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August 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Columbia Cityâ€™s Fire Department already planned to hire a new employee next year, Thursday morning, officials mulled the idea of hiring a second full-time fireman.
The option came up after a federal grant that will pay for two years of a new firefighterâ€™s salary became available â€” but itâ€™s more problematic than simply hiring another fireman.
The CCFD wants to add another firefighter to the department at the beginning of 2014, but if awarded the grant, funds may not be available until later in the year.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s marching band had a performance for friends and family Wednesday night on the schoolâ€™s football field.
The band will perform at halftime of Columbia Cityâ€™s first home football game, next Friday night against county-rival Whitko.
The Marching Eagles are directed by Helen Hockemeyer.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Registration remains open for those students looking to attend T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative eduction program.
Although the school accepts students throughout the 2013-14 year, the deadline to apply for the School Choice Scholarship is Monday.
Nikki Trier, T.R.O.Y. Centerâ€™s administrator, said the scholarship could possibly cover the complete tuition fee of approximately $5,000.
However, parents need to be in touch with T.R.O.Y. Center as soon as possible in order to register by the scholarship deadline.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of changing the boundaries of the downtown areaâ€™s Tax Increment Funding (TIF) District.
â€śWeâ€™re making sure properties that are legally supposed to be in there are there, and the ones that arenâ€™t are taken out,â€ť said Kevin Snell of Columbia Cityâ€™s RDC.
Snell said when the TIF District was adopted in 1993, some properties were put in the area in error.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl received a five-year prison sentence Monday.
Bradley Kincaid, 21, will serve three of his five years in the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and have the remaining two suspended.
Kincaidâ€™s attorney, Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, said his client should receive a short sentence because of his admission of guilt early and remorse over his crime.
â€śHeâ€™s maintained consistent employment, and has no relevant criminal history,â€ť Voelz said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2014 budget for Whitley County Consolidated Schools is under review by the Board of Trustees.
WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf released the proposal to the school board at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
â€śWe encourage each of you to meet with the superintendent and myself with any questions you have about the budget,â€ť Zickgraf said.
Zickgraf and his staff put several months into the budget project, which will be open to public discussion at the Sept. 3 board meeting.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A Columbia City woman received an eight-year sentence for a crime her own attorney referred to as â€śstupid.â€ť
Krystal Thornsbearry was ordered to serve four years of her eight-year sentence at the Whitley County Jail for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
Thornsbearryâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client had several positive traits to offer society.
â€śKrstyal has no drug history and has a good employment history,â€ť he said. â€śShe said this was the dumbest thing sheâ€™s ever done. I agree, it was dumb.â€ť
Jason Traxler, store manager for Dunhamâ€™s Sports, in Columbia City, officially cuts the ribbon to open the store to the public Friday morning.
Dunhamâ€™s now occupies the former Scottâ€™s building, which has been empty for several years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thereâ€™s more to outfitting a sports team than color selection.
For area high schools acquiring sports uniforms their athletes need provides myriads of options.
Some school districts, such as Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS), make a formal contract with an athletic company.
SGCS just signed a three-year uniform agreement with Adidas.
Other districts do not enter into contracts in that sense and work with a variety of different companies.
Whitko Athletic Director Casey Stouffer said a variety of companies work with the school to provide Wildcat apparel.
LARWILL â€” Celebrating 159 years, Squawbuck Days returns to Larwill this weekend.
The three-day event is sponsored by the Larwill Firemen, Lions Club and the Richland Township Community Association, and is a joint fundraiser to raise money for the community.
Festivities will begin Friday at 4 p.m. with a tenderlion dinner at the townâ€™s fire department. The Larwill Lions Club will host a night of bingo at 7 p.m.
Saturday will start with a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. along with crafts, a flea market and town garage sales.