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October 30th, 2013

REAL ESTATE: Delinquent taxes mean numerous sales for county

October 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Once a year, real estate sales become the focus of the Whitley County Treasurer’s office.

Annual tax sales take place in the fall, and this year, county officials moved 29 properties in its sale Oct. 15.

“It was a big day for the county,” said Treasurer Laurell Hodges. “There’s a lot that goes into the tax sale day, but I have an excellent support staff that makes things go a lot smoother.”

In 2012, the tax sale produced 14 transactions, which means Hodges juggled twice as many sales for the county not including the other 14 properties that didn’t sell.

IN COURT: Man to serve 2.5 years for theft from family

October 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man will serve 2.5 years at the Whitley County Jail for stealing from his family.

Stephen “Nathan” Lawrence, 23, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to theft and residential entry — both Class D felonies, and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.

He was given a sentence of 2.5 years, with two to serve in the Whitley County Jail, by Senior Judge Mike Rush at the same hearing.

HALLOWEEN: No changes to trick-or-treating

October 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Despite the potential for questionable weather during Thursday night’s trick-or-treating, officials have decided to continue with Halloween as scheduled.

“Due to man power already being scheduled and other organizations that have planned events for Thursday, trick-or-treat will still be on Halloween,” the City of Columbia City stated in a press release today.

According to forecasters, thunderstorms with high winds are expected to hit the area Thursday evening, including 1 to 3 inches of rainfall.

October 29th

’Busco banks items for food drive

October 29, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — The Town of Churubusco recently announced its 2nd Annual Food Drive.

The town will be collecting non-perishable food and household items during the holiday season to donate to the Churubusco United Methodist Food Pantry.

Collections will occur from Nov. 1 until Dec. 12 at the Churubusco Government Center, 530 S. Main St.

“Please help make someone else’s holiday season a little brighter by donating,” said town officials. “With your donation, you will receive recognition on the ‘Door of Fame.’”

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.

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