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August 22nd, 2013

SESQUICENTENNIAL FARM: Homestead is applauded for longevity

August 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A 150-year-old legacy was recognized by the state of Indiana recently.

Henry Hiner purchased the homestead located at 10418 S. Washington Rd. Columbia City in April of 1863.

Fast forward approximately 150 years — the Hiner-Geeting-Ware farm was recognized by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. A Hoosier Homestead Award was presented to Deloris Ware, 83, who currently resides in the family home where she was born.

“My mom and dad drove the horses for the farm,” Ware said. “It was survival of the fittest. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat.”

WASHINGTON HOG FARM: Preparing pigs for market riffles residents

August 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A proposed Controlled Feeding Operation (CFO) has residents in Washington Township steamed at the thought of hundreds of hogs moving into the area.

Sandy Bates is a long-time resident on S. Ind. 9, just a mile and a half from the proposed hog feeding operation.

Her concern and complaint against the proposed CFO lies with the waste disposal from the animals.

“Where is the waste from the animals going? What about the nearby ditches?” Bates wrote in a Letter to the Editor submitted to The Post & Mail.

BULLYING REDEFINED: Legislation changes procedures, policies in schools

August 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Legislators have worked to change bullying laws within school systems to address harassment.

Changes in this legislation may necessitate changes in board policy — a topic that was brought up at Monday’s Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees meeting.

Per the new laws, all staff, volunteers, students, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, etc. must be formally trained about bullying.

Coesse Elementary School Principal Dr. Laura McDermott had a presentation for the school board.

SAFETY FIRST: WCCS moves forward on school officer

August 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees took the first step in moving forward in an agreement with the City of Columbia City for a school resource officer (SRO).

At Monday’s meeting, Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor presented board members with a draft of a memo of understanding (MOU) between the district and city.

The MOU is a necessary step in applying for a state grant to help fund the SRO, and must be approved by both the school board and Columbia City Common Council.

August 21st

City electric works well with REMC

August 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Columbia City’s Electric Department was recently able to team up with the Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) in servicing a house in the area.

Electric Superintendent Shawn Lickey said an acreage had some land on city territory and some on REMC territory.

Last week, Lickey shared the story with the Columbia City Common Council.
“We have worked well with REMC in the 13 years I have been here (with the city),” Lickey said. “I wanted to make sure the mayor and council knew that we continue to work well with the REMC.”

POSSIBLE PICKUP CHANGE: S. Whitley considers moving service day to Thursday

August 21, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — After recently agreeing to a new contract with Advance Disposal, representatives from the company petitioned the South Whitley Town Council to consider changing the days in which trash is picked up.

Jerry Schnitzius, of Advance Disposal, told the council that changing the service day from Tuesday to Thursday would be more convenient for the company.

“This is a totally selfish request on our part,” Schnitzius said. “It would help us keep our routes more efficient and effective.”

WHITKO FACULTY: New blood brings energy to WCSC

August 21, 2013

PIERCETON — New teachers and faculty were welcomed at a reception Monday evening before the Whitko Community School Corporation’s board meeting.

As the Board of Trustees heard from each school administrator, the reports from the first week of school were all positive.

“We are off to a great start,” said Pierceton Elementary School Principal Nathan Polston. This is Polston’s first year at PES. “It was wonderful to get ready and set up for the new year. We’ve already spent some time discussing Common Core and the reading program.”

CATCHING THE FLOW: City looking to alleviate rain problems

August 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— This year has been a weather contrast from 2012, as rainwater has soaked the community on more than one occasion.

These heavy rain falls cause a burden that must be carried by Columbia City’s storm and wastewater systems.

A large rainstorm that came through the city Aug. 2 washed out some alleys and caused back-ups and minor flooding in houses.

According to Community Development Director Jeff Walker, who oversees stormwater for Columbia City, these big rains overwhelm the sewer system.

DOWNTOWN CHANGES: City makes offer on Eagles Lodge

August 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) decided to make an offer on the Eagles Lodge at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets at Tuesday’s meeting.

After averaging two appraisals, the group decided to make an offer of $165,000 for the property, which is located at 306 W. Van Buren St., downtown.

“We’d really like to see that corner developed into something,” said Kevin Snell, of the Columbia City RDC. “We don’t want to see it deteriorate.”

August 20th

Dunham’s slated to open Friday

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Dunham’s Sports, the Midwest’s largest sporting goods retailer, recently announced its plans to hold a grand opening for the new Columbia City location.

Residents of Columbia City and surrounding communities are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted Friday at 9 a.m. at the new Towne and Country Center, 496 W. Plaza Dr., Columbia City.

Store hours will be Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The first 100 adults in line Friday will receive a Dunham’s Sports T-shirt.

 

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