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August 21st, 2013

POSSIBLE PICKUP CHANGE: S. Whitley considers moving service day to Thursday

August 21, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — After recently agreeing to a new contract with Advance Disposal, representatives from the company petitioned the South Whitley Town Council to consider changing the days in which trash is picked up.

Jerry Schnitzius, of Advance Disposal, told the council that changing the service day from Tuesday to Thursday would be more convenient for the company.

“This is a totally selfish request on our part,” Schnitzius said. “It would help us keep our routes more efficient and effective.”

WHITKO FACULTY: New blood brings energy to WCSC

August 21, 2013

PIERCETON — New teachers and faculty were welcomed at a reception Monday evening before the Whitko Community School Corporation’s board meeting.

As the Board of Trustees heard from each school administrator, the reports from the first week of school were all positive.

“We are off to a great start,” said Pierceton Elementary School Principal Nathan Polston. This is Polston’s first year at PES. “It was wonderful to get ready and set up for the new year. We’ve already spent some time discussing Common Core and the reading program.”

CATCHING THE FLOW: City looking to alleviate rain problems

August 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— This year has been a weather contrast from 2012, as rainwater has soaked the community on more than one occasion.

These heavy rain falls cause a burden that must be carried by Columbia City’s storm and wastewater systems.

A large rainstorm that came through the city Aug. 2 washed out some alleys and caused back-ups and minor flooding in houses.

According to Community Development Director Jeff Walker, who oversees stormwater for Columbia City, these big rains overwhelm the sewer system.

DOWNTOWN CHANGES: City makes offer on Eagles Lodge

August 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) decided to make an offer on the Eagles Lodge at the corner of Line and Van Buren Streets at Tuesday’s meeting.

After averaging two appraisals, the group decided to make an offer of $165,000 for the property, which is located at 306 W. Van Buren St., downtown.

“We’d really like to see that corner developed into something,” said Kevin Snell, of the Columbia City RDC. “We don’t want to see it deteriorate.”

August 20th

Dunham’s slated to open Friday

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Dunham’s Sports, the Midwest’s largest sporting goods retailer, recently announced its plans to hold a grand opening for the new Columbia City location.

Residents of Columbia City and surrounding communities are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted Friday at 9 a.m. at the new Towne and Country Center, 496 W. Plaza Dr., Columbia City.

Store hours will be Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The first 100 adults in line Friday will receive a Dunham’s Sports T-shirt.

Expression of appreciation

August 20, 2013

Whitley Consolidated School Board President Don Armstrong presented former board member Chris Bechtold (right) with a plaque of appreciation at Monday’s school board meeting.

Bechtold was replaced by Dan Curless, who was voted in by a 4-3 vote.

Curless will finish out Bechtold’s term — Dec. 31, 2014.

BOYS ONLY: Life skills are tied to learning at ETA

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — High school boys at Eagle Tech Academy spent a rather unconventional day at school learning life skills not found in a text book.

Thursday, girls and boys were split for the day as a way to give the students some exposure to lessons that were outside the norm.

While the girls were in a series of workshops pertaining to emotional management, etiquette and how to dress professionally, the boys had their own classes to attend.

IN THE DARK: City looks into more lighting at park

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Growth in the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow has prompted the city’s electric department to look for power solutions of a more permanent nature.

Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey said a permanent breaker will be installed on poles on the north side of the park.

Those permanent breakers should be ready by the spring.

Lickey said the breakers can be used for events such as the pow wow, where a supply of power is needed for a large gathering.

IN COURT: Man pleads guilty in meth tractor case

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— A man accused of selling methamphetamine from his tractor admitted his guilt in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Gerald Michel, 20, of South Whitley, was arrested in November of 2012. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine and two counts of possession of methamphetamine.

Monday, he pleaded guilty to one count of dealing methamphetamine. As part of a plea agreement, the remaining charges against Michel will be dismissed.

VACANCY FILLED: Curless awarded WCCS board seat

August 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — By a close decision, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees named its newest member at Monday night’s meeting.

Winning the 4-3 vote was Dan Curless, but Board President Don Armstrong encouraged the other candidate, Leslee Derbeck, to continue pursuing her involvement in the WCCS district.

“We certainly hope you will run for one of these positions again,” Armstrong said. “It was a tough choice.”

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