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September 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A $400 per year purchase is going a long way for several department heads in Columbia City.
This year, the city decided to go with a new weather service, WeatherSentry by Schneider Electric, and Communications Director Terry Wherry said the service has been very beneficial.
â€śThe $400 extra is nothing for the information weâ€™re getting from this service,â€ť Wherry said.
The communications, electric and parks department are splitting the cost of the weather service, which Wherry said provides more than weather radar.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Making sense out of South Whitleyâ€™s dollars has been an ongoing mission for town council members and Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould.
South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey has spent several months working in conjunction with Gould, an outside accounting firm and the State of Indiana Board of Accounts to ensure the town comes into compliance with certain regulations.
At Tuesdayâ€™s town council meeting, an audit was reviewed that gave specific areas of weakness in the managing and accounting of the townâ€™s money.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Sheriff Reserve Organization was formed in 1991 to help with duties at the Sheriffâ€™s Department. The organization has been growing ever since. The Reserve Organization currently has 10 reserve deputies. Itâ€™s looking to add 10 to 15 more.
The Reserve Organization has its own command staff, however it answers to a Reserve Board. The Whitley County Sheriff has the final say in all aspects of the organization.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Passages, Inc. and Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation will hold their joint annual meeting Thursday.
The evening will begin with a ribbon cutting signifying the opening of Passagesâ€™ new Creative Learning Center located at 333 N. Oak St. in Columbia City.
Peter Berns, CEO of the Arc of the United States in Washington D.C., and John Dickerson, executive director of the Arc of Indiana will speak to the anticipated attendance of over 175 employees, individuals served and community supporters of Passages.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Breyden Products, Inc., a manufacturer of lacing tapes, twines and yarns for the military and aerospace industries, recently announced plans to expand its headquarters in Whitley County, creating up to 23 new jobs by 2016.
The company, which relocated its headquarters from Hesperia, Calif. in 2004, will invest $2.2 million to purchase and equip a 35,000-square-foot facility on six acres in the Park 30 Business Center, a state certified shovel ready site in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Continuing a recognition program the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation launched during the organizationâ€™s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2012, the EDC recently recognized two locally-based employers.
Ag Plus LP and ChromaSource, Inc. were awarded for their efforts in supporting Whitley Countyâ€™s economic development growth at an event held at Joseph Decuis Farm in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Preparing for college can be overwhelming. Because the choices are many, it may seem as if students select a college by random means, like flipping a coin or tossing a dart.
Deciding where to go, what to study, and how to cover the costly tuition can cause students and parents to feel as if the decision is more than they can handle.
However, guidance staff at Columbia City High School are working in conjunction with a state initiative to encourage students to stay the course of college preparation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local funeral home is remodeling its historic location and looking toward the future.
Smith and Sons Funeral Homes, Inc. is remodeling its Columbia City location on North Main Street.
Currently, the plan is to add 3,100 square feet to the historic structure, which has been the home of the Smith familyâ€™s funeral business since 1935.
â€śItâ€™s a project we have been working on for a year-and-a-half,â€ť said C. Taron, â€śTerryâ€ť Smith, president of the funeral home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who stole relics from a local church received a 10-year prison sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Cody Miller, 21, of Columbia City, broke in and stole several relics from St. Paul of the Cross Church last winter.
Monday, he was given a 10-year sentence to the Indiana Department of Corrections, with eight years to serve, for burglary, a Class B felony. He will serve that time consecutively with a probation violation case in Whitley County Superior Court, for which he had more than one year of suspended sentence revoked.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Funeral arrangements have been made for a toddler who drowned at a Whitley County residence this weekend.
Officials believe Lucas Junk, 2, fell victim to an accidental drowning Saturday at a family memberâ€™s home, 8009 W. CR 300 S.
Around 1:40 p.m., first responders were called to the residence after Junkâ€™s family found him submerged in a small pond.
Indiana Conservation officers say the boy was outside with his family when they realized he was missing. The family estimates they found him less than 10 minutes after they noticed he was gone.