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February 28th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several weeks after hearing a presentation by local electronics company J & K Communications, Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council listened to a sales pitch from the Columbia City-based companyâ€™s main competitor.
Brian Reilly of Motorola addressed the board during its regular meeting Tuesday and touted the abilities of the APX 7000, a radio designed to help the cityâ€™s emergency personnel transition to 800 MHz technology.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester presented plans last week to the county commissioners for county bridges in need of repair or replacement.
â€śEvery two years I come to you and present a plan,â€ť said Forrester who handed out the countyâ€™s bridge plan for 2011-2015.
â€ś(Bridge) 36 is at the top of our list,â€ť he said.
Bridge 36, located on County Road 550 South near Collamer, had an initial estimated cost of $200,000, according to Forrester.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Two men were arrested Sunday evening after the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department found marijuana in their rental truck.
Jonathon Aranburo, 24, and Archie Joseph Brady, 20, of Fort Wayne were pulled over while driving a U-Haul truck, rented by Aranburo, to move the pair to Warsaw.
After receiving a tip on the vehicle, the truck was pulled over by Sergeant Mike Engle for unsafe lane change at the Marathon parking lot on Armstrong Drive and U.S. 30.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rising gas prices and this seasonâ€™s heavy snowfall are causing more than just a nuisance for drivers this winter.
The Whitley County Highway Department is taking blows to their budget every time gas prices jump, every time snow falls.
Not only do jumps in gas prices provide more cost to run the trucks, the highway departmentâ€™s funds come out of gas tax.
â€śMost people think our money comes from property tax, but our money comes from gas tax,â€ť Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Teachers got a chance Saturday to let their state representative know exactly what they thought about some education-related legislation making its way through the General Assembly.
Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) represents the 83rd District, which includes parts of Whitley, Noble and Allen counties, and sits on the education committee.
About 90 educators from schools across her district took up Heuer on her invitation to a public forum to share with her what they thought was wrong with education-reform bills.
FORT WAYNE â€” Area state police troopers are beefing up efforts to help reduce the number of crashes that occur on state highways in Allen and Whitley counties.
According to Ron Galaviz, public information officer for the Fort Wayne post of the Indiana State Police, the department is instituting a new â€ścrash reduction effort,â€ť spearheaded by ISP Sgt. Mike Yordy.
The program is â€śintended to not only change the driving behaviors of the motoring public, but to reduce the overall numbers of crashes, injuries and fatalities,â€ť said Galaviz in a press release.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Reflection on tough economic obstacles tempered with cautious optimism â€” city and county officials spoke Friday on the state of the county at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Business Briefing Luncheon.
The theme of the luncheon was the state of the city/county and representatives from Whitley County government and two of the four county municipalities were on hand to discuss challenges and achievements over the past year.
The towns of South Whitley and Larwill were not represented at the luncheon.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A full house greeted South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday evening for a public hearing regarding Phase II of the wastewater treatment facility project.
The town has applied for a $600,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), which is the maximum amount allowed by Region-III-A.
The townâ€™s grant administrator and Region-III-A representative Angela Hoffman told those gathered that the preliminary engineering report is in the finishing stages and the proposed cost of the project is $3.5 million.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Repairs to the Green Parrotâ€™s exposed wall are finally on the horizon.
Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer revealed the results of a property survey to town council members Tuesday evening. The survey was to determine if the existing building encroached on neighboring property.
The ongoing property line dispute is holding up completion of ordered repair on an exposed wall in the downtown business. Hockemeyer ordered a survey in January to determine the property line before repairs can be made.
Eleven years ago a group of women met to discuss a vision two of them had for Whitley County â€” a place for the local homeless to find refuge.
Someone asked, â€śDo we really need this in Columbia City?â€ť
A small ad was placed in the paper and at the first official meeting 50 people showed up. There was a need indeed.