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October 30th, 2013
Many local youngsters attended Story Time at the Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Tuesday.
Young children listened to stories, danced to music and created ‚Äúdust bunnies,‚ÄĚ a craft related to the stories they read.
Pictured is Audrey Clegg, 4, concentrates on making her pink dust bunny.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ At last week‚Äôs meeting, Colulmbia City‚Äôs Common Council approved the 2014 employee salary ordinance, a yearly responsibility handled by city officials.
The employee ordinance includes a slight raise for the city‚Äôs 90 full-time employees.
Full-time employees are expected to receive a $1,040 per year bump, a raise that hasn‚Äôt happened in several years.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Once a year, real estate sales become the focus of the Whitley County Treasurer‚Äôs office.
Annual tax sales take place in the fall, and this year, county officials moved 29 properties in its sale Oct. 15.
‚ÄúIt was a big day for the county,‚ÄĚ said Treasurer Laurell Hodges. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a lot that goes into the tax sale day, but I have an excellent support staff that makes things go a lot smoother.‚ÄĚ
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‚Äôt sell.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man will serve 2.5 years at the Whitley County Jail for stealing from his family.
Stephen ‚ÄúNathan‚ÄĚ Lawrence, 23, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to theft and residential entry ‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Despite the potential for questionable weather during Thursday night‚Äôs trick-or-treating, officials have decided to continue with Halloween as scheduled.
‚ÄúDue to man power already being scheduled and other organizations that have planned events for Thursday, trick-or-treat will still be on Halloween,‚ÄĚ 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.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúPlease help make someone else‚Äôs holiday season a little brighter by donating,‚ÄĚ said town officials. ‚ÄúWith your donation, you will receive recognition on the ‚ÄėDoor of Fame.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One commissioner voted against a measure to allow new paint to be applied to Whitley County ambulances.
Whitley County‚Äôs Commissioners met last week, and on the agenda was a request made by Parkview Whitley Hospital to paint the county‚Äôs 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‚Äôs.
But considering the county actually owns the five ambulances, Commissioner Don Amber was not in favor of having the vehicles altered.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Taxes ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs office, will be closed.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After seven years serving Whitley County as the ministries director for Whitley County‚Äôs Salvation Army, Pat Mossburg is resigning her post effective Thursday.
‚ÄúMy last few weeks have gone by so fast,‚ÄĚ Mossburg said. ‚ÄúThere have been people stopping by telling me goodbye and giving me hugs. It‚Äôs been sort of emotional.‚ÄĚ
A special open house was planned in Mossburg‚Äôs honor Monday at the Salvation Army‚Äôs office, inside the First Church of God in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ 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.