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September 28th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the leaves change color and begin to fall around the city, local citizens will have rakes and leaf blowers in hand getting ready to dispose of them through the street departmentâ€™s leaf pickup program.
â€śIâ€™ve had several questions on when the date is for that,â€ť said Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh. â€śIt will begin Oct. 22, and thatâ€™s when weâ€™ll probably make our first pass. â€ť
Cearbaugh said the leaf pickup is about a six-week program.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is advising motorists that there will be temporary lane restrictions on Ind. 14 and Ind. 37 in Whitley and Allen counties next week.
Beginning Monday, INDOT maintenance crews will begin a pavement preservation process by fog sealing along Ind. 14, from Ind. 9 to West Hamilton Road in Whitley and Allen counties.
The eastbound lane of Ind. 14 will undergo work on Monday.
The westbound lane will undergo work on Tuesday.
When this stretch is complete, crews will move on to Allen County on Wednesday.
CLAYTON, Mo. â€” A former Columbia City resident will be sentenced Monday in a Missouri court for stealing at least $25,000 from a trust designed to protect the assets of his parents.
Larry G. Mueller, 62, is scheduled to be in St. Louis County Circuit Court in Clayton, Mo. at 8:45 a.m. Monday on a charge of theft, a Class B felony.
The charge is for the theft of more than $25,000, but those close to the case estimate the alleged crime involved more money.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the Election Supervisor Jessica Hockemeyer, absentee voting hours will soon be available to registered voters at the courthouse.
â€śThere is in office voting, voting by mail and a traveling board,â€ť said Hockemeyer.
The hours for absentee voting at the clerkâ€™s office, located in the courthouse at Room 18 on the second floor, are Oct. 9-12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 15 to Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Dazzlers is a special needs cheerleading team in its second season.
Coach Vanessa Bills decided to offer cheerleading to special needs students so they can â€śexperience the uniform.â€ť
The cheerleaders have various disabilities and varying degrees of speech and movement capabilities. Bills said that there are some challenges when working a cheer routine around those handicaps, but the participants grow in confidence and become more vocal and more mobile.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Columbia City/South Whitley utility agreement close to finalization, Columbia City officials said they are looking forward to providing contracted electrical support to the town.
â€śEverything is worked out and everybody seems happy,â€ť said Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone at Tuesdayâ€™s Columbia City Common Council meeting.
â€śSo we are responsible for South Whitleyâ€™s maintenance assuming they agree. All indications are they want to get this completed.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Autumn Art Festival was held earlier in September around the courthouse square with vendors and patrons commenting on the success of the event.
Trudy Miller-Longhenry has been the eventâ€™s coordinator for seven years. After this yearâ€™s festival, Miller-Longhenry â€śpassed the paintbrushâ€ť to the Whitley County Humane Society.
â€śI will still be involved next year. Iâ€™ll be behind the scenes,â€ť said Miller-Longhenry. â€śI want to see the festival succeed, so I am willing to help them out.â€ť
GROVERTOWN â€” A former Whitko High School athlete and Pierceton resident was killed Wednesday on his way to see a PGA golf event.
Steve Mort, 50, died at 9:59 a.m. at South Bend Memorial Hospital following a collision with a semi hauling a wind turbine propeller. Mortâ€™s brother, Tim, was also involved in the crash.
The vehicle Mort was in failed to stop and lodged underneath the trailer of the semi and both brothers were trapped inside their vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency crews.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After holding two public forums and opening up an online survey concerning the Burnworth Memorial Pool, Mayor Ryan Daniel said the preliminary responses are leaning toward a new aquatics facility.
â€śWe have 249 responses, which I think is a pretty good response rate up to this point,â€ť said Daniel. â€śWe have until Oct. 6, thatâ€™s the last day that we are accepting those responses so Iâ€™ll close it at that point.â€ť
An assessment on the pool estimated over $1.1 million dollars in repairs to the pool facility.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Youth Council President Kiersten Thomas, a junior at Columbia City High School, was the second Youth Council member, out of the nine member board, to represent the youth this month at city meetings and update the city on the youthâ€™s projects and progress. Youth Council member Stacey Quinn attended last monthâ€™s meetings.
One of the main projects the Youth Council has been working on is their Facebook page called Columbia City Youth Council.
â€śWe have our Facebook page up and running,â€ť said Thomas. â€śSo thatâ€™s kind of exciting.â€ť