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October 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County and Columbia City officials agreed to do away with a group that hasnât 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 Tuesdayâs meeting.
âThe building authority was great at the time it was created â it was needed and very good for financing purposes â but now weâve reached the point that itâs better off dissolved,â Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Common Council adopted the 2014 budget at Tuesdayâs 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 wonât raise taxes for city citizens.
âRosie and I worked very hard to make this a balanced budget,â Daniel said.
PIERCETON â Whitko Middle School teacher Rochelle Leininger was honored at the districtâs school board meeting Monday.
However, the recognition didnât 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.
âShe was a teacher to my kids who are now graduated,â said Juricak. âI know how special she was to them and to me as a parent. I thought this was the best way to honor her.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Music appreciation knows no age limitations. Columbia City High School graduates are working to ensure the love of music knows no generational limitation as well.
Jason Klingaman and Todd Ward, both 1996 CCHS grads, founded Fort Wayne Jazz Orchestra (FWJO) that specializes in jazz and big band music.
The pair started playing while part of the schools band program and as age matured perspective, it also grew a passion for entertaining.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Common Council took the first official steps toward making the entire city an Economic Revitalization Area (ERA).
At Tuesdayâs regular meeting, the board moved to approve a blanket ERA for the city, a topic that had been discussed in previous council meetings.
After discussions, several council members agreed â âit makes sense.â
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a four-part series highlighting women in businesses throughout Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â If a patron happens to meet Chris Redman while visiting Redman Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in downtown Columbia City, that customer has not only found a business owner, theyâve found a friend.
âYou have to have patience and always be nice to peopleâ Chris said. âPeople donât remember if you were nice to them, but they never forget if you were mean.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Spelling words like diluvial, propinquity and ungulate, the Indian Springs Middle School Spell Bowl team came in first place among seven Class 1 schools Tuesday at the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl Junior Division area contest held at Indian Springs.
A total of 18 schools competed in three different classes.
This area contest was one of 18 held throughout the state Tuesday night.
Eight rounds of nine words each are held for a total of 72 possible words in competition.
WHITLEY COUNTY â With Halloween events beginning this weekend, county and state officials want to ensure the safety of each and every âghoul and gobblin.â
County commissioners offered a word of warning at their meeting Monday.
âKeep a close eye on those little ones,â Commissioner Amber said. âWe want a safe Halloween, so we need to be mindful of kids out trick-or-treating.â
According to the Indiana State Police, a few reminders can help parents observe a safer Halloween holiday.
âąKeep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County residents have two opportunities to have a hand in the decisions made for the area.
Whitley County Commissioners recently announced a vacant position on the Whitley County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals board.
A second seat is open on the South Whitley Plan Commission.
Both spots require that the Whitley County Commissioners appoint an individual. However, interested parties may submit their information for consideration.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Offering students the chance to gain real-world trade skills is a mission of Jay Ocken, a vocational instructor for Whitko High Schoolâs Industrial Technology program.
A new machine, donated by a local manufacturing company, will take Ocken one step closer to his goal.
âWe are helping students become work ready,â said Ocken at a May school board meeting. âA lot of these students will have earned credit to help them further their education in college. Some of them will have learned enough here that they can start working right after to school and make a decent wage.â