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May 16th, 2012

FACELIFT?: Churubusco looks to spruce up downtown

May 16, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Some say it’s time to beautify Churubusco’s Main Street.
Members of the Churubusco Main Street Project took a short walk through downtown Churubusco recently to take a look at some of the oldest buildings in Whitley County.
Lucas Konger, an architect who grew up in Churubusco, is assisting the committee with his professional opinion.

REQUEST FOR HELP: Local 4-Hers appeal to the board

May 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Ten 4-Hers stood before the 4-H Board Inc., and asked the panel to sponsor them at various camps and conferences.
Katie Barnett, Danielle Oliver, Rebecca Lily, Sarah Palmer, Jared Lamle, April Gibson, Lori Peterson, Ben Western, Laura Kneller and David Peterson all asked for assistance to attend the Junior Leadership Conference. Lily also asked for assistance to attend the Animal Science Workshop. David Peterson additionally asked to attend a goat conference.
The board will honor those requests if funds are available and will notify the 4-Hers.

HOWDY PARDNER

May 16, 2012

Fifty-two moms and cowboys spent time together Friday night at Churubusco Elementary School for the inaugural Bingo Bonanza. Put on by the Parent Teachers Organization they enjoyed unlimited popcorn, drinks. Their bingo chips were cheese crackers in a giant plastic boot. Waving their hats, left to right, in front are kindergartners, Henry Marqueling, Carter VanHouten, Hunter Noland and Anthony Serafini. Their moms waving their arms are Emma Marqueling, Amanda VanHouten, Shana Noland and Rachel Serafini.

May 15th

FINISHING TOUCHES

May 15, 2012

Sam Heffelfinger of the Whitley County 4-H Bicycle Club fixes a tire recently as the club hosted its annual Bicycle Repair Day at the fairgrounds. Sam is a member of the Columbia City Clovers. Members of the Bike Club have this day as part of their club activities and to give their expertise to the community free of charge. Whitley County 4-H Bicycle competes at 6 p.m. July 5 and from 8 a.m. to noon July 7 before the fair from July 13-19. Eric Blank is the leader of this popular 4-H project.

BELOVED POOCH: Ceremony planned to honor therapy canine

May 15, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — She was everybody’s friend for nearly nine years at the Oaks Nursing Home in Columbia City.
The chocolate Labrador named Kenia died Feb. 16 and her ashes are currently safely tucked away in Administrator Chad Smyth’s office. Those ashes are being brought out and spread around a new tree in Kenia’s memory this week.
Everyone has the opportunity to memorialize this special trained therapy canine with a ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Oaks in Columbia City.
“Kenia was so friendly with everyone,” said Julia Osterman, activity director at The Oaks.

INDIFFERENCE?: County voter participation falters

May 15, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — When it came to a scant showing at the polls for the May 8 Primary Election, Whitley County fared as poorly as many in the Hoosier state.
According to media reports, about 19 percent of the 4.4 million registered voters in Indiana exercised that right a week ago.
In neighboring Allen County, news reports are calling the participation at the polls by voters near the lowest in the state.
In Whitley County, primary voter turnout dropped dramatically from the previous primary in 2008.

May 14th

HARNESSING STORM WATER: City council working to amend ordinance

May 14, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY - The city council motioned to pass an ordinance on first reading, as they worked toward amending the illicit discharge and connection to the storm water system. The meeting was held Thursday.
The ordinance was before the council to address some issues found in the existing ordinance regarding the clarification of ambiguities.
“The reason to have this kind of ordinance is to make sure that we’re discharging clean rainwater through our storm water system and eliminating stuff going into our sewer that does not need to be going into our sewer,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: 'Busco students recall deck collapse on TV show

May 14, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — It was their 15 minutes of fame and they will never forget it.
NBC’s The Today Show was in Churubusco early Saturday morning to do a live broadcast of three local teens recalling a now-famous deck collapse right before the school’s prom May 5.
It was a picture perfect day when 12 Churubusco teens were posed on the deck of Greg and Margaret Blake’s deck just north of Churubusco on U.S. 33. The group was waiting for Haleigh Gross to appear.

May 11th

SHRIMP: EDC requests tax abatement for shrimp operation

May 12, 2012

LARWILL — In an effort to encourage growth in the Town of Larwill and utilize the former Larwill High School, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Alan Tio and Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Jim Atz, attended the Larwill town council meeting Thursday evening requesting a tax abatement.

HIKE: Larwill utility rate hike on the horizon

May 12, 2012

LARWILL — Larwill residents will soon incur an increase on their monthly utility billing as the town’s sewer ordinance has been amended. Town attorney, Greg Hockemeyer, made the changes to the ordinance which outlines a 14.3 percent rate hike. The monthly rate for a single family dwelling will increase from $35 to $40. A copy of the amended rate ordinance is available for inspection at the clerk’s office during posted business hours.

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SOUTH WHITLEY — Churubusco’s volleyball team traveled cross-county to South Whitley to take on the...

 

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