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November 16th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In order to improve communications between departments, the City of Columbia City will soon have the ability to access digitally organized information in a Geographic Information System (GIS) via computers, tablets or smartphones.
â€śItâ€™s time, efficiency and cost savings for the city as a whole,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
Mayor Daniel said the system will allow for quicker access to information which will mainly benefit departments in their daily tasks.
As a result, the system may prove to be beneficial to city residents.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A squirrel may have been the culprit in a 6,000-customer phone outage that stretched from Churubusco to Huntertown.
â€śWe think a squirrel chewed the power line, shorted it out and caused our phone line to get burned,â€ť Frontierâ€™s Construction Manager Laura Gay said.
Starting at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, â€™Busco residents were unable to make phone calls â€” but most importantly, werenâ€™t able to call 911 in the event of an emergency.
According to Gay, workers fixed the 911 section as soon as possible, and it was back up and running at approximately 7 p.m.
Phone service in Churubusco is down until further notice, according to Nixle. The 911 emergency number is inoperative in the immediate Churubusco area. Call 260-248-3181 for emergencies. Frontier has been notified.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Kent Theater sits with a nearly perfect faĂ§ade at 220 S. State St. in South Whitley, but look behind the exterior and the theater is anything but perfect.
Upon a recent inspection of the site that once housed Turning Point Church, the former theater looked much the same as it did nine months ago when a fire gutted the theater, causing the roof to collapse Feb. 18.
Debris and rubble still cover the theater seating, while parts of the structure still display blackened walls.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School senior Foster Eber wonâ€™t be watching football and eating turkey on Thanksgiving.
He will be part of an 86-year tradition â€” the Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Foster auditioned for the Macyâ€™s Great American Marching Band after watching last yearâ€™s parade.
Foster will leave Saturday to meet up with approximately 250 band members to rehearse for the parade. The marching band will perform two pieces during the event, â€śMoves Like Jagger,â€ť and a jazz number entitled â€śLazy River.â€ť
ALLEN COUNTY â€” Two men pleaded guilty to a marijuana-growing operation at Lake Everett â€” a mile northeast of the Whitley County line in Allen County.
Jason Bridges, 32, and Jarrod Vroom, 39, were arrested Sept. 8 in a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Allen County Drug Task Force and Indiana State Police, which uncovered more than 100 marijuana plants.
Allen Countyâ€™s SWAT team raided Bridgesâ€™ house and found the growing operation, along with an additional four pounds of marijuana.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” An error in the amount of $160,000 has caused South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey to scratch his head.
Clerk Treasurer Bob Gould informed the council at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting of the error. â€śThere are erroneous numbers in the computer system that showed we had $160,000. We didnâ€™t have that money. I donâ€™t know where that dollar amount came from.â€ť
Gould said when he discovered the error, funding categories needed to be redistributed and the $160,000 had to be deducted from various spending accounts.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council is reviewing an ordinance that may help to fill the old Scottâ€™s building, located on the corner of Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive.
The council is working to offer incentives to promote growth in that area to aid businesses that might consider the building.
â€śThe building has been sitting vacant for five to six years now, and we know there is some very good potential for it,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitleyâ€™s Town Council approved the minutes from its Oct. 25 meeting, where the council moved forward with the townâ€™s new energy contract with Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
The contract will replace the existing relationship with Duke Energy, saving the town of South Whitley an estimated $110,000 a year.
In other council business, Waste Managementâ€™s contract for sludge hauling is soon to be expired.