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July 12th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, the council amended the fire prevention code on second reading. The change regards burn permits.
During the council‚Äôs meeting in June, when it was passed on first reading, Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue explained how this eliminates the verbiage that gives the City of Columbia City, the Board of Works and himself the right to issue burn permits.
LaRue said people would need to comply with state law as well as IDEM standards on this rule.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Republican Party has selected a replacement for the county‚Äôs assessor who announced her resignation earlier this year.
‚ÄúIt was uncontested, so Rita Sauders will be the new Whitley County Assessor,‚ÄĚ said Matthew Boyd, chairman of the county‚Äôs Republican party.
Sauders was selected in a caucus Tuesday to replace Angie Heath, who announced she would resign effective July 7.
‚ÄúIt was a good turnout. There were 26 of us who showed up for an uncontested race so I was pleased,‚ÄĚ said Boyd.
‚ÄúHow To Beat a Bad Hair Day,‚ÄĚ presented by reVision Women‚Äôs Ministry, is a free workshop open to all women, Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop will teach practical tools in emotional, time and physical management. The workshop is free, but a free will donation is encouraged. Refreshments will be served. Childcare will not be provided. The event will be at the Super 8 Hotel off U.S. 30, in the conference room. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot call 244-3656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Master Gardeners will present garden seminars Tuesday, July 17 at the Ag Museum at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
Available seminars include:
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Members of Smith-Green Community Schools showed their concern for students with disabilities during the public work session Monday night.
Greg Wehling from Moake Park Group showed the board the final architectural drawings for a proposed building project.
Wehling explained the $6 million project which includes a new cafeteria for the elementary school, five new classrooms, ADA bathrooms, a new special needs classroom and a new security system at the main entrance at CES.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Ralph Bailey took charge of the board meeting at Smith-Green Community Schools Monday. The board asked Bailey to be interim superintendent July 2 at a special meeting after the surprise departure of Steve Darnell June 29.
Bailey is a long-time educator who served for many years at Whitley County Consolidated Schools and since retirement has been interim superintendent at many schools in northeast Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Business and community leaders in Whitley County were ‚Äúlocked up‚ÄĚ for an hour jail sentence Tuesday to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The fundraiser was held at Paige‚Äôs Crossing in Columbia City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allison Eckert, fundraising coordinator, said the sheriff‚Äôs department was helping to pick up people and drop them off at Paige‚Äôs Crossing.
‚ÄúThey ‚Äėarrest‚Äô them and bring them in, and some people decide to turn themselves in just depending on what their schedules are,‚ÄĚ said Eckert.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The beginning of the 88th annual Whitley County Fair, packed with fun, food and competition, is only a few days away.
The fair begins Friday and runs through July 19 at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a perfect way for us to cultivate and teach our kids life lessons,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County 4-H Clubs Inc. President Cathy Heritier.
Without the support of the local community, Heritier said the fair would not be available to the public for free.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠ ‚ÄĒ Eight-year-old Sammy Varga may wear a cape when pretending to be a super hero, but to his family and neighbor, Angie Cotter, he is a hero.
Sunday morning, Sammy was outside when he saw smoke coming from the Cotter residence.
‚ÄúI told my dad that they must be cooking a lot of bacon because there was a lot of smoke,‚ÄĚ said Sammy.
Kim and Tad Varga are the parents of Sammy. Kim said that she was very proud of her son.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠ ‚ÄĒ Located high on a hill off Bus. U.S. 30, The Lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope to those who find themselves in the darkness of life‚Äôs troubles.
Michelle Woodard is a case manager at The Lighthouse. She said The Lighthouse is more than just a homeless shelter.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been labeled as a homeless shelter and I guess in some ways we are, but we offer so much more than a roof over their heads. It is really our mission to not only help people get back on their feet, but to provide healing in areas of their life that brought them here in the first place.‚ÄĚ