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March 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A throwback to a different era will be marking its conclusion Saturday.
Hammond Oil, located in Columbia City on North Line Street, will be closing its doors Saturday, March 30. What makes Hammond Oil unique is that it is a full-service gas station. This distinct offering will be missed by many in the community.
‚ÄúPeople are asking me, ‚Äėwhat are we going to do?,‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Randy Wood, assistant manager.
Wood said there are many handicapped individuals who regularly frequent the business. There are some elderly women who come to the station as well.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Board of Works and Public Safety unanimously approved the rain barrel program at Tuesday‚Äôs meeting.
Citizens may purchase rain barrels and have part of the cost refunded by the city as part of the rebate. Participation in the program meets one of the minimum control requirements.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Extension Office welcomed three new board members at its annual meeting Tuesday night.
Four members from the 12-member board were completing their term, including John Hilligoss, Meredith Hoffman, John Saggers and Doug Sheetz.
All but Sheetz declined being nominated for a new term. Joining Sheetz, following an election, were new board members Jeff Geiger, Sharon Hesting and Judy Kreider.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Churubusco man, who was accused of assisting his sons in manufacturing methamphetamine, was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Ed Greer, 59, was arrested in December and charged with aiding in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Greer previously pled guilty to aiding in manufacturing of meth, a Class B felony, and had 11 other counts dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A proposed ordinance banning strip clubs in Columbia City will have some of its language clarified before being presented to the common council.
Ordinance 2013-11, which prohibits nude and semi-nude acts in commercial establishments in the city, did not take effect. The ordinance unanimously passed during its first reading at the March 12 meeting.
City Attorney Marcia McNagny said there were two parts of the ordinance that needed clarification.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ With seven township residents vying for the Cleveland Township trustee position, James Yeager was declared the winner at Tuesday night‚Äôs caucus.
Although Yeager is the newest trustee, not many changes are on the horizon for the township.
‚ÄúThere isn‚Äôt anything I want to change right now,‚ÄĚ Yeager said. ‚ÄúI need to learn what this position actually does and what I can and can‚Äôt do first. I think for the meantime it is going to be business as usual.‚ÄĚ
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ South Whitley Elementary School will have a new principal effective July 1.
Donna Wiktorowski was approved for the position at Whitko Community School Corporation‚Äôs board meeting Monday night.
Wiktorowski comes from Goshen Community Schools where she currently works as a classroom teacher at Parkside Elementary School.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre excited and the teachers are excited,‚ÄĚ said Superintendent Steve Clason. ‚ÄúShe‚Äôs been an educator for many years and her husband works as the athletic director for Wawasee High School. She‚Äôll be a great leader for us.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ First steps were taken to withdraw Columbia City‚Äôs electric and water utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) at Tuesday‚Äôs Common Council meeting.
The respective ordinances passed unanimously on the first readings. The second reading of each ordinance will be at the Tuesday, April 9 meeting of the council, along with a public hearing.
On hand to speak to the council was Buzz Krohn of O.W. Krohn, a firm that advises for electric and water utilities. He said the city‚Äôs desire to withdraw from the IURC was not negative on the regulatory commission.
SOUTH WHITLEY (March 26) -- It's official. After two rounds of voting, James Yeager, of South Whitley, has been named Cleveland Township's trustee.
The vote came at a caucus held tonight at the South Whitley Town Hall. After seven candidates gave a three minute speech, three committeemen voted by secret ballot.
See Wednesday's Post & Mail for complete coverage of the caucus and a more indepth introduction of Yeager.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A former township trustee pleaded guilty in Whitley County Superior Court to three felonies and was given probation Monday.
Roland (Ron) King, 74, of South Whitley, admitted his guilt to three counts of official misconduct. He received 4.5 years of suspended sentence to the Whitley County Jail. He was also fined and given 80 hours of community service and was required to resign his position as trustee of Cleveland Township.
While Cleveland Township trustee, King abused his position and sexually assaulted three women who came to him seeking financial assistance.