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July 26th, 2012

BEAUTIFY ’BUSCO: Biz owners address downtown revitalization

July 26, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Several Churubusco business owners attended a town meeting regarding the Main Street Churubusco (MSC) project Wednesday at Smith-Green Community Schools administrative offices.
Dave Pearson, chairman of MSC, welcomed a majority of downtown Churubusco business owners.
Pearson explained how the project was started when Frank Kessler, town council president, approached him to become a part of Indiana’s Main Street Project in late fall of 2010.
Then, a sub-committee was formed and the 12-step process required to be a part of IMSP began.

S. WHITLEY: Resident wants sticks picked lickety split

July 26, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — The severe storm on June 29 left quite a mess in the town of South Whitley which prompted resident Les Hoffman to attend the town council meeting Tuesday evening regarding limb pick-up.
“I don’t know if there is a rhyme or reason how they pick up sticks,” Hoffman said. “The last town gentleman that picked those up was very timely. Right now, they don’t seem to be on a timely basis at all and there should be a system for stick pick-up by finishing one neighborhood at a time.”

HOUSING AUTHORITY: City establishes changes

July 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, to the Housing Authority was passed on second reading. This ordinance establishes a Housing Authority in line with the Indiana Code.
“As I talked about last time, this is changing our Housing Authority ordinance to reflect state statute changes,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
According to the ordinance, the Housing Authority’s public purpose is for the clearing, planning and reconstruction of areas in which unsanitary or unsafe housing conditions in the city exist.

THE CENTER: Producing positive results in area teens

July 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­— Since its doors opened in 2005, The Center for Whitley County Youth has had a mission to promote positive youth developement.
The two men leading the charge are Program Director Todd Blanton along with Exectuive Director Jeff Wike.
Blanton said, “We want to come along side of the students, stand with them and mentor them. All our programs are based on that.”
Although programming and activities is what brings students in the door, Blanton said that the overall goal is to bridge the gap and allow for volunteers and staff to create a safe environment for the students.

July 25th

BURN BAN: City and county lift ban

July 25, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With days of continuous rain, the county and city both lifted burn bans Tuesday, which were set in place as a result of the drought.
County Commissioner Don Amber said the county’s decision came from the Whitley County Fire Chief’s Association due to the improving conditions. Amber cautions people to be considerate of their neighbors who may have respiratory issues, as many people will be burning trash or leftovers from storm damage.

'BLAIRE'S RIDE': Benefit will help family of 3-year-old victim of eye cancer

July 25, 2012


PIERCETON — In May, 3-year-old Blaire Deeter was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, which is a rare cancerous tumor in the eye’s retina.
Retinoblastoma is rapidly-developing cancer that develops in the cells of retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye.
Blaire is the daughter of Whitko High School graduate Katie Deeter and granddaughter of Debbie (Deeter) Reed, who also graduated from WHS.
To offset medical expenses for Blaire’s treatments in Cincinnati, “Blaire’s Ride” will take place Saturday with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Post in Pierceton.

SGCS: Board names new principal

July 25, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — In a special meeting, the Smith-Green Community Schools board of directors unanimously voted Jim Folland new principal of Churubusco Junior Senior High School Tuesday night.
Folland is a former chemistry teacher for CJSHS and has been employed at SGCS for nine years.
Ralph Bailey, interim superintendent, announced the appointment.
“I have to give thanks to this board. It took four days to get this appointment and that is something special to get it moving this quickly,” said Bailey.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

July 25, 2012

A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the opening of a new business in downtown Columbia City. Mayor Ryan Daniel cut the ribbon to officially open Bugsy’s Downtown Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor. The restaurant specializes in handmade pizza, breadsticks, deep dish pizza, Bugsy Bombs and hand-dipped hard ice cream and is located at 207 West Van Buren in Columbia City across from Ball Furniture. The grand opening will continue throughout the week.

2013: County Council discusses budget

July 25, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Board of Commissioners/Council held a joint meeting Tuesday at the Whitley County Government Center to discuss the 2013 county budget, department heads, county CEDIT plan, county group insurance funding and cumulative funds 2013 rates.
While the County Council still needs answers to several questions they posed at their meeting for the 2013 budget, some issues were discussed and decided upon with a general consensus.
“This meeting is mainly for us to get answers to questions we have,” said Councilwoman Paula Reimers.

July 24th

COUNTY BURN BAN: Currently lifted

July 24, 2012

Today, the Whitley County Fire Chiefs Association recommended to the Whitley County Commissioners to lift the county wide ban of open burning and fireworks at this time. Due to recent rain and improving conditions they feel the ban can be lifted, but conditions will still be closely monitored. If conditions deteriorate again, or do not continue to improve, the ban may have to be put back in to effect. All county residents are asked to use consideration and caution when burning.

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