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June 7th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Laurie Butts, 52, didnâ€™t really know she loved butterflies until she moved to a new home in a bean field near Tri-Lakes a few years ago.
In April 2005, Butts was walking on her property, which is surrounded by eight acres of grasslands, a pond and a well-pathed woods and thatâ€™s when she fell in love with bugs.
â€śIt was the first spring we lived here,â€ť said Butts, who shares her home with Beth Hauenstein.
Portside Pizza will host a pair of fundraisers designed to raise money for the annual Tri Lake fireworks. On Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., a hog roast will be held which will include a silent auction, a corn hole tournament and live music. Anyone wanting to donate items to the silent auction should call Portside Pizza at 691-3333. On Saturday, June 16, a golf outing at Crooked Lake Golf Course will be held. The event will begin at 10 a.m. Sign ups will be held at Portside Pizza.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board approved the appointment of Jacob Hoag as the principal of Northern Heights Elementary School at their meeting Monday.
The position required attention since Robert Hoke retired after 27 years of service.
After screening several candidates, Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor said the interview team had a recommendation ready for the boardâ€™s approval.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Amy Lybarger, district conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Columbia City, came before the commissioners Monday, requesting the approval of a project concerning the highway.
The area Lybarger is concerned about is CR 600 N., approximately a mile and a half west of Ind. 109. After investigation, Lybarger said they realized there was a tile blow hole.
â€śWe are very nervous over this situation,â€ť said Lybarger. â€śWe want to get it fixed and repaired as fast as possible. It would be a very easy repair, and quick repair.â€ť
The moon shines bright in the sky Saturday evening.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board approved a computer lease proposal at their work session Monday.
Anne Plunkett, technology director, said while the schools usually buy computers, there are other ways to obtain the equipment needed.
â€śWe are hoping that leasing may be a viable alternative for that,â€ť said Plunkett.
Due to state requirements for online testing, the amount of equipment needed to meet those requirements has significantly increased.
WCCSâ€™ current laptops are four years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Mondayâ€™s County Council meeting, Michael Barton, highway department superintendent, gave an update on the departmentâ€™s sealing program that started Tuesday.
â€śJohnson Road will be the first road we start on,â€ť said Barton. â€śWeâ€™ll actually get primed in the morning and start sealing.â€ť
Barton said the department would also go down to 800 S., 700 E. and a few other roads in the area.
The department is working to go back over all the roads they double sealed in 2009-10.
As far as working on single seals, Barton said there are about 70 miles of road.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Masonic jurisdictions have recognized the sons of Masons who join the fraternity by giving them the title of Lewis.
Strangely, this is a custom that has remained unpracticed in the United States. This year marks a change in the Masons, or at least in Indiana and in Columbia City.
Two families have bestowed the Lewis Award on their sons.
Recently, the Jerry Yagel and Cliff Schlatter families presented the Lewis Award to their sons.
Jerryâ€™s son, Bob, presented the Lewis Award to his son Justin Yagel. Witnessing the event was Tim Yagel, cousin, and Jesse, uncle.
Brown to serve as Whitley County Chamber of Commerce executive director
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce announced today the selection of Doug Brown to serve as the organizationâ€™s new executive director.
â€śFormer general manager of a local printing company and previous publisher of The Post & Mail newspaper, Brown brings great business experience and community connectivity to the position,â€ť said the county chamber in a press release.
A mangled up pile of rubble was all that was left after an RV flipped off the road near Collamer Monday night.
The Winnebago, that was driven by a local man, according to police, rolled on its top, nearly crushing the driver, on River Road near CR 950 W.
The driver was pinned with thousands of pounds of rubble above him. A tow truck was expedited and the man was extricated within minutes According to witnesses, the driver was speaking after the accident, though occasionally lost consciousness. He was airlifted to Fort Wayne.