Archive - Sep 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Grace Lutheran Church has had a food pantry ministry for a number of decades, but a dwindling amount of donations is causing the church to come up with a different way to help people.
Church officials said there has been a reduction in funds and donations to the amount of 75 percent, compared to last year.
The church could have opted to close its doors completely, but an alternative will soon be offered. A voucher system, made in part by the Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne, is the church‚Äôs answer to the growing need to feed the hungry.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ South Whitley is planning on making a plan.
What started as rumblings by several residents earlier in the summer is shaping up to become what some hope is a road map to making the Southwestern Whitley County town a true success story.
‚ÄúThis summer I met with leaders from the town of South Whitley in my capacity as the community development person from the EDC (Whitley County Economic Development Corporation,‚ÄĚ said Lori Shipman, one of the county‚Äôs foremost experts on grant writing and economic development.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The second forum regarding the future of Burnworth Memorial Pool will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. Ind. 205 in Columbia City.
Concerns about the condition of the pool prompted the first forum, held Aug. 22, where members of the community who attended the meeting shared opinions to members of the city‚Äôs park board as well as Mayor Ryan Daniel.
With pool attendance slowly dwindling, the public discussed the pros and cons of several different options, keeping aquatics at the center point for the future of the city.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Art of all kinds will be displayed on the courthouse lawn Saturday. The 11th Annual Juried Whitley County Autumn Art Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.
The local Boy Scouts Troop #94 will start the morning off with an opening celebration. The rest of the day will feature other local acts performing under the gazebo and around the courthouse.
For the art lover, an array of juried artists will sell their wares. Items to be displayed include everything from woodworking, pottery and gourd art to jewelry, metal work and photography.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Council approved $22,911 for an electric light project at Columbia City‚Äôs courthouse and annex building at its meeting Wednesday.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs something we‚Äôre going to have to do soon,‚ÄĚ said Mark Sturtevant with the courthouse‚Äôs maintenance department.
‚ÄúThe only advantage of trying to do it yet this year is to get the rebates.‚ÄĚ
Sturtevant said if the council did not move the project forward now, it would have to take place the next year, and the rebates would no longer be offered.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll be forced to do it then,‚ÄĚ said Sturtevant.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the last month, fraud has become a prevalent topic in the area.
According to Columbia City Police Det. Chip Stephenson, several people in the area have fallen victim to a malicious computer virus.
‚ÄúI talked to a guy from BE Comics & Computers (in Columbia City), who said he‚Äôs had eight or nine computers in the last few weeks that have had viruses,‚ÄĚ Stephenson said. ‚ÄúPeople have been contacted via home phone with someone saying, ‚Äėhey this is such-and-such with Microsoft. We need you to do an update for your computer.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the state reducing the number of visits the health department is required to make to restaurants every year, the Whitley County Health Department is looking to revise its Food Establishment Ordinance.
Dr. Lisa Hatcher, health officer at the Whitley County Health Department, came before the Whitley County Council at its Wednesday meeting to make the board aware of the revisions being made, which would need to be approved by the council to become law.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The City of Columbia City announced Tuesday that trick-or-treat will be held between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31.
Government officials are urging citizens to use caution while driving on that night as hundreds of children will be going door to door throughout Columbia City collecting candy.
The fire department will also be handing out candy and glow sticks at the Columbia City Fire Station.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Health Department may have future plans which include seeking to achieve national accreditation.
During the Whitley County Council meeting Wednesday, Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher, told the board the move would boost the health department by putting it on a national level.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The efforts to make Churubusco‚Äôs schools more secure had an unexpected price tag, causing the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees to slightly adjust plans for a major renovation project.
‚ÄúIt was certainly not what we were hoping for,‚ÄĚ said Greg Wehling, vice president of Moake Park, the architects coordinating SGCS‚Äôs $5 million-plus school rebuild.
According to Wehling, one item in the low bid by Fetters Construction came in nearly $100,000 higher than expected.