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March 24th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ An alert agency employee is responsible for putting a Whitley County sex offender and fugitive from justice behind bars.
According to police and several people connected with the Huntsville, Ala. Salvation Army, DeWayne E. Stewart, 47, formerly of Columbia City, was arrested Friday when he attempted to get an Alabama driver‚Äôs license.
Huntsville police confirmed the arrest on Monday.
Stewart was reportedly living in a shelter for the homeless run by the Huntsville Salvation Army chapter and was attending a six-month drug and alcohol treatment program.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City street crews will be making their annual rounds to gather limbs from the past winter, according to Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll have the sweeper out picking up sand and other stuff that accumulated over the winter,‚ÄĚ said Cearbaugh to the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday during his department report.
Cearbaugh announced the limb pickup program, which begins April 4.
The program has been initiated as a means to dispose of limbs and branches from storm-related events and small pruning projects, according to Cearbaugh.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Local emergency officials are teaming up with experts at the national level to raise awareness and preparedness in the event a disaster the likes of which rocked Japan should strike the Midwest.
The event, called the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will be observed in April and will involve more than one million people, according to a press release issued by the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security.
The event is being organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and will involve 11 states, including Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A company with its roots in northeast Indiana is planning to grow into Whitley County.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC, a manufacturer of premium metal alloys, announced today that it will locate a new operation in Columbia City, creating up to 68 new jobs by 2014.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC plans to invest $12.9 million to renovate the 115,000 square-foot former Fort Wayne Foundry building, and purchase production equipment that will enhance capabilities and increase capacity in support of current operations.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs auditor is taking steps to make sure residents don‚Äôt commit homestead fraud ‚ÄĒ either intentionally or inadvertently.
County Auditor Jen McGuire said this week her office is sending out ‚Äúsoft letters‚ÄĚ to residents who she said could be claiming the standard homestead deduction on residences in more than one county.
‚ÄúWe want to make sure they‚Äôre not double-dipping,‚ÄĚ McGuire said.
Indiana state law reads that individuals and married couples are limited to one homestead standard deduction.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As consulting firm Ground Rules, Inc. begins the study process of wind energy in preparation for the eventual drafting of a new Whitley County Wind Ordinance, it will have a nine-member panel to provide input.
Dave Sewell, Whitley County‚Äôs Executive Director of the Building and Planning Department presented a nine-member steering committee to the county‚Äôs Board of Commissioners Monday.
The committee has been called for from an outcry by residents who oppose the installation of 400-foot-plus windmills near their property.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Residents opposed to the installation of windmill facilities in Whitley County have been keeping their fingers on the pulse of local government in recent months ‚ÄĒ particularly the Whitley County Plan Commission and the county‚Äôs Board of Zoning Appeals.
There have been many common themes in the opposition to the possible arrival of wind farms.
One of those has been a call for a moratorium on wind farms until the proper zoning ordinance can be drafted.
The Whitley County Purdue Extension board members seem to come and go in pairs, as two new members were elected, two were re-elected and two did not run for another term.
The new members are Lucy Draper and Anne Waybright.
Draper has been a 4-H leader for 23 years, is president of the Whitley County 4-H leaders organization and serves on Fun Night, Parade and Spooktacular committees. She and her children have all been 10-year members of the Whitley County 4-H program.
Waybright, is also a 10-year 4-H member and her oldest child is starting as a mini 4-Her.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ A dream which seemed unrealistic two years ago is now becoming a reality for South Whitley residents Katey Till and Colleen French.
The two mothers have been working vigorously to raise money in order to transform the community‚Äôs town park into a magical playland complete with a fire truck and colorful village houses.
‚ÄúWe are really anxious and ready to put something down there,‚ÄĚ French said. ‚ÄúWith gas prices up, it would be nice to have something new and inviting in this town because people may not be able to afford to drive to another town for a park.‚ÄĚ