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JUNK ORDINANCE VIOLATION: Mayor says ‘I do not want to set a precedent’

August 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In an ordinance violation that has been ongoing since January, Columbia City’s Board of Works decided to leave things as-is — for now.

In April, Larry Jacobs, of 980 S. CR 50 E., was granted an extension after he was found in violation of the city’s nuisance, or junk ordinance.

His extension gave him leeway through July 31, and as the date came and went, significant progress had not been made on the property.

Jacobs has several older tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles, etc. on his property.

NOT GETTING HOSED: City frugal with new fire truck expense

August 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “We’ve done a good job of making this a work truck, not a parade truck.” Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue and his crew are finishing up the specs for the department’s new fire truck and are doing what they can to keep the cost down.

“We are improving some of the ways we do things in order to make it more unified for our community,” LaRue told Columbia City’s Common Council Tuesday. “We’re taking cost and benefit into consideration. We don’t have $50,000 lights and gold-plated doors.”

HIDAYA NEO: ETA girls develop their ‘beautiful’ gifts

August 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Eagle Tech Academy is known for its unconventional approach to high school education — focusing on interactive learning and collaborative presentations often given to leaders in the community.

However, tables turned Thursday when ETA girls took a seat while women from the community staged a series of workshops.

MAN CHARGED FOR ATTACKING CHILD: Ippolito allegedly drug boy through parking lot by his arm

August 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Fort Wayne man who has been charged for attacking a child is expected to plead guilty in Whitley County Superior Court.

Dale Ippolito, 22, was arrested in September 2012 after witnesses said he abused a young boy in the parking lot of Parkview Whitley Hospital, in Columbia City.

According to court reports, both of the child’s legs were in casts and witnesses saw Ippolito drag the boy by his arm through the parking lot and to his vehicle.

While in the car, witnesses saw Ippolito beating the child and called 911.

PASSAGES NAMES NEW DIRECTOR: Lehman promoted to executive position

August 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Leaders at Passages, Inc. and the Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation, Columbia City, recently announced the promotion of Dave Lehman to Chief Operating Officer of Passages.

In that capacity, Lehman will also serve as the executive director of Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation.

The Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation is the affordable housing arm for Passages.

 

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