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October 11th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A group of people donated a parcel of land for the expansion of a trail in Columbia City.
The Friends of the Eel River Trail met Aug. 7 and unanimously voted to gift a parcel of land to the city to help with the expansion of the Eel River Trail.
When completed, the trail will span from South Whitley to Churubusco, passing through Columbia City.
The parcel is west of Line Street and north of Vine Street in Columbia City.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the city appreciates the donation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department has found another way to give back to the community at Christmas time.
After more than 125 years of the Christmas Eve candy and orange giveaway at the Courthouse, the department is now helping children with the Toys for Tots program.
The department is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves under the guidance of the Leatherneck Coffee Club of Northern Indiana, which was founded in Columbia City in 2001.
Since then, thousands of children in need have received toys at Christmas.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded not guilty to burglary and theft charges Monday.
Stephen â€śNathanâ€ť Lawrence, 23, was arrested Oct. 2 for those charges, as well as counts of residential entry and criminal mischief.
According to police, Lawrence allegedly broke into his parentsâ€™ home and stole items from their residence.
Lawrence will have his next pretrial conference in Whitley County Circuit Court Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With 2014 being the final year for Burnworth Memorial Pool, which city officials opted to close due to financial strains, the community is working together to discuss the future of aquatics â€” both recreational and competitive.
An Aquatics Task Force has been formed to assess options, and Whitley County Consolidated Schools addressed its needs at Mondayâ€™s Board of Trustees meeting.
Tim Bloom is part of the Aquatics Task Force speaking for the school board and the districtâ€™s swim teams.
COLUMBIA CITY (AP) â€” A northeastern Indiana high school football player who suffered serious head injuries during a game in August is still facing months of therapy.
An aunt of Columbia City senior running back and linebacker Sam Dailey says heâ€™s walking fine and his headaches have lessened.
But Jessica Laux tells area media that her nephew still has short-term memory troubles, even after weeks of therapy.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced that Whitley on the Move is joining the Indiana Main Street (IMS) Program.
The IMS program encourages economic development, redevelopment and improvement to the downtown areas of Indianaâ€™s cities and towns.
â€śIâ€™m pleased to welcome South Whitley to the Indiana Main Street Program,â€ť said Lt. Governor Ellspermann.
â€śBy revitalizing our downtown areas, we are restoring the heart of our communities, which is crucial for our state's economy.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A plan of action is closer to implementation for the town of South Whitley and its wastewater treatment plant.
After completion of the new plant, heavy storms hit the town in August, causing serious flooding and back ups at the facility.
Town leaders questioned engineers on the system failures and asked for solutions to circumvent future problems.
At Tuesday nightâ€™s town council meeting, Councilman Steve Smith gave an update on the progress.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Coesse Elementary School, thereâ€™s no age limit when it comes to being a role model.
Students are paired up in a buddy program that places older elementary students in a mentoring role.
The program has been around for several years, and according to Lori Heuer, a fourth-grade teacher, and Jessica Sheckler, a third-grade teacher, mentoring opportunities have brought out the best in their pupils.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who was arrested with his father and mother as part of an alleged methamphetamine operation pleaded guilty Monday.
David Greer, 23, pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
Greer will be sentenced Nov. 4. As a stipulation of a plea arrangement, the other drug-related charges against Greer will be dismissed at sentencing.
A Class B felony carries a sentencing range of 6 to 20 years.
Greer was arrested Sept. 6 along with his father, Jay Greer, and his mother, Patricia Greer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Whitley County has the honor of having some of the oldest and most successful Tax Increment Funding (TIF) districts in Indiana, some members of Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees are questioning when the schools will get their share in the tax money generated from those developments.
â€śTIF districts are becoming an issue as far as schools go,â€ť board member Jill Western said. â€śTheyâ€™re getting too far away from what theyâ€™re designed to do.â€ť
WCCS invited its attorney, John Whiteleather, to Mondayâ€™s meeting to counsel the board on the TIFâ€™s impact.