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Main Street makes its move

March 28, 2014

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, who heads OCRA by virtue of her state office, will be in Columbia City April 10 to award a plaque and certificate citing officials with attaining Indiana Main Street status.

Upcoming CCMSA projects:
•Reviving a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and outdoor concert on June 21.
•Relocating the Fall Festival from Morsches Park to downtown October 25
•Planning a Winter Festival next February.

Disabilities fair held at CCHS

March 28, 2014

Columbia City High School hosted a Disabilities Awareness Day Thursday in the gymnasium during lunch. Pictured is Meghan Fahl also participates in an activity.

Winds and waves delay survey of Indiana oil spill

March 28, 2014

WHITING (AP) — High winds and waves have delayed a search along Lake Michigan for crude oil possibly submerged offshore following an oil spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday's poor weather made it too dangerous for a Coast Guard, BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assessment team to launch boats to retrieve samples along the path of the Whiting refinery's oil spill.
That work is expected to resume Sunday.

Acid tank explosion injures nine

March 28, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor, officials said.
None of the workers suffered life-threatening injuries when the 250-gallon tank exploded about 1:30 p.m., Capt. Mike Pruitt of the Wayne Township Fire Department said.
The explosion released a vapor cloud that left the workers with burns and breathing problems.

TAX BILLS SOON IN THE MAIL

March 28, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges recently announced that tax payers will soon receive their tax statements for 2013, payable 2014.
Bills are expected to be mailed April 11.
The spring installment is due in May and the fall installment will be due Nov. 10.
Property owners can view the new tax amounts for their parcels at www.beacon.schneidercorp.com.
The following payment options are available:
•Electronic payment at www.whitleygov.com.
•In person at the Whitley County Treasurer’s Office, second floor of the Whitley County Government Building.

Understanding the stuggle

March 28, 2014

Columbia City High School hosted a Disabilities Awareness Day Thursday in the gymnasium during lunch. Pictured is Madi Cochran attempts to tie a pair of shoes with oven mitts on, helping students have an understanding of the struggles for people with disabilities.

CANI expands to offer small business lending programs

March 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) hosted representatives of Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) at the EDC Outpost co-working facility Thursday.

The event was held to discuss CANI’s small business loan programs with EDC Outpost members and small business and Entrepreneurship Initiative (SBEI) clients.

The goal of the CANI small business loan program is to promote community development by serving entrepreneurs through financing and development services.

INDIANA MAIN STREET ASSOCIATION: Columbia City group earns Main Street nod

March 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s focus on downtown revitalization and improvement has paid off.

The city was recently informed that it had met the state’s requirements to be designated as a Main Street Association.

Indiana Main Street encourages the revitalization and restoration of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns.

The program provides technical assistance and educational opportunities to participating communities. Indiana Main Street is the state’s coordinating program to the National Main Street Center.

Scam works as local nonprofit

March 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Officials with the Whitley County Council on Aging are warning residents of false solicitation for donations.
“We have had a scam reported using our organization,” said Debra Darr, executive director for the Council for Aging.

According to Darr, phone calls are being placed to area residents requesting donations be made to the Council on Aging. The caller asks for the donation to be paid with a credit card, a practice Darr said is not possible with the organization.
“While we would gladly accept your donations, we do not accept credit cards,” said Darr.

IN COURT: Nimtz crime shocks community

March 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A crime that shocked the Columbia City and Whitley County communities last summer will soon be brought to a close.

Dustin A. Nimtz, 19, of Columbia City, broke into a Park Terrace Heights Apartment in late June of 2013. While inside, he forced a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him while he held a knife to her throat. The victim’s throat was then “stabbed” during the attack.

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