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September 8th, 2012

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.

September 6th

POLICE WARN RESIDENTS: Beware of scams

September 6, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — In the last month, fraud has become a prevalent topic in the area.
According to Columbia City Police Det. Chip Stephenson, several people in the area have fallen victim to a malicious computer virus.
“I talked to a guy from BE Comics & Computers (in Columbia City), who said he’s had eight or nine computers in the last few weeks that have had viruses,” Stephenson said. “People have been contacted via home phone with someone saying, ‘hey this is such-and-such with Microsoft. We need you to do an update for your computer.’”

FOOD ESTABLISHMENT ORDINANCE: Health board looking to make revisions

September 6, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With the state reducing the number of visits the health department is required to make to restaurants every year, the Whitley County Health Department is looking to revise its Food Establishment Ordinance.
Dr. Lisa Hatcher, health officer at the Whitley County Health Department, came before the Whitley County Council at its Wednesday meeting to make the board aware of the revisions being made, which would need to be approved by the council to become law.

TRICK-OR-TREAT: Hours set by Col. City

September 6, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The City of Columbia City announced Tuesday that trick-or-treat will be held between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31.
Government officials are urging citizens to use caution while driving on that night as hundreds of children will be going door to door throughout Columbia City collecting candy.
The fire department will also be handing out candy and glow sticks at the Columbia City Fire Station.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Focused on achieving national accreditation

September 6, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Health Department may have future plans which include seeking to achieve national accreditation.
During the Whitley County Council meeting Wednesday, Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher, told the board the move would boost the health department by putting it on a national level.

SGCS: OKs part of facility spruce-up

September 6, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — The efforts to make Churubusco’s schools more secure had an unexpected price tag, causing the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees to slightly adjust plans for a major renovation project.
“It was certainly not what we were hoping for,” said Greg Wehling, vice president of Moake Park, the architects coordinating SGCS’s $5 million-plus school rebuild.
According to Wehling, one item in the low bid by Fetters Construction came in nearly $100,000 higher than expected.

September 5th

22 NEW JOBS COMING: Rail Connect to get new tenant

September 5, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A feedstock manufacturer will open a new facility in Rail Connect Business Park east of Columbia City, the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation announced today.
The new facility is expected to bring with it 22 new jobs by 2015, according to an EDC press release.
The company, Indiana Materials Processing, LLC, will establish the first production facility in Rail Connect with construction expected to begin in October.
A complete, in-depth article will appear in the Thursday edition of The Post & Mail.

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