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Miller pleads guilty in St. Paul church burglary

August 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man admitted in court Monday that he burglarized a church in Columbia City last winter.

Cody Miller, 21, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with an incident at St. Paul of the Cross Church.

No written plea agreement was entered, but upon his plea Miller said he was told a charge of theft against him would be dismissed.

Miller will be sentenced Sept. 23.

Key business trends lead to success

August 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A local scientific firm took advantage of business trends in the late 1990s to become a success story.

Scientific Regulatory Consultants (SRC), is a firm located in downtown Columbia City in the former law office of Thomas Marshall. It was begun by Rhonda Jones and Sally Hayes when they were faced with the prospect of being downsized.

“Rather than go out and look for positions that would take us out of Whitley County, we decided to start this business,” Hayes said.

POWER SURGE: Homes boosting electric capacity

August 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Many homes around Columbia City are moving into the future by upgrading the electrical capacity in their houses.

Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey said these upgrades are in demand because of older houses using more electricity.

“It seems like everyone is using more and more power,” he said.

Hindsight reveals triumph for town

August 24, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” — is a quote by well-known basketball star Michael Jordan.

His words are mirrored in the actions of residents in South Whitley. When economic downturn took the town through a dark time, groups of community residents came together to see that the town of South Whitley be revived.

Town Council President Tony Starkey has a front row seat to the growth and energy now buzzing through the small town.

City explores options with old playset

August 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Parks Department is exploring its options regarding the area of Kids Dreamland, West Van Buren Street.

Parks Director Mark Green said the condition of the playground, that is several years past its lifespan, is continuing to deteriorate.

“Some of the problems are becoming unrepairable,” Green said. “The playground is beyond its years.”

Green said a wooden playset has a 15-year lifespan — Kids Dreamland has surpassed the 20-year mark.

FIRE DECISIONS: Department mulls grant, personnel

August 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While Columbia City’s Fire Department already planned to hire a new employee next year, Thursday morning, officials mulled the idea of hiring a second full-time fireman.

The option came up after a federal grant that will pay for two years of a new firefighter’s salary became available — but it’s more problematic than simply hiring another fireman.

The CCFD wants to add another firefighter to the department at the beginning of 2014, but if awarded the grant, funds may not be available until later in the year.

 

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