September 29th, 2010
The installation of a fence at Overlook Villas severed a two-inch natural gas line Tuesday morning. The leak resulted in two of the buildings being evacuated until levels of natural gas in the air returned to normal.
This year’s household hazardous waste day was as busy as ever, with nearly 400 cars passing through the Whitley County Solid Waste Building’s property Saturday.
“We were non-stop from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. when the last car went through,” said Jorell Tucker, director of the solid waste district.
This year’s day was handled by in-house staff instead of staff from an outside company as with previous years.
As the emerald ash borer continues its steady march through Northeast Indiana, it could cost Columbia City thousands of dollars to remove its ash trees as they die and become hazards.
Whether it’s the cost of labor for the removal of the trees or overtime in cleanup when they fall during storms, the tab will not be small.
“In one way or the other, the city’s going to pay for them,” said Eddie Beagles, president of the Columbia City Tree Board.
Columbia City firefighters remove rescue equipment Tuesday afternoon from the scene of a crash at state Route 9 and U.S. 30 that injured three people. According to Columbia City police, the driver of the car shown, Jennifer Aumsbaugh, was pinned in the car and suffered the most severe injuries of the three people involved. The people in the SUV that hit Aumsbaugh's car, Douglas and Susan Kelley, suffered minor injuries. The cause of the crash was not yet available.
COLUMBIA CITY — “It was not because of a lack of effort,” Columbia City head coach Nicole Gebfert said.
Effort can overcome a lot for an underdog. It can withstand the elements of mother nature. It also can fend off a No. 12 state ranked offense.
Monday night, Columbia City girls’ soccer put up a defensive battle against the Northeast Hoosier Conference’s top team in the Lady Chargers.
Columbia City’s Madi Sjahfiedin, left, and Hailey Woll, center go up for a block on Whitko’s Karissa Olinske Monday night at WHS. The Lady Eagles needed just three games to fly by their county rival 25-14, 25-17, 25-8. The junior varsity also won for CC 25-10, 25-10. The City C team also won 25-14, 25-8.
CHURUBUSCO — When Whitko took the cross county trip to Churubusco Monday there was no question it was going to be a tight boys’ tennis match.
A rivalry will do that nine out of 10 times.
In a battle of singles verse doubles wins, the Wildcats used three points in singles to top Churubusco in the narrowest of margins 3-2.
With two singles positions reaching the finals of the Three Rivers Conference tournament last week, it’s no surprise that Whitko’s strength is in its solo players.
A woman already serving time in LaGrange County for aiding in a business burglary there pleaded guilty Monday in Whitley Circuit Court to the same charge in Whitley County for another business burglary.
Twenty-year-old Catessa T. Butler of Albion admitted to her role in the Oct. 30, 2009 burglary to Oliverz in Columbia City and added a third felony conviction to her record for the crime spree with three others.
From his second-story office, Korean War Veteran Gene Rohrer offers all the help he can for local veterans who need assistance to deal with a service-related disability.
Rohrer is in his third year as the veterans service officer for Whitley County, but he feels it’s time the office found a permanent location and something more easily accessible than his office that has nearly two dozen steps up to it.
Columbia City received another boost in its efforts to restore the property of the former CF Gomma plant.
The city learned last week that it received an additional $110,004 grant for its work with the approved firm that will handle the cleanup work at Gomma.
â€śWe had started out thinking it was going to be considerably less than that,â€ť said Jeff Walker, outside operations manager for Columbia City.