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August 23rd

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.

Marching in the 2013 season

August 23, 2013

Columbia City High School’s marching band had a performance for friends and family Wednesday night on the school’s football field.

The band will perform at halftime of Columbia City’s first home football game, next Friday night against county-rival Whitko.

The Marching Eagles are directed by Helen Hockemeyer.

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T.R.O.Y. CENTER: Creative vision opens possibilities for learning

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Registration remains open for those students looking to attend T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative eduction program.

Although the school accepts students throughout the 2013-14 year, the deadline to apply for the School Choice Scholarship is Monday.

Nikki Trier, T.R.O.Y. Center’s administrator, said the scholarship could possibly cover the complete tuition fee of approximately $5,000.

However, parents need to be in touch with T.R.O.Y. Center as soon as possible in order to register by the scholarship deadline.

TAX ADJUSTMENTS: City TIF boundaries expected to change

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of changing the boundaries of the downtown area’s Tax Increment Funding (TIF) District.

“We’re making sure properties that are legally supposed to be in there are there, and the ones that aren’t are taken out,” said Kevin Snell of Columbia City’s RDC.

Snell said when the TIF District was adopted in 1993, some properties were put in the area in error.

IN COURT: Five-year sentence dished out in child sex case

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl received a five-year prison sentence Monday.

Bradley Kincaid, 21, will serve three of his five years in the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and have the remaining two suspended.

Kincaid’s attorney, Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, said his client should receive a short sentence because of his admission of guilt early and remorse over his crime.

“He’s maintained consistent employment, and has no relevant criminal history,” Voelz said.

PUBLIC DISCUSSION: WCCS takes budget under review

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2014 budget for Whitley County Consolidated Schools is under review by the Board of Trustees.

WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf released the proposal to the school board at Monday’s meeting.

“We encourage each of you to meet with the superintendent and myself with any questions you have about the budget,” Zickgraf said.

Zickgraf and his staff put several months into the budget project, which will be open to public discussion at the Sept. 3 board meeting.

'DUMB CRIME': Thornsbearry receives sentence for 'dumbest thing she’s ever done'

August 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City woman received an eight-year sentence for a crime her own attorney referred to as “stupid.”

Krystal Thornsbearry was ordered to serve four years of her eight-year sentence at the Whitley County Jail for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.

Thornsbearry’s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client had several positive traits to offer society.

“Krstyal has no drug history and has a good employment history,” he said. “She said this was the dumbest thing she’s ever done. I agree, it was dumb.”

ANGOLA — Columbia City’s volleyball team held on for a five-game win Wednesday night at Angola....
WHITLEY COUNTY — Area football teams are taking a final day of preparation before the season opens...
The Columbia City Church of the Nazarene Alpha team won the Church League Softball championship...

 

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