Archive - 2013 - News Article
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the first in a two-part series on Jon Pontzius and his family farm.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County has numerous farms that continue to operate under a family name.
Tradition and legacy are rooted deep in these homesteads, which span more than 100 years for some.
The Pontzius farm is no different. In 1835, a county pioneer purchased 80 acres in Thorncreek Township and 80 acres in Smith Township.
For $200, the family farm of Joseph Waugh was started.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Recently, Whitley County‚Äôs Shrine Club donated several hundred dollars to The Woodlands Senior Center, in Columbia City.
The Shriners are continuing to pitch in for the community, this time helping beautify the city‚Äôs downtown area.
The club is donating two trees to be planted along West Van Buren Street, east of Line Street, on the south side of the road.
‚ÄúWe just want to give back to the community,‚ÄĚ said Ken Lundquist, Whitley County‚Äôs Shrine Club secretary-treasurer. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôve supported us so well over the years.‚ÄĚ
Many local youngsters attended Story Time at the Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Tuesday.
Young children listened to stories, danced to music and created ‚Äúdust bunnies,‚ÄĚ a craft related to the stories they read.
Pictured is Audrey Clegg, 4, concentrates on making her pink dust bunny.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ At last week‚Äôs meeting, Colulmbia City‚Äôs Common Council approved the 2014 employee salary ordinance, a yearly responsibility handled by city officials.
The employee ordinance includes a slight raise for the city‚Äôs 90 full-time employees.
Full-time employees are expected to receive a $1,040 per year bump, a raise that hasn‚Äôt happened in several years.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Once a year, real estate sales become the focus of the Whitley County Treasurer‚Äôs office.
Annual tax sales take place in the fall, and this year, county officials moved 29 properties in its sale Oct. 15.
‚ÄúIt was a big day for the county,‚ÄĚ said Treasurer Laurell Hodges. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a lot that goes into the tax sale day, but I have an excellent support staff that makes things go a lot smoother.‚ÄĚ
In 2012, the tax sale produced 14 transactions, which means Hodges juggled twice as many sales for the county not including the other 14 properties that didn‚Äôt sell.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man will serve 2.5 years at the Whitley County Jail for stealing from his family.
Stephen ‚ÄúNathan‚ÄĚ Lawrence, 23, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to theft and residential entry ‚ÄĒ both Class D felonies, and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.
He was given a sentence of 2.5 years, with two to serve in the Whitley County Jail, by Senior Judge Mike Rush at the same hearing.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Despite the potential for questionable weather during Thursday night‚Äôs trick-or-treating, officials have decided to continue with Halloween as scheduled.
‚ÄúDue to man power already being scheduled and other organizations that have planned events for Thursday, trick-or-treat will still be on Halloween,‚ÄĚ the City of Columbia City stated in a press release today.
According to forecasters, thunderstorms with high winds are expected to hit the area Thursday evening, including 1 to 3 inches of rainfall.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The Town of Churubusco recently announced its 2nd Annual Food Drive.
The town will be collecting non-perishable food and household items during the holiday season to donate to the Churubusco United Methodist Food Pantry.
Collections will occur from Nov. 1 until Dec. 12 at the Churubusco Government Center, 530 S. Main St.
‚ÄúPlease help make someone else‚Äôs holiday season a little brighter by donating,‚ÄĚ said town officials. ‚ÄúWith your donation, you will receive recognition on the ‚ÄėDoor of Fame.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One commissioner voted against a measure to allow new paint to be applied to Whitley County ambulances.
Whitley County‚Äôs Commissioners met last week, and on the agenda was a request made by Parkview Whitley Hospital to paint the county‚Äôs ambulances to match the ones used in Allen County.
However, as stated in the proposal, an emblem would be placed on the side designating the vehicles as Whitley County‚Äôs.
But considering the county actually owns the five ambulances, Commissioner Don Amber was not in favor of having the vehicles altered.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Taxes ‚ÄĒ for some it is a five letter word that causes financial frustration. However, for Laurell Hodges dealing with taxes means its just another day as the Whitley County Treasurer.
Property taxes for the second annual installment are due Tuesday, Nov. 12. Although statements were mailed earlier in the year, Hodges wants property owners across the county to remember the date and to keep in mind that Monday, Nov. 11 is a holiday and county offices, including the Treasurer‚Äôs office, will be closed.