July 26th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Since its doors opened in 2005, The Center for Whitley County Youth has had a mission to promote positive youth developement.
The two men leading the charge are Program Director Todd Blanton along with Exectuive Director Jeff Wike.
Blanton said, â€śWe want to come along side of the students, stand with them and mentor them. All our programs are based on that.â€ť
Although programming and activities is what brings students in the door, Blanton said that the overall goal is to bridge the gap and allow for volunteers and staff to create a safe environment for the students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With days of continuous rain, the county and city both lifted burn bans Tuesday, which were set in place as a result of the drought.
County Commissioner Don Amber said the countyâ€™s decision came from the Whitley County Fire Chiefâ€™s Association due to the improving conditions. Amber cautions people to be considerate of their neighbors who may have respiratory issues, as many people will be burning trash or leftovers from storm damage.
PIERCETON â€” In May, 3-year-old Blaire Deeter was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, which is a rare cancerous tumor in the eyeâ€™s retina.
Retinoblastoma is rapidly-developing cancer that develops in the cells of retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye.
Blaire is the daughter of Whitko High School graduate Katie Deeter and granddaughter of Debbie (Deeter) Reed, who also graduated from WHS.
To offset medical expenses for Blaireâ€™s treatments in Cincinnati, â€śBlaireâ€™s Rideâ€ť will take place Saturday with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Post in Pierceton.
CHURUBUSCO â€” In a special meeting, the Smith-Green Community Schools board of directors unanimously voted Jim Folland new principal of Churubusco Junior Senior High School Tuesday night.
Folland is a former chemistry teacher for CJSHS and has been employed at SGCS for nine years.
Ralph Bailey, interim superintendent, announced the appointment.
â€śI have to give thanks to this board. It took four days to get this appointment and that is something special to get it moving this quickly,â€ť said Bailey.
A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the opening of a new business in downtown Columbia City. Mayor Ryan Daniel cut the ribbon to officially open Bugsyâ€™s Downtown Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor. The restaurant specializes in handmade pizza, breadsticks, deep dish pizza, Bugsy Bombs and hand-dipped hard ice cream and is located at 207 West Van Buren in Columbia City across from Ball Furniture. The grand opening will continue throughout the week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Board of Commissioners/Council held a joint meeting Tuesday at the Whitley County Government Center to discuss the 2013 county budget, department heads, county CEDIT plan, county group insurance funding and cumulative funds 2013 rates.
While the County Council still needs answers to several questions they posed at their meeting for the 2013 budget, some issues were discussed and decided upon with a general consensus.
â€śThis meeting is mainly for us to get answers to questions we have,â€ť said Councilwoman Paula Reimers.
Clint Robert Collier, 31, of Larwill, died at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
A lifetime Whitley County resident, he was born Aug. 19, 1980, in Columbia City, the son of Robert Lee Collier and Tonya (Smith) McKay.
Today, the Whitley County Fire Chiefs Association recommended to the Whitley County Commissioners to lift the county wide ban of open burning and fireworks at this time. Due to recent rain and improving conditions they feel the ban can be lifted, but conditions will still be closely monitored. If conditions deteriorate again, or do not continue to improve, the ban may have to be put back in to effect. All county residents are asked to use consideration and caution when burning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Sailrite is one of 25 companies from 13 Indiana counties to earn a place in Indianaâ€™s fifth annual field of â€śCompanies to Watch.â€ť
The company, started in 1969, is owned by Matt and Hallie Grant, who recently moved it less than a year ago to its current location at a 71,000 square foot building visible from U.S. 30 East.
â€śItâ€™s a great honor, and a testament to our company,â€ť said Hallie. â€śA lot of our growth is because of the good employees that we have.â€ť