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August 19th

Wild Whitley

August 19, 2013

Animals were the featured exhibit Sunday at the Whitley County Historical Museum. Jenn Heffernan, of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, was on-hand to introduce children to various animals native to Indiana.

Pictured is Heffernan (left) allowing Megan Heuer, 8, and Natalie Bockelman, 8, to pet a rabbit after learning what makes the hare a mammal.

NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: WCCS to fill vacancy tonight

August 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated's Board of School Trustee’s will be replacing one board member with another tonight.

Former Board Member Chris Bechtold stepped down from his position after he was hired within the district. The announcement was made earlier this summer.

At WCCS’s last board meeting, Aug. 5, current trustees had the opportunity to interview two candidates interested in filling the position.

Leslee Derbeck and Dan Curless were asked questions by each board member, and tonight a final decision is expected to be made by vote and nomination.

FALL FESTIVAL: No consumer fireworks at Sept. 14 city event

August 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Though the city will be putting on a display at Morsches Park for the Fall Festival, consumer, or personal fireworks will not be allowed.

Columbia City’s ordinance includes specific dates that residents can shoot off fireworks, and Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue discussed the option of an amendment for the Fall Festival with the Board of Works last Tuesday.

“Let them come to the festival and enjoy them there — not at home,” said Walt Crowder, of the Board of Works.

The two other Board of Works members, Dan Weigold and Mayor Ryan Daniel agreed.

Finishing touches

August 19, 2013

Letters were scattered in front of the entrance of Dunham’s Sports Friday afternoon, as crews worked to place the sign on the front of the building.

Dunham’s is expected to have it’s grand opening Aug. 25.

The new retailer will occupy the majority of the former Scott’s building in Columbia City.

The corner of U.S. 30 and Armstrong Drive was deemed an economic target area for the city and many upgrades and renovations have transformed the building.

August 16th

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.

August 15th

Baker garners service award

August 15, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana recently hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner to honor the recipients of the agency’s 2012 Volunteers of the Year awards.

Approximately 425 guests attended the dinner and ceremony at Fort Wayne Hotel to join in the celebration and honor volunteerism throughout Northeast Indiana and Southern Michigan.

 

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