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May 13th, 2015

GRASS AND WEEDS: Police enforcing ordinance

May 13, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Rain and warm weather last week made for perfect conditions for grass and weeds.
“With the hot days last week, the grass and weeds have grown fast,” said Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh.

Some residents haven’t mowed their lawns yet, and are in violation of the city’s ordinance.
The ordinance states that grass and weeds can be no more than 10 inches tall.

Longenbaugh said his department has received many phone calls from the public regarding tall grass.
Longenbaugh said he has and will continue to have officers enforcing the ordinance.

CONGRESS: Banks announces candidacy

May 13, 2015

FORT WAYNE — State Senator Jim Banks announced his candidacy for Indiana’s third congressional district Tuesday afternoon.

Banks launched his campaign in front of a large crowd of family, friends and supporters at the Allen County GOP headquarters in downtown Fort Wayne. Banks vowed to run a substantive campaign built on issues and ideas.

ROAD CLOSED: Towerview Dr. to be closed all day Thursday

May 13, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Towerview Drive at East Van Buren Street will be closed to all traffic Thursday.

As crews continue to work on the Ind. 205 project, the intersection will be shut down for the day — officials estimate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As of Tuesday evening, officials believe the closing will be one day only; however, the intersection may be closed several more times throughout the duration of the project.

GOING DOWN: Building to be razed before OSD

May 13, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission approved a bid for $56,670 to demolish a downtown building.

The razing is expected to be complete before Old Settlers Days during the last week of June.

May 12th

BANKS: Makes a run for D.C.

May 12, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — A Whitley County politician is ready to make his run for Washington, D.C.

State Sen. Jim Banks (R) was to announce at noon today that he is making a run for the U.S. House in Indiana’s Third Congressional District.

CHEATERS: NFL suspends Brady over Deflategate

May 12, 2015

VIDEO: NFL Suspends Tom Brady 4 Games Over Deflategate

HINEN, SAUERS: Named top CCHS athletes

May 12, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School held its annual Honors Convocation Monday evening.

Every year at the end of the banquet, the school selects a male and female athlete to earn its top honors — the Honor Blanket for the boys and the Tina Parker Memorial Honor Tray for the girls.

RAISING A STINK: Huntertown sewer project

May 12, 2015

HUNTERTOWN — A much-debated $14.2 million sewage treatment plant is in the works in Huntertown, which may affect Whitley County residents.

After denying the project three years earlier, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has approved increased pollution restrictions as well as discharge amounts of 1.5 million gallons of daily, treated sewage water into the Eel River.

May 11th

BIRD FLU FOUND IN WHITLEY COUNTY

May 11, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Health officials say a strain of the bird flu has been detected in a backyard poultry flock in Whitley County.

The USDA said Monday that the H5N8 virus is different from the H5N2 virus that has led to the loss of more than 30 million birds in 13 states, but that it is highly contagious in poultry.

Officials report that several birds in the flock of 77 chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks, have died. The Indiana State Board of Animal Health says the other birds were removed from the property.

Nearby residences are also being checked to see if the virus has spread.

U.S. 30 ROLLOVER: Warsaw woman injured

May 11, 2015

WARSAW — A Warsaw woman was in serious condition after her vehicle rolled off the highway Thursday night.
Warsaw Police officers arrived to the area of U.S. 30 and Ind. 15 to find Ciara Burchett, 23, of Warsaw, had rolled her Chevy Blazer off the road.

Burchett was airlifted to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne in serious condition.

According to a report by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Burchett was eastbound on U.S. 30, exiting the off-ramp from Ind. 15.

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