November 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Commissioners recently appointed two Cleveland Township residents to fill vacant seats on planning boards.
Mark Mynhier has joined the Whitley County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals board.
Wayne Swender will fill the vacancy on the Plan Commission for South Whitley.
Both positions started immediately with the commissionersâ OK at their Nov. 18 meeting.
COLUMBIA CITY â What began as a family affair has turned into a county-wide event, reaching out to local residents on Thanksgiving.
The Rotary Clubs annual Thanksgiving dinner is set for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 4-H Center in Columbia City.
Although the Rotary Club is now one of the underwriters for the meal, it was Sherri Grim, of Columbia City, who first had the idea to serve a holiday meal.
COLUMBIA CITY â Officials took another small step toward a new aquatics facility in Columbia City Monday night.
Columbia Cityâs Park Board reviewed the work of the aquatics task force, as well as consulting firm Martin Riley, which may have raised more questions than answers.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Park Board took a difficult decision under advisement at Mondays meeting â sledding at DeVol Field.
Many families view sledding at the park as a winter tradition, but after the addition of a new baseball diamond, and fence, at the bottom of the sledding hill, officials had to consider liability versus recreation.
Columbia City Attorney recommended the Park Board take into consideration the liability now that there is a fence, and potential danger, at the bottom of the hill.
However, the decision didnât come without much discussion.
COLUMBIA CITY â While schools are progressing toward more technology in the classroom, teachers still provide a personal touch, making a difference in the lives of their students.
That was one part of the message shared by Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat OâConnor at the Whitley Chamber of Commerceâs recent lunch-and-learn seminar, which focused on the state of the schools for the district.
COLUMBIA CITY â A county middle school is a state finalist in a contest that could net a large gain in technology for the winner.
Indian Springs Middle School is one of five finalists across Indiana in the Solve for Tomorrow competition, sponsored by Samsung. The contest is designed to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning in local communities.
The contest is nationwide. The winning school from each state will receive a technology package valued at $20,000. The top 15 nationally will receive $35,000, with the top five earning a prize of $140,000.
Amanda Dillon (left), a Whitley County Humane Shelter volunteer, takes photographs of pets with Santa as a fundraiser for the shelter Saturday. Sitting with Santa are Reese, a four-year-old male Maltese, and Marley, a female Labrador-pointer mix, with their owner Skylar Zickafoose. Pets and their owners came to the countyâs shelter where the four-legged visitors were treated to a grooming session before seeing Santa. This is the second year for the event. Shelter staff estimated more than 30 pet owners participated in the fundraiser.
COLUMBIA CITY â Several people were evacuated from their homes Monday morning after a Columbia City apartment building caught fire.
Firefighters were called to Denihan Plaza Apartments, 600 N. Walnut Street, after a resident found smoke in the apartment at approximately 6 a.m. Monday.
Columbia Cityâs Police Department helped evacuate the entire building for safety reasons, but Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the fire only affected two apartments.
LaRue said there was smoke coming from the attic. He reported minimal damage and no injuries.
LaRue said the fire remains under investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City recently reviewed the financial situations of its utilities, and the outlook of the wastewater department looks grim.
Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle informed the Board of Works that the department is approximately $340,000 in the hole â and falling.
âWastewater is trending in the hole. Itâs been going in the hole for sometime,â Coyle said. âItâs something you (the board) have discussed and we need to figure out if we need to raise the rates.â
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Toys for Tots recently announced that it has extended its hours for families to sign up for the program. The Salvation Army of Whitley County will accept sign ups from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from now until Dec. 6.
Those experiencing difficult times or know someone who is, and will need assistance this Christmas, can take part in the toy program. To sign up for the program, visit the Salvation Army office located at the First Church of God, 1200 W. Depoy Dr. in Columbia City.