October 30th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ At last week‚Äôs meeting, Colulmbia City‚Äôs Common Council approved the 2014 employee salary ordinance, a yearly responsibility handled by city officials.
The employee ordinance includes a slight raise for the city‚Äôs 90 full-time employees.
Full-time employees are expected to receive a $1,040 per year bump, a raise that hasn‚Äôt happened in several years.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Once a year, real estate sales become the focus of the Whitley County Treasurer‚Äôs office.
Annual tax sales take place in the fall, and this year, county officials moved 29 properties in its sale Oct. 15.
‚ÄúIt was a big day for the county,‚ÄĚ said Treasurer Laurell Hodges. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a lot that goes into the tax sale day, but I have an excellent support staff that makes things go a lot smoother.‚ÄĚ
In 2012, the tax sale produced 14 transactions, which means Hodges juggled twice as many sales for the county not including the other 14 properties that didn‚Äôt sell.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man will serve 2.5 years at the Whitley County Jail for stealing from his family.
Stephen ‚ÄúNathan‚ÄĚ Lawrence, 23, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to theft and residential entry ‚ÄĒ both Class D felonies, and criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor.
He was given a sentence of 2.5 years, with two to serve in the Whitley County Jail, by Senior Judge Mike Rush at the same hearing.
Indian Springs‚Äô cross country teams ended their seasons with an awards banquet celebrating their past and looking with anticipation to the future.
Outstanding Rookies, Life Skills, and Overall Awards were presented.
High School Coaches Bob Fahl, Krystal Walker-Zoltek and Jason Matteson were also present to share in the evening.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Despite the potential for questionable weather during Thursday night‚Äôs trick-or-treating, officials have decided to continue with Halloween as scheduled.
‚ÄúDue to man power already being scheduled and other organizations that have planned events for Thursday, trick-or-treat will still be on Halloween,‚ÄĚ the City of Columbia City stated in a press release today.
According to forecasters, thunderstorms with high winds are expected to hit the area Thursday evening, including 1 to 3 inches of rainfall.
Girls basketball season officially opened practices around the state of Indiana on Monday.
Pictured is Columbia City‚Äôs Macie Hinen, a junior this season, against Bishop Dwenger last year.
Betty J. Rex, 86, of Columbia City, died at 4:54 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since August 2007.
She was born Sept. 19, 1927 in Whitley County a daughter of Wyland and Iva E. (Gump) Zumbrun. A lifelong resident of Whitley County, she graduated from Coesse High School.
On Dec. 25, 1947, she was united in marriage to Jackson A. ‚ÄúJack‚ÄĚ Rex. From 1972 until 1998, they spent their winters in Zapata, Texas. Mr. Rex died June 29, 2003.
She was employed at GE for 15 years and retired from United Technologies in 1980.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The Town of Churubusco recently announced its 2nd Annual Food Drive.
The town will be collecting non-perishable food and household items during the holiday season to donate to the Churubusco United Methodist Food Pantry.
Collections will occur from Nov. 1 until Dec. 12 at the Churubusco Government Center, 530 S. Main St.
‚ÄúPlease help make someone else‚Äôs holiday season a little brighter by donating,‚ÄĚ said town officials. ‚ÄúWith your donation, you will receive recognition on the ‚ÄėDoor of Fame.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One commissioner voted against a measure to allow new paint to be applied to Whitley County ambulances.
Whitley County‚Äôs Commissioners met last week, and on the agenda was a request made by Parkview Whitley Hospital to paint the county‚Äôs ambulances to match the ones used in Allen County.
However, as stated in the proposal, an emblem would be placed on the side designating the vehicles as Whitley County‚Äôs.
But considering the county actually owns the five ambulances, Commissioner Don Amber was not in favor of having the vehicles altered.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Taxes ‚ÄĒ for some it is a five letter word that causes financial frustration. However, for Laurell Hodges dealing with taxes means its just another day as the Whitley County Treasurer.
Property taxes for the second annual installment are due Tuesday, Nov. 12. Although statements were mailed earlier in the year, Hodges wants property owners across the county to remember the date and to keep in mind that Monday, Nov. 11 is a holiday and county offices, including the Treasurer‚Äôs office, will be closed.