Citizens interested in the future of aquatics in Columbia City will have a chance for their voices to be heard in a public forum.
The Aquatics Task Force will be holding a public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers in City Hall.
Representatives from Counsilman Hunsaker and Martin Riley, aquatics architecture firms, will be on hand to give recommendations to residents.
Churubusco High School graduate Jason Nicdemus was awarded the 2013 Ralph Everman Award for Mental Attitude for the North/South All-Star Game July 19.
Nicodemus is set to play for the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne this fall, along with fellow âBusco alumnus Kyle Matthewson. Nicodemus holds Churubuscoâs record for most career rushing touchdowns with 53 and is the second-leading rusher in Churubusco football history behind Matthewson.
The all-star game was held at North Central High School in Indianapolis. The South won 27-6.
The Cleveland Township Fire Department (CTFD) hosted its 5th Annual Deweyâs Run in honor of the late Duane âDeweyâ Loe Saturday.
Loe lost a âlong and valiantâ fight with stage IV cancer of the tongue and (neck) lymph nodes in December 2011. Diagnosed with cancer in 2009, Loe dedicated more than 20 years of service to the CTFD, which has left a void in the hearts of many.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man accused of crashing a stolen vehicle through the Columbia City BMV pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
Danny Rose, 20, of Columbia City, was arrested July 23 for auto theft, resisting law enforcement, criminal mischief and reckless driving.
After his not guilty plea, Rose requested a public defender and will be represented by Brad Voelz.
According to case reports, officers were called to a home in response to battery July 21. At that time, Rose was alleged to have committed battery and criminal mischief against his ex-girlfriend.
COLUMBIA CITY â A long-term weather forecast for the month of August returns an unusual word â normal.
Normal is something Northeast Indiana residents might have forgotten about in the past few weeks.
Wild temperature swings have taken the region from 100-degree heat indexes in the week of July 15 to temperatures not hitting 70 this week.
According to Lonnie Fisher, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in North Webster, August could be more typical.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City first is planned for Saturday â a city-wide garage sale.
The sale, organized by community members, is slated to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
âItâs a good thing to have events that take place in the city,â said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. âEvents bring in individuals who might not otherwise come to Columbia City. Who knows, they might like it here and decide to come back or even move here.â
Town-wide sales have been popular in other Whitley County communities such as Churubusco and South Whitley.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man accused of attempted rape and child molesting had one charge amended at a pretrial conference Monday.
Dustin Nimtz, 18, was also charged with intimidation, burglary, strangulation and criminal deviate conduct.
Prosecution amended the intimidation count from a Class D felony to a Class C felony in Whitley County Superior Court.
That makes the charge punishable by a maximum of eight years in prison, where a Class D felony can only receive three years.
COLUMBIA CITY â What seemed like an insurmountable goal became one easily accomplished with joined efforts.
Whitley Countyâs Salvation Army has collected school supplies for area children in need for the past seven years.
Pat Mossburg, ministries coordinator, was worried that this yearâs donations were going to leave many children without the needed supplies.
A drop in donations seemed to be due in part to the increasing amount of other groups launching similar missions.
SOUTH WHITLEY â A company considering South Whitley as its base of operations has opted to look elsewhere for real estate.
âThe company has decided to look for a smaller building,â said Alan Tio Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president. âThey liked South Whitley and even thought this might be a good location once they are ready to expand.â
With no company ready to occupy the former Dwyer building, South Whitley Town Council members had to decide how to proceed with the loan process.
COLUMBIA CITY â Could extra-weighted grades for students who take Advanced Placement classes be eliminated?
That was the question Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat OâConnor proposed to the Board of School Trustees at the previous meeting.
Currently, if a student receives an A in an AP class, that counts as five points toward their grade point average, whereas an A in any other course counts as just four points.
âWe have created an unequal grading system,â OâConnor said.