October 15th, 2010
A rate increase for sewer customers in the Tri-Lakes area has been snuffed out, at least for the foreseeable future.
On Monday, the Tri-Lakes Regional Sewer District Authority voted unanimously to rescind the bump in sewer bill payments that, for the residents paying the lowest sewer payments, amounted to a more than doubling of their monthly sewer bills.
The seven-person board voted unanimously to cancel the ordinance that increased monthly payments by $12.83.
Before the hike, Tri-Lakes residents paid sewer bills according to three rate structures.
Gerald G. âBudâ Shank, 73, a resident of rural Huntertown, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Auburn July 23, 1937, a son of Glenn A. and Velma L. (Tooman) Shank, and as a young man served with the Air National Guard.
The surviving relatives include his wife, Sally; five children, Lenny G. Shank, Kerry J. Shank, Karyn Wolfe, Linda Faylor and Kevin Shank; a
sister, Virginia Harrod;
Just seconds from being approved, an ordinance on Columbia City employee wages, benefits, holidays and vacations reached a snag â the dug-in heels of Councilman Walt Crowder.
The ordinance established new wage ranges for all city employees, with standard hourly rates for each position or job and a range of bottom to top, depending on seniority.
But it was one item on the final page regarding benefits, that created a lift in Crowderâs eyebrow.
SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko football team’s first Three Rivers Conference championship since 2002 came with an extra trophy Monday.
After a 27-24 overtime victory on the road at Rochester, the Wildcats not only locked up a share of the TRC title but had its head coach recognized by Indianapolis Colts for its accomplishments.
Third-year coach Wayne Swender was selected as the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week for week eight of the Indiana high school football season.
The final week of the regular season has all three Whitley County teams vying for a conference title. No. 8 Columbia City travels to Norwell for a shot at its first NHC title since 1990. Whitko can lock up an outright title in the TRC at Tippecanoe Valley. No. 5 Churubusco is going for its second consecutive NECC title against Lakeland at home.
No. 8 Columbia City at Norwell
On a night when the Lady Eagles donned pink shirts to show their support for finding a cure for cancer on “Dig For A Cure” night, it was the Heritage Lady Patriots who left Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium with a victory, taking a hard-fought five-game win over the Lady Eagles.
After dropping the first game 20-25, the Lady Eagles came back to take the next two games 25-17 and 28-26 and had built a 7-2 lead in game four before falling 19-25. The Lady Eagles dropped the deciding fifth game by a 10-15 count to fall in the match 2-3.
At the monthly meeting of the 4-H Inc. board of directors, Bill Leeuw, board president, reported the track wall has been reworked by Superior Excavating, the dirt moved and smoothed by Wigent Excavating and the area has been seeded.
Matt Gibson of 4-H council spoke on behalf of the Beef Club, reporting the organizers of the Beef Show held last weekend at the fairgrounds, Tri State Polled Hereford Club, were very pleased with the facilities and the turnout.
Aaron McDevitt, 4-H Inc. board livestock director said, âI canât tell you how much the people enjoy this fairgrounds.â
Area firefighters are stressing the importance of following the recently-imposed ban on open burning in Whitley County.
On Monday, the Whitley County Fire Chiefsâ Association issued a ban countywide on all open burning until further notice.
While township and city firefighters have said they donât plan to issue fines for violating the ban, they do say the ban will be enforced.
âWeâre going to go put out the fire, thatâs enforcing the ban,â said Thomas E. LaRue, Columbia City fire chief.
âThere will also be the added embarrassment of having to have the fire department come out.â