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August 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Many homes around Columbia City are moving into the future by upgrading the electrical capacity in their houses.
Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey said these upgrades are in demand because of older houses using more electricity.
â€śIt seems like everyone is using more and more power,â€ť he said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” â€śSome people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.â€ť â€” is a quote by well-known basketball star Michael Jordan.
His words are mirrored in the actions of residents in South Whitley. When economic downturn took the town through a dark time, groups of community residents came together to see that the town of South Whitley be revived.
Town Council President Tony Starkey has a front row seat to the growth and energy now buzzing through the small town.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Parks Department is exploring its options regarding the area of Kids Dreamland, West Van Buren Street.
Parks Director Mark Green said the condition of the playground, that is several years past its lifespan, is continuing to deteriorate.
â€śSome of the problems are becoming unrepairable,â€ť Green said. â€śThe playground is beyond its years.â€ť
Green said a wooden playset has a 15-year lifespan â€” Kids Dreamland has surpassed the 20-year mark.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Columbia Cityâ€™s Fire Department already planned to hire a new employee next year, Thursday morning, officials mulled the idea of hiring a second full-time fireman.
The option came up after a federal grant that will pay for two years of a new firefighterâ€™s salary became available â€” but itâ€™s more problematic than simply hiring another fireman.
The CCFD wants to add another firefighter to the department at the beginning of 2014, but if awarded the grant, funds may not be available until later in the year.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s marching band had a performance for friends and family Wednesday night on the schoolâ€™s football field.
The band will perform at halftime of Columbia Cityâ€™s first home football game, next Friday night against county-rival Whitko.
The Marching Eagles are directed by Helen Hockemeyer.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Registration remains open for those students looking to attend T.R.O.Y. Center, an alternative eduction program.
Although the school accepts students throughout the 2013-14 year, the deadline to apply for the School Choice Scholarship is Monday.
Nikki Trier, T.R.O.Y. Centerâ€™s administrator, said the scholarship could possibly cover the complete tuition fee of approximately $5,000.
However, parents need to be in touch with T.R.O.Y. Center as soon as possible in order to register by the scholarship deadline.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the possibility of changing the boundaries of the downtown areaâ€™s Tax Increment Funding (TIF) District.
â€śWeâ€™re making sure properties that are legally supposed to be in there are there, and the ones that arenâ€™t are taken out,â€ť said Kevin Snell of Columbia Cityâ€™s RDC.
Snell said when the TIF District was adopted in 1993, some properties were put in the area in error.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl received a five-year prison sentence Monday.
Bradley Kincaid, 21, will serve three of his five years in the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and have the remaining two suspended.
Kincaidâ€™s attorney, Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, said his client should receive a short sentence because of his admission of guilt early and remorse over his crime.
â€śHeâ€™s maintained consistent employment, and has no relevant criminal history,â€ť Voelz said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2014 budget for Whitley County Consolidated Schools is under review by the Board of Trustees.
WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf released the proposal to the school board at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
â€śWe encourage each of you to meet with the superintendent and myself with any questions you have about the budget,â€ť Zickgraf said.
Zickgraf and his staff put several months into the budget project, which will be open to public discussion at the Sept. 3 board meeting.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A Columbia City woman received an eight-year sentence for a crime her own attorney referred to as â€śstupid.â€ť
Krystal Thornsbearry was ordered to serve four years of her eight-year sentence at the Whitley County Jail for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
Thornsbearryâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client had several positive traits to offer society.
â€śKrstyal has no drug history and has a good employment history,â€ť he said. â€śShe said this was the dumbest thing sheâ€™s ever done. I agree, it was dumb.â€ť