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July 16th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After more than a month of shadowing Mayor Ryan Daniel, 21-year-old Zach Taylorâ€™s internship ended Friday, proving to be an informative task.
â€śItâ€™s been an eye opening experience,â€ť said Taylor. â€śAt school we always talk about the state and federal level, and how elections work at that level or how government runs at that level. On a local level itâ€™s not about being a democrat or being a republican, itâ€™s about doing whatever it takes to get the job done.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as of Thursday, 36 counties in Indiana are designated as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme drought.
Other than Whitley County, the following counties in Indiana are include: Allen, Gibson, Marshall, St. Joseph, Carroll, Grant, Martin, Spencer, Cass, Greene, Miami, Steuben, Crawford, Howard, Noble, Sullivan, Daviess, Huntington, Orange, Vanderburgh, DeKalb, Knox, Perry, Wabash, Dubois, Kosciusko, Pike, Warrick, Elkhart, LaGrange, Posey, Wells, Fulton, Lawrence and Pulaski.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, Columbia City Common Council member Ben Romine said he talked to a couple business owners downtown, and they wondered if the city would ever consider moving Old Settlers Days out of downtown.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said this is not the first time he has heard this, as some downtown business owners have strong opinions on the subject.
â€śThere have been discussions Iâ€™m sure through many many years about that,â€ť said Daniel. â€śObviously, itâ€™s a decision as to the placement of Old Settlers that is up to the Old Settlers committee.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Encourager, gracious, positive, hard worker, giver, community and childrenâ€™s advocate, husband, father, grandfather, manager and gardener. These are just some adjectives describing one of the hardest working educators in Whitley County.
Ralph Bailey retired from being a superintendent at Whitley County Consolidated Schools in 1991 after 23 years of service, but hasnâ€™t stopped working since.
Bailey, 84, was selected as interim superintendent at Smith-Green Community Schools for the second time July 2, after a surprise resignation from Steve Darnell, whoâ€™s last day was June 29.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Business and community leaders in Whitley County who were â€ślocked upâ€ť Tuesday at Paigeâ€™s Crossing to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, exceeded their goal.
â€śThe event goal was to raise $25,000 as a community, and the event ended up totaling just nearly $35,000,â€ť said Fundraising Coordinator Alison Eckert. â€śThis is amazing and a job very well done.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 99 of the Tree Plan.
â€śThere was a letter from the Tree Board that came last meeting, and it had some changes in there,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
â€śThey were mainly administrative changes in regards as to who is holding the tree plan and who is basically the individual in charge of the trees.â€ť
The amendment called for the person authorized to exercise powers to read â€śTree Board Presidentâ€ť instead of â€śDirector of Community Development.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” On the long list of scams that currently exist, a new one is making its way across the United States and has homeowners believing the government is offering assistance to cover utility bills.
â€śWe just want to make local people aware of it. It is a scam and they need to pay attention,â€ť said Gene Donaghy, vice president of member services at Northeastern REMC.
Since this scam has been on a national level for a few days, Donaghy warns local Northern Indiana residents to be aware.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Kelly Cearbaugh, street superintendent of Columbia City, gave his report to the City Council Tuesday, he noted the department would be wrapping up chipping downed trees this week after the storm which swept through the city June 29.
â€śWe are continuing to work on this and get it done,â€ť said Cearbaugh.
Along with the report, Cearbaugh thanked his workers for staying on task during the four days temperatures reached over 100 degrees.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, the council amended the fire prevention code on second reading. The change regards burn permits.
During the councilâ€™s meeting in June, when it was passed on first reading, Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue explained how this eliminates the verbiage that gives the City of Columbia City, the Board of Works and himself the right to issue burn permits.
LaRue said people would need to comply with state law as well as IDEM standards on this rule.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Republican Party has selected a replacement for the countyâ€™s assessor who announced her resignation earlier this year.
â€śIt was uncontested, so Rita Sauders will be the new Whitley County Assessor,â€ť said Matthew Boyd, chairman of the countyâ€™s Republican party.
Sauders was selected in a caucus Tuesday to replace Angie Heath, who announced she would resign effective July 7.
â€śIt was a good turnout. There were 26 of us who showed up for an uncontested race so I was pleased,â€ť said Boyd.