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September 7th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Art of all kinds will be displayed on the courthouse lawn Saturday. The 11th Annual Juried Whitley County Autumn Art Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.
The local Boy Scouts Troop #94 will start the morning off with an opening celebration. The rest of the day will feature other local acts performing under the gazebo and around the courthouse.
For the art lover, an array of juried artists will sell their wares. Items to be displayed include everything from woodworking, pottery and gourd art to jewelry, metal work and photography.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Council approved $22,911 for an electric light project at Columbia City‚Äôs courthouse and annex building at its meeting Wednesday.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs something we‚Äôre going to have to do soon,‚ÄĚ said Mark Sturtevant with the courthouse‚Äôs maintenance department.
‚ÄúThe only advantage of trying to do it yet this year is to get the rebates.‚ÄĚ
Sturtevant said if the council did not move the project forward now, it would have to take place the next year, and the rebates would no longer be offered.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll be forced to do it then,‚ÄĚ said Sturtevant.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the last month, fraud has become a prevalent topic in the area.
According to Columbia City Police Det. Chip Stephenson, several people in the area have fallen victim to a malicious computer virus.
‚ÄúI talked to a guy from BE Comics & Computers (in Columbia City), who said he‚Äôs had eight or nine computers in the last few weeks that have had viruses,‚ÄĚ Stephenson said. ‚ÄúPeople have been contacted via home phone with someone saying, ‚Äėhey this is such-and-such with Microsoft. We need you to do an update for your computer.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the state reducing the number of visits the health department is required to make to restaurants every year, the Whitley County Health Department is looking to revise its Food Establishment Ordinance.
Dr. Lisa Hatcher, health officer at the Whitley County Health Department, came before the Whitley County Council at its Wednesday meeting to make the board aware of the revisions being made, which would need to be approved by the council to become law.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The City of Columbia City announced Tuesday that trick-or-treat will be held between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31.
Government officials are urging citizens to use caution while driving on that night as hundreds of children will be going door to door throughout Columbia City collecting candy.
The fire department will also be handing out candy and glow sticks at the Columbia City Fire Station.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Health Department may have future plans which include seeking to achieve national accreditation.
During the Whitley County Council meeting Wednesday, Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher, told the board the move would boost the health department by putting it on a national level.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The efforts to make Churubusco‚Äôs schools more secure had an unexpected price tag, causing the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees to slightly adjust plans for a major renovation project.
‚ÄúIt was certainly not what we were hoping for,‚ÄĚ said Greg Wehling, vice president of Moake Park, the architects coordinating SGCS‚Äôs $5 million-plus school rebuild.
According to Wehling, one item in the low bid by Fetters Construction came in nearly $100,000 higher than expected.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A feedstock manufacturer will open a new facility in Rail Connect Business Park east of Columbia City, the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation announced today.
The new facility is expected to bring with it 22 new jobs by 2015, according to an EDC press release.
The company, Indiana Materials Processing, LLC, will establish the first production facility in Rail Connect with construction expected to begin in October.
A complete, in-depth article will appear in the Thursday edition of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to replace David Schilling on the county‚Äôs plan commission.
‚ÄúThe cause of action was conflict of interest,‚ÄĚ said Board Chairman Don Amber today.
The commissioners mailed a letter to Schilling informing the former plan commission president of their decision.
During the meeting, Commissioner George Schrumpf said ‚ÄúI‚Äôd like to request that Dave Shilling be replaced from the plan commission.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With Whitley County Consolidated Schools back in session, Superintendent Dr. Pat O‚ÄôConnor presented the Beginning of School Update.
According to O‚ÄôConnor, the elementary schools reported a smooth opening that was both busy and productive with registration well-organized and open houses well-attended.
‚ÄúStaff members dedicated the time to thoughtfully plan, organize and prepare the classrooms and establish procedure to welcome students and create a safe and orderly environment,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôConnor.