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January 17th, 2011

Council eyes possibility of city-run cable channel

January 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s council will try to decide, again, whether the city wants to get into the television business.
Whitley County resident Erik Mollberg, who serves as the assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne with the Allen County Public Library, told the town’s Common Council last week that the city, courtesy of its franchise agreement with Mediacom, has money available for equipment that could be used for operating a cable television channel.

Sign updates to include new stops

January 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s program to update street signs will involve more than just posting speed limits.
Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh has been briefing the city’s Board of Works and Common Council in recent weeks about updating signs throughout the city.
Cearbaugh told the board last month the new signs are part of a project to bring the city up to federal compliance.
He said numerous streets aren’t posted with speed limits, adding that if they aren’t, they default to 30 miles per hour by state statute.

January 14th

Sewer drilling foiled by oily soil; work halted

January 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A second sewer line drilling operation has run into a snag in Columbia City.
While city crews run new sewer lines throughout the city, it sometimes becomes necessary to run the lines under roads or railroad tracks without digging.
In those instances, a technique called jack and bore is used.
According to Columbia City’s Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker, this technique ran into problems last month on Radio Road with settling soil.
This month, with sewer installing crews heading north near South Line Street, contaminated soil is the culprit.

Ex-BZA member questions actions of board

January 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A former member of the Whitley County Board of Zoning Appeals is questioning the ethics and legality of the panel on which he formerly served.
“I challenge the Whitley County Commissioners and the County Council to look into this seemingly rogue BZA and their lawlessness,” wrote Mark Roach, a former BZA member.
Roach’s entire letter is published on page four of today’s Post & Mail.

Gates, Whiteleather families: A storied legal partnership

January 14, 2011

The Whiteleather history begins with an ancestor, Andrew Whiteleather coming to America in 1775 with the Hessian troops from Germany to fight the colonists. After the war, he settled in Ohio.
Three generations later, in 1891, Professor David Vorhees Whiteleather moved from Ohio to begin a “Normal” school in Larwill. During school vacations it was reported that he read law in the office of P.H. (Harry) Clugston and E.K. Strong.

Gates ‘not ready to quit’ law

January 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — In a joint announcement, the firm of Bloom, Gates, Sigler and Whiteleather, LLP and Gates Law Office announced that effective Jan. 1, Benton E. Gates, Jr. has become “of counsel” to the Bloom, Gates, Sigler and Whiteleather, LLP. This means he will act in an advisory role with the firm while continuing to maintain an office in the Whiteleather building and to serve his clients and actively practice law.

Probation chief: Protocol followed in testing

January 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — While family members of 5-month-old Taylor Creech continue to come forward with claims of official negligence regarding the drug case that may be connected to the little girl’s Jan. 3 death, the Whitley County Probation Department is saying all that could be done was done.
“The Whitley County Probation Department is extremely saddened by the death of Taylor Creech,” said Chief Probation Officer Amy Motter Thursday.
“Our sympathies are extended to the entire Creech family.“

January 13th

Family sought help weeks before infant's death

January 13, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Family members mourning the loss of a five-month-old baby girl who died Jan. 3 say their grief is compounded by the knowledge that the child’s death might have been prevented.
“This whole tragedy with my niece could have been avoided had the county officials listened to our family and taken our warnings seriously,” said Miranda Minear, whose sister Janel Creech is currently incarcerated on drug charges that were a result of a 911 call Jan. 3.
As a result of that call, Creech’s baby daughter Taylor was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

No third term in Mayor Fleck’s future

January 13, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Mayor Jim Fleck said there are several reasons behind his decision to not seek re-election for the post he currently holds.
Primary among those reasons are family, health and the state of the economy.
At the end of 2011, Fleck will have finished his second term in office, and he says it’s time for someone else to take over.
“There’s lots about this job I like, but I’ve done it for eight years, it’s time for someone else to look at it,” he said, adding that he believes the city is a better place than when he started.

January 12th

Probation check finds meth lab

January 12, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A routine probation search has netted yet another methamphetamine lab in Columbia City.
Just a little more than a week after a 911 call for a an unconscious infant led police to a suspected clandestine meth lab, county police entered the home of Kyle Lloyd Barker at 108 E. Hanna Street Tuesday night and discovered a meth manufacturing operation in his downstairs bedroom.
Barker, 24, was arrested at 3:50 p.m. and booked in Whitley County Jail on seven drug-related charges.

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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