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May 23rd, 2013

RUNNING CABLE: Commissioners authorize Whitley County fiber expansion

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Debates over public right of way were heard at Monday’s meeting of the Whitley County Commissioners.

Representatives from PDQ Workholding, LLC spoke of the desire of the company to dig fiber optic cable between two of its buildings to enhance communication between the two locations.

County Engineer Brandon Forrester expressed concern about the fiber cable being run underground in the public right of way.

“If someone tears up the fiber, but it’s in the public right of way, then who’s responsible?” he asked, explaining the dilemma.

LARWILL BURGLAR: Smith receives prison sentence

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man already sentenced to jail time in Kosciusko County received his sentence in Whitley County Monday.

Jeremiah Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary and being a habitual felony offender, which allows for sentencing enhancements. He was sentenced to eight years for burglary, with a four-year enhancement for the habitual offender.

He received a 10-year sentence in Kosciusko for crimes in that county.

COUNTING CASH: Relay for Life event close to reaching goal

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With less than two weeks until the annual Relay for Life event, teams filtered into Chase Bank, Columbia City, to turn in money and pick up last-minute information for the 24-hour walk.

Bank Night happens each year shortly before the relay kicks off, gives committee chairmen and coordinators a chance to see how much has been raised for the American Cancer Society, prior to the actual event.

“We are about 70 percent to our goal,” said Melissa Stephens, ACS community representative. “I have no doubt that we’ll reach our goal of $24,000 when the relay is all done.”

Toddler found dead in Whitley Co. pool

May 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Drowning has been ruled the preliminary cause of death for a toddler who was found floating face-down in a Whitley County swimming pool this week.

A three-year-old boy drowned Tuesday morning at a residence southeast of Columbia City.

The relative told police that before finding the boy in the pool, they realized he was not in the house, and the back door leading to the pool was open, according to conservation officers.

May 22nd

Whitley County walkers

May 22, 2013

Laura Lefever organized a team of Whitley County residents to participate in the 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day event, a walk to benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

More than 700 people attended the walk Saturday and helped raise more than $55,000 for the organization.

Cancer Services provides emotional support, practical resources and information to patients and their families dealing with cancer. The organization also serves Whitley County.

Lefever serves on the Board of Directors for the organization.

Re‘VOLT’ing training

May 22, 2013

Heath Fearnow, one of Columbia City’s Police Department’s newest reserve officers, went through an unpleasant training exercise Saturday night.

Fearnow, along with fellow reserve Tony Kumfer and CCPD’s newest hire, Jon Stoffel (pictured left), underwent taser training at City Hall.

Pictured, from left: Stoffel, Fearnow, taser instructor and CCPD Officer Thor Hodges, and Sergeant Trey Insley.

CAFETERIA FOOD: Lunch price increases generate saucy remarks

May 22, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Cafeteria food pricing and lunch menu mandates by the state of Indiana had food service workers overheated at Smith-Green Community School Board of School Trustees meeting Monday.

Pam Hill, a cafeteria worker, told board members of a problem with students charging their lunches, causing a deficit of more than a thousand dollars.

Hill discussed at length her frustration with the federal government’s mandates on pricing and menu.

“The kids still don’t like the food,” Hill said. “We try our best to tweak it and encourage them to try it, but they just throw away so much.”

AQUATICS FACILITY: Pool forum overflows with ideas

May 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — There was no shortage of suggestions at last night’s aquatics facility public forum.

Since the announcement of Burnworth Memorial Pool closing in 2014, a task force has been working on a replacement for the public pool option.

Kevin Post, of Counsilman-Hunsaker, led the forum with his expertise on facility design and execution.

“The typical pool has a life of 30 to 50 years. Burnworth Pool is out of that life expectancy. It is definitely time to look at another aquatics option,” Post said. “But the idea of what a pool is has evolved over the years.”

May 21st

CCHS AWARDS

May 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School saluted its top students at its Honors Convocation Monday evening. Awards were handed out to students for academic achievements, scholarships, service work and excellence in athletics. CCHS Principal Jennifer Reiff praised the top Eagles of 2013, lauding their hard work in the classroom and the community.

Holiday trash pick-up

May 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Due to the Memorial Day holiday, there will be no collections Monday for trash and recycling.

Monday collections will be made on Tuesday. Tuesday collections will be on Wednesday. Wednesday collections will be made on Thursday. Thursday collections will be made on Friday.

Friday collections will be made on Saturday.

All trash and recycling collections the week of May 27 will be performed one day later than normally scheduled.

 

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