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April 4th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An employee of the South Whitley Public Library was seriously injured Friday in a three-vehicle crash in Starke County, according to Starke County police.
Virginia Doenges, 76 of South Whitley suffered a severe injury to her right leg after the vehicle she was driving crashed into a semi-tractor trailer driven by Charles Peterson of Dysart, Iowa.
The accident occurred at about 7:23 p.m. near the Grovertown Truck Stop on U.S. 30 in Starke County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A presentation by a representative of a wind energy company will highlight the agenda of the Whitley County Council this week.
A joint meeting of the Whitley County Council and the Whitley County Board of Commissioners was canceled, according to Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire.
â€śThey (the commissioners) decided not to have it yet because theyâ€™re not ready to talk about it yet,â€ť she said, referring to a budget discussion for the countyâ€™s Emergency Medical Service.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” City officials are responding to several letters in The Post & Mail accusing the city police, and in particular one mayoral candidate, of waste of government funds.
Letters submitted to the newspaper referenced a perceived misuse of a city police vehicle by mayoral candidate Gary Parrett.
The letter writers M.K. Meeks and local attorney Terry Smith accuse Parrett of driving a police car to his local restaurant while on sick leave from the police department.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Renovation of the 25-year-old kiddie pool, along with a new liner for the Burnworth Pool, were discussed at Monday eveningâ€™s park board meeting.
According to the poolâ€™s documented history, the last major renovations to the kiddie pool were in 1982, when cracks were repaired and drainage improved.
Green said he has received two different quotes on repairing the kiddie pool, with one quote at $3,500 to repair the liner only, and a second quote for $27,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When it comes to a major road renovation in Columbia City known as the State Route 205 Project, Columbia City officials say there are no easy answers because there arenâ€™t any answers of any kind at the moment.
â€śYou just donâ€™t know the complexities,â€ť said Jeff Walker, Columbia Cityâ€™s Outside Operations Officer.
Mayor Jim Fleck said the process, which began more than seven years ago with complaints by residents of poor visibility entering and leaving Morsches Park, is multi-faceted.
â€śItâ€™s kind of like learning to play the game of basketball during the game,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City officials have closed a portion of the Blue River Trail temporarily while construction on a new sewer project continues.
Mike Cook, Superintendent of Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility, announced Friday at the cityâ€™s meeting of the Board of Works and Safety that the trail between South Whitley and Main streets is closed while construction crews install one of two new lift stations.
â€śWeâ€™d like to get the word out,â€ť said Cook.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Approximately a dozen people attended the unveiling of the Churubusco Downtown Action Plan presentation Wednesday evening at Churubusco High School.
The action plan is the result of months of studies and surveys of the town and its residents, conducted by Hyett Palma Associates for the Indiana Downtown Project.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Acting on a tip, Columbia City police raided a local hotel last Friday and arrested three 18-year-old men and two juveniles for alcohol and drug-related offenses.
The tipster told police there was underage drinking and drug use at a Columbia City hotel.
Officer Ken Smith and Narcotics Sgt. Robert Stevenson arrived at the hotel at about 7:45 p.m. and discovered about 12 people in a pair of hotel rooms.
The officers arrested Thomas McKnight, 18 of Columbia City, Derik Jon Runyon, 18 of Columbia City and Coyan Tyberius Frederick, 18, also of Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As she has done for years, Melody Thompson dons her brown uniform each evening and prepares to start her work day. By the time her shift is over, she will have traveled from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis and back again.
And, each day she strives to maintain another element of that routine which is to make that trip without a traffic accident.
Thompsonâ€™s driving record as a semi driver, or â€śfeeder driverâ€ť with the United Parcel Service is not just stellar, her company would call it noteworthy.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Whitley County Historical Society annual banquet Wednesday evening at the Brownstone Cafe in South Whitley brought three new members onto the board: Pat Heinbaugh, Wendi Barnett and Chris Hockemeyer. Dennis Warnick, president of the organization, filled out the slate to continue for another term.
Anna Rhoades was surprised to be given the Volunteer of the Year award for coming in every Wednesday for â€ś20 years or so,â€ť she said, and organizing the filing for the historical society.