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March 28th, 2013

RAIN BARRELS: Col. City Board of Works passes program

March 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works and Public Safety unanimously approved the rain barrel program at Tuesday’s meeting.

Citizens may purchase rain barrels and have part of the cost refunded by the city as part of the rebate. Participation in the program meets one of the minimum control requirements.

EXTENSION OFFICE: Board elects new members

March 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Extension Office welcomed three new board members at its annual meeting Tuesday night.

Four members from the 12-member board were completing their term, including John Hilligoss, Meredith Hoffman, John Saggers and Doug Sheetz.

All but Sheetz declined being nominated for a new term. Joining Sheetz, following an election, were new board members Jeff Geiger, Sharon Hesting and Judy Kreider.

Doug Sheetz

FATHER RECEIVES SENTENCE: Greer assisted his sons in manufacturing meth

March 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Churubusco man, who was accused of assisting his sons in manufacturing methamphetamine, was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Ed Greer, 59, was arrested in December and charged with aiding in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Greer previously pled guilty to aiding in manufacturing of meth, a Class B felony, and had 11 other counts dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Churubusco softball digs in for 2013

March 28, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco softball head coach Wayne Gibson didn’t have any seniors on his team last year.

The 2012 ‘Busco team still managed to compile a 11-16 record, while finishing 4-6 in the Northeast Corner Conference.

Last year’s Lady Eagles’ season ended in a close 2-1 loss in the first round of sectionals. The opponent that fell them: eventual 2012 2A state runner-up Adams Central.

“We felt we competed last year, and we feel we can compete in the conference and our sectional this year,” said the ‘Busco coach.

O’Dell commits to Earlham

March 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The third Columbia City football player this week has named his college choice.

Buddy O’Dell, senior defensive tackle for the Eagles, has committed to attend Earlham College and plans to major in human development and social relations.

He’s seeking a minor in business and nonprofit management.

Whitko netters capture opener

March 28, 2013

LIGONIER — Despite the weather, Whitko’s girls tennis team scored a victory over West Noble in its opening match of the year.

The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Chargers by a final of 3-2. Whitko earned a victory at No. 1 singles from senior Laura Hippensteel, who won 6-1, 6-4.

Whitko’s Aressa Tackwell won the No. 2 singles match, 6-2, 6-2.

The clinching match for the Lady Wildcats was a comeback win at No. 1 doubles. Laura Alfieri and Abby Marshall erased a 3-0 hole in the first set to win 6-4, 6-4.

March 27th

ADULT ENTERTAINMENT DECREE REWORDED: City to clarify strip club ordinance

March 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A proposed ordinance banning strip clubs in Columbia City will have some of its language clarified before being presented to the common council.

Ordinance 2013-11, which prohibits nude and semi-nude acts in commercial establishments in the city, did not take effect. The ordinance unanimously passed during its first reading at the March 12 meeting.

City Attorney Marcia McNagny said there were two parts of the ordinance that needed clarification.

CLEVELAND TWP. NAMES TRUSTEE: Caucus turns out Yeager as new steward

March 27, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — With seven township residents vying for the Cleveland Township trustee position, James Yeager was declared the winner at Tuesday night’s caucus.

Although Yeager is the newest trustee, not many changes are on the horizon for the township.

“There isn’t anything I want to change right now,” Yeager said. “I need to learn what this position actually does and what I can and can’t do first. I think for the meantime it is going to be business as usual.”

WIKTOROWSKI HIRED: Whitko introduces new SWES principal

March 27, 2013

PIERCETON — South Whitley Elementary School will have a new principal effective July 1.

Donna Wiktorowski was approved for the position at Whitko Community School Corporation’s board meeting Monday night.

Wiktorowski comes from Goshen Community Schools where she currently works as a classroom teacher at Parkside Elementary School.

“We’re excited and the teachers are excited,” said Superintendent Steve Clason. “She’s been an educator for many years and her husband works as the athletic director for Wawasee High School. She’ll be a great leader for us.”

TOWN UTILITIES: Columbia City approves IURC withdrawal

March 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — First steps were taken to withdraw Columbia City’s electric and water utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

The respective ordinances passed unanimously on the first readings. The second reading of each ordinance will be at the Tuesday, April 9 meeting of the council, along with a public hearing.

On hand to speak to the council was Buzz Krohn of O.W. Krohn, a firm that advises for electric and water utilities. He said the city’s desire to withdraw from the IURC was not negative on the regulatory commission.

 

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