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September 5th, 2012

COMMISSIONERS: Fire Schilling from Plan Commission

September 5, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to replace David Schilling on the county’s plan commission.
“The cause of action was conflict of interest,” said Board Chairman Don Amber today.
The commissioners mailed a letter to Schilling informing the former plan commission president of their decision.
During the meeting, Commissioner George Schrumpf said “I’d like to request that Dave Shilling be replaced from the plan commission.”

WCCS: Board updated on schools’ start

September 5, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With Whitley County Consolidated Schools back in session, Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor presented the Beginning of School Update.
According to O’Connor, the elementary schools reported a smooth opening that was both busy and productive with registration well-organized and open houses well-attended.
“Staff members dedicated the time to thoughtfully plan, organize and prepare the classrooms and establish procedure to welcome students and create a safe and orderly environment,” said O’Connor.

September 4th

DYW: Distinguished Young Women program offers H.S. seniors a chance to earn college money

September 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Young women from Whitley County will come together Saturday to be a part of a long-standing tradition, the 48th annual Distinguished Young Women of Whitley County.
The program is formerly known as Whitley County Junior Miss.
This year the program will begin at 7 p.m. at Columbia City High School’s Newell Rice Auditorium.
Twelve ladies will perform an array of talents as well as a group fitness exercise.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students grades kindergarten through 12th.

MAKING CENTS: School officials weigh the costs

September 4, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a four-part series on public school funding and how money is dispersed within a school system.

Ask the average Whitley County resident about any of the county’s three school systems and they might mention the score of Friday night’s football game, which teachers are the most popular with their children or what school was like in years past when they attended.
Not many residents could speak with authority about the costs to maintain the county’s public schools.
The Capital Projects Fund is fueled by county property taxes.

BREAK-INS: Vehicle break-ins on decline in Col. City

September 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — While vehicle break-ins in Fort Wayne are on the rise, Columbia City’s vehicle break-ins are on the decline, but still a continual problem.
“This seems to be a common problem for us,” said Longenbaugh.
“With this we often see where we get a group of juveniles who wander around town and get into unlocked vehicles.”
In 2010, 18 break-ins occurred from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31.
In 2011, the number increased to 37 from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, but this year’s report has seen a decline to 27 break-ins.

September 3rd

BREAKING NEWS: Kos. County robbery suspects nabbed in S. Whitley

September 3, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A Warsaw couple was arrested Friday night near South Whitley and booked in the Whitley County jail, but were soon requested by officials in Kosciusko County for a Leesburg armed robbery earlier in the day.
According to a press release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Christopher Alan Gressley, 30, and Anita Lynn Moore, 28, both of Warsaw, were wanted for a Friday afternoon holdup of the Leesburg Freedom Express, which police allege was held up at knife-point.

August 31st

Green with toxins: Algae overwhelms local ponds

September 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Green scum blankets Phil and Dorothy Stevens pond. A particularly manicured lawn stands as evidence that the Stevens take care of their property, located just off Old Trail Rd. in Columbia City. The green film covering the face of their pond, isn’t due to neglect, but to blooming blue-green algae.

“We don’t know what is causing it,” said Dorothy.

MAKING CENTS: Transportation costs create a pinch

August 31, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the third of a four-part series that will explain school funding cuts against decisions to maintain, renovate and grow schools in Whitley County.

Tug of war. That is the game school administrations are playing with the state. No area has been affected more than in the category of transportation. In recent years, fuel costs have skyrocketed and left schools with little-to-no way of covering the added expense.

MAKING CENTS: School officials cut when needed

August 31, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the second of a four-part series that will explain school funding cuts against decisions to maintain, renovate and grow schools in Whitley County.

Cuts, reduction in force, layoffs — no matter how it is said, the results are the same. Schools are minimizing the number of staff on the payroll. Why? In 2010, after the state decided to cover staff salaries, the money stopped coming in.

WEB BASED PROGRAM: Deadline to attend demonstration is today

August 31, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Today is the deadline for organizations to RSVP for a formal demonstration of the city’s new web-based load profiling service.
The service is intended to help businesses conserve energy costs with a program that allows them to analyze electric consumption through hard data.
“The Commercial Load Profiler enables businesses and industries to evaluate their energy usage and look for areas of improvement,” said AEI Sales Manager Erick Rheam, in a press release.

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