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August 25th, 2013
See Monday's edition of The Post & Mail to learn more about the rare largetooth saw shark caught by Jeff Melvin, of northwest Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man admitted in court Monday that he burglarized a church in Columbia City last winter.
Cody Miller, 21, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with an incident at St. Paul of the Cross Church.
No written plea agreement was entered, but upon his plea Miller said he was told a charge of theft against him would be dismissed.
Miller will be sentenced Sept. 23.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A local scientific firm took advantage of business trends in the late 1990s to become a success story.
Scientific Regulatory Consultants (SRC), is a firm located in downtown Columbia City in the former law office of Thomas Marshall. It was begun by Rhonda Jones and Sally Hayes when they were faced with the prospect of being downsized.
â€śRather than go out and look for positions that would take us out of Whitley County, we decided to start this business,â€ť Hayes said.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Many homes around Columbia City are moving into the future by upgrading the electrical capacity in their houses.
Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey said these upgrades are in demand because of older houses using more electricity.
â€śIt seems like everyone is using more and more power,â€ť he said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” â€śSome people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.â€ť â€” is a quote by well-known basketball star Michael Jordan.
His words are mirrored in the actions of residents in South Whitley. When economic downturn took the town through a dark time, groups of community residents came together to see that the town of South Whitley be revived.
Town Council President Tony Starkey has a front row seat to the growth and energy now buzzing through the small town.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Parks Department is exploring its options regarding the area of Kids Dreamland, West Van Buren Street.
Parks Director Mark Green said the condition of the playground, that is several years past its lifespan, is continuing to deteriorate.
â€śSome of the problems are becoming unrepairable,â€ť Green said. â€śThe playground is beyond its years.â€ť
Green said a wooden playset has a 15-year lifespan â€” Kids Dreamland has surpassed the 20-year mark.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Columbia Cityâ€™s Fire Department already planned to hire a new employee next year, Thursday morning, officials mulled the idea of hiring a second full-time fireman.
The option came up after a federal grant that will pay for two years of a new firefighterâ€™s salary became available â€” but itâ€™s more problematic than simply hiring another fireman.
The CCFD wants to add another firefighter to the department at the beginning of 2014, but if awarded the grant, funds may not be available until later in the year.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s marching band had a performance for friends and family Wednesday night on the schoolâ€™s football field.
The band will perform at halftime of Columbia Cityâ€™s first home football game, next Friday night against county-rival Whitko.
The Marching Eagles are directed by Helen Hockemeyer.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Registration remains open for those students looking to attend T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative eduction program.
Although the school accepts students throughout the 2013-14 year, the deadline to apply for the School Choice Scholarship is Monday.
Nikki Trier, T.R.O.Y. Centerâ€™s administrator, said the scholarship could possibly cover the complete tuition fee of approximately $5,000.
However, parents need to be in touch with T.R.O.Y. Center as soon as possible in order to register by the scholarship deadline.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of changing the boundaries of the downtown areaâ€™s Tax Increment Funding (TIF) District.
â€śWeâ€™re making sure properties that are legally supposed to be in there are there, and the ones that arenâ€™t are taken out,â€ť said Kevin Snell of Columbia Cityâ€™s RDC.
Snell said when the TIF District was adopted in 1993, some properties were put in the area in error.