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October 29th, 2013

IN COURT: 2012 Walgreens robber pleads guilty

October 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man who robbed the Columbia City Walgreens in 2012 pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Troy J. Fritz, 31, pleaded guilty to robbery, a Class C felony, as part of a plea arrangement, which stipulated that the state would dismiss a charge of theft against him.

Fritz will be sentenced Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m.

A Class C felony has a maximum sentence of eight years and a minimum of two, with four years being the advisory sentence.

Case reports state Fritz stole Opana and Fentanyl by threatening the use of force in February of 2012.

October 28th

WASTEWATER: Solutions surface for plant problems

October 28, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With ideas mapped out on paper and architectural drawings in hand, engineers were able to give the town of South Whitley answers to its wastewater treatment plant problems.

After months of debating system failures and control issues, South Whitley Town Council members were able to see how engineers will approach fixing the problems at the newly-completed plant.

SCHOOL RADIO: WJHS to air council meetings

October 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s radio station will be taking to a new tune on Tuesday nights.

WJHS, 91.5 The Eagle, will now be airing Columbia City’s Common Council meetings.

The meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, starting at 7 p.m.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved the radio station’s broadcast of the meetings, and the first aired broadcast is expected to be at the next meeting — Nov. 12.

WHOLE HEALTH: Green thumbs prep garden for winter

October 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A fall festival of a different kind was held Saturday as volunteers gathered at the Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc. to prep its community garden for winter.

The Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc., located at 1065 W. CR 150 N. in Columbia City, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a impact in the community by “encouraging others and restoring lives.”

According to Aimee Clark, the center’s president, the group planted 1,000 garlic cloves, planted and covered numerous strawberry plants, and saved sunflower seeds from plants that grew this summer.

PUT TO REST: Local building authority dissolved

October 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County and Columbia City officials agreed to do away with a group that hasn’t been used for more than 20 years.

Recently, the Columbia City-Whitley County Building Authority was deemed inactive and Columbia City Common Council members moved to dissolve the group at Tuesday’s meeting.

“The building authority was great at the time it was created — it was needed and very good for financing purposes — but now we’ve reached the point that it’s better off dissolved,” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.

October 25th

City adopts 2014 budget

October 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council adopted the 2014 budget at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

While changes can be made until the end of the year, the council appeared to have no opposition to the budget, which was proposed by Mayor Ryan Daniel at a meeting Sept. 24.

Daniel and Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle worked together to make the budget, which won’t raise taxes for city citizens.

“Rosie and I worked very hard to make this a balanced budget,” Daniel said.

WMS teacher recognized

October 26, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko Middle School teacher Rochelle Leininger was honored at the district’s school board meeting Monday.

However, the recognition didn’t come from school board members or administration, but a parent.

Cathy Juricak works at Raytheon, a company in Fort Wayne. When the corporation offered a grant for teachers, Juricak nominated Leininger for the award.

“She was a teacher to my kids who are now graduated,” said Juricak. “I know how special she was to them and to me as a parent. I thought this was the best way to honor her.”

Toe-tappin’ tunes not tired, but timeless

October 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Music appreciation knows no age limitations. Columbia City High School graduates are working to ensure the love of music knows no generational limitation as well.

Jason Klingaman and Todd Ward, both 1996 CCHS grads, founded Fort Wayne Jazz Orchestra (FWJO) that specializes in jazz and big band music.

The pair started playing while part of the schools band program and as age matured perspective, it also grew a passion for entertaining.

City takes steps toward ERA territory

October 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council took the first official steps toward making the entire city an Economic Revitalization Area (ERA).

At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the board moved to approve a blanket ERA for the city, a topic that had been discussed in previous council meetings.

After discussions, several council members agreed — “it makes sense.”

WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Chris Redman - Working successfully in a ‘man’s world’

October 25, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the third of a four-part series highlighting women in businesses throughout Whitley County.

COLUMBIA CITY — If a patron happens to meet Chris Redman while visiting Redman Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in downtown Columbia City, that customer has not only found a business owner, they’ve found a friend.

“You have to have patience and always be nice to people” Chris said. “People don’t remember if you were nice to them, but they never forget if you were mean.”

 

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