Archive - 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Electric Department put the finishing touch on a nearly two-year project Friday.
The department, doing most of the work in its spare time, has successfully changed out over 4,500 electric meters, the device that measures the amount of electric energy consumed by a residence, business, or electronically powered device.
Two years ago the city was contacted to gauge interest in purchasing an over-stock of meters at a discount price.
â€śWe got them for a very inexpensive price,â€ť said Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone.
Mark your calendar for these Whitley County events and activities:
Patriots will host
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Whitley County Patriots will host State Sen. Jim Banks and State Rep. Kathy Heuer at their next meeting, open to the public, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m. at The Church of the Nazarene, 506 N. Main St.
The discussion will center on give-and-take about the upcoming legislative session. Also, Brendon Boudreau will attend to discuss Right to Work.
Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items for local charitable food pantries.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City resident Gary Fouts and his siblings did as many children do around the holidays while growing up in the 1960s: They wrote letters.
Theirs, however, were not to Santa Claus.
Gary, then 13, his brother Melvin, 14, sisters Jane Ann, 12 and Bonnie, 5, instead sent their holiday greetings to the White House; more specifically, to the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.
â€śWe sent them every year when we were kids,â€ť said Fouts.
A brass trio serenaded in the Columbia City area on Christmas Eve Eve, last Friday. Above, the trio plays a Christmas selection at the residence of Colleen Ward on Wallace Avenue to the delight of neighborhood adults and children. The musicians are, from left, Todd Ward, Matt Murdock and Brandon Drew. They made several stops in Columbia City, Tri-Lakes, and Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The next step in a proposed utility rate increase was taken last week when the Columbia City Common Council approved the application for a new water rate filing.
The rate increase was initially discussed in September after a one and one-half year study showed that sales volumes are down more than 10 percent since the last increase in 2006.
In 2007, projections for water usage were made and those projections have not been met.
According to Mayor Jim Fleck, there was an anticipated growth expectancy of two percent a year and growth simply stopped.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For five of the last six years, Tom Rethlake has served as chairman for the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
Rethlake has announced he will be stepping down from the position.
He will remain on the board as a commissioner.
Commissioner Don Amber will take over the duties as chairman.
According to Rethlake, the county has a policy that a chairman generally only serves for two years at a time.
Children at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church pose for the camera in advance of their program on Christmas Eve, presented Saturday afternoon.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) â€” Authorities say a missing 9-year-old Indiana girl has been found dead, and a family friend who had been watching the girl is facing murder charges.
Allen County sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel said Monday night that investigators found the body of Aliahna Lemmon in the county, but he wouldn't say where.
Tinkel said 39-year-old Mike Plumadore was arrested and is being held on a murder charge. He's scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 recently held its annual Hoop Shoot at the Indian Springs Middle School Gymnasium.
Local winners from the three county school systems were in attendance, with the winners of this contest advancing to the District event to be held in January of 2012.
Over three million boys and girls are expected to compete in this yearâ€™s Elks National Free Throw Contest (Hoop Shoot).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Heâ€™s undoubtedly the most popular teacher at Churubusco Junior Senior High School and while on top, heâ€™s retiring.
Gary Smith knows when to exit, stage left.
â€śIâ€™m on the top of my game and I know this is the right time to retire,â€ť said Smith, a social studies teacher.
Smith took over at CJSHS when long-time teacher Paul Daily retired 22 years ago.
Smith served four years in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Indiana University in 1980.