Archive - News Article
March 11th, 2011
LARWILL â€” A Victorian Italianate-style brick house, built in 1880 in Larwill was razed Thursday.
Property owner Bob Vandermark of Larwill watched as Jeff Wigent of Wigent Excavating worked the excavator making short work of the job. What was a house at 116 N. Center Street in the morning, was level ground by 5 p.m.
â€śThere was so much black mold, it wasnâ€™t worth fixing,â€ť Vandermark said.
He had purchased the house with an idea of restoration, but the mold issue changed his plans.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tuesday eveningâ€™s 4-H Inc. board meeting was the last for Kay Walter, secretary at the Whitley County Purdue Extension Office. She has voluntarily taken minutes for the organization, though the board does elect a secretary, this year being Dave Rupley.
Rupley asked what was to happen at the next board meeting and was told, â€śBring two pens.â€ť
Offers to Walter to continue her duties even after her retirement date, March 18, were met with a smile, and a polite but firm refusal.
â€śIt doesnâ€™t get much better than Kay,â€ť said Rex Eiler, boardmember.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Multiple scheduling conflicts have prompted the Whitley County Plan Commission to change the date of its next meeting.
The board will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of the Whitley County Government Center.
The commission normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
In March, however, Cathy Gardner of the countyâ€™s Building and Planning Department said there were multiple conflicts involving board members who would be unavailable.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local company with a history of philanthropy is helping Whitley County fight drug crime.
Members of the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department arrived at Steel Dynamics, Inc.â€™s Columbia City plant on Thursday to take possession of custom-made trailer for use by the countyâ€™s drug task force.
According to Sgt. Bill Brice with the Whitley County Drug Task Force, Steel Dynamics donated the trailer to the county for use on the scenes of methamphetamine labs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Danny Gater, at 18, is hardly the â€śkingâ€ť of his own â€ścastle,â€ť but heâ€™s working on becoming the master of his domain and when it comes to his immediate goals, he plans to keep his ego in â€ścheckâ€ť and not â€śpawnâ€ť his preparation off on anyone else.
The overabundance of chess terms is another way of saying that the Columbia City High School senior is preparing to return to the national stage in hopes of yet another chess trophy.
â€śIâ€™m studying and trying to improve,â€ť said Gater Thursday afternoon while moving chess pieces at his dining room table.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents hoping to get handgun permits or renew expired documents will have to go online from now on.
Gina Kessinger, administrative assistant at the Columbia City Police Department announced this week that the application process for gun permits is now required to be done via the Internet by state licensing officials.
â€śWe were one of the last counties to go,â€ť said Kessinger, who reported that the firearms licensing branch of the Indiana State Police was responsible for requiring the changeover to a paperless process.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Building and Planning Department can go ahead and hire a consultant for the design of its wind energy rules.
The Whitley County Council, with a nod from Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Rethlake, agreed to take $4,400 from the commissionersâ€™ engineering and consulting budget to help pay for Ground Rules, Inc.â€™s fee for developing a wind energy ordinance.
The fee for the study is $9,400, with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation pitching in $5,000 of the fee.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s ever-growing manufacturing facility that continues to enhance its biomedical-related fingerprint is planning even more growth.
Micropulse, Inc., which operates a large manufacturing facility in southeastern Whitley County on state Route 14, announced this week its plans to use a $6 million economic development bond to finance additional infrastructure.
According to county attorney Dan Sigler, the county would not be liable for the debt incurred by Micropulse.
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.