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April 10th, 2013

CITIZENS SPEAK UP: City delays IURC pullout

April 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After receiving input from citizens, the Columbia City Common Council agreed to delay the passage of a pair of ordinances that would withdraw the electric and water utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) Tuesday.

The council’s decision was unanimous to push back the final reading to April 23.

“The purpose of the delay is to gather any additional information from people,” said Councilwoman Nicole Penrod.

BOLSTERING BUSINESS: EDC recounts recent success stories

April 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County has celebrated several economic advances in recent months.

Kerr Real Estate, a Michigan-based developer, announced in January that Dunham’s Sports would soon occupy part of the former Scott’s grocery store building in Columbia City.

Steel Dynamics, Inc. made plans in December to add new rail production capabilities creating approximately 40 new jobs.

CHEAP TRASH: City board of works grants trash bid to Advance Disposal

April 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety selected Advance Disposal to take care of the city’s solid waste for the next two years.

The move passed on a unanimous vote. The contract will be for two years with an option for a three-year renewal if Advance Disposal is meeting the city’s specs.

April 9th

FIELD FIRE FRENZY

April 9, 2013

Whitley County has seen an abundance of field fires recently, as dry, windy conditions have provided the perfect storm for a blaze. Field fires may be less prevalent in the coming week, as the area saw rain Monday afternoon and more showers are expected throughout the week.

LILY WINNER: Congratulations Chandler Brown

April 9, 2013

Chandler Brown, of Churubusco High School, was announced as the Lily Scholarship winner.

1-TO-1: Technology comes to enhance, not eliminate

April 9, 2013

PIERCETON — Technology is can be both a blessing and curse to school systems.

The advantages of delivering current and timely curriculum is equally balanced with the demand for money in order to maintain equipment and security measures.

However, even with the looming costs, Whitko Community School Corporation is putting plans in place to incorporate a technological element into the teaching base.

1-to-1 Technology was introduced to school board members last week by Joel Yeager, director of technology Services for the district.

THE METH EPIDEMIC: Addiction

April 9, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the fifth of a multi-part series on met amphetamine.

COLUMBIA CITY — Addiction. It can mean different things for different people.

For a cigarette smoker, it can mean a dependence to nicotine. For some, its a craving for sweets. Others may submerse their lives in alcohol.

Whitley County Drug Task Force Detective Bill Brice says that for methamphetamine users, it’s more than an addiction — it’s a lifestyle.

Officials say meth is more addictive than crack cocaine, marijuana, heroin or LCD.

UTILITIES: Public hearing for IURC tonight

April 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council will hear input from citizens regarding its desire to withdraw the electric and water utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) at tonight’s meeting at 7 p.m.

The first reading of the ordinance to withdraw the utilities from the IURC passed unanimously at the Tuesday, March 26 council meeting. Between that meeting and the present, city officials have received some feedback, although not a great deal.

GUILTY: Lemmon admits to dealing, manufacturing Monday

April 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to two methamphetamine charges in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Joshua Lemmon, 35, admitted his guilt in dealing methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine, both Class B felonies.

As part of a plea arrangement, Lemmon had four other counts against him dismissed. A contingency in his plea agreement is that he will not have an executed sentence of greater than 14 years. The sentencing range is six to 20 yeas.

April 8th

DOGFIGHT AFTERMATH: Dogs put down in fighting case

April 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It was more than three months ago that 18 individuals were arrested for various crimes related to dogfighting in Whitley County.

Since that time, two dogs have been euthanized, one more could be, and most of the court proceedings are still in the pretrial phase.

Two of the three dogs were euthanized in previous months, according to court documents which included an expense report from the Whitley County Humane Shelter.

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