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April 1st, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Renovation of the 25-year-old kiddie pool, along with a new liner for the Burnworth Pool, were discussed at Monday eveningâ€™s park board meeting.
According to the poolâ€™s documented history, the last major renovations to the kiddie pool were in 1982, when cracks were repaired and drainage improved.
Green said he has received two different quotes on repairing the kiddie pool, with one quote at $3,500 to repair the liner only, and a second quote for $27,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When it comes to a major road renovation in Columbia City known as the State Route 205 Project, Columbia City officials say there are no easy answers because there arenâ€™t any answers of any kind at the moment.
â€śYou just donâ€™t know the complexities,â€ť said Jeff Walker, Columbia Cityâ€™s Outside Operations Officer.
Mayor Jim Fleck said the process, which began more than seven years ago with complaints by residents of poor visibility entering and leaving Morsches Park, is multi-faceted.
â€śItâ€™s kind of like learning to play the game of basketball during the game,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City officials have closed a portion of the Blue River Trail temporarily while construction on a new sewer project continues.
Mike Cook, Superintendent of Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility, announced Friday at the cityâ€™s meeting of the Board of Works and Safety that the trail between South Whitley and Main streets is closed while construction crews install one of two new lift stations.
â€śWeâ€™d like to get the word out,â€ť said Cook.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Approximately a dozen people attended the unveiling of the Churubusco Downtown Action Plan presentation Wednesday evening at Churubusco High School.
The action plan is the result of months of studies and surveys of the town and its residents, conducted by Hyett Palma Associates for the Indiana Downtown Project.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Acting on a tip, Columbia City police raided a local hotel last Friday and arrested three 18-year-old men and two juveniles for alcohol and drug-related offenses.
The tipster told police there was underage drinking and drug use at a Columbia City hotel.
Officer Ken Smith and Narcotics Sgt. Robert Stevenson arrived at the hotel at about 7:45 p.m. and discovered about 12 people in a pair of hotel rooms.
The officers arrested Thomas McKnight, 18 of Columbia City, Derik Jon Runyon, 18 of Columbia City and Coyan Tyberius Frederick, 18, also of Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As she has done for years, Melody Thompson dons her brown uniform each evening and prepares to start her work day. By the time her shift is over, she will have traveled from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis and back again.
And, each day she strives to maintain another element of that routine which is to make that trip without a traffic accident.
Thompsonâ€™s driving record as a semi driver, or â€śfeeder driverâ€ť with the United Parcel Service is not just stellar, her company would call it noteworthy.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Whitley County Historical Society annual banquet Wednesday evening at the Brownstone Cafe in South Whitley brought three new members onto the board: Pat Heinbaugh, Wendi Barnett and Chris Hockemeyer. Dennis Warnick, president of the organization, filled out the slate to continue for another term.
Anna Rhoades was surprised to be given the Volunteer of the Year award for coming in every Wednesday for â€ś20 years or so,â€ť she said, and organizing the filing for the historical society.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As a local factory prepares to close its doors, management and the rest of the workforce decided to make a positive statement on the way out.
â€śThrough a sad time, weâ€™re doing something positive for the community,â€ť said Mary Ritter, the administrative assistant at Eaton Hydraulics, which is closing as of today.
The company agreed to give the 16 soon-to-be displaced employees a chance to bid on various items of company property, and in turn would donate the proceeds to the local United Way.
The Whitley County Historical Society has brought such noteworthy historical figures as President Lincoln and Jefferson Davis back from the past, and they have done it again, in the person of former President Theodore Roosevelt.
Wednesday eveningâ€™s meeting concluded with reenactor Gib Young doing a portrayal of Teddy complete with top hat and pince-nez glasses perched on his nose.
Chuck Jones introduced Roosevelt giving an idea about the time that he lived, specifically the year 1915.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Not very many people can say that receiving news of an accident involving their car while parked in a parking lot could turn out to be a good thing, but Columbia City High School senior Trevor Maggart can.
As a surprise on Wednesday afternoon The Whitley County Community Foundation announced that Maggart has been named the 2011 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar from Whitley County.
The full-ride scholarship has been presented each year since 1998 to at least one Whitley County student and in addition to covering the cost of tuition includes a stipend for books.