May 11th, 2012
LARWILL ‚ÄĒ In an effort to encourage growth in the Town of Larwill and utilize the former Larwill High School, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Alan Tio and Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Jim Atz, attended the Larwill town council meeting Thursday evening requesting a tax abatement.
LARWILL ‚ÄĒ Larwill residents will soon incur an increase on their monthly utility billing as the town‚Äôs 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‚Äôs office during posted business hours.
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠¬≠ ¬≠‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs willingness to serve them.
LARWILL ‚ÄĒ 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.
MCKINNEY, Texas ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúI can find nothing that says his (Ducharme) whereabouts, and I don‚Äôt have the conditions of his bond.
Ducharme was booked April 13.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Highway Department is laying out plans for their summer sealing program and the continuation of dust control efforts.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs when we get the most calls,‚ÄĚ said Mike Barton, highway department superintendent. ‚ÄúThey want to know which roads will be done first and second and if there are roads that are going to be done at all.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe‚Äôll go out, and especially the roads we‚Äôve milled, we want to get them out of any possible dust they‚Äôve seen since last fall,‚ÄĚ said Barton.
Barton said the Highway Department has not seen as much dust on the roads as they expected.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Despite an impressive 10-run inning by Columbia City, Whitko held on for a 16-13 win over the Eagles on their own field Friday night in Columbia City.
Whitko jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the top of the fourth inning. Fearing the possibility of being beat by the 10-run-rule, Columbia City retaliated with a 10-run fourth frame to tie the score at 13.
But that was the end, as the Eagles didn‚Äôt score another run for the final three innings, while Whitko tacked on three more in the high-scoring game.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs boys and girls track teams hosted the Northeast Corner Conference meet Friday night.
The boys team placed third out of 10 teams, and the girls came in fourth.
Fairfield was the boys NECC title winner, while Westview received the honors for the girls.
Churubusco continued to control the throwing events, with Heather Monk taking first-team all-conference in both the shot put and discus. Monk‚Äôs sister, Katie, got second in the discus and third in the shot put.
Austin McClure dominated the boys throws, winning the discus and taking second in the shot put.
NEW HAVEN ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys golf team posted its best score of the season Thursday night at Whispering Creek.
The Eagles won with a 156 over the Bulldogs, who shot a 177.
Columbia City‚Äôs previous low was 166, 10 strokes higher than the Eagle‚Äôs score on Thursday.
Eagle Drew Burnsworth shot his best score of the season, 35, earning medalist honors.
‚ÄúIt was good to see Burnsworth break out and finish a round well,‚ÄĚ Thompson said. ‚ÄúIt was huge.‚ÄĚ
Derek Philbee fired a 39, his first score under 40 this season.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs been playing well for us,‚ÄĚ Thompson said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The county council motioned to approve the president of the Whitley County EDC Alan Tio‚Äôs request for a revolving loan fund (RLF) Wednesday.
The request was made for a small business called Neptune‚Äôs 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.