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March 14th, 2011

Tornado siren test provides chance to review safety plan

March 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Department of Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security is gearing up this week for a pair of weather-related events.
According to department director Cathy Broxon-Ball, this week is not only Severe Weather Awareness Week, but also Flood Safety Awareness week.
In conjunction with the five-day event, Broxon-Ball said her department would be testing the county’s emergency sirens on Wednesday in the morning and again at 7 p.m.

Public input, recommendations on tap for plan commission

March 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Some degree of ambiguity surrounds business that’s on the agenda for the Whitley County Plan Commission tonight.
The panel meets a day earlier than usual due to scheduling conflicts.
Atop the agenda will be a public hearing for the county’s new comprehensive plan, Draft D.
According to Dave Sewell, executive director of the Whitley County Building and Planning Department, the commission could vote tonight to approve the plan, barring any major obstacles.
He added, though, that official ratification would be done by the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.

IDEM gives all clear to resume sewer project

March 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Contaminated soil found under railroad tracks in Columbia City has been cleared to be reintroduced.
Earlier this year, crews installing sewer lines under railroad tracks on South Line Street discovered oily dirt. The crews were in the process of boring under the tracks to insert new sewer line, a process called jack and bore.
Work was halted when the contaminated soil was discovered and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management was contacted.

Mandate means new signs for county roads

March 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County officials heard ideas last week on sign updates around the county — and got an unsuspected surprise.
At the twice-monthly meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners, Highway Department Superintendent Mike Barton presented Mitch Hansel of GAI consultants of Fort Wayne.
Barton and Hansel spoke to the three-man board about federal money available for updating signage which, according to them, is required by law and must be done by Jan. 1, 2012.
“It’s mandated, we don’t have a choice,” said Barton.

March 11th

Gotta Dance!

March 11, 2011

“It keeps me young and it keeps me going,” says Deb Aldrich, a grandmother of nine.
What she’s referring to is dance.
Called “Dancin’ Aunt Deb” by her family, she has been kicking up her heels since she was a little girl. Her mom started her in dance classes at the age of four.
She was a regular on the Ann Colone Show on WANE-TV in Fort Wayne and in 1959 performed with Gene Barry, who portrayed Bat Masterson on television, during the Shrine Horse Patrol in Columbia City.

House in Larwill razed for higher purpose

March 11, 2011

LARWILL — A Victorian Italianate-style brick house, built in 1880 in Larwill was razed Thursday.
Property owner Bob Vandermark of Larwill watched as Jeff Wigent of Wigent Excavating worked the excavator making short work of the job. What was a house at 116 N. Center Street in the morning, was level ground by 5 p.m.
“There was so much black mold, it wasn’t worth fixing,” Vandermark said.
He had purchased the house with an idea of restoration, but the mold issue changed his plans.

4-H Inc. prepares for upcoming events

March 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Tuesday evening’s 4-H Inc. board meeting was the last for Kay Walter, secretary at the Whitley County Purdue Extension Office. She has voluntarily taken minutes for the organization, though the board does elect a secretary, this year being Dave Rupley.
Rupley asked what was to happen at the next board meeting and was told, “Bring two pens.”
Offers to Walter to continue her duties even after her retirement date, March 18, were met with a smile, and a polite but firm refusal.
“It doesn’t get much better than Kay,” said Rex Eiler, boardmember.

Commission’s public hearing set for Tuesday

March 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Multiple scheduling conflicts have prompted the Whitley County Plan Commission to change the date of its next meeting.
The board will convene at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of the Whitley County Government Center.
The commission normally meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
In March, however, Cathy Gardner of the county’s Building and Planning Department said there were multiple conflicts involving board members who would be unavailable.

SDI helps county with war on meth

March 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A local company with a history of philanthropy is helping Whitley County fight drug crime.
Members of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department arrived at Steel Dynamics, Inc.’s Columbia City plant on Thursday to take possession of custom-made trailer for use by the county’s drug task force.
According to Sgt. Bill Brice with the Whitley County Drug Task Force, Steel Dynamics donated the trailer to the county for use on the scenes of methamphetamine labs.

CCHS senior readies for national chess tournament

March 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Danny Gater, at 18, is hardly the “king” of his own “castle,” but he’s working on becoming the master of his domain and when it comes to his immediate goals, he plans to keep his ego in “check” and not “pawn” his preparation off on anyone else.
The overabundance of chess terms is another way of saying that the Columbia City High School senior is preparing to return to the national stage in hopes of yet another chess trophy.
“I’m studying and trying to improve,” said Gater Thursday afternoon while moving chess pieces at his dining room table.

 

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