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March 9th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What to do with a long-vacant industrial property that could use a serious cleanup may soon be a problem of the past.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Economic Development Corporation has been paving the way since last year for the sale of the former Dana plant located at 643 W. Ellsworth Street in Columbia City.
Novae Corporation, a manufacturer of utility trailers and commercial lawn equipment with facilities in Markle, North Manchester and a small operation in Columbia City, is considering purchasing the 11.725-acre property in western Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The parking lot filled up at the Marshall Community Building Monday evening.
The board room for the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees was standing room only.
Administrators braced for what was expected to be an outcry against proposed staffing cuts in the corporation due to a revenue shortfall.
Instead, no one spoke up on behalf of teaching positions that may have to be scaled back for financial reasons, but rather took to the podium to request an addition to the school systemâ€™s budget.
Columbia City residents are invited to support the local youth baseball and softball leagues by attending Columbia City night at the TinCaps.
A block of seats at Parkview Field have been set aside for Columbia City people for the June 14 game against the Dayton Dragons. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Than Bouttel says art makes him happy, and through his photographs he likes to make other people happy too.
Connie Brockup finds that art is good relaxation and likes to paint most of all.
Robin Elsner likes to re-create what she sees in nature â€” flowers, birds, rainbows, trees.
Through Passagesâ€™ art program these clients and many others get the chance to use their artistic talents, and on March 17, they are selling their works of art during the â€śPaintings, Pickles and Patrickâ€ť fundraiser.
Kreig family reunited as SSGT Krieg comes home from Iraq deployment.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A lady likes to make an entrance and Piper Krieg is no exception.
It almost seemed she orchestrated circumstances to assure she would be at the airport to meet her daddy when he returned home from Iraq after seven months away from home.
SSgt Scott Krieg is full-time active duty with the 122nd fighter wing security forces squadron based out of Fort Wayne. He lives with his wife Pam (Reed) Krieg and daughters in Columbia City when not deployed.
LAUD â€” Fire investigators were on the scene this morning of a house fire that destroyed a two-story home in southern Whitley County.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, a call came in at 7:36 p.m. Sunday night reporting a fire at the residence owned by Leland P. Harrington, 1696 East County Road 800 South.
Washington Township firefighters were dispatched. According to Washington Township Fire Chief Jeremy Hammel, the house was a total loss.
Hammel said the Whitley County Fire Investigation Team was dispatched this morning to investigate the cause of the fire.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An alert Columbia City policeman located a truck stolen from the front of a city residence last week.
According to Columbia City Police Department Capt. Brian Anspach, Patrolman Jeff Chapman spotted the black 1999 Dodge pickup reported stolen Thursday from a residence on Holden Road.
Anspach said Chapman was patrolling in the area of Elm and Harrison streets around 4 a.m. Saturday when he saw the vehicle and called in the license plate number for confirmation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While public schools are generally not held up as creators of haute cuisine, when it comes to competition, they move to the head of the class.
All three county public schools are going head to head â€” in chef hats â€” with the cafeteria staff at Parkview Whitley Hospital, to see who can make the tastiest meal, according to a persnickety public.
And all for a good cause.
Jeff Wike, director of The Center for Whitley County Youth is excited this year as he is planning for The Benefit Cookoff. In its fourth year, Wike says the event grows by another 50 people each year.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska â€” Four men who carved ice sculptures at the recent Fire & Ice Festival in Columbia City have traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska for the 2011 BP World Art Ice Art Championship.
â€śThis annual event has been held since 1988, when the tradition of ice sculpture, a feature of the Fairbanks Winter Carnival celebrations held during the 1930s, was revived,â€ť said event publicity chairman, Don Callahan in a press release. â€śThe event is run almost exclusively by volunteers, of whom some have traveled from as far away as Australia.â€ť