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July 13th

RETHINKING: Col. City discusses changes to OSD

July 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — At Tuesday’s meeting, Columbia City Common Council member Ben Romine said he talked to a couple business owners downtown, and they wondered if the city would ever consider moving Old Settlers Days out of downtown.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said this is not the first time he has heard this, as some downtown business owners have strong opinions on the subject.
“There have been discussions I’m sure through many many years about that,” said Daniel. “Obviously, it’s a decision as to the placement of Old Settlers that is up to the Old Settlers committee.”

TRIED AND TRUE: SGCS tabs Bailey as Supt.

July 13, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Encourager, gracious, positive, hard worker, giver, community and children’s advocate, husband, father, grandfather, manager and gardener. These are just some adjectives describing one of the hardest working educators in Whitley County.
Ralph Bailey retired from being a superintendent at Whitley County Consolidated Schools in 1991 after 23 years of service, but hasn’t stopped working since.
Bailey, 84, was selected as interim superintendent at Smith-Green Community Schools for the second time July 2, after a surprise resignation from Steve Darnell, who’s last day was June 29.

MDA: 'Jailbirds’ exceed MDA goal by $10K

July 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Business and community leaders in Whitley County who were “locked up” Tuesday at Paige’s Crossing to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, exceeded their goal.
“The event goal was to raise $25,000 as a community, and the event ended up totaling just nearly $35,000,” said Fundraising Coordinator Alison Eckert. “This is amazing and a job very well done.”

TREE PLAN: City council amends ordiannce

July 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 99 of the Tree Plan.
“There was a letter from the Tree Board that came last meeting, and it had some changes in there,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
“They were mainly administrative changes in regards as to who is holding the tree plan and who is basically the individual in charge of the trees.”
The amendment called for the person authorized to exercise powers to read “Tree Board President” instead of “Director of Community Development.”

July 12th

POWER SCAM: New con offers utility bill payment

July 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — On the long list of scams that currently exist, a new one is making its way across the United States and has homeowners believing the government is offering assistance to cover utility bills.
“We just want to make local people aware of it. It is a scam and they need to pay attention,” said Gene Donaghy, vice president of member services at Northeastern REMC.
Since this scam has been on a national level for a few days, Donaghy warns local Northern Indiana residents to be aware.

STORM: City pleased with response

July 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — As Kelly Cearbaugh, street superintendent of Columbia City, gave his report to the City Council Tuesday, he noted the department would be wrapping up chipping downed trees this week after the storm which swept through the city June 29.
“We are continuing to work on this and get it done,” said Cearbaugh.
Along with the report, Cearbaugh thanked his workers for staying on task during the four days temperatures reached over 100 degrees.

BURN PERMIT: City council makes changes to fire code

July 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, the council amended the fire prevention code on second reading. The change regards burn permits.
During the council’s meeting in June, when it was passed on first reading, Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue explained how this eliminates the verbiage that gives the City of Columbia City, the Board of Works and himself the right to issue burn permits.
LaRue said people would need to comply with state law as well as IDEM standards on this rule.

NEW ASSESSOR: Rita Sauders elected by caucus

July 12, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Republican Party has selected a replacement for the county’s assessor who announced her resignation earlier this year.
“It was uncontested, so Rita Sauders will be the new Whitley County Assessor,” said Matthew Boyd, chairman of the county’s Republican party.
Sauders was selected in a caucus Tuesday to replace Angie Heath, who announced she would resign effective July 7.
“It was a good turnout. There were 26 of us who showed up for an uncontested race so I was pleased,” said Boyd.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

July 12, 2012

Women’s workshop
“How To Beat a Bad Hair Day,” presented by reVision Women’s Ministry, is a free workshop open to all women, Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop will teach practical tools in emotional, time and physical management. The workshop is free, but a free will donation is encouraged. Refreshments will be served. Childcare will not be provided. The event will be at the Super 8 Hotel off U.S. 30, in the conference room. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot call 244-3656 or email revision@embarqmail.com.

Bus trips

July 11th

FAIR EVENT: Seminars to instruct gardeners

July 11, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Master Gardeners will present garden seminars Tuesday, July 17 at the Ag Museum at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
Available seminars include:

 

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