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WCCS, county, finalize 2010 finance ledgers

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Public entities are dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s of their finances in preparation for the end of the year.
Both Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation and the Whitley County Council made appropriation reductions from their 2010 budgets in order to help fund their budgets for next year.
At the county, $481,354 was reduced from the 2010 Highway Department Budget in order to “fully fund the 2011 Highway Department Budget.”

Man hurt in crash

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man was injured in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Ind. 205.
Police, EMS, and fire crews responded at approximately 1:28 p.m. to find James M. Lawd’s truck wrapped around a tree.
According to the report by Whitley County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Randy Dellinger, Lawd, 64, was driving his truck eastbound on Ind. 205 at an excessive speed and drove off the right side of the road.
Lawd over-corrected and slid through a yard before striking a tree on the driver’s side door.

WCCS eyes new wheelchair elevator

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees agreed last week to replace Columbia City High School’s aging wheel chair lift.
Corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf suggested the board approve the installation of a new lift to replace the current one which according to Zickgraf is slow and not up to code.
“I’ve been here 16 years and it was here when I got here,” said Zickgraf. “The present one is real slow and not very ADA (American Disabilities Act) friendly for the handicapped person trying to do it himself.”

Fire guts mobile home

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — At approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning, Jason Snyder and his dog were awakened by a fire alarm and a house full of smoke at their trailer at 3004 North County Road 250 West.
Firefighters from the Thorncreek Fire Department, along with two Whitley County Sheriff Deputies assisted with the fire.
Upon arrival, the first crew in the house found the kitchen and living room on fire.
Assistant Fire Chief Adam Hurley said a candle could not be ruled out as the cause of the blaze.

Denise Craig, 53

December 27, 2010

Denise M. Craig, 53, a resident of rural Churubusco and wife of Gary E. Craig, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne where she had been a patient for the past three months. She had been in declining health since March.

’Busco jersey auction main event at chili supper

December 27, 2010

   CHURUBUSCO — Hey, give five, five-five dollars, ten now twenty, sold.
   The bidding war is stirring back up for Churubusco baseball with its annual chili supper that provides Eagles family and fans to take home their own piece of the program’s history.
   The third installment of the annual feast takes place before the Jan. 7 Churubusco boys’ home basketball  game. Fans enjoy the taste of warm chili in the cold winter months while an auction takes place for a piece of ’Busco past baseball glory.

Whitko soccer off and running

December 27, 2010

   The Whitko athletic department grew a little bit in the past week.
   The once Whitko soccer club became an official sport at Whitko High School Dec. 20 thanks to a request from athletic director Rob Irwin to the Whitko Community Schools board.

Park Dept. cautions Baker’s Field sledders

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Sledding down the hills in DeVol Field is a popular winter activity, but sledding in Baker’s Field is dangerous and off-limits, according to the Columbia City Parks Board.
“Every year we have issues with this (Baker’s Field), but what drives us crazy is they (people sledding) are not allowed to sled on the Baker’s Field side,” Parks Director Mark Green said Monday evening.
“This is dangerous because you don’t know what is under the snow and it seems once a year somebody breaks their leg. We want people to stay between the bales.”

Last boiler down: Marshall bldg. without heat this morning

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Employees working in the Marshall Community Building this morning were sitting at their desks in their winter coats.
The building, which houses the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s district offices, has been limping along for some time with only one of its two boilers operational.
Last night, according to Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, that last boiler went down.
“They (maintenance crews) discovered it wasn’t working this morning,” said Zickgraf. “They had a part and got it on at 6 a.m. this morning. So, it is working it’s just taking awhile to warm up.”

New member appointed, officers elected to 4-H Inc. board

December 27, 2010

Former board member Dave Rupley was not reelected at the annual meeting for the Whitley County 4-H Inc. board, but will return to the board as he was appointed to replace Bob McKown at the Dec. 14 meeting held at the 4-H Center. McKown resigned from the board earlier in the year.
Officers were elected at the meeting with the following results: Bill Leeuw, president; Cathy Heritier, vice president; Dave Rupley, secretary; Kent Reese, treasurer; Julie Johnson, assistant treasurer; and Rex Eiler and Aaron McDevitt, executive board.

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