August 16th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In an ordinance violation that has been ongoing since January, Columbia City‚Äôs Board of Works decided to leave things as-is ‚ÄĒ for now.
In April, Larry Jacobs, of 980 S. CR 50 E., was granted an extension after he was found in violation of the city‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve done a good job of making this a work truck, not a parade truck.‚ÄĚ Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue and his crew are finishing up the specs for the department‚Äôs new fire truck and are doing what they can to keep the cost down.
‚ÄúWe are improving some of the ways we do things in order to make it more unified for our community,‚ÄĚ LaRue told Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council Tuesday. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre taking cost and benefit into consideration. We don‚Äôt have $50,000 lights and gold-plated doors.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Eagle Tech Academy is known for its unconventional approach to high school education ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 child‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ 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.
Whitko girls get 1st win
WARREN ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls golf team picked up its first win of the year Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats outshot Southern wells 231-241 at Dogwood Glen Golf Club. April Bishop paced Whitko with 53, two behind the leading golfer from Southern Wells. Samantha Shell chipped in 57 and Elizabeth Gensch had 59.
Kennedy Krull and Aurelia Stephens had 67 and 69, respectively, to round out Whitko‚Äôs scoring.
The Lady Wildcats are now 1-4 for the year.
Lady ‚ÄėCats fall in triangular
All three of Whitley County‚Äôs high school football squads will take the fields Friday for scrimmages. Columbia City travels to Goshen, Whitko hosts Garrett and Churubusco hosts Heritage. Pictured above from left: Drew O‚ÄôDell, Wayne Smith, Travis Herbst, Sam Dailey and Justin Bachelder of Columbia City.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana recently hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner to honor the recipients of the agency‚Äôs 2012 Volunteers of the Year awards.
Approximately 425 guests attended the dinner and ceremony at Fort Wayne Hotel to join in the celebration and honor volunteerism throughout Northeast Indiana and Southern Michigan.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Intense rainfall has been a concern for residents across the county this summer, but when heavy rains create flooding at the newly constructed wastewater treatment plant in South Whitley, town leaders start to get heated.
After the $3 million project was completed, a storm that came through the town Aug. 2 came with such intensity that it blew off two manhole covers, spilling water overflow into the Eel River.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Seven years ago today, Tammy Gross, a Whitley County native, heard the words, ‚Äúyou have breast cancer.‚ÄĚ
With cancer fought and beaten, Gross now celebrates her recovery as an advocate for the American Cancer Society and finding a cure for breast cancer.
‚ÄúI never thought this would be the path I would find myself on,‚ÄĚ Gross said. ‚ÄúI am not a public speaker ‚ÄĒ I am rather shy in front of crowds. However, I find myself in front of more people now more than ever. If it gives me a chance to encourage someone else fighting cancer, then so be it.‚ÄĚ