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September 10th, 2012

SECOND POOL FORUM: Keeps ideas churning

September 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Members of the community attended a forum Saturday, held at the Peabody Pubic Library, to fill out surveys and continue voicing opinions on the future of the Burnworth Memorial Pool.
“What we really want more than anything is your opinions and your ideas and feelings about where aquatics should go here in Columbia City,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel. “Based on the last forum, we had about 50 percent of individuals here were from the city and 50 percent from the county.”

DYW: CCHS senior garners title

September 10, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Corinne Kauffman, Col-umbia City High School senior, was named the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County Saturday night.
“I am so overwhelmed,” said Corinne. “I am so thankful to be here with all these girls. I’ve had a wonderful experience. This has been an experience of a life time.”
Corinne is the daughter of John and Sue Kauffman.
Also returning to relinquish her position as the current Distinguished Young Woman (DYW), Michaela Thomas, last year’s DYW passed out the awards.

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September 10, 2012

September 8th

ONE BORING BUG: ‘Busco saves 13 trees from hungry ash borers

September 8, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — It wasn’t a trip to the local immunization clinic, but it was close.
The town of Churubusco, like other Indiana municipalities, had some sick trees. After giving some of them a shot, the town announced most have made a startling recovery.
In 2005, the Emerald Ash Borer, an inch-long green beetle native to Asia, became a growing problem in Churubusco and other regions, spreading through the state as it killed ash trees. Recently, the Churubusco town council approved monies to save some of the most vital trees in the park.

DYW: Distinguished Young Women take the stage tonight

September 8, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Tonight twelve young women from Whitley County will establish themselves as part of Distinguished Young Women history.
The annual program will begin at 7 p.m. at Columbia City High School’s Newell Rice Auditorium and will feature individual talent acts as well as a group fitness routine.

EMPTY: Local food pantry revamps its ministry to families

September 8, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Grace Lutheran Church has had a food pantry ministry for a number of decades, but a dwindling amount of donations is causing the church to come up with a different way to help people.
Church officials said there has been a reduction in funds and donations to the amount of 75 percent, compared to last year.
The church could have opted to close its doors completely, but an alternative will soon be offered. A voucher system, made in part by the Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne, is the church’s answer to the growing need to feed the hungry.

PLANNING: South Whitley mulls a comprehensive plan

September 8, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley is planning on making a plan.
What started as rumblings by several residents earlier in the summer is shaping up to become what some hope is a road map to making the Southwestern Whitley County town a true success story.
“This summer I met with leaders from the town of South Whitley in my capacity as the community development person from the EDC (Whitley County Economic Development Corporation,” said Lori Shipman, one of the county’s foremost experts on grant writing and economic development.

September 7th

POOL: Second public forum Saturday at 1 p.m.

September 7, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The second forum regarding the future of Burnworth Memorial Pool will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. Ind. 205 in Columbia City.
Concerns about the condition of the pool prompted the first forum, held Aug. 22, where members of the community who attended the meeting shared opinions to members of the city’s park board as well as Mayor Ryan Daniel.
With pool attendance slowly dwindling, the public discussed the pros and cons of several different options, keeping aquatics at the center point for the future of the city.

DOWNTOWN EVENT:Courthouse becomes canvas for Art Festival

September 7, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Art of all kinds will be displayed on the courthouse lawn Saturday. The 11th Annual Juried Whitley County Autumn Art Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free.
The local Boy Scouts Troop #94 will start the morning off with an opening celebration. The rest of the day will feature other local acts performing under the gazebo and around the courthouse.
For the art lover, an array of juried artists will sell their wares. Items to be displayed include everything from woodworking, pottery and gourd art to jewelry, metal work and photography.

ELECTRIC LIGHT PROJECT: County council gives OK

September 7, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Council approved $22,911 for an electric light project at Columbia City’s courthouse and annex building at its meeting Wednesday.
“It’s something we’re going to have to do soon,” said Mark Sturtevant with the courthouse’s maintenance department.
“The only advantage of trying to do it yet this year is to get the rebates.”
Sturtevant said if the council did not move the project forward now, it would have to take place the next year, and the rebates would no longer be offered.
“We’ll be forced to do it then,” said Sturtevant.

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