February 17th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In typical fashion, the department heads were on hand to update the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety on recent activity around the city.
In not so typical fashion, Mayor Ryan Daniel gave the report for the Parks Department in place of the indisposed Mark Green, park director.
Daniel reported due to the success of the recent Father-Daughter Dance, the park will be hosting a similar Mother-Son event.
The event will take place April 27 at Paigeâ€™s Crossing from 6 to 10 p.m.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Itâ€™s all fun and games at Churubusco Elementary School â€¦ well on a special night anyway. Recently, parents and second-grade students in Pat Naragonâ€™s class finished a five-week-long Project Based Learning (PBL) activity with fun and games the children created themselves.
â€śIn Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge,â€ť said Naragon.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitleyâ€™s Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould reported on changes which have taken place in the clerkâ€™s office last week during his report earlier this week to the town council.
â€śWe have a new deputy-clerk in the office and her name is Pam Waller and she is doing a great job,â€ť Gould said. â€śJerri Bollinger is a new (office) staff member who has been here (in the clerkâ€™s office) in the past for 30 years and she sat down and hit the desk running on Monday, cleaning up meter books and getting correct meter numbers entered.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Phase II of the waste water treatment facility project is under way, according to Project Manager David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink. Progress is being made on the combined sewer overflow (CSO) basin. Fleis and Vandenbrink provides a wide-range of service for municipal, industrial, institutional, commercial and private development clients.
â€śConstruction is underway and progress is being made,â€ť Harvey said in Tuesday evenings town council meeting.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community School board members have heard no negative comments regarding the corporationâ€™s $6 million building plan for the school as of Monday.
This is according to the board at its second public work session on a proposed building project.
Steve Darnell, superintendent of SGCS, explained to the full room of people and the board two proposed timetables and lease financing.
The first time table for the building project that was less than $2 million has no required remonstrance period.
WHITLEY CONCERNED CITIZENS
TO HOST SATURDAY FUND RAISER
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Whitley County Concerned Citizens will host a fund raiser Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at The Eagles, 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
Local country/bluegrass band Huckleberry Blue will entertain.
There will be a $5 cover charge to benefit the fight against wind farms in Whitley County, according to organizers. There will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jessie I. Brandom, 99, of rural Columbia City, died at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Covington Manor, Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 8, 1913, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of David Henry and Anna Ethel (Zumbrum) McCoy.
Her formative years were spent in the Arcola area. She graduated from Arcola
On Nov. 11, 1939, she was united in marriage to John Clifford Brandom, Sr.
He died May 18, 1983.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County residents are finally getting some wind back in their sails â€“ or rather, their voice-boxes.
Following two consecutive Whitley County Plan Commission meetings closed to public discussion â€“ the primary focus being the ongoing wind issue â€“ a public hearing has been scheduled for March 21 to discuss the proposed amendment to the county zoning ordinance. Having reviewed and suggested revisions for most of the ordinance last month, Wednesdayâ€™s meeting was brief in comparison.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Head Coach Chris Benedict does all the play calling, look farther down the bench to see a pint-sized boy dressed in a shirt and tie at the end of the Columbia City coaching line-up.
Sam Eberly, 6, has followed the Eaglesâ€™ boys basketball team closely for the last several years.
Eberly traveled with the team to the semi-state finals in the 2010-11 season and has spent most practices and every game as Columbia Cityâ€™s junior â€śmascotâ€ť.
Sam, as a kindergartner, played in Columbia Cityâ€™s youth league against 3rd and 4th graders.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThere are no pending charges on the Walgreens robbery at this time,â€ť Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said today. Contrary to other area news sources, no charges have been filed in connection to the robbery at the Walgreens in Columbia City last week.
Reports said that Troy and Nichole Fritz of Fort Wayne were arrested in connection to the local heist.
â€śMr. and Mrs. Fritz were charged with separate charges than our robbery,â€ť Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. â€śNo paperwork has been filed from our department through Allen County.â€ť