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March 30th, 2015
Firefighters from multiple departments battled a barn fire Sunday night in southeast Whitley County. Crews were dispatched at 9:15 p.m. Sunday to 9885 S. CR 500 E. to a fully-involved barn. With several other structures in the area, Jefferson Townshipâ€™s Fire Department called for assistance from multiple other departments. Within 30 minutes, the blaze was knocked down to a smolder. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. According to Whitley County GIS, the property is owned by Chad and Stephanie Nix.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For 15 years, Whitley County's homeless and displaced have been served by The Lighthouse, and now leaders are prepared to plan for the nonprofit's future.
Jeremy Wike, senior pastor for Community of Hope church in Columbia City, recently took on the role of board president for InterFaith Mission, Inc., the board tasked with making decisions for The Lighthouse. After serving four years as a board member, Wike accepted the president nomination â€śbecause there is more work to be done.â€ť
The Volunteers, an adjunct of the U.S. Army Band, performed a free concert at Columbia City High School Sunday afternoon. The 90-minute show offered rock, pop, country and patriotic music to approximately 300 attendees. The event was sponsored by The Post & Mail, American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 5582. Above, from left: Randy Wight, plays the keyboard and Thomas Lindsey plays the guitar.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership announced that Whitley County Economic Development President Alan Tio is joining the regional leadership team to serve as senior vice president.
Tio will join the partnership effective May 4 and lead the organizationâ€™s business development, marketing and regional initiatives. In turn, Tio is stepping down from his position at the local level.
â€śAlan is a great addition to the leadership team of the Regional Partnership,â€ť said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
Caitlin Ackerman, a new member, demonstrated her love of color during show-and-tell at the February meeting of the Whitley County Country Quilters.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Change is on the way for the northeast side of Columbia City.
Crews began work on the Ind. 205 project this week; a project with a $3.14 million pricetag that should improve safety and traffic to and from the park.
Clearing of the area began this week and an erosion control silt fence has been placed this week.
At the completion of the project, the entrance to Morsches Park will be moved north to be directly across from Towerview Drive (the entrance to the Blue River Industrial Park).
CHURUBUSCO Ââ€” Plans to install a new lift station were approved by the Churubusco Town Council in efforts to relieve the Sunny Slope subdivision of standing water caused by rain and melting snow.
The council accepted the bid from Ironclad excavating from Roanoke, Ind. of $53,000 to install the new main.
Line Street and Windsor Drive are currently on the same line, according to Town Supervisor Jeremy Hart. When the new line is in place and Windsor Drive is on its own line, the situation should be greatly improved.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A trial date has been set in a large child-crime case in Whitley County.
Charles Larson, 45, of Columbia City, is facing 23 counts of child molesting, child exploitation and child pornography.
Larson appeared in court Monday and Whitley County Circuit Judge James Heuer set a two-day trial for July 14-15.
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