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October 24th, 2012

CITY WATER BOND: Dollar amount set at $2 million

October 24, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With the Columbia City Common Council approving its authority for a water bond in September’s regular meeting, the council approved a motion Tuesday to set the dollar amount at $2 million.
The council discussed the possibility of the proposed water bond at its last meeting in September, saying it was needed in order for the water department to eventually start rolling on many of its upcoming projects.

October 23rd

BLAZING THE TRAIL

October 23, 2012

TWELVE YEARS: Tun is sentenced for fatal crash in April

October 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A Fort Wayne man will spend 12 years behind bars for his part in an April crash that killed a three-year-old boy.
Mya Tun, 52, of Fort Wayne was given 12 years by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer on Monday, a sentence he will serve in its entirety, for charges connected to an accident April 29 on U.S. 24 at Ind. 114 in South Whitley County.
In that accident, Ethan Hoffman, 3, was taken to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was later pronounced dead.

SENTENCE: Indy woman gets 8 years in ’Busco sting

October 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — An Indianapolis woman was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to eight years to the Indiana Department of Corrections, four to be served and four suspended, for charges relating to August’s drug sting in Churubusco.
According to a plea agreement, Sue Kellems, 21, pleaded guilty to dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, a Class B felony and possession of a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor.

October 22nd

IDENTIFYING BROWNFIELD SITES: Coalition to use EPA grant to conduct assessments

October 22, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Northeast Indiana Brownfield Coalition, which recently received a $909,303 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), plans to use some of the grant money for assessment of brownfield sites in Whitley County.
“The intent here is to get the ball rolling and to identify the potential brownfield sites,” said Executive Director of Region III-A, Loren Kravig.

COUNTY FIRM: Marks opening of Gateway Park plant

October 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Production machining firm Impact CNC, LLC celebrated the opening of the company’s facility in Gateway Park with an open house today hosted by the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation.
The company announced plans earlier this year to create up to 106 new jobs by 2014.

COL. CITY WOMAN: Arrested at prison for trafficking

October 22, 2012


WESTVILLE — A Columbia City woman was arrested Saturday at Westville Correctional Facility for attempted trafficking with an inmate.
Ashley Reavis, 27, was attempting to visit Blake Settles, 29, of Fort Wayne, when officers found contraband at her check-in.
Settles is serving multiple sentences on four felonies from Allen County courts, including: felony escape, operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic offender, felony theft/receiving stolen property and dealing/possession of a look-alike substance.

DNR: Probing Noble Co. hunting accident

October 22, 2012


ALBION — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a hunting accident that occurred in Noble County on Saturday.
Terry Tester, 57, of Albion, fell approximately 17 feet from his tree stand Saturday evening.
Tester was hunting in south-central Noble County, approximately one mile north of Merriam.
According to a press release by the Department of Natural Resources, Tester was climbing into his tree stand for an evening deer hunt, when a pair of metal cables snapped, dropping Tester, and the tree stand, to the ground.

TRAILING HISTORY: Tombstone Trail closing for ’12 season

October 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s cemeteries have become a tourist attraction. Joining this year’s Tombstone Trail, three of the area’s cemeteries were added to the tour earlier this summer. Blue River Cemetery, Greenhill Cemetery and South Park Cemetery all made the list.
This is the third season for the tour which highlights historic figures’ tombstones. For Columbia City, the tour will close at the end of the month, and is sponsored by Whitley County Genealogical Society.

A CHANCE TO DANCE:Dancer, owner hosts popular television show at competition

October 22, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The art of dance has seen a swell in interest from increased television shows that feature dancers to the genre of dances now made popular. What was once a dated art is now a thriving form of expression and creativity.
In Columbia City, Dance ‘Til U Drop is a fine arts academy dedicated to crafting dancers in performance.
Scott Frazier, owner of Dance ‘Til U Drop, is also the studio’s director. Through his many years in the dance community, Frazier has established a local competition that has now attracted the attention of the Lifetime television series, Dance Moms.

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