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February 5th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Board of Commissioners heard the 2012 annual report for the Planning and Building Department at Mondayâs meeting.
Dave Sewell, executive director of the department, reported 2012 was a âbigger year in total compared to 2011.â
There were 122 more permits issued in 2012 than 2011, and the value of those permits were more than $40 million, which is $7 million more than the previous year.
However, there were some areas that saw decreases.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Courthouse could see a security upgrade in the near future. The Whitley County Board of Commissioners approved a proposal for a new security system. The proposal will be heard by the Whitley County Council on Tuesday.
Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges explained to the commissioners that the old security system of alarms and door security, which had been installed by Williams Electroncis, was too old to be replaced. After receiving bids, the decision was made to have Williams do the new system for $10,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Churubusco fireman and a pair of Columbia City Police officers saved two lives over the weekend. Ben Rinker, of Churubuscoâs Fire Department, pulled a man from a burning house Friday night.
Officers Shad Hunter and Doug Eber saved a woman from an attempted suicide attempt at Park Terrace Sunday.
After a woman barricaded herself in an apartment and attempted to hang herself, Hunter and Eber entered the residence and saved her life.
âShe was already passed out,â Eber said. âHad we not found her, she wouldâve died.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Rescue crews were summoned at mid-morning Tuesday upon discovery of a passenger car that had found its way into the Blue River, just south of Columbia City on Ind. 9 and east of the Columbia City Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Initial reports indicated there were no occupants in the vehicle.
This developing news will be updated as more information becomes available.
COLUMBIA CITY â Morning commutes were being compromised Tuesday by a thick blanket of fog that descended on Whitley county, limiting visibility to one-tenth of a mile, and in many cases, just a few hundred yards.
The heavy fog was causing dangerous driving conditions due to limited visibility.
Despite the beastly driving, beauty was abounding as morning lightened the day. With mid-teen temperatures, the heavy fog was creating an abundance of hoar frost on trees, shrubs and other winter vegetation, providing dazzling, picturesque winter scenery.
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) â Officers stormed an underground bunker in Alabama where a 5-year-old boy had been held hostage for nearly a week, rescuing the child and leaving the boy's abductor dead, officials said Monday.
Steve Richardson with the FBI's office in Mobile said at a news conference Monday afternoon that negotiations had deteriorated with 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a man neighbors described as an isolated loner. Dykes had been seen with a gun, and officers believed the boy was in imminent danger, Richardson said.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â The news of Bishop Emeritus John DâArcyâs death had a trickle-down effect which was felt by Columbia City parishioners.
âIt was a hard blow,â said Mary Ann Schaefer, a member of St. Paul of the Cross, Columbia City.
âWhen we heard of his cancer, it was sad. He was still as active as he could be,â Schaefer said.
DâArcy, who oversaw the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 24 years during a time of church closings, a national sex-abuse scandal and some run-ins with University of Notre Dame leaders, has died. He was 80 years old.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Reinvigorating South Whitley is a priority for the townâs plan commission and town council, but the efforts are being spearheaded by Julia Robinson.
Robinson is the leader of Whitley On the Move, an organization in South Whitley working to affect positive change and revitalize the town.
Community members met in October and November to generate ideas for improvements. A slew of varied ideas were given to help breathe new life into the townâs recreation, economic state and attractions.
FORT WAYNE â Columbia City High Schoolâs show choirs competed at Northrop High School Saturday.
The contest was the first competition of the season for both groups. City Heat, a male and female mixed choir, took 5th runner up and City Lights, an all female group, took 3rd runner up.
Darrik Brower was named City Heatâs Outstanding Performer and Hannah Schaefer was awarded Outstanding Performer for City Lights.
Both groups are accompanied by City Soul, an instrumental group directed by Carolyn Hindbaugh.
Here are the headlines in Monday's issue:
Former bishop's death impacts Col. City
Columbia City show choir opens season
Town sees interest in renewal
Ex-Navy SEAL died pursuing his passion