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August 21st

CATCHING THE FLOW: City looking to alleviate rain problems

August 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— This year has been a weather contrast from 2012, as rainwater has soaked the community on more than one occasion.

These heavy rain falls cause a burden that must be carried by Columbia City’s storm and wastewater systems.

A large rainstorm that came through the city Aug. 2 washed out some alleys and caused back-ups and minor flooding in houses.

According to Community Development Director Jeff Walker, who oversees stormwater for Columbia City, these big rains overwhelm the sewer system.

DOWNTOWN CHANGES: City makes offer on Eagles Lodge

August 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) decided to make an offer on the Eagles Lodge at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets at Tuesday’s meeting.

After averaging two appraisals, the group decided to make an offer of $165,000 for the property, which is located at 306 W. Van Buren St., downtown.

“We’d really like to see that corner developed into something,” said Kevin Snell, of the Columbia City RDC. “We don’t want to see it deteriorate.”

August 20th

Dunham’s slated to open Friday

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Dunham’s Sports, the Midwest’s largest sporting goods retailer, recently announced its plans to hold a grand opening for the new Columbia City location.

Residents of Columbia City and surrounding communities are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted Friday at 9 a.m. at the new Towne and Country Center, 496 W. Plaza Dr., Columbia City.

Store hours will be Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The first 100 adults in line Friday will receive a Dunham’s Sports T-shirt.

Expression of appreciation

August 20, 2013

Whitley Consolidated School Board President Don Armstrong presented former board member Chris Bechtold (right) with a plaque of appreciation at Monday’s school board meeting.

Bechtold was replaced by Dan Curless, who was voted in by a 4-3 vote.

Curless will finish out Bechtold’s term — Dec. 31, 2014.

BOYS ONLY: Life skills are tied to learning at ETA

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — High school boys at Eagle Tech Academy spent a rather unconventional day at school learning life skills not found in a text book.

Thursday, girls and boys were split for the day as a way to give the students some exposure to lessons that were outside the norm.

While the girls were in a series of workshops pertaining to emotional management, etiquette and how to dress professionally, the boys had their own classes to attend.

IN THE DARK: City looks into more lighting at park

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Growth in the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow has prompted the city’s electric department to look for power solutions of a more permanent nature.

Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey said a permanent breaker will be installed on poles on the north side of the park.

Those permanent breakers should be ready by the spring.

Lickey said the breakers can be used for events such as the pow wow, where a supply of power is needed for a large gathering.

IN COURT: Man pleads guilty in meth tractor case

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man accused of selling methamphetamine from his tractor admitted his guilt in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Gerald Michel, 20, of South Whitley, was arrested in November of 2012. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

Monday, he pleaded guilty to one count of dealing methamphetamine. As part of a plea agreement, the remaining charges against Michel will be dismissed.

VACANCY FILLED: Curless awarded WCCS board seat

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — By a close decision, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees named its newest member at Monday night’s meeting.

Winning the 4-3 vote was Dan Curless, but Board President Don Armstrong encouraged the other candidate, Leslee Derbeck, to continue pursuing her involvement in the WCCS district.

“We certainly hope you will run for one of these positions again,” Armstrong said. “It was a tough choice.”

August 19th

B.A.B.E. announces winners of cute kids contest

August 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — B.A.B.E. of Whitley County held a contest as a fundraiser during the county’s 4-H fair in July.

Participants and winners in the 2013 Cutest Kids Contest included:

0-1 year old

•Emmaline Maddox (daughter of Billy and Tara Maddox)
•Jase King (son of Meghan Faylor)
•Presley Saggars (daughter of Rachel Dziabis)
•Callaghan Myers (son of Katie Myers)
•Camden Holzinger (son of Heather Holzinger)

Total amount raised in this category: $2,272.40

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: S. Whitley library marks 100 years

August 19, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Saturday marked the 100-year anniversary of the South Whitley Community Public Library.

More than 100 former library workers, relatives of the late librarian Marian Bollinger, and members of the community joined in the festivities with balloons, refreshments and party favors.

While the party was officially for the library, the life of Bollinger was recognized for her part in the foundation of the library.

Patty Weybright, library board president and Whitko High School librarian, spoke at the event.

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