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Judge denies Jensen’s bond reduction request

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man facing multiple drug charges, including dealing methamphetamine, had a bond reduction request denied Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Willie F. Jensen, 31, of Columbia City, was arrested along with several other individuals in a bust by the Whitley County Drug Task Force at Miami Village in January.

Jensen, who is represented by Jeffrey T. Jones, Jr., currently has a bond at $50,000 surety. He requested to be released on his own recognizance.
Judge James Heuer denied that request.

SEWER RATES: ‘This is the most frustrating thing I’ve ever encountered’ ­— Mayor Daniel

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The moment city officials have been worried about for several years may come to a head this year — a sewer rate increase.

With increasing requirements from the state and a multi-million dollar project in the works, Columbia City’s’ Common Council discussed how it will approach an inevitable rate increase for wastewater customers.

“As a mayor, this is the most frustrating thing I’ve ever encountered,” said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. “It stresses me out to dump this burden on our residents. Our hands are completely tied in this matter.”

ANCHORS AWAY, BANKS: State senator to miss last week of session for Navy training

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — State Sen. Jim Banks is known for representing Whitley County at the Statehouse, facing political agendas.

But now, Banks will have an agenda representing the country. Banks will be deployed for two weeks with the U.S. Navy as part of his military training.

Banks joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 2012 as a supply corps officer. His military duty means he will miss the last week of the legislative session. Banks is set to leave March 8 for Rhode Island.

RAISE THE ROOF: Construction on the rise in Whitley County

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The National Association of Home Builders predicts a 25 percent gain in total new homes in 2014, with a 32 percent pickup in single-family constructions.

Whitley County appears to be following the trend, with a new housing addition, possible expansions to current subdivisions, and several new homes — an increase that began in 2013.

Though 2013’s building permit total of 667 is similar to 2012, Dave Sewell, Whitley County’s executive director of planning and building, said there is a major difference in the number of new home permits.

BYPASS BOLSTERED: State leadership supports U.S. 30 run around

February 26, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series on the proposed U.S. 30 bypass.

COLUMBIA CITY — Stop and go. Stop and go. Stop and go. Whitley County residents are all too familiar with the stoplight routine when traveling along U.S. 30.

The delays that can come from getting stuck at numerous intersections are not only recognized locally, but state leaders have taken notice.
In response to a state-wide road initiative, Gov. Mike Pence has been working with a group, Conexus Indiana, to include Columbia City in several projects to streamline traffic patterns.

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