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July 10th, 2013

UTILITY RATES: City OKs advisory board changes

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Utility Rate Advisory Board took the next step in reviving from dormancy Tuesday.

After much discussion at the June 25 Columbia City Common Council meeting, changes were made to the city’s Utility Rate Advisory Board.

The council unanimously approved eliminating the connection between political parties and seats on the board. The Utility Rate Advisory Board will now be apolitical.

A provision was written to include a city utility user whose property or leased premises is located outside the city limits.

CELEBRATION OF GIVING: United Way celebrates a banner year

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In July of 2012, Cindy Baker presented her plans for the United Way of Whitley County at the nonprofit’s Annual Celebration of Giving.

At that time, she was new to her role as executive director. Fast forward a year to the 2013 annual breakfast — Baker celebrated a long list of accomplishments for her first year with the United Way Tuesday.

“It really isn’t about me. I am just one person,” Baker said. “It really is about all of you who have helped the United Way be successful.”

SHERIFF’S DEPT. TO PROMOTE SHIFT SERGEANT: Will add 2 new deputies this year

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Sheriff’s department will have some personnel changes in the next week.

The department will be promoting a second-shift sergeant today and plans to choose two new deputies for hire on Monday.

The sergeant position opened up last month after former second-shift sergeant, Jason Spencer, was promoted to detective.

Three deputies put in for the position — Tony Helfrich, Cory Patrick and Scott Schmitt.

The candidates will go through a test on policies and procedures today, followed by an interview.

MISS WHITLEY COUNTY: Fair queen dispels 4-H typecast

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “There she is, Miss Whitley County.”

Jennifer Hinen, a 10-year 4-H member from Columbia City High School, was crowned 2013 Miss Whitley County July 1 at the Mr. and Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program.

Hinen is the daughter of Jeff and Cindy Hinen. Her two older brothers, Jeremy and Justin, have already been through 10 years of 4-H.

Besides being the official host of the 2013 4-H Fair, and in addition to all of her duties as Miss Whitley County, Hinen is also busy with her fair projects — beef and swine.

BLUE RIVER TRAIL: Expansion approved from Main St. to Line St.

July 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Work will soon begin on the expansion project for the Blue River Trail in Columbia City.

The city’s Board of Works and Public Safety approved a $34,500 bid from Niblock to begin another phase of the trail’s expansion, which will extend it from Main Street to Line Street.

The trail’s route will cover approximately two city blocks via Vine Street.

The city received three bids for the project, with Niblock’s being the lowest. It was requested of the contract company that work be completed by the end of September, 2013.

July 9th

GROW Network highlights festival

July 9, 2013

The GROW Network recently held a networking meeting at Brew’ha Coffee House, Columbia City, led by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Whitley County.

The group listened to a presentation by Glenn Snapp, president of the Old Settler’s Association.

Pictured, from left, are Brad Staats from Peak Enterprise Solutions, Snapp, and Chamber Executive Director Doug Brown.

The GROW Network will meet at Brewha Coffee House Friday, July 19th at 8 a.m.

For more information on the group, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 248-8131.

A conversation with . . . Susan Ness

July 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — If you want something done, then do it yourself.

That’s how Whitley County resident Susan Ness ended up starting her own business, Windy Hill Vanilla.

Ness makes sure to incorporate her family, her faith and her “green” choices into her work.

She is a 1993 alumna of Whitko High School and long-time resident of Whitley County. She and her husband, Cory, have four children.

On top of it all, Ness finds time to volunteer with The Center for Whitley County Youth.

Below is a conversation Ness recently had with The Post & Mail.

WHITLEY COUNTY EDC: Rethlake joins county’s economic team

July 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Economic Development Corporation welcomed a new marketing project manager last week.

Katie Rethlake, a 2012 graduate of IUPUI and granddaughter of county commissioner Tom Rethlake, began working in the area with Schrader Real Estate & Auction Co., Inc. last year.

At the EDC, she will focus on updating the website for the development corporation and other communication projects.

CHEAP TRASH: Ordinance passed to lower solid waste prices

July 9, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Trash prices for Churubusco residents will drop by almost $4 as of August 1.

When Churubusco’s Town Council decided to renew its trash contract with National Serv-All, a five-year pricing plan allowed for the town to charge its citizens less.

In the July 3 meeting, a hearing was held for public comment on a proposed ordinance that would take effect at the beginning of August.

Several questions were asked of the town leaders for clarification on the pricing and length of contract, but as the hearing was closed, council members voted to pass the ordinance.

Dunham’s building gets a face lift

July 9, 2013

Remodeling work continues as the former Scott’s building morphs into Dunham’s Sports.

The sporting goods retailer is slated to open in August.

Pictured are Gary Marshall, left, and Ryan Lenwell encasing an exterior column in stone.

 

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