kansas going there‚Äôs my kid on TV,‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Foster.
During the parade, Foster heard someone on the television say the kids in the band were in high school, and they auditioned to play and march.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ According to Whitko Community School Corporation‚Äôs Superintendent Steve Clason, summer evaluation plans are in the works.
The evaluations will focus on non-tested subjects including art, music, physical education and areas of social studies classes.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Jodi and Ethan Metzger had known they were having triplets since their eighth week of pregnancy, but what they did not know was that on Valentine‚Äôs Day they would receive three beautiful gifts from Heaven.
The Metzger triplets were not expected to be born Feb. 14, but Jodi drove herself to her doctor‚Äôs appointment earlier in the day, and within the hour, she was scheduled for a cesarean section to deliver.
‚ÄúThe doctor got things in motion, and he told me to call the babies‚Äô daddy right away,‚ÄĚ said Jodi.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As expected, about the only discussion regarding the wind issue with the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Monday was that there would be no discussion regarding the wind issue; not yet, at least.
Whitley County joint Building and Planning Director Dave Sewell was on hand at Monday‚Äôs meeting to deliver and ‚Äúcertify‚ÄĚ a copy of the proposed ordinance change for zoning, as it pertains to wind energy conversion systems.
Sewell explained that all of the proper and required steps to this point had been taken.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County is currently doing its part to go green. According to Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Amber, about a year ago the county applied for and received an energy grant in the amount of $265,000.
The county used the grant at the Whitley County Jail, as well as switch to more energy efficient products for the jail‚Äôs entire heating system.
According to the grant administrator‚Äôs records, the project in the jail saved the county $8,520 in electricity and $18,340 in natural gas compared to the previous year.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Everything sparkled, from the dresses and tuxedos to the sparkling grape juice in the engraved champagne glasses.
It took three limousines and one tour bus to take Passages clients to the Navigators Spring Gala Saturday at Come2Go in downtown Fort Wayne.
The prom-like atmosphere lasted until 10 p.m., with nearly 200 clients of Passages attending. The Navigators are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.