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January 23rd, 2013

CHAMBER CASE: Goff trial continuance granted

January 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Sara Goff’s trial in Whitley County Superior Court has been set for a different date.

Goff was set to appear in court for a jury trial today, Jan. 23 and tomorrow, Jan. 24. The defense council filed the motion to continue, and a new date for the trial has not been filed yet.

Goff was arrested in September 2011 for theft, a Class D felony.
At that time, she had been serving as Whitley County Chamber of Commerce president.

According to case reports, Goff was accused of cashing approximately $2,100 in “chamber bucks” between Dec. 1, 2010 and Sept. 13, 2011.

DUNHAM'S FINANCES: Council approves tax-break request

January 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the big announcement of the acquisition of the old Scott’s building Tuesday, the normally scheduled meeting of the Columbia City Common Council had an economic development flavor to it, as a real estate company was granted a requested tax abatement.

SPORTING NEW BUSINESS: Kerr develops former Scott’s building for Dunham’s Sports

January 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— After closing its doors in 2007, the former Scott’s Food & Pharmacy location has a new tenant — Dunham’s Sports.

At a reception hosted by the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation Tuesday, Michigan-based real estate developer Jeff Kerr announced the sports retailer will occupy 60 percent of the building.
Kerr touted the support of the EDC and Columbia City.

“We are delighted to potentially have the opportunity to take a vacancy and hopefully warm it up and make it vibrant,” Kerr said.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 23, 2013

These are the headlines you will find in Wednesday's issue:

Sporting a new business in Col. City

Goff trial continuance granted

Council approves tax-break request

'Busco names head football coach

SCOTT'S BUILDING UPDATE: Dunham's Sports coming to Columbia City

January 23, 2013

Tuesday, Whitley County EDC hosted a reception announcing Dunham's Sports as the new tenant of the former Scott's building. See Wednesday's edition of The Post & Mail for more information on the entire scope of the development as well as the specific impact the business will have on Columbia City.

January 22nd

SHOW CHOIR: City Stars to shine Saturday

January 22, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School’s show choir, City Stars will perform Saturday at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne. This is the group’s first competition of the season. The choir is under the direction of Karyle Genth with assistance from Phil Genth.

SCHOOLS SAVING: Number crunch frees up $25K a year for Whitko

January 22, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — He’s only been sitting in the board president chair for three weeks, but Jorell Tucker has already saved Whitko Community School Corporation an estimated $100,000 over a four year period — proving his leadership as profitable for the district.

In December, before Tucker took the president position, he voted against extending a contract for copier services. He was concerned that no other options were laid before the school board.

Tom McFarland, the district’s business manager, told the school board he would bid out the contract.

STRATEGIC PLANNING: Something old is new again at the EDC

January 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While focusing on the future, it is also important to remember the past and where one has been.

This fact is true of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The EDC just released its strategic planning process. This process did take a forward gaze, but also looked back to some of the successes the EDC has had in the past 20 years.

GREEN DESIGNS: ISMS takes fifth with futuristic city project

January 22, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — With their futuristic city, Hydropolis, three Indian Springs Middle School Students participated in a contest at IPFW Saturday.

This is the 12th year for the regional Future City program, held in Fort Wayne. Over the years 85 different schools have competed with various mock cities all targeted to solve some of the world’s biggest environmental issues.

Team Hydropolis placed in the top five and earned a chance to present their city Saturday afternoon fro a spot at the national contest held in Washington, D.C.

Brrrrrrr: Coldest morning in two years delays schools

January 22, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY – The coldest winter morning in some 700+ days has delayed schools and resulted in a wind chill advisory by the National Weather Service until 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The temperature hovered in the low single digits Tuesday morning throughout Whitley County and was not expected to reach higher than the very low teens – at best – this afternoon. Wind chills registered at -10 to -15 Tuesday morning.

A low Tuesday night just below zero is forecast, with a steady warm up for the rest of the week, culminating in above-freezing highs on the weekend.

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