August 19th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â Saturday marked the 100-year anniversary of the South Whitley Community Public Library.
More than 100 former library workers, relatives of the late librarian Marian Bollinger, and members of the community joined in the festivities with balloons, refreshments and party favors.
While the party was officially for the library, the life of Bollinger was recognized for her part in the foundation of the library.
Patty Weybright, library board president and Whitko High School librarian, spoke at the event.
Animals were the featured exhibit Sunday at the Whitley County Historical Museum. Jenn Heffernan, of the Fort Wayne Childrenâs Zoo, was on-hand to introduce children to various animals native to Indiana.
Pictured is Heffernan (left) allowing Megan Heuer, 8, and Natalie Bockelman, 8, to pet a rabbit after learning what makes the hare a mammal.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated's Board of School Trusteeâs will be replacing one board member with another tonight.
Former Board Member Chris Bechtold stepped down from his position after he was hired within the district. The announcement was made earlier this summer.
At WCCSâs last board meeting, Aug. 5, current trustees had the opportunity to interview two candidates interested in filling the position.
Leslee Derbeck and Dan Curless were asked questions by each board member, and tonight a final decision is expected to be made by vote and nomination.
COLUMBIA CITY â Though the city will be putting on a display at Morsches Park for the Fall Festival, consumer, or personal fireworks will not be allowed.
Columbia Cityâs ordinance includes specific dates that residents can shoot off fireworks, and Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue discussed the option of an amendment for the Fall Festival with the Board of Works last Tuesday.
âLet them come to the festival and enjoy them there â not at home,â said Walt Crowder, of the Board of Works.
The two other Board of Works members, Dan Weigold and Mayor Ryan Daniel agreed.
Letters were scattered in front of the entrance of Dunhamâs Sports Friday afternoon, as crews worked to place the sign on the front of the building.
Dunhamâs is expected to have itâs grand opening Aug. 25.
The new retailer will occupy the majority of the former Scottâs building in Columbia City.
The corner of U.S. 30 and Armstrong Drive was deemed an economic target area for the city and many upgrades and renovations have transformed the building.
COLUMBIA CITY â In an ordinance violation that has been ongoing since January, Columbia Cityâs Board of Works decided to leave things as-is â for now.
In April, Larry Jacobs, of 980 S. CR 50 E., was granted an extension after he was found in violation of the cityâs nuisance, or junk ordinance.
His extension gave him leeway through July 31, and as the date came and went, significant progress had not been made on the property.
Jacobs has several older tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles, etc. on his property.
COLUMBIA CITY â âWeâve done a good job of making this a work truck, not a parade truck.â Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue and his crew are finishing up the specs for the departmentâs new fire truck and are doing what they can to keep the cost down.
âWe are improving some of the ways we do things in order to make it more unified for our community,â LaRue told Columbia Cityâs Common Council Tuesday. âWeâre taking cost and benefit into consideration. We donât have $50,000 lights and gold-plated doors.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Eagle Tech Academy is known for its unconventional approach to high school education â focusing on interactive learning and collaborative presentations often given to leaders in the community.
However, tables turned Thursday when ETA girls took a seat while women from the community staged a series of workshops.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Fort Wayne man who has been charged for attacking a child is expected to plead guilty in Whitley County Superior Court.
Dale Ippolito, 22, was arrested in September 2012 after witnesses said he abused a young boy in the parking lot of Parkview Whitley Hospital, in Columbia City.
According to court reports, both of the childâs legs were in casts and witnesses saw Ippolito drag the boy by his arm through the parking lot and to his vehicle.
While in the car, witnesses saw Ippolito beating the child and called 911.
COLUMBIA CITY â Leaders at Passages, Inc. and the Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation, Columbia City, recently announced the promotion of Dave Lehman to Chief Operating Officer of Passages.
In that capacity, Lehman will also serve as the executive director of Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation.
The Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation is the affordable housing arm for Passages.