Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After several meetings with the Whitley County Commissioners and county health department officials, it was Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl that made the final decision on a neglected property in rural Columbia City.
Thomas Ebetino, owner of the property located on County Road 400 South, took his continuing case to court.
After receiving complaints from residents that own property near Ebetino, County Health Specialist Scott Wagner filed the necessary paperwork to have official action taken against Ebetino in September.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the last several months, Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department has been in the process of purchasing a new truck.
A committee was formed, specs were sent out, and several bids were awarded at last weekâ€™s Columbia City Board of Works meeting.
The fire truck committee met Nov. 2 to review several bids before choosing 911 Fleet and Fire Equipmentâ€™s bid for $499,529.
With the new truck comes the need for new equipment. The Board of Works also approved $109,824.89 in equipment from multiple vendors.
Todd Franks (left), of Larwill, and Isaac Gust avoid Black Friday shopping while at Headwaters Park ice skating rink Friday. Franks, 13, attends Indian Springs Middle School, and Gust, a Columbia City native, attends Lake Stevens Middle School in Lake Stevens Washington.
Amy Pettigrewâ€™s class at Churubusco Elementary School and co-teacher, Carol Sebastian (pictured) used a life-size ten frame to help children gain a better understanding of the base 10 system in math class. Teachers used the students to create groups of fewer than 10 and more than 10 in order to compare numbers. The project allowed students to receive a real-time understanding of what is more and what is fewer, which can be difficult concepts for kindergarteners. â€śWhen we teach this in lessons, ten frames are smaller on paper and use chips or counters to show ten,â€ť said teachers.
The following acts are scheduled to appear as part of the Community Christmas Celebration
Friday â€” 6 to approximately 7:40 p.m.
â€˘Kylie and Haley Zumbrum (piano)
â€˘Sigma Eta Sorority chorus
â€˘Hadley Snell (piano)
â€˘Jaxson Mishler (piano)
â€˘Desiree Fey and Jolene Stewart (piano)
â€˘Sierra Hull (piano)
â€˘Jenna and Mary Grace Rudolph (cello and violin)
â€˘Rebekah Marshall (piano)
â€˘Lawrence E. Wolfe Handbell Choir
Saturday â€” 6 to approximately 7:45 p.m.
â€˘Juanita Schrader (piano)
â€˘Aveya Rice (piano)
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The scene is set for the holiday revelers to take a â€śjourney to Bethlehem,â€ť at the Community Christmas Celebration Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Whitley County Courthouse.
The event is free and will take place both on the lawn and inside the Courthouse.
Several churches and community organizations have come together to act out the Biblical Christmas story.
â€śThis celebration starts the season with a remembrance of what Christmas is really all about,â€ť said event coordinator Peg McCarthy.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department is planning some extra training for officers with their police cars.
The Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) is a program to help officers operate their vehicles under the demanding police patrol conditions.
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh told the Columbia City Common Council last week that the city hasnâ€™t offered EVOC training for a long time, and is looking forward to freshening up its veteran employees on driving maneuvers.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” It was standing-room only in the South Whitley Town Council chambers for a public hearing held Tuesday night.
Residents came to learn more about the possible sale of the townâ€™s water utility.
Poor water quality and the need for infrastructure upgrades had prompted the council to look at funding alternatives. Selling the utility would mean costly upgrades and maintenance expenses would become the burden of the buyer, not the town.
However, citizens voiced two main concerns at the public hearing ÂÂâ€” rates and control.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After last weekâ€™s decision to do away with sledding at DeVol Field, in Columbia City, there has been an outcry from many citizens who oppose the choice.
Thursday night, Columbia Cityâ€™s Park Board, which made the decision based on liability issues, is holding a public hearing for citizens to voice their opinions.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Attorney Marcia McNagny, recently warned city officials of the potential liability at the park, especially considering a fence that was recently put up after the construction of a new baseball diamond.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” The end of the year will soon be upon us and before we know it a new year will dawn.
To help our Whitley County community finish up this year in charitable style, here are five gentle reminders from the Whitley County Community Foundation. Should you have any questions, please contact the Whitley County Community Foundation, 400 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, IN 46725. Phone number is 260 244-5224. Website is: www.whitleycountycommunity foundation.org.