Archive - Aug 2012 - News Article
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ There is a new town marshal in Churubusco and his name is Mike Engle.
Long-time Whitley County sheriff‚Äôs deputy and recent Churubusco deputy town marshal, Engle was unanimously voted the town marshal at the town council meeting Wednesday.
The council had to find a new town marshal after Chad Fulkerson took a full-time position of school resource officer at Smith-Green Community Schools. Fulkerson tendered his resignation just moments before Engle was voted on.
Frank Kessler, council president, said the council interviewed three internal candidates.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the county adopting a golf cart ordinance,Columbia City is in the process of reviewing and making changes to its ordinance governing the alternative vehicles.
‚ÄúThe rules and regulations, as far as the way the ordinance reads, are very similar to the county as far as the equipment and regulations over the passing years,‚ÄĚ said Police Chief Timothy Longenbaugh at the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety meeting Tuesday.
Longenbaugh said the department has received several calls about people asking questions on the city and county permits.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A public hearing is scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. in the Coesse Elementary School regarding a utilities study that will provide residents and property owners in that area with several options on extending water and sewer services to the community. ‚ÄúIt will also have anticipated costs along with that,‚ÄĚ said Jeff Walker, community development director of Columbia City at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ South Whitley‚Äôs town clerk‚Äôs office will soon have new computers installed with a price tag of $18,847.97.
Town council members reviewed proposals from Preferred IT Group, A Plus Computers and Ricoh-USA and unanimously accepted the lowest quote from Ricoh-USA at Tuesday evening‚Äôs council meeting.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Fall Festival, originally planned to take place Sept. 22 has expanded into a two-day event.
‚ÄúIt has grown to be a bigger event than what we originally planned, which is great,‚ÄĚ said Park Director Mark Green at the Columbia City Common Council meeting. ‚ÄúI think it will be really neat.‚ÄĚ
Mayor Ryan Daniel said several people who were involved in the Fall Festival sat down last week and talked about turning it into a two day event.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Katy Hockerman‚Äôs nomadic lifestyle all began when she was just a little girl and wanted an Irish accent.
‚ÄúMy dad told me that if I wanted that accent I would have to go to Ireland and live there for a while,‚ÄĚ said Hockerman, 18, and a recent graduate of Churubusco Junior Senior High School.
After spending a year in Denmark in 2010-11, this young woman is taking a gap year from college and going to Taiwan for the 2012-13 academic year.
Hockerman has just been awarded one of 600 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ School begins Tuesday for Whitley County Consolidated Schools, and it‚Äôs a toss-up who is more excited at Northern Heights Elementary School, the new principal or his three children.
Jake Hoag, 38, was born and raised in Columbia City. Now he is excited to be principal of Northern Heights Elementary School.
‚ÄúAll three of my children are students here, and they are as excited as I am. Not many people can say they work with their own children, but I can. I am so blessed,‚ÄĚ said Hoag.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the Fall Festival approaching in September, an amendment was passed on first reading concerning the city‚Äôs Fireworks Ordinance at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
According to the City Fire Chief Tom LaRue, there were two issues being addressed in the amendment.
‚ÄúThere are two things. One portion of it is a clarification that we do not regulate anything other than consumer grade fireworks,‚ÄĚ said LaRue.
Public displays of fireworks are governed by Indiana Code, according to the ordinance.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko High School (WHS) will start the 2012-13 school year with numerous new faces. Five new teachers, out of a staff of 31, as well as a new athletic director and assistant principal, will be under the leadership of former Assistant Principal Dave Parker, who now sits in the seat of principal.
‚ÄúWe are going to stumble a bit early on, but it‚Äôs going to work out,‚ÄĚsaid Parker. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs nice to have new perspectives and ideas that come with new staff.‚ÄĚ