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November 8th, 2010
Columbia City will be cutting down more than 200 ash trees around the city, hopefully beginning in the next few months.
The cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety discussed the tree issue at its regular weekly meeting Friday.
According to Mayor Jim Fleckâ€™s office, the project is being undertaken to combat and avoid the consequences of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that compromises the integrity of the tree and creates potential danger of collapse.
â€śOne of those trees coming through the roof would far exceed what it would cost to remove the tree in the first place,â€ť Fleck said.
The nearly month-long ban on open burning has been lifted, according to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners and the Whitley County Fire Chiefsâ€™ Association.
The two county entities, working in tandem, attributed the decision Thursday to the gradually improving conditions, cooler weather and precipitation in the forecast.
The fire chiefs want to caution everyone that conditions are still not ideal for open burning, but have improved enough to lift the ban.
They added that taking advantage of frost and dew is a good way to minimize chances of a controlled burn getting out of control.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ultra Electronics-USSI, local manufacturer of electronic, electro-mechanical, and hydro-mechanical sensor and sensor systems with applications for the military, homeland security and commercial use, requested a tax abatement of the county council Wednesday morning.
The company, located in the Park 30 Business Center, has grown so much recently, they are expanding operations to the old Autoliv building, recently purchased.
Whitley County Council approved transferring current property tax abatements and providing additional property tax abatement.
Newly-elected Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf said that a desire to win, diligent campaigning and a changing political climate made for the ideal conditions for his Tuesday win over Commission Chairman Mike Schrader.
â€śI think it was just a perfect storm,â€ť said Schrumpf, 58, who ousted Schrader 5,438-4,934 for the lone seat up for grabs on the commission.
â€śIt was a combination of things, but the whole Republican thing...â€ť
Schrumpf refers to a nationwide ouster of Democrats in the wake of growing dissent over the economy and the current administration in the White House.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Council attorney, Dan Sigler, suggested the recent lawsuit brought by several Whitko residents is â€śnot well-motivatedâ€ť and will ask that it be dismissed.
The suit stems from what the plaintiffs in the suit say is violation of the Indiana Open Door Law. A scheduled county council meeting on July 28 was conducted with members of the council voting on the issue to put a tax referendum for Whitko school district on the general election ballot. The council denied the request and the meeting adjourned. An hour later the council reconvened and changed its vote.
Eleven-year-old Payton Jagger will get her wish of a trip to a Florida theme park in December, but the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana is allowing her community to be a part of passing it on.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Rotarians and Sherri Grim from Sherriâ€™s Place Restaurant in Columbia City are talking turkey.
Thanksgiving turkey, that is.
The Rotary Club is joining forces with Sherriâ€™s Place to offer a community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, for anyone in the community, including those who canâ€™t travel to Sherriâ€™s Place for the meal.
â€śSome have money, but donâ€™t have family,â€ť said Grim, and gave the invitation to â€ścome and eat!â€ť
The meals are free, but those who can may give a donation which will be given to a local food bank.
A childâ€™s first introduction into a classroom is often the first day of kindergarten and teachers in Whitley County Consolidated Schools are beefing up the way these youngsters are evaluated.
Mary Raber Elementary School Principal Julie Turpin presented a new kindergarten report card to the school corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees during the panelâ€™s Monday work session.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The overwhelming shock of entering a classroom as the one in charge of student learning is being lessened thanks to a program in Columbia Cityâ€™s schools.
On Monday, at a work session of the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees, Michelle Urban, an eighth-grade science teacher at Indian Springs Middle School explained a program designed to help rookie teachers.
The Beginning Teacher Program, headed by Urban, was presented to the board Monday night.
A strong turnout by Whitley County voters put Republican candidates into nearly every office up for election Tuesday.
With the exception of four Democrats who hold positions on township advisory boards, every other seat went to the GOP. Even the Democrats who were elected were uncontested, as in Kevin Bollinger as Washington Township trustee, and the advisory board for Jefferson Township. The lone Republican running for Washington Townshipâ€™s advisory board had the most votes of the four candidates for the three-person board.