Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A nature preserve north of Columbia City may be off the beaten path to the public, but those who have been there know itâ€™s worth the trip.
The Evelyn and Wendell Dygert Nature Preserve has been open to the public since 2001. It is located in Thorncreek Township, about four miles north of Columbia City on County Road 50 West.
Clay Geiger, a long-time resident of Thorncreek, said he enjoys going to the preserve many times a year â€” particularly right now.
â€śItâ€™s great for wildflowers, and right now itâ€™s at the peak,â€ť he said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Since Advance Disposal started servicing trash pick up in the town of South Whitley, residents have experienced a bit of a learning curve when knowing what will and wonâ€™t be hauled away.
Even town council members were confused by what the agreement signed between the town and Advance Disposal had specified.
Residents who attended Tuesdayâ€™s town council meeting offered numerous concerns with the new service. There were some issues with the collection containers being too big at 96 gallons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whether police officers are fighting crimes, creating safer neighborhoods, or patrolling the streets in Columbia City, many would agree that their relationships with children are important.
Experts say that the way police interact with children in a community can have a significant impact on police effectiveness and safety.
Whitley Countyâ€™s law enforcement officers can be spotted in local schools on a daily basis, and their efforts donâ€™t go unnoticed â€” especially by the students and Principal Julie Turpin at Mary Raber Elementary School.
Kyle Walters (far right), of Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility, illustrates to a group of Indian Springs Middle School eighth graders about how the aeration tank works. Pictured, air bubbles up from polluted water to oxygenate it, helping to cleanse the water of impurities.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls tennis team had its senior night last Thursday.
The Lady Eagle seniors, from left: Lauren Rivas, Breanna Hicks, Celine Rongos, Alaina Becker and Adriana Brown.
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Don't look for the outcry over the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of tea party groups to subside with the ouster of the agency's acting commissioner.
Three congressional committees are investigating and the FBI is looking into potential civil rights violations at the IRS, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Other potential crimes include making false statements to authorities and violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities, Holder said.
Mary Raber Elementary School recently announced its May Shining Stars.
Students are named this monthly program for â€śdoing the right thing and treating people right.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the City of Columbia City has announced a revised trash pick up schedule. There will be no collections Monday for trash and recycling.
Monday collections will be made Tuesday. Tuesday collections will be done Wednesday. Wednesday collections will be made Thursday and Thursday collections will be made Friday. Friday collections will be made on Saturday.
This schedule change applies to both trash and recycling pick up.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Summer months are filled with baseball games, cookouts and dips in the pool. For some students, earning some cash becomes the focus.
Brooke Alexander, a student at Columbia City High School, has chosen to direct her summer focus in the direction of government.
Hoosier Girls State (HGS) is a program designed to educate high school girls in Indiana of the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three companies submitted bids for 2013 street repairs to Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety.
Niblock Excavating, E&B Paving and Wayne Asphalt were the three firms that turned in bids. Board members said they would take the bids under advisement and make a decision at a future meeting.
In other business, the board unanimously approved waiving the sewer tap fee for the Woodlands Senior Center.
The fee, which was already paid, was $500.
â€śI think a token of $500 is a small portion for what you do in the community,â€ť said Board Member Walt Crowder.