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February 17th, 2012

PICKING UP STEAM: South Whitley sewer project fully under way

February 17, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Phase II of the waste water treatment facility project is under way, according to Project Manager David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink. Progress is being made on the combined sewer overflow (CSO) basin. Fleis and Vandenbrink provides a wide-range of service for municipal, industrial, institutional, commercial and private development clients.
“Construction is underway and progress is being made,” Harvey said in Tuesday evenings town council meeting.

SMITH-GREEN SCHOOLS: Building plan meets no resistance

February 17, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community School board members have heard no negative comments regarding the corporation’s $6 million building plan for the school as of Monday.
This is according to the board at its second public work session on a proposed building project.
Steve Darnell, superintendent of SGCS, explained to the full room of people and the board two proposed timetables and lease financing.
The first time table for the building project that was less than $2 million has no required remonstrance period.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Fund raiser for concerned citizens, Relay for Life on tap

February 17, 2012

WHITLEY CONCERNED CITIZENS
TO HOST SATURDAY FUND RAISER
COLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County Concerned Citizens will host a fund raiser Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at The Eagles, 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
Local country/bluegrass band Huckleberry Blue will entertain.
There will be a $5 cover charge to benefit the fight against wind farms in Whitley County, according to organizers. There will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses.

February 16th

WIND ISSUE: Ordinance headed for public hearing

February 16, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County residents are finally getting some wind back in their sails – or rather, their voice-boxes.

Following two consecutive Whitley County Plan Commission meetings closed to public discussion – the primary focus being the ongoing wind issue – a public hearing has been scheduled for March 21 to discuss the proposed amendment to the county zoning ordinance. Having reviewed and suggested revisions for most of the ordinance last month, Wednesday’s meeting was brief in comparison.

WALGREENS ROBBERY: Still no charges filed

February 16, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — “There are no pending charges on the Walgreens robbery at this time,” Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said today. Contrary to other area news sources, no charges have been filed in connection to the robbery at the Walgreens in Columbia City last week.

Reports said that Troy and Nichole Fritz of Fort Wayne were arrested in connection to the local heist.

“Mr. and Mrs. Fritz were charged with separate charges than our robbery,” Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. “No paperwork has been filed from our department through Allen County.”

HIGHWAY DEPT: Gravel roads create problems

February 16, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Michael Barton has been dealing with gravel roads for over 30 years.
He’s still getting the same calls. “Most phone calls this time of year deal with gravel. We try to work on that between snow periods,” Barton said.

Barton said at this time of year, frost is getting under the ground and roads are saturated with either rain or snow that has melted.
According to Barton, that is the perfect mixture for creating potholes on gravel roads.

February 15th

KING AND QUEEN: The Oaks elects V-Day royal court

February 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,“ “Little Arrows” and “Unforgettable” were just some of the tunes flowing through The Oaks during it’s annual Valentine’s Day party Tuesday. The social room was packed with nearly all the residents at The Oaks.

They clapped, sang and shouted as Jay Fox entertained with an old-fashioned accordion for nearly an hour and his wife Patrice sang along.

Helen Arter was named Valentine’s Day Queen 2012. The queen received a crown and roses. The first runner-up was Viola Baker. She received a teddy bear.

CCHS senior competes at DYW state

February 15, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School senior, Michaela Thomas, will be competing at the state level of the Distinguished Young Women Program (DYW), formally known as Junior Miss. Thomas’ name replaces 2011 winner, Cassandra Petrie.

Pamela Thompson, co-coordinator of the Whitley County franchise of the DYW, will join Thomas on her trip to Kokomo as she becomes the county’s 48th representative to attend the competition.

“She is a joy to work with,” said Thompson.

NEARLY 'IDOLIZED:' ’Busco singer advances to televised audition on ‘American Idol’

February 15, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Being the next American Idol is an extreme long shot. But Churubusco’s Alex McDowell took that shot and auditioned in front of the three judges for the popular television show.
He and three of his friends made their way to St. Louis during the summer of 2011 and say they had a great time during the grueling audition process.
“My friends and I are all in the Ball State Singers Glee Club and we heard about the auditions being in St. Louis, so we traveled there,” said McDowell.

HONOR: Area firemen honor the life of Herron, long-time Union Twp. fireman

February 15, 2012

Paul Herron, 85, long-time fireman in Union Township, died Wednesday. In addition to being a firefighter, he was a World War II veteran.
Columbia City firemen Zeb Ballard, Jeff Herendeen and Chief Tom LaRue stand respectfully as the funeral procession passes by.

 

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