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May 11th, 2012

HIKE: Larwill utility rate hike on the horizon

May 11, 2012

LARWILL — Larwill residents will soon incur an increase on their monthly utility billing as the town’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 clerk’s office during posted business hours.

FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT: Salvation Army has 75 years of giving; needs never cease

May 11, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­­ ­— 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 Army’s willingness to serve them.

Local manufacturer joins forces with Whitko H.S. students

May 11, 2012

LARWILL — 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.

Ducharme posts surety bond

May 11, 2012

MCKINNEY, Texas — 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.

“I can find nothing that says his (Ducharme) whereabouts, and I don’t have the conditions of his bond.

Ducharme was booked April 13.

HIGHWAY DEPT.: works on plans for sealing, dust control

May 11, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Highway Department is laying out plans for their summer sealing program and the continuation of dust control efforts.

“It’s when we get the most calls,” said Mike Barton, highway department superintendent. “They want to know which roads will be done first and second and if there are roads that are going to be done at all.”

“We’ll go out, and especially the roads we’ve milled, we want to get them out of any possible dust they’ve seen since last fall,” said Barton.

Barton said the Highway Department has not seen as much dust on the roads as they expected.

SHRIMP BUSINESS LOOKING TO LOCATE IN WHITLEY COUNTY

May 11, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The county council motioned to approve the president of the Whitley County EDC Alan Tio’s request for a revolving loan fund (RLF) Wednesday.
The request was made for a small business called Neptune’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.

VIRAL COLLAPSE: 'Busco prom night starts out a bit scary

May 11, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — After prom is supposed to be fun. But some Churubusco students are having way too much fun with what happened right before prom and getting national attention for it.
Thirteen teens were dressed in their finest and getting pictures taken before Churubusco Senior High School’s prom last Saturday at the home of the Blake family when the deck they were standing on collapsed.
The students and their parents had decided to meet at Chandler Blake’s home just across from the I.U. Pond north of Churubusco on U.S. 33.

May 10th

BIKIN': Elementary school students honor National Ride Your Bike to School Day

May 10, 2012

Wednesday was National Ride Your Bike To School Day, and more than 100 students at Mary Raber Elementary School participated in the event.

Sarah Minier finds a place to park her bike Wednesday Morning before school.

NEXT PHASE: WCCS studies next step for Eagle Tech

May 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County School Corporation Board met Monday evening in a work session that included a summary of this year’s Eagle Tech operation and also received information on the next phase of renovation and construction at the former Marshall Center.
Eagle Tech Principal Brady Mullett began the session by presenting an overview of some of the successes the program has seen.

DUI DEATH: Driver pleads not guilty

May 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A not guilty plea was entered into Whitley County Circuit Court Wednesday for a man involved in a fatal car crash April 29 in southern Whitley County that killed a three-year old boy.
According to officials in the court, the initial hearing for 52-year-old Mya Tha Tun of Fort Wayne, originally scheduled for Monday, was delayed until an interpreter could be located who spoke Burmese.
Once the interpreter was located, a hearing was held Wednesday and an initial plea of not guilty was entered.

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