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July 16th, 2012

EXTENDED AGAIN: Commissioners to revisit burn ban every two weeks

July 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — At the County Commissioner’s meeting Monday, the board voted to continue the Burn Ban and to consider it every two weeks.
Present at the meeting, Cathy Broxon-Ball, EMA director, approached the board informing them that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 36 Indiana counties as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by the drought.
The counties were named as of Thursday, and the Farmers Service Agency (FSA) said farmers in eligible counties can apply for loans to help cover part of their losses.

MISS ONION DAYS: Onion Days fest still going strong

July 16, 2012

WOLF LAKE ­— The festival that started 40 years ago in Wolf Lake celebrates its traditions in this year’s anniversary celebration. Included on that list events is the Miss Onion Days contest.
Every year, young women from the area compete in the quest to be crowned, “Miss Onion Days.”
The competition is simple. Cans are set out and carried by the girls in the contest. They collect pennies that count as votes. The collected donations goes toward Onion Days. At the end, all the money is collected, counted, and the young lady with the most votes wins.

SAVORY SUCCESS: Small business overcomes economic tough times

July 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­­— Economic uncertainty has had most businesses on a roller coaster of financial ups and downs. That would lead most entrepreneurs to think twice before making the leap into a new business, but for Steve Beers and his family a small business was the ride they were looking for.
Masters Hand BBQ, with operations in Columbia City, is a company that provides barbecue sauces, rubs, mustards and more in a gluten free, high-fructose corn syrup free, all natural product.

'EYE OPENING': College student interns for mayor

July 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — After more than a month of shadowing Mayor Ryan Daniel, 21-year-old Zach Taylor’s internship ended Friday, proving to be an informative task.
“It’s been an eye opening experience,” said Taylor. “At 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 it’s not about being a democrat or being a republican, it’s about doing whatever it takes to get the job done.”

CROP CALAMITY: USDA designates Whitley County as one of 35 disaster areas

July 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

July 13th

RETHINKING: Col. City discusses changes to OSD

July 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — At Tuesday’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.
“There have been discussions I’m sure through many many years about that,” said Daniel. “Obviously, it’s a decision as to the placement of Old Settlers that is up to the Old Settlers committee.”

TRIED AND TRUE: SGCS tabs Bailey as Supt.

July 13, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — Encourager, gracious, positive, hard worker, giver, community and children’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 hasn’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, who’s last day was June 29.

MDA: 'Jailbirds’ exceed MDA goal by $10K

July 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Business and community leaders in Whitley County who were “locked up” Tuesday at Paige’s Crossing to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, exceeded their goal.
“The event goal was to raise $25,000 as a community, and the event ended up totaling just nearly $35,000,” said Fundraising Coordinator Alison Eckert. “This is amazing and a job very well done.”

TREE PLAN: City council amends ordiannce

July 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council approved an ordinance amending Chapter 99 of the Tree Plan.
“There was a letter from the Tree Board that came last meeting, and it had some changes in there,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
“They 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.”
The amendment called for the person authorized to exercise powers to read “Tree Board President” instead of “Director of Community Development.”

July 12th

POWER SCAM: New con offers utility bill payment

July 12, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“We just want to make local people aware of it. It is a scam and they need to pay attention,” 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.

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