March 13th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With an eye on the future, the Columbia City Common Council discussed the possibility of increases to sewer rates.
Jeff Rowe of H.J. Umbaugh was at Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting and gave a presentation on where the city is at with the sewage department. Phase II-B of the Long-Term Control Plan is set for construction in 2019, with planning scheduled for 2017. With the current estimated price tag between $7 and 10 million, Rowe was consulting the city on the next steps to take.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śChange the rage in this room.â€ť This was the goal for eight students from Columbia City, Whitko and Churubusco high schools as they came together to present â€śThe Outrage,â€ť a dramatic presentation authored by Safehome.
Columbia City High School students watched the 20-minute play that conveyed a story of a teenager, Rachel, played by WHS senior Tiffany Schuman, faced with an aggressive boyfriend, Adam, played by CCHS junior Josh Graham.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Blanche Kilander, a South Whitley resident, came to the town council Tuesday to express a health concern she felt was coming from a business in town.
Synergy Feeds LLC, 401 N. Main St., is a business which processes corn for animal feed and operates in partnership with Ag Plus.
Kilander told the council the grain elevator kicks up dust and has aggravated a breathing problem for her husband, Mike, 66.
A petition was presented to the council asking the business to reduce the amount of dust produced from the elevator.
Editorâ€™s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and will be highlighted during the next week. A boy and girl will be selected by The Post & Mail as the overall Leaders of Tomorrow.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Jay Petrie is a senior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School.
Q: What activities are you involved in at school or within the community?
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rain barrels were on the plate for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.
A rain barrel program was proposed at last monthâ€™s meeting. This would be a partnership between the city and citizens whereby residents would purchase a rain barrel and have the city reimburse $30 of the cost. The barrel would be placed to catch rain water coming off of the roofs of houses. This would then prevent water from going into the combined storm and sewer system.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Having two of three senior players miss time due to injuries would make for a rough season for just about any team.
Thatâ€™s what happened to Churubuscoâ€™s girls basketball team during its 2012-13 season, as the Lady Eagles finished the year 3-18.
Savannah Labenz had returned for her senior season to start at point guard for the Lady Eagles. Unfortunately, her high school finale was cut short by a torn labrum suffered shortly before Christmas that caused her to miss the remainder of the season.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” â€śWhitley County LIFE: Learning, Living & Lots of Funâ€ť is a series of special sections to be published in The Post & Mail that will focus on quality of life issues.
The series of special sections will be published Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in The Post & Mail.
The sections will be exciting, graphic-oriented compilations by the newspaperâ€™s award-winning news-editorial staff examining criteria for Whitley County concerning livability.
Such topics as life-long learning, life quality attributes and recreational opportunities are among the topics.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to join executives from 80/20 Inc., an aluminum components provider, at an economic development announcement Wednesday.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation said the announcement will be made at 3:45 p.m. at 1701 S. 400 E., Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A trial date has been announced for a South Whitley man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Timothy Swihart, 19, was arrested Jan. 11 for the charge, which is a Class C felony. He appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. His attorney, Jeff Arnold, made a motion for a trial date, which was arranged for May 14 and 15, beginning at 9 a.m.
The final pre-trial conference will be May 6 at 9 a.m.
Swihart was alleged to have had sexual relations twice with a 14-year-old girl in the fall of 2012.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the methamphetamine problem growing in Indiana, legislation has been proposed to limit its viability.
Mayors from several communities around the state have lobbied for tighter regulations on pseudoephedrine, a drug found in many cold medicines. The proposal would limit the amount able to be purchased to 61 grams per year, about two-thirds of the current legal cap.