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April 25th, 2011

Downtown parking concerns come before board

April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Parking in downtown Columbia City was discussed Friday at the regular meeting of the town’s Board of Works and Safety.
Steve Hochstetler of the Downtown Business Association had several concerns connected to downtown parking, one of which involved the upcoming 3-on-3 basketball tournament slated for June 17-18.
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County has sandbags ready for rising water

April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — On Monday afternoon, officials at the Whitley County Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security were staying dry in the basement of the county jail, preparing for the results of an increasingly soggy county.
“We’re supposed to get one to three inches over tonight and into tomorrow,” said Cathy Broxon EMA/DHS director.
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Bargain-hunter’s paradise

April 25, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Excitement is mounting and the diehard bargain hunters are priming their walking shoes as the date for the South Whitley Town-wide garage sale is approaching.
Set for this weekend, the big event officially kicks off on Friday this year, instead of Saturday, though some traditionally, and unofficially, jumped the gun in years past.
The population of South Whitley will swell turning it into a one-weekend boom town, with the search not for gold, but bargains worth their weight in gold.

Teacher’s personal connection to Japan turns into chance for learning experience for class

April 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March, the students of Mary Hilger at Indian Springs Middle School had a special concern for the people of Japan.
Hilger’s daughter, who lives in Japan because of her husband’s work and works for the Boy Scouts Far East Council, gave Hilger a personal reason to be anxious for the people of Japan, and she communicated that to her students.
Her daughter was all right, but the students wanted to do something for those affected by the devastation. They went to work, doing what they do best.

April 22nd

Life-changing experience

April 22, 2011

“Every day, I knew God was with me. He lifted the world off my shoulders.” — Jill Winebrenner.
“Every day is a gift.” — Jill’s husband, Tony Winebrenner.
It has been more than four years since the accident that brought the life Jill Winebrenner lived to a halt.
Though she has suffered through seven surgeries to try to fix her broken pelvis, was told she would never get out of a wheelchair and still suffers constant pain, she says she wouldn’t change a thing.
“It’s not the best thing that happened to me, but it brought my life to reality,” she said.

SDI expansion won't hurt local county plant

April 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Officials at the local division of Steel Dynamics, Inc. say that the recent expansion announcement by the company in Allen County won’t have a negative effect on Whitley County.
The steel conglomerate announced last week it was forming a new company in a partnership with a Spanish firm for the purpose of recycling copper for use as wire rods.
The company is considering a site in New Haven as one of four potential locations for the new manufacturing facility.
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Board OKs south side study, with wording tweak

April 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety acted on a proposed agreement with a consulting firm to investigate flooding in one area of town — well sort of.
Board member Walt Crowder had some reservation about wording in a proposed contract with GAI Consultants to study a watershed area.
After discussion, Crowder moved to approve the agreement, but wanted a slight change in wording regarding the fee.
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Water main break dumps millions of gallons

April 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City water superintendent Mike Dear reported Friday morning that a water main break earlier this week near the Blue River may have spilled 10 million gallons of water before it could be repaired.
In an area near the river and Radio Road where on-going sewer line installations have been under way for some time, Dear said he was driving by such a site on Monday when “I spotted water coming out of a culvert pipe that normally wouldn’t have water coming out of it.”
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April 21st

State's kindergarten funding shy of what's needed

April 21, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A recent move by Gov. Mitch Daniels to appease bristled educators is being scrutinized by not only school system bean-counters, but criticized by at least one legislator as being fiscally irresponsible.
Daniels announced last week he had squeezed enough money out of the state budget with cutbacks that he could reintroduce $150 million back into K-12 budgets for use, as he put it, to fully fund all-day kindergarten.

Fixes offered for county sound system

April 21, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — At recent Whitley County Plan Commission meetings, residents interested in the issues being addressed struggled to hear speakers.
Occasionally, feedback would screech into the ears of attendees and recurring issues with the sound system, at times, seemed to upstage the topics at hand.
Earlier this week, the Whitley County Commissioners heard three solutions to the problem with the county’s sound system.
Joel Moss of TCSI offered three solutions to various sound system problems in the Whitley County Government Center.
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