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August 16th, 2013

NOT GETTING HOSED: City frugal with new fire truck expense

August 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “We’ve done a good job of making this a work truck, not a parade truck.” Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue and his crew are finishing up the specs for the department’s new fire truck and are doing what they can to keep the cost down.

“We are improving some of the ways we do things in order to make it more unified for our community,” LaRue told Columbia City’s Common Council Tuesday. “We’re taking cost and benefit into consideration. We don’t have $50,000 lights and gold-plated doors.”

HIDAYA NEO: ETA girls develop their ‘beautiful’ gifts

August 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Eagle Tech Academy is known for its unconventional approach to high school education — focusing on interactive learning and collaborative presentations often given to leaders in the community.

However, tables turned Thursday when ETA girls took a seat while women from the community staged a series of workshops.

MAN CHARGED FOR ATTACKING CHILD: Ippolito allegedly drug boy through parking lot by his arm

August 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Fort Wayne man who has been charged for attacking a child is expected to plead guilty in Whitley County Superior Court.

Dale Ippolito, 22, was arrested in September 2012 after witnesses said he abused a young boy in the parking lot of Parkview Whitley Hospital, in Columbia City.

According to court reports, both of the child’s legs were in casts and witnesses saw Ippolito drag the boy by his arm through the parking lot and to his vehicle.

While in the car, witnesses saw Ippolito beating the child and called 911.

PASSAGES NAMES NEW DIRECTOR: Lehman promoted to executive position

August 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Leaders at Passages, Inc. and the Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation, Columbia City, recently announced the promotion of Dave Lehman to Chief Operating Officer of Passages.

In that capacity, Lehman will also serve as the executive director of Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation.

The Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation is the affordable housing arm for Passages.

August 15th

Baker garners service award

August 15, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana recently hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner to honor the recipients of the agency’s 2012 Volunteers of the Year awards.

Approximately 425 guests attended the dinner and ceremony at Fort Wayne Hotel to join in the celebration and honor volunteerism throughout Northeast Indiana and Southern Michigan.

WASTEWATER: Plant issues reach boiling point for S. Whitley

August 15, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Intense rainfall has been a concern for residents across the county this summer, but when heavy rains create flooding at the newly constructed wastewater treatment plant in South Whitley, town leaders start to get heated.

After the $3 million project was completed, a storm that came through the town Aug. 2 came with such intensity that it blew off two manhole covers, spilling water overflow into the Eel River.

CANCER FIGHTER: Gross celebrates recovery

August 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Seven years ago today, Tammy Gross, a Whitley County native, heard the words, “you have breast cancer.”

With cancer fought and beaten, Gross now celebrates her recovery as an advocate for the American Cancer Society and finding a cure for breast cancer.

“I never thought this would be the path I would find myself on,” Gross said. “I am not a public speaker — I am rather shy in front of crowds. However, I find myself in front of more people now more than ever. If it gives me a chance to encourage someone else fighting cancer, then so be it.”

SRO: WCCS may add school police officer

August 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The process has begun to place a school resource officer (SRO) at Whitley County Consolidated Schools.

At Tuesday’s Columbia City Board of Works meeting, Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said he’s been working with WCCS’s Superentindent, Dr. Pat O’Connor, to come up with a plan for an SRO.

JUST KEEP SWIMMING: Pool concepts take on three shapes

August 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A pool of ideas for a new aquatics facility for Columbia City has funneled into three concepts, which were presented at a public forum Wednesday night.

Representatives from Counsilman-Hunsaker and MartinRiley have been working with a task force of community members to develop options to replace the aging Burnworth Memorial Pool, set to close in 2014.

August 14th

SHORT CHANGED: Former town employee deducted pay

August 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A South Whitley employee was deducted $773 from his final paycheck unexpectedly, according to Trevor Webb who was represented by his wife, Toni, at the Town Council meeting Tuesday.

Toni told town leaders that the money was deducted for Trevor’s portion of his health insurance.

However, the money should have been deducted from Trevor’s pay in February.

“When he was hired, he wasn’t charged right away,” Toni said. “We were covered, but Trevor was told it was a mistake that his check wasn’t being deducted the payment each time.”

 

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