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June 25th, 2012

IDEM, COLUMBIA CITY: Agreement on 2-year postponement

June 25, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the City of Columbia City have agreed to postpone the city’s next phase of the Long Term Control Plan.
The city received a letter from IDEM last week, which postponed Phase 2B for two years past its scheduled date. The original plan called for design to begin in 2015 with construction to take place in 2017.
In May, city officials began working with IDEM to request the new timeline.

NO FIRE: Commissioners ban open burning

June 25, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Commissioners, working in conjunction with the Whitley County Fire Chief's Association, have issued a burn ban for the county effective at noon Monday.
According to Commissioner Chairman Don Amber, the ban will continue until July 2 at 1 p.m., "which coincides with the next commissioners meeting."
Amber said the three-member panel would re-assess the ban at that meeting.
Additional information will be printed in the Tuesday edition of The Post & Mail.

WCCS: Technology director celebrates success

June 25, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Anne Plunkett, technology director, told the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board last week that her team had another successful year.
“The success can be seen in the many events that happen on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis that require technology,” said Plunkett. “The majority of these events happen without a thought as a to whether the technology will be working and available for these events to take place.”

WEEKEND CRASHES: Two motorcycle accidents end in two fatalities

June 25, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A 2012 Columbia City High School graduate and a Wolf Lake man were killed in two separate motorcycle accidents over the weekend.

Ashley Storm, 19, of Columbia City, was a passenger on a motorcycle when it crashed into a pick-up truck at the Hillegas and Goshen Road intersection in Fort Wayne Saturday afternoon.

According to police, around 11:30 a.m. a truck headed north on Hillegas Road turned in front of the motorcycle. The bike was driven by 19-year-old Jacob Bunker, who remains in serious condition.

June 24th

BREAKING NEWS: SGCS Superintendent steps down

June 24, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools is on a search to find a new superintendent and a high school principal.
Steve Darnell, superintendent, has tendered his resignation but the school board heard it off record and the staff of SGCS has received an e-mail from him stating his last day is June 29.
“I have enjoyed my time at Smith-Green Community Schools these past three years,” said Darnell.

June 23rd

GETTING READY

June 23, 2012

Tony DeWitt, a Whitley County 4-H volunteer, sprays down the motocross track last week. Officials are “grooming” the track for the 88th annual Whitley County 4-H Fair, which runs July 13-19.

KILTS & HAGGIS: 26th Highland Games coming to county

June 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The 26th annual Indiana Highland Games, the event highlighting Scottish heritage and culture, is growing this year – with more exciting activities added and free admission and parking for all.
Slated for Saturday, June 30, 2012, the Indiana Highland Games will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City.
By popular demand, this year’s games will feature dog agility performances by the Huntington County 4-H. Additionally, there will be sheep herding and duck herding demonstrations. The crowd will be urged to participate.

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: Larry King segment to be shot at The Hearth

June 23, 2012

FORT WAYNE — The Hearth at Sycamore Village in Fort Wayne has been selected for a full-length feature segment on InView with Larry King, and the plans have been made to begin shooting Tuesday.
Maria Lisi, regional marketing director in Syracuse, New York, said the segment will air this fall on either the Discovery Channel or Bravo.
“They choose different topics,” said Lisi. “We are involved in one centered around seniors.”
Lisi said any one of Hearth Management’s twelve locations could have used to shoot the segment, but she said they are very proud of the Indiana location.

PAGEANT HOPEFULS: 31 vie for Mr./Miss Whitley County

June 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A competitive field of 31 contestants will vie for the title of Mr. and Miss Whitley County during the annual 4-H scholarship program to be held at the Columbia City First Church of God on Monday.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m.
There is a suggested $1 donation for admission, which will be given to the winners of the Hester Adams Memorial Award.

STILL ON...FOR NOW: Mayor says Col. City fireworks not canceled, yet

June 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — As of now, Columbia City’s fireworks are still planned to take place on July 3 at Morsches Park.
“With the lack of rain and hot conditions and dried grass, it’s a pretty good issue,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Although the city is still under a burn ban, Daniel said it usually rains once during the upcoming Old Settlers Days, and he is hoping that pattern will continue, or that Columbia City will see rain over that weekend.
“If for some reason we choose to cancel for safety reasons, I could imagine a decision will be made by the Monday before the fireworks,” said Daniel.

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