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February 7th

4-H — FROM HOBBY TO CAREER: Jeremiah Geiger works to make most of farming

February 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man is hoping to turn a hobby into something much more.

Jeremiah Geiger was a participant for years in the Whitley County 4-H Fair. He is still involved, but now on a different side.

“That was my passion, showing hogs at fair,” he said. “I showed hogs for 10 years.”

Currently, Geiger raises animals and sells them to students wishing to participate in the fair. The operation is small so far, but is not without its struggles.

“Nothing went right this fall,” Geiger said. “I couldn’t get (my animals) bred.”

DNR ACQUISITIONS: Crooked Lake preserve adds land

February 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Crooked Lake’s nature preserve has recently added two additional tracts of land.

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commission voted Jan. 15 to bring in the 69.5 acres, named the Crooked Lake Addition Nature Preserve, to the original Crooked Lake Nature Preserve. The area now has a total of 215 acres.

The two parcels of land were added with assistance from the Indiana Heritage Trust and the Crooked Lake Property Owners’ Association.

IN THE HEADLINES

February 7, 2013

Here are the headlines in Thursday's issue:

80/20 considers expansion, 25 new jobs

Crooked Lake preserve adds land

4-H: From hobby to career

Man found guilty in Fort Wayne ambulance attack

February 6th

RIGHT TO VOTE: Ind. Senate approves Sen. Banks' proposal

February 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate approved a proposal authored by Ind. Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to protect Hoosiers’ right to vote by secret ballot.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 would amend the Constitution of the State of Indiana to permanently protect the right to use secret ballots in elections, including union authorization elections. The Ind. Senate passed the resolution by a vote of 33-16, moving it to the Ind. House of Representatives for further consideration.

NO MAIL SATURDAY: Saturday mail delivery to stop in August

February 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — Saturday mail delivery will soon be suspended, according to the Postal Service.

Cutting back to a five-day delivery schedule is estimated to save the Postal Service $2 billion annually.

With online technology and the growing use of internet driven communication, the agency has been struggling financially.

The move accentuates one of the agency’s strong points ­— package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials said, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

DITCHED: Missing car found in Blue River

February 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A vehicle from an alleged abduction case in Fort Wayne was found south of Columbia City Tuesday morning.

The car, a black Chrysler, was pulled from Blue River at approximately 11 a.m. after employees at Heavy Truck Equipment and Repair, south of Columbia City on Ind. 9, discovered the vehicle in the river.

Police found the vehicle to be linked to an alleged crime in Fort Wayne, which may have been a hoax.

TUESDAY FIRE: Destroys garage, vehicles

February 6, 2013

A garage was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Several fire departments were dispatched to 5845 E. Schrader Rd. at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a neighbor spotted the blaze while checking the mail. According to another neighbor, Eileen Nesbitt, firemen saved the nearby home and had the blaze put out quickly. Nesbitt said only the garage and contents inside such as a truck, ATV and boat were destroyed. The property is owned by Dave and Audra Moore.

SCHOOL SEWER: WCCS updates plan at high school

February 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees heard an update on the sewer plan at the high school.

According to Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, a bid date will be worked out in late March or early April. With projected costs under $350,000, a common construction wage scale will not have to be used, according to a new state law for bids after Dec. 31, 2012.

Zickgraf said this should benefit the district and encourage competition and more companies to bid.

NO MORE MAIL ON SATURDAY: Postal Service announces suspended Saturday service

February 6, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays in order to cut expenses.
However, packages will continue to be delivered six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.

In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.

February 5th

UPDATE: Car pulled from Blue River

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A vehicle from a possible abduction case in Fort Wayne was found south of Columbia City Tuesday morning.

The car, a black Chrysler, was pulled from the Blue River at approximately 11 a.m. after employees at Heavy Truck Equipment and Repair, south of Columbia City on Ind. 9, discovered the vehicle in the river.

The car was taken to Fort Wayne for police to determine how it was linked to a crime that began at Pointe Iverness Apartments.

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