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September 6th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A familiar face throughout the county recently became the newest face in downtown Columbia City.
Rhoades Automotive has consolidated its two previous locations â€” one on South Line Street and the other on U.S. 30 in Larwill â€” to one spot on West Van Buren Street, Columbia City. Lamonte Rhoades, president, said having a location downtown was important to the company.
â€śWe wanted to be part of downtown, if possible,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ More employment opportunities are possible for Whitley County residents due to an expanding business.
Breyden Products, Inc. is planning to move out of a leased building to take occupancy of a vacant building in Park 30, east of Columbia City on U.S. 30.
Mike Zuber, director of sales for the business, was accompanied by Whitley County Economic Development Executive Director Alan Tio at Wednesdayâ€™s County Council meeting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After the release a smartphone application (app) for Apple one year ago, residents who use Android will have the opportunity to keep up with the latest information in Columbia City.
Communication Director Terry Wherry said an app is expected to publish soon for Android users. Wherry said the Android app will be very similar to the one for Apple.
â€śThe mayor wants the community to be able to communicate whether they use Apple or Android,â€ť Wherry said.
Wherry said some parts of the app come from the cityâ€™s web page.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Abandoned vehicles, overgrown grass and junk piles at the property of Thomas Ebetino, motivated Bob Sutton to petition the county for an intervention.
Sutton and Ebetino both own property on CR 400 South. Sutton was present at the County Commissioners meeting Tuesday to voice his concern with the neglected property.
â€śThe first complaint was filed in 2006,â€ť Sutton said. â€śIt was fine for awhile, but then its back to the same thing again. Itâ€™s an ongoing problem, but now its worse.â€ť
Concerning the Columbia City Park Board's decision to ban golf carts from Blue River Trail:
â€˘I have no opinion on this.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Revitalizing the appearance of Churubuscoâ€™s downtown has been the focus of the townâ€™s Main Street Committee.
Lucas Konger, of Vintage Archonics, the architectural firm working with the committee, presented a streetscape study at the Churubusco Town Council meeting Wednesday. Concepts to beautify the downtown area included sidewalk enhancements, decorative lights and a center piece to place at the corner of U.S. 33 and Line Street.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City woman received a six-year jail sentence for aiding in a drug deal.
Savannah Hartman, 20, was arrested in June for aiding or causing the dealing of a Schedule II controlled substance.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer gave her a six-year sentence to the Whitley County Jail Monday, with the entire time to be served.
â€śYou will be transferred to work release as soon as possible,â€ť Heuer said. â€śIf you do well at work release, you may have your sentence modified in the future.â€ť
Autumn Arts Festival
The 12th Annual Whitley County Autumn Arts Festival will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn.
The event will feature a childrenâ€™s tent, face painting, a sidewalk chalk drawing attraction, silent auction and student art show. Admission is free.
Visit www.wcaaf.org for more information.
Whitley County Farmers Market will intermingle with the arts festival Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Local vendors will have fruits, vegetables and plants for sale, along with numerous crafts and homemade items.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Growth seems to be a consistent theme in Whitley County when it comes to industry and the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
Alan Tio, president of the EDC, was at both the Whitley County Commissioners and the Whitley County Council meetings to request tax abatements and incentives for an expanding company.
â€śWeâ€™ve been working with this company to help them expand,â€ť Tio said.
â€śThis is another great example of positive motion for Whitley County.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Returning for its 16th year, the Distinguished Young Woman program, formerly Junior Miss, will highlight 10 Whitley County high school senior girls.
The program will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Columbia City High School.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students kindergarten through 12th grade.
Each of the participants will be scored in several categories. A panel interview, which will take place before the nightâ€™s program, is a 10-minute discussion with judges.