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August 29th, 2013

CURB RAMPS: City ahead of ADA regulations

August 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s streets are ahead of the norm for new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Cities across Indiana had to make a transition plan to submit to the state by the end of December, 2012 — Columbia City’s was submitted in November.

Not only does Columbia City’s Street Department have a plan, but Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh is already putting it into action.

Cearbaugh recently attended a conference, in which he learned several cities in Indiana haven’t submitted a plan yet.

PINESTOCK: Music fest to showcase local talent

August 29, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Two friends put their heads together to offer a local experience built off of what they both love in life — music.

Nate Norris, of Churubusco, and Nicholas Weaver, of Fort Wayne, have attended several music festivals and have a growing appreciation for local talent.

“We had seen so many festivals become overrated and saturated with sponsorships,” Weaver said. “We thought it would be good to have a festival that wasn’t about the hype, but about the music. We also wanted a stage to showcase independent talent.”

August 28th

Hinen Printing scores it big

August 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A staple downtown Columbia City business came away from a professional conference with a big prize.

Sharon Hinen, of Hinen Printing, won a 2013, 1200 48 Harley Davidson Sportster at a conference in Orlando held by SP Richards.

SP Richards is an office-supply company that holds these events every year. Hinen Printing typically sends employees, but Sharon attending was somewhat unusual.

“Jeff and Cindy (Hinen) normally go,” Sharon said. “They couldn’t go, and I won the motorcycle.”

Employees of Hinen Printing have won prizes before, but nothing at this level.

ON THE JOB: Intern proves valuable for sewer plant

August 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A summer college intern proved to be a valuable resource for Columbia City’s Water Pollution Control Plant.

Water Pollution Control Superintendent Mike Cook said Wil Mannes, who is a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, did several jobs around the plant this summer.

“He got a little bit of everything,” Cook said. “He did work in pre-treatment, worked in the laboratory and learned how to analyze samples.”

Work was also done by the intern at lift stations and did maintenance around the plant.

WASTEWATER: S. Whitley plant failures generate heated discussion

August 28, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley Town Council members put wastewater treatment plant engineers in the hot seat at Tuesday’s meeting.

David Harvey and Rich Grant, representatives from Fleis & Vanderbrink Engineering, Inc., were on hand to give explanation as to the failures in several areas at the plant.

“We’ve had pretty intense rainstorms,” Harvey said. “The storm in early August was significant.”

SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK: Whitko teachers become tech savvy

August 28, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — As the 2013-14 school year got underway, it wasn’t just students returning to the classroom with new school supplies, but teachers as well.

Whitko Community School Corporation rolled out its 1-to-1 technology plan with the start of the new year. The goal is to place technology, such as tablets and laptops, in the hands of every Whitko student.

A small group of high school students were introduced to tablets, and in just two weeks the devices have become an additional learning tool in the classroom.

STRIKERS LEAVE: UAW members abandon site near Coupled Products

August 28, 2013

UAW Local 2049 members in Columbia City have left the site near Coupled Products where they've been striking for more than two years.

UAW officials said they got a call Friday night from the International UAW and packed up shortly after that.

It is unknown why the strikers left.

POLICE: Stay vigilant, not alarmed

August 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In light of recent online rumors of a possible child abduction ring in Whitley County, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh says there's no need for citizens to be alarmed, but to continue to be vigilant, as always.

"As with anything else, if you see anything out of the ordinary, call the police department," Longenbaugh said. "We encourage citizens to report suspicious behavior."

Some say a man with a strong accent is attempting to sell books in Whitley County, and social media sites report the man may be from an national child abduction ring.

GANGWAY!: Park board prohibits golf carts on trail

August 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After some debate from local residents, Columbia City’s Park Board decided that golf carts, and all motorized vehicles, will not be allowed on the Blue River Trail.

On July 10, the Park Board was approached by John St. George, who is the president of the CC Buggy Club.

The club was requesting to use the new portion of the Blue River Trial to access the north side of U.S. 30.

The latest addition to the trail opened this summer, linking Morsches Park to Denzil Drive, and providing runners, walkers and bikers the bridge between the north and south sides of town.

August 27th

Pumpkin Run to aid local hospice services

August 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Parkview Whitley Hospice has announced open registration for its fourth annual Pumpkin Run, a 1K Fun Run for children and 5K Run/Walk for all ages.

This year’s event is presented by DeMoney Grimes Funeral Home and will take place Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. The events will be held in Columbia City at Morsches Park.

Check-in will begin at 11:45 a.m., and the entry fee is $15 for the Fun Run.

Registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $20 before Sept. 1, $25 before Sept. 8, and $30 after Oct. 8.

 

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