Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City resident Dan Curless submitted his name to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor for consideration for the open Board of Trustees seat.
Curless is married to Debby, and the couple has two children â€” Jessica, who lives in Louisville, Ky., and Johnathan, who lives in Fishers.
The Post & Mail had five questions for prospective board members. The following are Curlessâ€™ answers.
What do you think is the biggest need for WCCS?
LARWILL â€” Larwillâ€™s Town Council turned an idea into a reality for Richland Townshipâ€™s residents.
A new basketball court has been constructed and is almost ready for use at the Larwill Community Building.
â€śWhen I heard about the councilâ€™s idea, I was pleased because of the lack of activities available to the residents in Larwill,â€ť said Darcy Hoopingardner, Larwill Township trustee.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Whitley County Health Department officials were called out Wednesday to investigate two apartments that had flooded at Park Terrace Apartments.
According to apartment residents, a water line had broken and while crews were working to repair the break, the apartments flooded.
Scott Wagner, the countyâ€™s environmental health specialist, was on site to assess what health hazards might be present due to the flooding.
â€śWe did have some people concerned that it was unsafe and unsanitary,â€ť Wagner said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City High School student turned a classroom assignment into a winning project that will leave a mark on the community for years.
Liam Wilson, a student in Chad Mooreâ€™s graphic design class, participated in a contest put on by the cityâ€™s electric department to design a new logo. The department would use the logo on its vehicles and letterhead.
Wilson won the contest, and now will see his creative work on display in the city for years to come.
Construction is seeing its final touch ups at Columbia City High School in preparation for students to return to school Aug. 13. Minor remodeling and repairs were done during the summer months at the school. Pictured is Steve Monesmith applying drywall mud to a new â€śquiet roomâ€ť off of a high school classroom.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Creating cleaner lakes is the mission behind the Department of Natural Resources endeavor to dredge the channels throughout Tri Lakes.
Mark Weaver, an environmental contractor who lives on the channel at Karen Kove, was one of many residents who helped motivate the DNR to commit to clearing out the channels for boat passage.
â€śI knew what it would take to get this done â€” the right paper work and a lot of hours,â€ť said Weaver.
â€śHowever, I thought the work was necessary. These channels are all but closed off now because of silt and vegetation.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County roads, bridges and highways will benefit from a $1.36 million increase in road funding.
According to Indiana State Senator Jim Banks, the increase was in place July 1, but will occur during the next two years.
â€śReliable roads and infrastructure are essential to a strong economy,â€ť Banks said. â€śThis allows us to transport goods and services more easily.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A week after her accomplice admitted guilt, a Columbia City woman acknowledged her role in an attempted drug deal in June.
Savannah Hartman, 20, pleaded guilty to dealing in a Schedule II controlled substance, which is a Class B felony.
In a soft voice, Hartman admitted she aided or caused Krystal Thornsbearry to arrange a drug deal for 35 pills of oxycodone. Thornsbearry pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court last week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For some students, it might feel like summer has just started.
Despite those potential thoughts, classes will be beginning for Whitley County schools later this month.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will have its first day of classes Tuesday, Aug. 13. Whitko begins Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) will commence Friday, Aug. 16.
If students are thinking their summer break is shrinking, they might be correct. WCCS held its last day of school June 10. Smith-Greenâ€™s was Wednesday, June 5 and Whitkoâ€™s was May 28.
Benjamin Wheaton, 21 months, watches streams of water cascade from brightly lit pipes at Churubuscoâ€™s splash pad, known as Paulâ€™s Pad, Tuesday.
He was at the splash pad with his mother, Alicia. Churubuscoâ€™s park is undergoing some improvements. New bathroom facilities are being planned, which is made possible in part by private donations as well as grants. There are also some upgrades to the soccer fields that have recently been completed.