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November 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several people were evacuated from their homes Monday morning after a Columbia City apartment building caught fire.
Firefighters were called to Denihan Plaza Apartments, 600 N. Walnut Street, after a resident found smoke in the apartment at approximately 6 a.m. Monday.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department helped evacuate the entire building for safety reasons, but Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the fire only affected two apartments.
LaRue said there was smoke coming from the attic. He reported minimal damage and no injuries.
LaRue said the fire remains under investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City recently reviewed the financial situations of its utilities, and the outlook of the wastewater department looks grim.
Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle informed the Board of Works that the department is approximately $340,000 in the hole â€” and falling.
â€śWastewater is trending in the hole. Itâ€™s been going in the hole for sometime,â€ť Coyle said. â€śItâ€™s something you (the board) have discussed and we need to figure out if we need to raise the rates.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Toys for Tots recently announced that it has extended its hours for families to sign up for the program. The Salvation Army of Whitley County will accept sign ups from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from now until Dec. 6.
Those experiencing difficult times or know someone who is, and will need assistance this Christmas, can take part in the toy program. To sign up for the program, visit the Salvation Army office located at the First Church of God, 1200 W. Depoy Dr. in Columbia City.
Columbia City Rotary Club President Gene Smith is pictured presenting Dick Haworth, a Rotarian, with his second Paul Harris Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes a strong financial commitment to the Rotary Foundation and world understanding and peace through Rotary. Haworth also was serenaded by the club in singing â€śHappy Birthdayâ€ť to him.
Haworth recently celebrated his 93rd birthday.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s Student Council invited Little Turtle Elementary School students and staff to participate in the Annual Turkey Run â€” a Thanksgiving funds and food collection for disadvantaged families within the district and the Whitley County community.
LTES students were given a dual challenge this year â€” raise one more Turkey Run dinner than last year and see who could raise the most funds. The contest was between kindergartner, first and second grade classes against third through fifth grade classes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One of Columbia Cityâ€™s new Rotarians Kent Turnbow, of Turnbow prosthetics in Columbia City, introduced Nick Rhoad from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency at a recent meeting.
Rhoad, a father of three and Allen County native, came to speak to the local Rotary Club on efficiency in government, especially in his area of the licensing of an estimated 470,000 Hoosiers who are required to have a Indiana State license to practice their profession.
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂâ€” Residents are paying taxes and dropping off aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Recently, members of the Faith Christian Academy brought in their donation â€” in a fish aquarium.
Drew Lortie, a student at FCA, brought the tabs in and was â€śhappyâ€ť to donate them to help kids and parents in need.
Faith Christian Academy is Whitley Countyâ€™s only non-denominational Christian school, operating since 1991. Tabs can be collected in many types of convenient containers, such as plastic baggies, buckets, water bottles and more.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools welcomed Rep. Dave Ober to tour the new construction that has been done for the districtâ€™s schools.
Ober, while visiting with Superintendent Galen Mast and Churubusco Junior/Senior High School Principal Jim Folland, said education issues are still of concern for the Statehouse.
SGCS recently received a grant for a school resource officer (SRO). Ober said SROs are useful for a variety of reasons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Club elected four directors at Thursday nightâ€™s annual meeting at the 4-H Center.
The newly-elected directors will serve three-year terms.
Laura Kyler, Bob McKown, Mindy Muchow and Jeremiah Ballard are the four new directors that will serve the nonprofit, which hosts the annual county fair.
McKown was re-elected to his directorâ€™s position. Ballard, Kyler and Muchow will replace departing directors Cathy Heritier, Chad Nix and Julie Johnson.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City is seeking consultants to possibly change a long-term plan for the cityâ€™s stormwater.
In previous City Council and Board of Works meetings, Columbia City officials decided to look into its options for the long-term plan of the cityâ€™s stormwater management.
After discussions, officials want to seek out possible improvements to the plan, which was approved by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) several years ago.