Archive - News Article
January 24th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â The condition of a Leesburg man injured in a Friday afternoon crash at Lincolnway and U.S. 30 remains a mystery.
Police say Matthew L. Vermillion, 44, disregarded a traffic signal which caused a two-car collision at about 2:15 p.m. Friday.
As a result of the crash, Vermillion was ejected onto the pavement of U.S. 30 in sub-freezing temperatures and was later transported to Fort Wayne by Samaritan, a Parkview Hospital-based rescue helicopter.
Parkview Hospital did not have Vermillion listed in its patient information data base.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council will hear a report on erosion at Morsches Park at its regular meeting tonight.
Gene Haskins of the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District is scheduled to deliver his annual storm water report to the council.
In his presentation, Haskins will report that the Blue River in the park has been the subject of several studies to determine if there are solutions to the continued disintegration of the eastern bank and to seek ways to prevent further erosion parallel to the parkâs drive.
Summer league registration
Registration for summer league play is open now. Parents can register their child for teams from T-ball through Babe Ruth from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at the parks office located in Morsches Park. There are two Saturday registration days, Feb. 19, 9 to 11 a.m.; and Feb. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. at the park.
Cost for the instructional league is $20. Cost is $40 for T-ball and lob ball and $80 for minor, major and Babe Ruth leagues. Costs have increased to cover the expense of upgraded uniforms for both programs, and the addition of more games.
COLUMBIA CITY â There are some big changes coming this season for the Columbia City park departmentâs summer baseball/softball program.
The summer program has developed a partnership with high school baseball and softball coaches, much as they have done with its JFL program.
With that partnership comes some changes.
The biggest change is the development of baseball and softball boards to oversee the operation of both programs. Each league will also have a representative.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Countyâs Geographic Information System office in Columbia City is adding a feature designed to eliminate any doubt about where certain convicted felons can live.
Dan Weigold of the Whitley County GIS office made a report this week to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners about the latest feature in online information.
âWhitley County GIS Department has developed a new layer for its website,â said Weigold. âItâs called the offender layer.â
County Attorney Dan Sigler joined the discussion to add additional explanation.
COLUMBIA CITY â Residents who want to pick up firewood from the city will be expected to sign a statement releasing Columbia City from liability if that wood happens to be ash.
The cityâs Board of Works and Safety discussed the townâs ongoing ash removal project at its regular meeting Friday morning.
The city has begun a plan to cut down more than 200 ash trees around the city at a pace of about 50 trees per year.
The resulting work will produce firewood and city officials have agreed to make it available to city residents free of charge â with at least one condition.
Whitley County 4-H Inc. board met Tuesday evening, a week late due to last weekâs snows, and were just able to get a quorum as the eighth board member arrived at 7:05 p.m.
Board president Bill Leeuw, handing out the new 2011 director assignments, stressed the need to get more people involved.
âI want to see committees,â Leeuw said. âThis is a year round event ...weâre (the board members) killing ourselves.â
A call for volunteers was made again, asking for help not only in the concessions but in other ways. Anyone interested may contact a board member or the Extension Office at 244-7615.
COLUMBIA CITY â Police from both Columbia City and the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department converged on a Columbia City home late Wednesday afternoon in hopes of nabbing a fugitive wanted on several drug charges.
According to Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges, a call was received at 5:22 p.m. from residents at Camden Drive in Columbia City that someone matching the description of Travis Wonderly, 21, driving a brown car, was pulling into the garage at 730 Camden Dr.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Last year, warm temps and rain made ice carving for the Fire and Ice Winterfest messy and short-lived. No such problem this year.
The National Weather Service forecasts very cold this weekend with highs in the upper teens and lows in the single digits.
Festival-goers need not fear the cold, though, as warming events will be ongoing throughout the weekend with hot pepper eating contests and the popular Chili Cook-off.