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October 29th, 2013

AMBULANCE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR: New paint discussion gets sticky

October 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — One commissioner voted against a measure to allow new paint to be applied to Whitley County ambulances.

Whitley County’s Commissioners met last week, and on the agenda was a request made by Parkview Whitley Hospital to paint the county’s ambulances to match the ones used in Allen County.

However, as stated in the proposal, an emblem would be placed on the side designating the vehicles as Whitley County’s.

But considering the county actually owns the five ambulances, Commissioner Don Amber was not in favor of having the vehicles altered.

TREASURER: Don’t wait to pay property taxes

October 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Taxes — for some it is a five letter word that causes financial frustration. However, for Laurell Hodges dealing with taxes means its just another day as the Whitley County Treasurer.

Property taxes for the second annual installment are due Tuesday, Nov. 12. Although statements were mailed earlier in the year, Hodges wants property owners across the county to remember the date and to keep in mind that Monday, Nov. 11 is a holiday and county offices, including the Treasurer’s office, will be closed.

FAREWELL: Mossburg preps to move from Whitley Co. Salvation Army post

October 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After seven years serving Whitley County as the ministries director for Whitley County’s Salvation Army, Pat Mossburg is resigning her post effective Thursday.

“My last few weeks have gone by so fast,” Mossburg said. “There have been people stopping by telling me goodbye and giving me hugs. It’s been sort of emotional.”

A special open house was planned in Mossburg’s honor Monday at the Salvation Army’s office, inside the First Church of God in Columbia City.

IN COURT: 2012 Walgreens robber pleads guilty

October 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man who robbed the Columbia City Walgreens in 2012 pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Troy J. Fritz, 31, pleaded guilty to robbery, a Class C felony, as part of a plea arrangement, which stipulated that the state would dismiss a charge of theft against him.

Fritz will be sentenced Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m.

A Class C felony has a maximum sentence of eight years and a minimum of two, with four years being the advisory sentence.

Case reports state Fritz stole Opana and Fentanyl by threatening the use of force in February of 2012.

October 28th

WASTEWATER: Solutions surface for plant problems

October 28, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With ideas mapped out on paper and architectural drawings in hand, engineers were able to give the town of South Whitley answers to its wastewater treatment plant problems.

After months of debating system failures and control issues, South Whitley Town Council members were able to see how engineers will approach fixing the problems at the newly-completed plant.

SCHOOL RADIO: WJHS to air council meetings

October 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s radio station will be taking to a new tune on Tuesday nights.

WJHS, 91.5 The Eagle, will now be airing Columbia City’s Common Council meetings.

The meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, starting at 7 p.m.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved the radio station’s broadcast of the meetings, and the first aired broadcast is expected to be at the next meeting — Nov. 12.

WHOLE HEALTH: Green thumbs prep garden for winter

October 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A fall festival of a different kind was held Saturday as volunteers gathered at the Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc. to prep its community garden for winter.

The Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc., located at 1065 W. CR 150 N. in Columbia City, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a impact in the community by “encouraging others and restoring lives.”

According to Aimee Clark, the center’s president, the group planted 1,000 garlic cloves, planted and covered numerous strawberry plants, and saved sunflower seeds from plants that grew this summer.

PUT TO REST: Local building authority dissolved

October 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County and Columbia City officials agreed to do away with a group that hasn’t been used for more than 20 years.

Recently, the Columbia City-Whitley County Building Authority was deemed inactive and Columbia City Common Council members moved to dissolve the group at Tuesday’s meeting.

“The building authority was great at the time it was created — it was needed and very good for financing purposes — but now we’ve reached the point that it’s better off dissolved,” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.

October 25th

City adopts 2014 budget

October 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council adopted the 2014 budget at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

While changes can be made until the end of the year, the council appeared to have no opposition to the budget, which was proposed by Mayor Ryan Daniel at a meeting Sept. 24.

Daniel and Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle worked together to make the budget, which won’t raise taxes for city citizens.

“Rosie and I worked very hard to make this a balanced budget,” Daniel said.

WMS teacher recognized

October 25, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko Middle School teacher Rochelle Leininger was honored at the district’s school board meeting Monday.

However, the recognition didn’t come from school board members or administration, but a parent.

Cathy Juricak works at Raytheon, a company in Fort Wayne. When the corporation offered a grant for teachers, Juricak nominated Leininger for the award.

“She was a teacher to my kids who are now graduated,” said Juricak. “I know how special she was to them and to me as a parent. I thought this was the best way to honor her.”

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