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October 18th, 2013

PLANNING AND BUILDING: Board of Works mulls certification

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works is taking some extra time making a decision about sending an employee for a certification.

Dave Sewell is Whitley County’s executive director for the Planning and Building Department, and there is a $1,500 certification available to him through a consulting firm, High Performance Government.

The firm is seeking all planning and building directors in Northeast Indiana to join forces in creating a more standardized process for permit application, as well as sharing other techniques to make Northeast Indiana a prime location for new business.

EDUCATIONAL EQUILIBRIUM: WCCS finds balance in class sizes

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With consistent budget cuts and little room for additional staff, many Indiana schools are struggling with class sizes.

Despite the difficulty, Whitley County Consolidated Schools has balanced out its classes — for now.

WCCS had a slightly higher enrollment this school year — two students — but as population grows and more students are attending school, changes may need to be made.

MISCONDUCT: Wilkinson pleads guilty to sex charges

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Chais A. Wilkinson, 19, was arrested in September.

He was charged with sexual misconduct with a minor as a Class D felony. The minimum sentence is six months and the maximum is three years.

When reading the charges, Judge James Heuer said Wilkinson performed or submitted to fondling with a 14-year-old female victim.

Wilkinson will be sentenced Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.

October 17th

GARAGE SALES: ‘Ordinance needs enforcement’

October 17, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — With Churubusco leaders working on a revised garage sale ordinance, Wayne Yager, a resident, offered an example of why the town needs an enforceable policy.

At Wednesday’s meeting, Yager told Town Council members that he felt the town’s ordinances were not being enforced.

“You need to be doing a better job of enforcing ordinances pertaining to the appearance of the town,” Yager said.

According to Yager, a home on West Whitley Street held a garage sale which lasted for a lengthy period of time.

The road to semi-state

October 17, 2013

Columbia City High School’s Marching Eagles stepped their way right into a Gold Rating and Distinction in Visual Effect Saturday at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) district competition at Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.

The Eagles will compete again this Saturday for the Lafayette regional, with hopes to advance to semi-state.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: WCCS trains staff on CPR

October 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A law passed in 2012 now requires all new school teachers and instructors renewing their licences to have CPR, AED and Heimlich certification.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure, performed in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore blood circulation and breathing in a person in cardiac arrest.

GARAGE SALE ORDINANCE: So far, so good

October 17, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A new ordinance was introduced at Churubusco’s Town Council meeting Wednesday night.

After the town tried to pass a new policy on garage sales this summer, residents created a stir over the proposed permit fee and the limitations placed on the number of sales allowed during a calendar year.

Because the debate was thick, town leaders agreed to scrap the proposal and go back to the drawing board.

Wednesday’s meeting offered signs that the town may be on the right track.

October 16th

Tabs total 149 lbs. for Whitley County drive

October 16, 2013

WOLF LAKE — A church worked to generate a rather hefty donation for children.

The Whitley County Engineer’s office, who spearheads an annual collection of pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, received a donation of 149 pounds of tabs from the Living Waters Lutheran Church in Wolf Lake.

Darlene Hagen, a church member, said that members and guests have been collecting aluminum tabs for several years.

The people at the church wanted to donate the tabs, but couldn’t move them. County engineer office employees used their vehicle and personal time to pick up the tabs.

Singers encouraged to chime in with county children’s choir

October 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “It’s a grand night for singing,” as the popular Broadway tune says.

A special evening is being planned for elementary school students who might be interested in singing with Whitley Community Children’s Choir (WCCC).

Thursday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., children and parents can visit the choir at Northern Heights Elementary School, north of Columbia City.

Those attending should enter the school through door three.

This is a no-obligation opportunity to participate with the choir, the night is just to “try it and see if there is an interest in joining.”

RELAY FOR LIFE: Committee forms to begin relay plans

October 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Purple ribbons may be decorating downtown Columbia City commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the color purple held a different meaning Tuesday night.

Relay for Life of Whitley County began assembling its committee for the 24-hour walk in June.

Purple is the event’s color and the shade worn by cancer survivors at the relay.

It may seem premature to begin generating to-do lists and plans for a fundraiser more than seven months away, but there is much work to be done.

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