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September 25th, 2013

Buzzing bees offer a honey of a workshop

September 25, 2013

A beekeeper, Mike Lewis, spoke on how to raise honey bees at a new series of monthly workshops hosted by the Whole Health Wellness Center, Inc., a nonprofit community garden and education center.

The event was held at the Whitley County YMCA Tuesday night and gave participants information on making their own honey.

Next month, the workshop is slated for Oct. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Y, and will feature Joy Gilraine, of Columbia City, as the guest speaker. She will be offering her tips on how to can and freeze vegetables. Workshops are free and open to the public.

BREAKING NEWS: Churubusco business on fire

September 25, 2013

CHURUBUSCO (Sept. 25, 2013) – A Churubusco business caught fire this afternoon. Fire crews fought a fire on the roof afternoon after an employee thought he smelled something burning and discovered a fire in the attic.

According to Jim Horne, Captain of the Smith Township Fire Department, crews were called out to the fire at Precision Sharpening and Engine, located at 8435 U.S. 33, at around 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Horne said one of the workers thought he smelled burning wires and then discovered smoke and flames in the attic.

STORM WATCHING: Groups aided by new weather service

September 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A $400 per year purchase is going a long way for several department heads in Columbia City.

This year, the city decided to go with a new weather service, WeatherSentry by Schneider Electric, and Communications Director Terry Wherry said the service has been very beneficial.

“The $400 extra is nothing for the information we’re getting from this service,” Wherry said.

The communications, electric and parks department are splitting the cost of the weather service, which Wherry said provides more than weather radar.

AUDITED: Town accounts come under scrutiny

September 25, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Making sense out of South Whitley’s dollars has been an ongoing mission for town council members and Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould.

South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey has spent several months working in conjunction with Gould, an outside accounting firm and the State of Indiana Board of Accounts to ensure the town comes into compliance with certain regulations.

At Tuesday’s town council meeting, an audit was reviewed that gave specific areas of weakness in the managing and accounting of the town’s money.

September 24th

Sheriff Reserve Organization accepting applications

September 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Sheriff Reserve Organization was formed in 1991 to help with duties at the Sheriff’s Department. The organization has been growing ever since. The Reserve Organization currently has 10 reserve deputies. It’s looking to add 10 to 15 more.

The Reserve Organization has its own command staff, however it answers to a Reserve Board. The Whitley County Sheriff has the final say in all aspects of the organization.

Passages to dedicate new center, honor supporters

September 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Passages, Inc. and Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation will hold their joint annual meeting Thursday.

The evening will begin with a ribbon cutting signifying the opening of Passages’ new Creative Learning Center located at 333 N. Oak St. in Columbia City.

Peter Berns, CEO of the Arc of the United States in Washington D.C., and John Dickerson, executive director of the Arc of Indiana will speak to the anticipated attendance of over 175 employees, individuals served and community supporters of Passages.

Parts manufacturer grows

September 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Breyden Products, Inc., a manufacturer of lacing tapes, twines and yarns for the military and aerospace industries, recently announced plans to expand its headquarters in Whitley County, creating up to 23 new jobs by 2016.

The company, which relocated its headquarters from Hesperia, Calif. in 2004, will invest $2.2 million to purchase and equip a 35,000-square-foot facility on six acres in the Park 30 Business Center, a state certified shovel ready site in Whitley County.

EDC rewards businesses invested in county

September 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Continuing a recognition program the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation launched during the organization’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2012, the EDC recently recognized two locally-based employers.

Ag Plus LP and ChromaSource, Inc. were awarded for their efforts in supporting Whitley County’s economic development growth at an event held at Joseph Decuis Farm in Whitley County.

EENY, MEENY, MINY, MOE: Col. City H.S. provides students with college choices

September 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Preparing for college can be overwhelming. Because the choices are many, it may seem as if students select a college by random means, like flipping a coin or tossing a dart.

Deciding where to go, what to study, and how to cover the costly tuition can cause students and parents to feel as if the decision is more than they can handle.

However, guidance staff at Columbia City High School are working in conjunction with a state initiative to encourage students to stay the course of college preparation.

HISTORIC BUILDING: Local funeral home working on addition

September 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A local funeral home is remodeling its historic location and looking toward the future.

Smith and Sons Funeral Homes, Inc. is remodeling its Columbia City location on North Main Street.

Currently, the plan is to add 3,100 square feet to the historic structure, which has been the home of the Smith family’s funeral business since 1935.

“It’s a project we have been working on for a year-and-a-half,” said C. Taron, “Terry” Smith, president of the funeral home.

 

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