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May 10th, 2011

Still open: Salvation Army office is not closing

May 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Contrary to rumors circulating, Whitley County Salvation Army director Pat Mossburg, the local organization is alive and well.
“Nothing has changed; we’re still here,” Mossburg said this morning.
She said that over the weekend, she had gotten several e-mails asking her if the local Salvation Army was closing its doors.
Mossburg said the Salvation Army is not leaving the community and is stronger than ever and doing the most good in Whitley County.

May 9th

A sign of warm weather

May 9, 2011

Energy savings less than reported

May 9, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — An error in calculation has made it necessary for a company contracted by Whitley County to make a second presentation.
Thomas Payne, director of marketing for Border Energy, appeared before the Whitley County Council last week to give an update on his company’s efforts to save the county money on its energy bill.
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Damaged lift station repaired

May 9, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety received word last week that a brand-new sewer lift station, dinged up by an excavator during installation, is fully repaired and ready to be put in the ground.
“The repair has been made and meets the repair action plan,” said City Outside Operations Manager Jeff Walker on Friday.
“There was no real damage, it was more of a cosmetic and aesthetic issue than anything else. I’m pleased with how it turned out.”
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WCCS considers buying corporation vehicles

May 9, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Amidst a recent budget crunch that included the release of more than 20 teachers, the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees is more than a little resistant to spend money on a couple of vehicles.
At its regular board meeting last week, the board heard a presentation from corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf and Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor about the need for corporation vehicles for the school district’s maintenance director and transportation director.
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May 6th

Donation gives boost to shelter

May 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Earlier this week, The Post & Mail received a press release from Mark Espich, president of the board of the Whitley County Humane Society, that they are facing a financial crisis.
In a plea for public support to offset operating expenses, Espich praised the Whitley County Community Foundation for a recent grant given to help stabilize the shelter’s finances.
“The economy has been particularly hard on our area’s non-profit organizations,” explained September McConnell, Community Foundation Director.

School board agrees to renovation plan

May 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees is paying, reluctantly, for the design of a renovation to the former Marshall Middle School that some board members said they didn’t see coming.
“Are we done with these surprises?” asked board member Deborah Hiss, when the board was asked to approve a contract with Gibraltar Design as architects for a renovation to the building’s kitchen.
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Dual credit progam considered by WCCS

May 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Teachers within the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation are championing a program that would have local students hitting the accelerator pedal on their education.
Known as Early College High School, a panel of WCCS teachers have been studying the concept for a year to see if the program will be feasible here.
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City to pay for work stoppage

May 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — After months of delay, a construction company will receive payment for delays it experienced when contamination in Columbia City was discovered.
“It’s been a frustrating issue for me,” said Roger Seymoure of the city’s Board of Works and Safety, who made a motion Friday that the city pay $377,760 to Bowen Engineering.
“In my opinion we were not served well by the engineer (Burgess & Niple) or by the state of Indiana.”
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Amber terminated from job

May 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber stuck his neck out as far as he could for what he says is patient care and public safety of Whitley County residents.
On Thursday, it apparently cost him his job.
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