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February 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Fort Wayne has been dealing with an abundance of bank robberies, Whitley County has stayed under the radar â€” for the most part.
Police received a call Tuesday morning of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a bank in South Whitley.
According to police scanner traffic, bank employees may have seen a man wearing a ski mask parked outside of the bank.
According to the scanner, the vehicle took off before police arrived, and traveled southbound out of town.
Police in the area have been paying special attention to banks and credit unions.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Some ideas are finding their way to fruition in South Whitley.
After several brainstorming sessions, Whitley on The Move (WOTM) formed a handful of committees to take community suggestions and begin working on action plans to bring those ideas to life.
Now, two committees have the opportunity to move out of the brainstorming stage and into a planning progression.
Julia Robinson, WOTMâ€™s organizer, gave town council members an update at Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed his first piece of legislation since taking office.
The bill prevents an estimated $57 million property tax increase on Hoosier farmers by delaying the use of new soil productivity factors in farmland assessment.
Legislators want the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) and the Purdue University College of Agriculture to complete a study on the process.
Indiana Representative Kathy Heuer was in Columbia City Saturday to convey the importance of this bill to local farmers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Parking problems have been an issue for Columbia City for some time, and the Common Council approved an ordinance Tuesday in an effort to provide a solution.
The new ordinance, which unanimously passed by the council, now allows for parking in the North Chauncey Street Municipal Parking Lot near the post office. There will be two handicapped spots, three two-hour spaces and the remainder will have a 24-hour limit on the time a vehicle can remain in any one spot.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eagle Tech Academy students presented community leaders with their suggestions of a sister city for Columbia City.
Having a sister city would allow Columbia City to partner with a foreign city and glean from its cultural differences and economic strengths as well as learn from its unique way of living. At the same time, Columbia City would be able to offer its knowledge, support and insight.
Displaying a multimedia presentation, students shared common characteristics between Columbia City and their Spanish-speaking city of choice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” New vehicles for the city were approved for purchase by the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.
The board approved the purchase of a Ford Escape for the electric department at $23,620.29; a new dump truck for the electric department at $34,069.21; a Ford F550 for the water department, which will be $36,679.46 and a new vehicle for the street department, which will cost $31,542. All costs include trade-in from previous vehicles where applicable.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (center) proclaimed March as Disability Awareness Month in the city of Columbia City. Tuesday, Daniel presented several members of Passages, Inc. with his official proclamation. From left, Katie Kinsey, Jonathan Morris, Jamie Horn, Mayor Daniel, Mike Parker, Nathaniel Boutelle and Connie Brockup.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” They have to go somewhere.
This is a problem currently facing the Whitley County Jail. As the facility nears the maximum of its inmate population, there is the problem of where offenders would go if the numbers exceeded capacity.
Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said it is a problem that he and his corrections department soon may encounter.
As of Thursday, the jail had 140 inmates with 150 beds, but, as the sheriff explained, the calculations arenâ€™t that simple.
â€śOn paper, you have 150 beds and 140 inmates, but the math does not work that way,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tucked away in the northeast corner of the state, Whitley County residents may wonder if state lawmakers remember that rural areas need representation.
Indiana Representatives Kathy Heuer and David Ober joined Indiana Senator Jim Banks at a breakfast Saturday held at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Structured to give residents a chance to discuss concerns with their elected officials, the event allowed attendees to ask questions pertaining to agriculture legislation.
One common concern was the power of Whitley Countyâ€™s voice at the state and national level.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitley on the Move (WOTM) is a grassroots movement to revitalize South Whitley.
Several committees have formed to tackle different aspects of the town from recreation opportunities to beautification of Main Street.
One particular committee is focused on the economic development of the town.
â€śThis is the hardest area to work on, I think,â€ť said Julia Robinson, WOTMâ€™s leader. â€śAt the same time, I think this is an area with great potential.â€ť