April 15th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â After months of being in limbo, Testworth Laboratories is expected to finally come down this month.
According to Whitley County Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner, the owner of the building has scheduled demolition to restart in the next week.
Demolition on the building began last fall, and was stopped for undisclosed reasons. After a long winter, the building remains half-demolished, and what many city officials have deemed as an âeyesoreâ in recent City Council meetings.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Department of Education has released the final draft of the new academic standards for Indiana schools.
The new standards for Math and English/Language Arts will be replacing the national Common Core standards that Indiana dropped earlier this year.
According to WTHR, the new standards took more than 150 educators and thousands of hours to determine what should comprise the new standards. The authors say that the new standards exceed the common core standards in areas like math, where they will now have standards for trigonometry and calculus.
COLUMBIA CITY â Mary Hartman, director of The Peabody Public Library, updated Whitley County Commissioners on the programming at the Columbia City facility.
âWe have some exciting things going on at the library,â Hartman said. âI wanted to bring you up to date.â
According to the libraryâs annual report, more than $155,000 people visited the library in the last year.
Columbia City officials tested out a large speaker made by Ultra Electronics last week, playing tunes throughout the downtown area. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said if purchased, the speaker could help city officials make announcements during downtown events such as Old Settlers Days and Autumn Art Festival. The speaker could also be used to play music during Christmas time. Pictured, Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey takes the speaker down from the roof of City Hall.
COLUMBIA CITY â An annual event will combine remembering those lost with steps to prevent abuse.
Light The Way is an evening planed for Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at First Church of God in Columbia City. Whitley Countyâs Salvation Army organizers sponsor the event, describing it as an evening of awareness and hope.
OLUMBIA CITY â A nonprofit is considering moving into Columbia City.
Members from Giving Gardens of Indiana were present at a recent Columbia City Board of Works meeting to discuss its options with city officials on putting in a community garden within the city limits.
The program would provide citizens and other groups with food and/or seedlings.
Zach Arnold, president of the group, requested use of one of the cityâs properties, located at the corner of Towerview Drive and Hannah Street.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Republicans gathered for a candidate forum Saturday at Columbia Cityâs Church of the Nazarene.
A packed fellowship hall was a reflection of Republican Party leader Matt Boydâs description of the upcoming primary election Ââ crucial.
âThis is a great turnout,â Boyd said. âI am pleased to see so many Republicans here to learn about those vying for the election.â
Primary election day is May 6 and will offer Republicans several contested races.
WHITLEY COUNTY (April 14, 2014) -- As a cold front moves through this morning,there will be some rain showers and the chance for a rumble of thunder.
Rain will become more scattered throughout the morning before becoming more hit-and-miss this afternoon. Temperatures are going to fall this afternoon from upper 60s to mid 40s. Temperatures will continue to fall this evening and overnight.
COLUMBIA CITY â Colorful eggs are set to blanket the fields at Morsches Park for the annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Columbia City Rotary Club.
Youngsters are welcome to bring their baskets to search out the âeggâcellent treats distributed throughout the park.
The hunt will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday.
COLUMBIA CITY â A local coffee shopâs request for a drive-up window sparked long discussions from Columbia Cityâs Board of Works.
While city officials like the idea of the business proposal, they are working to figure out the logistics of it.
Brewha, a coffee shop located on North Main Street, between Van Buren and Jackson Streets, requested to use the cityâs alley for a drive-thru.