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February 27th, 2013

PARKING PROBLEMS: Council approves new parking ordinance

February 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Parking problems have been an issue for Columbia City for some time, and the Common Council approved an ordinance Tuesday in an effort to provide a solution.

The new ordinance, which unanimously passed by the council, now allows for parking in the North Chauncey Street Municipal Parking Lot near the post office. There will be two handicapped spots, three two-hour spaces and the remainder will have a 24-hour limit on the time a vehicle can remain in any one spot.

SISTER CITY: Projects promote professional development among ETA students

February 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Eagle Tech Academy students presented community leaders with their suggestions of a sister city for Columbia City.

Having a sister city would allow Columbia City to partner with a foreign city and glean from its cultural differences and economic strengths as well as learn from its unique way of living. At the same time, Columbia City would be able to offer its knowledge, support and insight.

Displaying a multimedia presentation, students shared common characteristics between Columbia City and their Spanish-speaking city of choice.

NEW VEHICLES: Board of works approves purchases

February 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — New vehicles for the city were approved for purchase by the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.

The board approved the purchase of a Ford Escape for the electric department at $23,620.29; a new dump truck for the electric department at $34,069.21; a Ford F550 for the water department, which will be $36,679.46 and a new vehicle for the street department, which will cost $31,542. All costs include trade-in from previous vehicles where applicable.

DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH: Mayor makes proclamation

February 27, 2013

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (center) proclaimed March as Disability Awareness Month in the city of Columbia City. Tuesday, Daniel presented several members of Passages, Inc. with his official proclamation. From left, Katie Kinsey, Jonathan Morris, Jamie Horn, Mayor Daniel, Mike Parker, Nathaniel Boutelle and Connie Brockup.

February 26th

PROBLEMS ON THE HORIZON: Jail near capacity

February 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — They have to go somewhere.

This is a problem currently facing the Whitley County Jail. As the facility nears the maximum of its inmate population, there is the problem of where offenders would go if the numbers exceeded capacity.

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said it is a problem that he and his corrections department soon may encounter.

As of Thursday, the jail had 140 inmates with 150 beds, but, as the sheriff explained, the calculations aren’t that simple.

“On paper, you have 150 beds and 140 inmates, but the math does not work that way,” he said.

REPRESENTATIVES REPRESENTING: Officials amplify voice of farmers

February 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Tucked away in the northeast corner of the state, Whitley County residents may wonder if state lawmakers remember that rural areas need representation.

Indiana Representatives Kathy Heuer and David Ober joined Indiana Senator Jim Banks at a breakfast Saturday held at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Structured to give residents a chance to discuss concerns with their elected officials, the event allowed attendees to ask questions pertaining to agriculture legislation.

One common concern was the power of Whitley County’s voice at the state and national level.

WHITLEY ON THE MOVE: Ideas sprout within revitalization group

February 26, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitley on the Move (WOTM) is a grassroots movement to revitalize South Whitley.

Several committees have formed to tackle different aspects of the town from recreation opportunities to beautification of Main Street.

One particular committee is focused on the economic development of the town.

“This is the hardest area to work on, I think,” said Julia Robinson, WOTM’s leader. “At the same time, I think this is an area with great potential.”

LOCAL BUSINESSES: Whitley Co. Expo date, location announced

February 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A new date, but the same tradition.

The Whitley County Expo is set for Saturday, March 16. It will be held at Indian Springs Middle School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“March 16 is about a month earlier than it was last year,” said Doug Brown, executive director for the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce.

The expo is the chamber’s annual gathering to highlight area businesses and nonprofits. With the event previously held later in the spring, Brown said those dates were difficult for landscaping businesses.

WINTRY MIX: Freezing rain arrives on schedule shortly after 9 a.m.

February 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – A wintry mix of freezing rain started coating vehicles, sidewalks and roadways shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. The National Weather Service in North Webster issued this special weather statement about 8 a.m.:

WINTER MIX RAPIDLY MOVING NORTH THIS MORNING...

AN AREA OF SLEET WITH FREEZING RAIN WILL MOVE RAPIDLY NORTH TO
NEAR THE ROUTE 30 CORRIDOR BY AROUND 9 AM. WITH TEMPERATURES
HOVERING NEAR TO JUST BELOW FREEZING...RAPID ICE ACCUMULATION
ON UNTREATED ROADS WITH AN ICY MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
DRIVING CONDITIONS ON ANY UNTREATED SURFACES MAY RAPIDLY

February 25th

DOG NEGLECT: Community appalled, Shearer issued order to appear in court

February 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CTIY — Many members of the community are revolted at a recent animal neglect discovery in Whitley County.

Two dogs, Albos and Ruby, were taken into custody last week from the residence of Douglas Shearer at 2690 N. CR 450 E.

The animals were in poor condition, and according to veterinarians, one dog, Albos, was at least 25 pounds underweight.

Line Street Veterinary’s Carol Hainje plans to foster Albos and the Whitley County Humane Shelter is caring for Ruby.

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