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May 15th

BELOVED POOCH: Ceremony planned to honor therapy canine

May 15, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — She was everybody’s friend for nearly nine years at the Oaks Nursing Home in Columbia City.
The chocolate Labrador named Kenia died Feb. 16 and her ashes are currently safely tucked away in Administrator Chad Smyth’s office. Those ashes are being brought out and spread around a new tree in Kenia’s memory this week.
Everyone has the opportunity to memorialize this special trained therapy canine with a ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Oaks in Columbia City.
“Kenia was so friendly with everyone,” said Julia Osterman, activity director at The Oaks.

INDIFFERENCE?: County voter participation falters

May 15, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — When it came to a scant showing at the polls for the May 8 Primary Election, Whitley County fared as poorly as many in the Hoosier state.
According to media reports, about 19 percent of the 4.4 million registered voters in Indiana exercised that right a week ago.
In neighboring Allen County, news reports are calling the participation at the polls by voters near the lowest in the state.
In Whitley County, primary voter turnout dropped dramatically from the previous primary in 2008.

May 14th

HARNESSING STORM WATER: City council working to amend ordinance

May 14, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY - The city council motioned to pass an ordinance on first reading, as they worked toward amending the illicit discharge and connection to the storm water system. The meeting was held Thursday.
The ordinance was before the council to address some issues found in the existing ordinance regarding the clarification of ambiguities.
“The reason to have this kind of ordinance is to make sure that we’re discharging clean rainwater through our storm water system and eliminating stuff going into our sewer that does not need to be going into our sewer,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: 'Busco students recall deck collapse on TV show

May 14, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — It was their 15 minutes of fame and they will never forget it.
NBC’s The Today Show was in Churubusco early Saturday morning to do a live broadcast of three local teens recalling a now-famous deck collapse right before the school’s prom May 5.
It was a picture perfect day when 12 Churubusco teens were posed on the deck of Greg and Margaret Blake’s deck just north of Churubusco on U.S. 33. The group was waiting for Haleigh Gross to appear.

May 11th

SHRIMP: EDC requests tax abatement for shrimp operation

May 12, 2012

LARWILL — In an effort to encourage growth in the Town of Larwill and utilize the former Larwill High School, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Alan Tio and Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Jim Atz, attended the Larwill town council meeting Thursday evening requesting a tax abatement.

HIKE: Larwill utility rate hike on the horizon

May 12, 2012

LARWILL — Larwill residents will soon incur an increase on their monthly utility billing as the town’s sewer ordinance has been amended. Town attorney, Greg Hockemeyer, made the changes to the ordinance which outlines a 14.3 percent rate hike. The monthly rate for a single family dwelling will increase from $35 to $40. A copy of the amended rate ordinance is available for inspection at the clerk’s office during posted business hours.

FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT: Salvation Army has 75 years of giving; needs never cease

May 12, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­­ ­— With doughnuts to share, the Salvation Army of Whitley County celebrated 75 years of service with an open house. Members of the community were invited to visit the new location that is now inside First Church of God off DePoy Dr in Columbia City.

The organization has grown in support and in its effort to extend a helping hand to those in need. But there are still residents of Whitley County who are not aware of the Salvation Army’s willingness to serve them.

Local manufacturer joins forces with Whitko H.S. students

May 12, 2012

LARWILL — Locally-based contract manufacturer Red Star Manufacturing, Inc. recently collaborated with Whitko High School to support component manufacturing for a custom-ordered 10-ton plastic injection molding machine.

In late 2011, Red Star owner Scott Werstler approached Whitko Engineering and Welding Technology teacher Jay Ocken about providing his students with hands-on experience with tools and techniques in component manufacturing.

Ducharme posts surety bond

May 12, 2012

MCKINNEY, Texas — The Columbia City man jailed in April in Collin County, Texas on charges of money laundering has been released on bail, according to court officials in that county.

According to Tim Wyatt, the attorney for Duane Ducharme, 70, posted a $40,000 surety bond on Wednesday.

Ducharme is represented by McKinney, Texas-based attorney Gregg Gibbs. Wyatt said Friday that an examining trial is scheduled there May 25.

“I can find nothing that says his (Ducharme) whereabouts, and I don’t have the conditions of his bond.

Ducharme was booked April 13.

HIGHWAY DEPT.: works on plans for sealing, dust control

May 12, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Highway Department is laying out plans for their summer sealing program and the continuation of dust control efforts.

“It’s when we get the most calls,” said Mike Barton, highway department superintendent. “They want to know which roads will be done first and second and if there are roads that are going to be done at all.”

“We’ll go out, and especially the roads we’ve milled, we want to get them out of any possible dust they’ve seen since last fall,” said Barton.

Barton said the Highway Department has not seen as much dust on the roads as they expected.

 

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