Archive - Sep 13, 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â A national organization, sometimes referred to as the best-kept secret in America, is having an impact in Northeast Indiana.
The Civil Air Patrol U.S. Air Force Auxiliary (CAP) is a congressionally-chartered nonprofit that has youth and adult volunteers serving nationwide.
In the area, there are two groups that meet in Fort Wayne, and there are some Whitley County residents that participate.
Jay Stiles is a local citizen whose son, Theron, is a cadet with INCAP 201 in Fort Wayne. Jay also works as a volunteer, which many parents take as an opportunity to help.
COLUMBIA CITY â A project in Columbia City that was expected to be completed in 2012 is now not expected to begin until late 2014.
Officials are continuing to move forward with the slow process to urbanize Ind. 205.
The road reconstruction project, dubbed the â205 Projectâ was a dream of former Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck and Parkview Whitley Hospitalâs John Meister â a venture that began five years ago.
SOUTH WHITLEY â With the cost of water impacting the wallets of South Whitley residents, one particular homeowner found a creative way to skirt the expense.
George Hathaway, of South Whitley, applied for a permit to drill a well at his property, which is located within town limits.
The cost to fill swimming pools and water lawns throughout the summer months becomes an increasing bill.
With his private well, Hathaway would be able to take care of his additional water needs without raising his bill.
Shayna Lowe (right) was crowned Churubuscoâs 2013 Homecoming Queen at Friday nightâs football game against Eastside. She was given her sash and crown by last yearâs queen, Jenna Shambaugh.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Stormwater Department recently underwent an audit by the Indiana Department of Enviornmental Management (IDEM).
While two deficiencies were noted, Stormwater Superintendent Jeff Walker said overall, he received positive feedback from IDEM about the cityâs programs.
Walker said the cityâs two violations werenât major â a delayed project needs completed, and Walker is required to train all city employees about stormwater and illicit dumping.
COLUMBIA CITY â A board member of Whitley County Consolidated Schools questioned possible adjustments to Columbia Cityâs Tax Increment Funding (TIF) area at a recent meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Jill Western requested WCCS Attorney John Whiteleather be present at a future meeting to discuss the legal authority the school board has on the downtown TIF area, which is expected to be adjusted by the cityâs Redevelopment Commission (RDC).
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COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel recently announced another citizen engagement component for residents and visitors of Columbia City.
âIâm happy to announce our community now has an Android version of our popular âMy Columbia Cityâ app,â said Daniel.
Last September, the City of Columbia City rolled out an iPhone/iPad app that allows for citizens to locate the nearest city park, retrieve elected official information, or view the cityâs tax budget.
COLUMBIA CITY â As traffic at Eagle Tech Academy continues to increase, concerns have been raised regarding the alley south of the building.
âWeâve had complaints of some close-calls,â Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. âAs time goes on, thereâs been more and more people at the school using the alley.â
The alley, which runs between Walnut and Elm Streets, is marked as âone-way,â but is not defined in the cityâs ordinance.
COLUMBIA CITY â Sound Ideas, a locally based creative firm, recently announced the company will be breaking ground on a new facility.
The 4,400-square-foot office space will be located at the intersection of Ind. 14 and CR 600 East in Whitley County.
âWe are very optimistic about the future needs of our clients and our ability to serve them with great solutions,â said Sound Ideas President Dave Hazen.
âWeâre building a dedicated creative and production space to meet increased customer demands.â