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November 15th, 2012

CURTAINS FOR KENT THEATER: Town Council affirms order to ensure charred structure is demolished

November 15, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — Kent Theater sits with a nearly perfect façade at 220 S. State St. in South Whitley, but look behind the exterior and the theater is anything but perfect.

Upon a recent inspection of the site that once housed Turning Point Church, the former theater looked much the same as it did nine months ago when a fire gutted the theater, causing the roof to collapse Feb. 18.

Debris and rubble still cover the theater seating, while parts of the structure still display blackened walls.

CCHS MARCHING MEMBER: To perform with Macy’s band

November 15, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School senior Foster Eber won’t be watching football and eating turkey on Thanksgiving.

He will be part of an 86-year tradition — the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Foster auditioned for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band after watching last year’s parade.

Foster will leave Saturday to meet up with approximately 250 band members to rehearse for the parade. The marching band will perform two pieces during the event, “Moves Like Jagger,” and a jazz number entitled “Lazy River.”

POT OPERATION: Pair pleads guilty to marijuana possession

November 15, 2012


ALLEN COUNTY — Two men pleaded guilty to a marijuana-growing operation at Lake Everett — a mile northeast of the Whitley County line in Allen County.

Jason Bridges, 32, and Jarrod Vroom, 39, were arrested Sept. 8 in a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Allen County Drug Task Force and Indiana State Police, which uncovered more than 100 marijuana plants.

Allen County’s SWAT team raided Bridges’ house and found the growing operation, along with an additional four pounds of marijuana.

Robert Phend, 83

November 15, 2012

Robert E. Phend, 83 of South Whitley, passed away at p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in his residence.
On Dec. 13, 1929, he was born in Columbia City, to Paul and Marie (Wysong) Phend.
He married Marjorie Johnson on July 11, 1953, who survives. Robert retired from International Harvester/Navistar in Fort Wayne.
Other surviving relatives include four children, Norma Schweigel of Columbia City; Michael E. (Sharon) Phend of Pierceton, Rebecca A. Phend of South Whitley and Rose E. Phend of South Whitley; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Daniel Howard, 69

November 15, 2012

Daniel James Howard, 69, of Columbia City, passed away at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at his home. Born June 25, 1943, in Warsaw, he was the son of James Boyce and Helen Lucille (Fisher) Howard.
He graduated from Warsaw High School with the Class of 1961.
After graduation, he honorably served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He earned an Associate’s degree from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis. On Sept. 5, 1965, he married Ouida Sue Crum in Kossuth, Miss.

November 14th

Jill Weeks, 58

November 14, 2012

Jill Rene (Kuckuck) Weeks, 58, of Columbia City, passed away Nov. 8, 2012, at her home.
She was born Sept. 24, 1954 in Whitley County, daughter of Edgar and Dorothy (Nierman) Kuckuck.

FINANCES UNDER FIRE: Questionable numbers lead to heated town council meeting

November 14, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — An error in the amount of $160,000 has caused South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey to scratch his head.
Clerk Treasurer Bob Gould informed the council at Tuesday’s meeting of the error. “There are erroneous numbers in the computer system that showed we had $160,000. We didn’t have that money. I don’t know where that dollar amount came from.”
Gould said when he discovered the error, funding categories needed to be redistributed and the $160,000 had to be deducted from various spending accounts.

CITY COUNCIL: Looks to fill old Scott’s building

November 14, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council is reviewing an ordinance that may help to fill the old Scott’s building, located on the corner of Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive.
The council is working to offer incentives to promote growth in that area to aid businesses that might consider the building.
“The building has been sitting vacant for five to six years now, and we know there is some very good potential for it,” said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.

TUESDAY MORNING BLAZE

November 14, 2012

S. WHITLEY: Town Council ties up loose ends on old business

November 14, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s Town Council approved the minutes from its Oct. 25 meeting, where the council moved forward with the town’s new energy contract with Indiana Municipal Power Agency.
The contract will replace the existing relationship with Duke Energy, saving the town of South Whitley an estimated $110,000 a year.
In other council business, Waste Management’s contract for sludge hauling is soon to be expired.

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