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May 15th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When it came to a scant showing at the polls for the May 8 Primary Election, Whitley County fared as poorly as many in the Hoosier state.
According to media reports, about 19 percent of the 4.4 million registered voters in Indiana exercised that right a week ago.
In neighboring Allen County, news reports are calling the participation at the polls by voters near the lowest in the state.
In Whitley County, primary voter turnout dropped dramatically from the previous primary in 2008.
COLUMBIA CITY - The city council motioned to pass an ordinance on first reading, as they worked toward amending the illicit discharge and connection to the storm water system. The meeting was held Thursday.
The ordinance was before the council to address some issues found in the existing ordinance regarding the clarification of ambiguities.
â€śThe reason to have this kind of ordinance is to make sure that weâ€™re discharging clean rainwater through our storm water system and eliminating stuff going into our sewer that does not need to be going into our sewer,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
CHURUBUSCO â€” It was their 15 minutes of fame and they will never forget it.
NBCâ€™s The Today Show was in Churubusco early Saturday morning to do a live broadcast of three local teens recalling a now-famous deck collapse right before the schoolâ€™s prom May 5.
It was a picture perfect day when 12 Churubusco teens were posed on the deck of Greg and Margaret Blakeâ€™s deck just north of Churubusco on U.S. 33. The group was waiting for Haleigh Gross to appear.
LARWILL â€” In an effort to encourage growth in the Town of Larwill and utilize the former Larwill High School, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Alan Tio and Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Jim Atz, attended the Larwill town council meeting Thursday evening requesting a tax abatement.
LARWILL â€” Larwill residents will soon incur an increase on their monthly utility billing as the townâ€™s sewer ordinance has been amended. Town attorney, Greg Hockemeyer, made the changes to the ordinance which outlines a 14.3 percent rate hike. The monthly rate for a single family dwelling will increase from $35 to $40. A copy of the amended rate ordinance is available for inspection at the clerkâ€™s office during posted business hours.
COLUMBIA CITY ÂÂ Ââ€” With doughnuts to share, the Salvation Army of Whitley County celebrated 75 years of service with an open house. Members of the community were invited to visit the new location that is now inside First Church of God off DePoy Dr in Columbia City.
The organization has grown in support and in its effort to extend a helping hand to those in need. But there are still residents of Whitley County who are not aware of the Salvation Armyâ€™s willingness to serve them.
LARWILL â€” Locally-based contract manufacturer Red Star Manufacturing, Inc. recently collaborated with Whitko High School to support component manufacturing for a custom-ordered 10-ton plastic injection molding machine.
In late 2011, Red Star owner Scott Werstler approached Whitko Engineering and Welding Technology teacher Jay Ocken about providing his students with hands-on experience with tools and techniques in component manufacturing.
MCKINNEY, Texas â€” The Columbia City man jailed in April in Collin County, Texas on charges of money laundering has been released on bail, according to court officials in that county.
According to Tim Wyatt, the attorney for Duane Ducharme, 70, posted a $40,000 surety bond on Wednesday.
Ducharme is represented by McKinney, Texas-based attorney Gregg Gibbs. Wyatt said Friday that an examining trial is scheduled there May 25.
â€śI can find nothing that says his (Ducharme) whereabouts, and I donâ€™t have the conditions of his bond.
Ducharme was booked April 13.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Highway Department is laying out plans for their summer sealing program and the continuation of dust control efforts.
â€śItâ€™s when we get the most calls,â€ť said Mike Barton, highway department superintendent. â€śThey want to know which roads will be done first and second and if there are roads that are going to be done at all.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ll go out, and especially the roads weâ€™ve milled, we want to get them out of any possible dust theyâ€™ve seen since last fall,â€ť said Barton.
Barton said the Highway Department has not seen as much dust on the roads as they expected.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The county council motioned to approve the president of the Whitley County EDC Alan Tioâ€™s request for a revolving loan fund (RLF) Wednesday.
The request was made for a small business called Neptuneâ€™s Keep.
Jacob Bartlett, the owner of the agricultural shrimp farming business in southern Indiana, said he wants to expand, and he is considering locating in Whitley County.
Bartlett said he has been raising White Pacific shrimp indoors for the past two years, with successful growth in the business.