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April 18th, 2012

WINDY WORK: Panel update on wind ordinance 'aired'

April 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — As expected, about the only discussion regarding the wind issue with the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Monday was that there would be no discussion regarding the wind issue; not yet, at least.
Whitley County joint Building and Planning Director Dave Sewell was on hand at Monday’s meeting to deliver and “certify” a copy of the proposed ordinance change for zoning, as it pertains to wind energy conversion systems.
Sewell explained that all of the proper and required steps to this point had been taken.

April 17th

GOING GREEN: County reports on energy grant

April 17, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County is currently doing its part to go green. According to Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Amber, about a year ago the county applied for and received an energy grant in the amount of $265,000.

The county used the grant at the Whitley County Jail, as well as switch to more energy efficient products for the jail’s entire heating system.

According to the grant administrator’s records, the project in the jail saved the county $8,520 in electricity and $18,340 in natural gas compared to the previous year.

A SPARKLING TIME: Passages clients enjoy annual gala

April 17, 2012


FORT WAYNE — Everything sparkled, from the dresses and tuxedos to the sparkling grape juice in the engraved champagne glasses.

It took three limousines and one tour bus to take Passages clients to the Navigators Spring Gala Saturday at Come2Go in downtown Fort Wayne.
The prom-like atmosphere lasted until 10 p.m., with nearly 200 clients of Passages attending. The Navigators are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

April 16th

CHAMBER EXPO: 1,000-plus attend 2012 event

April 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — More than 1,000 people poured through Indian Middle Springs Saturday at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Business EXPOsed to see what area businesses have to offer.

The EXPO was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the event hosted a long list of vendors and entertainment.

Carrie Hoffman, board member for the chamber, said there were more than 50 booths at this year’s EXPO, most of them from Whitley County, but others from Allen County.

“It’s one stop shopping,” said Hoffman. “It’s hard to go door to door, but here you can go from table to table.”

GETTING THE WORD AROUND: 4-H board discusses communication

April 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — If there was an emergency during the Whitley County 4-H Fair, how would word get around?

That was the question on each board member’s mind as they listened to Frank Rhoades, a veteran 4-H director in Kosciusko County. After walking the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds with several board members, Rhoades has come up with an idea on how this county can be safer during the fair.

April 13th

SURVIVING THE TITANIC: Local couple recalls story

April 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Paul and Carol Burkett of Columbia City can vividly remember Elmer Zimmerman’s talk about his mother surviving the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

The presentation was held Oct. 3, 1996 at the Whitley County Historical Society’s fall banquet at Eagle Glen Golf Course. Carol knew Elmer since her cousin, Helen (Miller) Zimmerman, married him. The Zimmermans lived in Rochester.

Although Elmer is no longer around to tell the story, Paul said he was a very good public speaker. Elmer’s mother was Bertha (Lehman) Zimmerman, born March 31, 1895, in Lotziel, Switzerland.

MAPPING THE RIGHT COURSE: SGCS making plans

April 13, 2012


Smith-Green Community School Corporation is taking steps to map the right courses for its students.

During Monday night’s board meeting, Shellie Miller, the Churubusco Elementary School principal, and Austin Couch, the Churubusco Junior Senior High School principal, explained the mapping process for each grade level and course in the “technical areas” of arts, agriculture, family and consumer science, business-technology and information technology, Project Lead the Way/engineering and technology education.

BOWLER MAKES HISTORY: 3 pins from 900 series

April 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A local bowler made history Wednesday night; personal history, Main Bowl history and United States Bowling Congress history.

Randy Bockelman rolled 11 straight strikes. On his twelfth and final heave of his first game, he left three pins standing, giving him a final score of 297 out of a possible 300.

Though it would be difficult to say a 297 is something to be unhappy about, the score remained on Bockelman’s mind.

“I was nervous during the first game more than anything,” Bockelman said. “I was worried I wouldn’t get another chance to bowl a 300 this year.”

WATER RATE HIKE: Utility raising costs

April 13, 2012


LARWILL — With numerous repairs at the ball diamond lift station site, a 14.3 percent sewer rate increase will soon be imposed on Larwill residents. Feminine hygiene products, baby-wipes, personal wipes and Q-tips continue to be flushed down the system by the ball diamond, accounting for the increase.

PHASE II CONTINUES: Council approves more work

April 13, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — Phase II of South Whitley’s wastewater treatment facility renovation continues to forge ahead as Project Manager David Harvey — with Fleis and Vandenbrink — presented the latest bulletin to South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday evening.

Providing a wide-range of municipal services, Fleis and Vandenbrink is the town’s engineering consultant.

With three bids received, Gerig-Ottenweller Construction was awarded the Phase II state-mandated renovation with a bid of $3,087,000 for the main project with an alternate bid of $27,000 for material revisions.

WALTON — In its first meeting with Lewis Cass, Churubusco’s football team fell to the Kings, 16-7...
SOUTH WHITLEY ­— Whitko’s Lady Wildcat volleyball teams faced off against the Manchester Lady...
COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s girls golf team is continuing to stay near the top of the Northeast...

 

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