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March 28th, 2011

Teen sentenced for rape, murder

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Emotions ran high from everyone involved prior to the expected century-long sentencing of an 18-year-old who admitted to killing a 14-year-old Whitley County girl in March of 2010.
“I still don’t know how this could happen in our community,” said Whitley Circuit Court Judge James Heuer after hearing testimony from both the prosecution and the defense in the sentencing hearing of Joshua M. Wright.
Wright pleaded guilty but mentally ill in court last month and agreed to a combined sentence for four crimes of 100 years.

March 25th

Families united in surviving loss of children

March 25, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Losing a child has been described as the worst kind of loss anyone could possibly go though, a searing and unspeakable pain.
For two Churubusco-area families, July 16, 2009 will be a day never forgotten. It was that day that Andrew C. (“Andy”) Spencer, 17, and Megan Christine Young, 16, died from results of a one-vehicle accident in rural Whitley County. The young couple had just eaten lunch and were heading to Megan’s house for a swim before her volleyball practice.
Unfortunately, the day’s scheduled events were never completed.

City looking for ways to reduce gasoline use

March 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck is calling on his town’s department heads to come up with ways to help reduce “pain at the pump.”
The mayor said earlier this week at the regular meeting of the Columbia City Common Council, and reiterated on Friday to the Board of Works and Safety, there is seemingly no end in sight to elevating gas prices.
“We do have a need to create a plan within your department,” Fleck told the town’s department heads Friday morning.
Fleck said he realizes a “one size fits all” approach will not work.

Mayor warns of looming budget shortfall

March 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck addressed the town’s Common Council on Tuesday and warned the five-person panel that the city could see another financial hit coming in the next year or more.
Fleck reported at the tail end of the board’s regular session that he’d attended a conference with other Indiana mayors and received word regarding an “over-distribution” to local governments across the state of about $660 million.
“In effect, they (the state of Indiana) gave us a loan. It’s not anybody’s fault,” Fleck said, “it's the fault of the system and the recession.”

Schrader ready for challenges of new job

March 25, 2011

There’s a new face behind the desk at the Extension Office.
Lisa Schrader is replacing Kay Walter as 4-H secretary, on her own beginning Monday as last Friday was Walter’s last day.
“I’m off to a good start,” Schrader said. “I’m trying not to get too worked up about things.”
She comes with a good deal of experience having worked in human resources as an administrative assistant at Guardian Automotive in Ligonier, and six years as a receptionist. Since then, she has been a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters Abbigail, age seven, and Molly, five.

March 24th

Kiddie pool problem pondered

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — More repairs to Columbia City’s half-century-old public swimming pool are being discussed.
City Parks Director Mark Green reported to the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday that the kiddie pool section of the Burnworth Memorial Pool is in need of renovation.
“We’ve had problems with leaking, we’ve had problems with stability,” said Green.
“It’s repairable, but it’s not in good shape.”
Green told the council that estimates for the kiddie pool repairs are at about $27,000.

Drivers license renewal leads to arrest

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — An alert agency employee is responsible for putting a Whitley County sex offender and fugitive from justice behind bars.
According to police and several people connected with the Huntsville, Ala. Salvation Army, DeWayne E. Stewart, 47, formerly of Columbia City, was arrested Friday when he attempted to get an Alabama driver’s license.
Huntsville police confirmed the arrest on Monday.
Stewart was reportedly living in a shelter for the homeless run by the Huntsville Salvation Army chapter and was attending a six-month drug and alcohol treatment program.

City announces limb pickup dates

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City street crews will be making their annual rounds to gather limbs from the past winter, according to Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh.
“We’ll have the sweeper out picking up sand and other stuff that accumulated over the winter,” said Cearbaugh to the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday during his department report.
Cearbaugh announced the limb pickup program, which begins April 4.
The program has been initiated as a means to dispose of limbs and branches from storm-related events and small pruning projects, according to Cearbaugh.

What would you do in an earthquake?

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Local emergency officials are teaming up with experts at the national level to raise awareness and preparedness in the event a disaster the likes of which rocked Japan should strike the Midwest.
The event, called the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will be observed in April and will involve more than one million people, according to a press release issued by the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security.
The event is being organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and will involve 11 states, including Indiana.

Fort Wayne Metals establishes Whitley County operation

March 24, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A company with its roots in northeast Indiana is planning to grow into Whitley County.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC, a manufacturer of premium metal alloys, announced today that it will locate a new operation in Columbia City, creating up to 68 new jobs by 2014.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC plans to invest $12.9 million to renovate the 115,000 square-foot former Fort Wayne Foundry building, and purchase production equipment that will enhance capabilities and increase capacity in support of current operations.

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