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February 6th, 2013

RIGHT TO VOTE: Ind. Senate approves Sen. Banks' proposal

February 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Senate approved a proposal authored by Ind. Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to protect Hoosiers’ right to vote by secret ballot.

Senate Joint Resolution 2 would amend the Constitution of the State of Indiana to permanently protect the right to use secret ballots in elections, including union authorization elections. The Ind. Senate passed the resolution by a vote of 33-16, moving it to the Ind. House of Representatives for further consideration.

NO MAIL SATURDAY: Saturday mail delivery to stop in August

February 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — Saturday mail delivery will soon be suspended, according to the Postal Service.

Cutting back to a five-day delivery schedule is estimated to save the Postal Service $2 billion annually.

With online technology and the growing use of internet driven communication, the agency has been struggling financially.

The move accentuates one of the agency’s strong points ­— package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials said, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

DITCHED: Missing car found in Blue River

February 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A vehicle from an alleged abduction case in Fort Wayne was found south of Columbia City Tuesday morning.

The car, a black Chrysler, was pulled from Blue River at approximately 11 a.m. after employees at Heavy Truck Equipment and Repair, south of Columbia City on Ind. 9, discovered the vehicle in the river.

Police found the vehicle to be linked to an alleged crime in Fort Wayne, which may have been a hoax.

TUESDAY FIRE: Destroys garage, vehicles

February 6, 2013

A garage was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Several fire departments were dispatched to 5845 E. Schrader Rd. at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a neighbor spotted the blaze while checking the mail. According to another neighbor, Eileen Nesbitt, firemen saved the nearby home and had the blaze put out quickly. Nesbitt said only the garage and contents inside such as a truck, ATV and boat were destroyed. The property is owned by Dave and Audra Moore.

SCHOOL SEWER: WCCS updates plan at high school

February 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees heard an update on the sewer plan at the high school.

According to Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, a bid date will be worked out in late March or early April. With projected costs under $350,000, a common construction wage scale will not have to be used, according to a new state law for bids after Dec. 31, 2012.

Zickgraf said this should benefit the district and encourage competition and more companies to bid.

NO MORE MAIL ON SATURDAY: Postal Service announces suspended Saturday service

February 6, 2013

The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays in order to cut expenses.
However, packages will continue to be delivered six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says.

In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August.

February 5th

UPDATE: Car pulled from Blue River

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A vehicle from a possible abduction case in Fort Wayne was found south of Columbia City Tuesday morning.

The car, a black Chrysler, was pulled from the Blue River at approximately 11 a.m. after employees at Heavy Truck Equipment and Repair, south of Columbia City on Ind. 9, discovered the vehicle in the river.

The car was taken to Fort Wayne for police to determine how it was linked to a crime that began at Pointe Iverness Apartments.

CIRCUIT COURT: Sargent receives sentence

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Churubusco man received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for sexual misconduct with a minor.

Christopher Sargent, 23, of Churubusco, pleaded guilty to the charge, which is a Class B felony. He had also violated his probation. Sargent had been on probation for charges dating back to 2011, when he was arrested for possession a bomb.

Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he believed the plea was an appropriate resolution to the case.

BREAKING GROUND: Planning and building Commission gives annual report

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners heard the 2012 annual report for the Planning and Building Department at Monday’s meeting.

Dave Sewell, executive director of the department, reported 2012 was a “bigger year in total compared to 2011.”

There were 122 more permits issued in 2012 than 2011, and the value of those permits were more than $40 million, which is $7 million more than the previous year.

However, there were some areas that saw decreases.

COURTHOUSE SECURITY: Commissioners approve security upgrade

February 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Courthouse could see a security upgrade in the near future. The Whitley County Board of Commissioners approved a proposal for a new security system. The proposal will be heard by the Whitley County Council on Tuesday.

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges explained to the commissioners that the old security system of alarms and door security, which had been installed by Williams Electroncis, was too old to be replaced. After receiving bids, the decision was made to have Williams do the new system for $10,000.

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