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September 3rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After nearly 10 years of raising funds, St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, in Columbia City, is able to move forward on its building project that began in 2005.
The church is looking to develop the empty lot to the north of its current building, located at 315 S. Line Street.
The community center will contain a gymnasium, food pantry and full kitchen, and the pricetag has dropped since the initial fund drive in 2005.
The initial estimated cost was $1.1 million, and Father Gary Sigler said he recently worked with contractors to help lower the price to $989,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Internal needs of the city could result in an exciting feature for Columbia City residents.
The city is working to install a fiber network to help provide more fluid communications between its buildings â€” City Hall, the Municipal Service Facility, Wastewater Facility, Water Treatment Plant and Parks Department (Morsches Park).
Putting in a fiber network also give officials the option of providing public wireless internet, WiFi, in the downtown area and parks.
Communications Director Terry Wherry said the public WiFi could cover three blocks of the downtown area.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Schinbeckler sisters, Eryn and Kyra, had a strong showing at the Indiana State Fair in early August.
Eryn, 17, and Kyra, 11, took home several championship banners against the top animals in the state.
Their showmanship skills come as no surprise, as Eryn was the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Sheep Showman of Showmen.
On Aug. 4, after two days of competing against more than 800 head of sheep at the state fair, the sisters brought home four grand champion/reserve grand champion awards.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After having some problems with grease buildup in some of the lift stations in Columbia City, the Wastewater Department is inspecting its lift stations for grease accumulation.
â€śIf we get a grease buildup in them, they donâ€™t operate properly,â€ť Wastewater Superintendent Mike Cook.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Fire Department is in the process of purchasing a new truck, and a pair of firemen was touted by many at a recent Columbia City Board of Works meeting for their extra effort.
Kyle Francis and Mike McGregor, two full-time firemen for the city, have been working for the past several months to put together the specs for the new truck.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the ever-changing technology, social media sites and smart phone apps, parents are finding it hard to stay smarter than the smart phone.
While all parents want to trust their children, Columbia City Police Detective Chip Stephenson said its the parentsâ€™ job to protect kids from the social media world.
â€śKids are kids. They donâ€™t have all of the knowledge we do,â€ť Stephenson said. â€śItâ€™s not that we donâ€™t trust our kids. With all of the information out there, we just need to help them.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Historical Museum will be hosting a program about local past Hollywood movie star, Dean Jagger.
The program will take place Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. The community is invited to come for an afternoon of stories, photos, movie clips and more on the life of Dean Jagger. Admission is free.
PIERCETON â€” The public is invited to attend a special presentation by the Bob Jones University Drama Ministry Team at First Baptist Church of Pierceton Thursday at 7 p.m.
The program will feature an original drama, â€śInstant Message.â€ť
The Drama Ministry Team is touring the Midwest this fall.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Projected enrollment numbers for Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) could be higher than originally believed.
SGCS Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the districtâ€™s numbers, which were expected to decline for the 2013-14 school year, have actually ticked up.
â€śOur enrollment is up, and itâ€™s a great thing,â€ť he said.
So far, Fleetwood said the district had 18 more than expected in the elementary school, and were down approximately nine students in the junior-senior high school.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Community School Corporation continues to move forward on its plans to renovate South Whitley Elementary School and construct a new Pierceton Elementary School.
At a recent meeting of the corporationâ€™s Board of Trustees, Superintendent Steve Clason gave an update on the timeline in which work will commence during the following months.
â€śWe are definitely in the design phase,â€ť Clason said. â€śWe are working on obtaining feedback from community members as well as faculty.â€ť