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April 25th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March, the students of Mary Hilger at Indian Springs Middle School had a special concern for the people of Japan.
Hilgerâ€™s daughter, who lives in Japan because of her husbandâ€™s work and works for the Boy Scouts Far East Council, gave Hilger a personal reason to be anxious for the people of Japan, and she communicated that to her students.
Her daughter was all right, but the students wanted to do something for those affected by the devastation. They went to work, doing what they do best.
â€śEvery day, I knew God was with me. He lifted the world off my shoulders.â€ť â€” Jill Winebrenner.
â€śEvery day is a gift.â€ť â€” Jillâ€™s husband, Tony Winebrenner.
It has been more than four years since the accident that brought the life Jill Winebrenner lived to a halt.
Though she has suffered through seven surgeries to try to fix her broken pelvis, was told she would never get out of a wheelchair and still suffers constant pain, she says she wouldnâ€™t change a thing.
â€śItâ€™s not the best thing that happened to me, but it brought my life to reality,â€ť she said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Officials at the local division of Steel Dynamics, Inc. say that the recent expansion announcement by the company in Allen County wonâ€™t have a negative effect on Whitley County.
The steel conglomerate announced last week it was forming a new company in a partnership with a Spanish firm for the purpose of recycling copper for use as wire rods.
The company is considering a site in New Haven as one of four potential locations for the new manufacturing facility.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety acted on a proposed agreement with a consulting firm to investigate flooding in one area of town â€” well sort of.
Board member Walt Crowder had some reservation about wording in a proposed contract with GAI Consultants to study a watershed area.
After discussion, Crowder moved to approve the agreement, but wanted a slight change in wording regarding the fee.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City water superintendent Mike Dear reported Friday morning that a water main break earlier this week near the Blue River may have spilled 10 million gallons of water before it could be repaired.
In an area near the river and Radio Road where on-going sewer line installations have been under way for some time, Dear said he was driving by such a site on Monday when â€śI spotted water coming out of a culvert pipe that normally wouldnâ€™t have water coming out of it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A recent move by Gov. Mitch Daniels to appease bristled educators is being scrutinized by not only school system bean-counters, but criticized by at least one legislator as being fiscally irresponsible.
Daniels announced last week he had squeezed enough money out of the state budget with cutbacks that he could reintroduce $150 million back into K-12 budgets for use, as he put it, to fully fund all-day kindergarten.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At recent Whitley County Plan Commission meetings, residents interested in the issues being addressed struggled to hear speakers.
Occasionally, feedback would screech into the ears of attendees and recurring issues with the sound system, at times, seemed to upstage the topics at hand.
Earlier this week, the Whitley County Commissioners heard three solutions to the problem with the countyâ€™s sound system.
Joel Moss of TCSI offered three solutions to various sound system problems in the Whitley County Government Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A discrepancy discovered by officials with the Indiana State Board of Accounts threw a monkey wrench into a long-standing deal regarding the mowing of a portion of Whitley County-owned land.
Thorncreek Township Trustee Gene Heckman had been mowing the county park on Fish Hatchery Road.
Earlier this week Heckman appeared before the Whitley County Board of Commissioners and reported that when this long-standing arrangement became known to state officials, it raised eyebrows.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Excited students and their families filed into the Peabody Public Library auditorium Wednesday evening to hear the results of the PBS KIDS GO! writing contest and the Peabody Public Library writers contest, new this year, added for the 4th and 5th graders.