July 19th, 2013
A chemical fire at C & R Plating in Columbia City has left several people injured.
The fire broke out this afternoon at the plant, located at 302 Factory Avenue, near the intersection of South Line Street.
Columbia City residents have been asked to turn off air conditioners and close windows to avoid breathing in the possibly dangerous chemical smell, according to Whitley County Emergency Management.
Emergency officials sent out a notification at 1:02 p.m. stating that South Street was closed due to the fire.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Ashley Ferrell won the Market Lamb Grand Champion at the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Fair Sheep Show.
Dale Reiff was named reserve grand champion in market lamb.
Ferrell was also the grand champion and reserve grand champion for ewe.
For showmanship, Eryn Schinbeckler finished first overall in the showman of showmen category.
Results by class and breed
Grand Champion Market Lamb: Ashley Ferrell (Hampshire)
Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb: Dale Reiff (Cross)
Grand Champion Ewe: Ashley Ferrell (Cross Yearling)
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County 4-Hers competed in the Small Animal Round Robin contest Wednesday.
The participants are each the "Showman of Showmen" in their own categories of poultry, goats and rabbits.
However, for the round robin contest, they each had to show a random animal from each species.
The highest score altogether would be the winner of the event.
The extreme heat proved too much for the goats. That portion of the contest was cut short for the animalsâ€™ comfort and safety.
A group of runners take off from the starting line of the Whitley County 4-H 4K last Saturday.
Another running event will be held this Saturday, the Salute a Soldier 5K. The event will start and finish at Tractor Supply Inc., and run through Columbia Shores and Morsches Park.
Pre-race events begin at 7:35 a.m., with a poem, prayer and the National Anthem. The 5K is slated to begin at 8 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The pet judging for the Whitley County 4-H Fair attracted only four entries Tuesday.
However, due to the variety of pets, judge Beth Ann Spisak, a local veterinarian technician, placed the animals in two groups.
The mammals included a hedgehog and a ferret while the exotic group was made up of a parrot and iguana.
The results for the Pets Contest named Isabel Braun as Grand Champion in the Mammal Division.
Brett Fry took Grand Champion in the Exotic Division.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Garage sales will have new regulations to abide by starting in August.
Churubuscoâ€™s Town Council passed an ordinance Wednesday that now requires those holding garage sales to purchase a permit for $3.
Another change was in the amount of garage sales allowed by each resident. Council members agreed to a maximum of two sales per resident each year.
A resident present at the council meeting wanted to clarify if the new provisions included the town-wide sale held annually.
â€śI donâ€™t see where it says that the townâ€™s sale doesnâ€™t count toward this,â€ť said the resident.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With reports of future expenses, Whitley Countyâ€™s Commissioners discussed the idea of merging dispatch centers with the city.
No formal vote or action was called for at Mondayâ€™s meeting, however the three discussed a concern with cost and efficiency related to the county having a dispatch center and Columbia City having a separate one.
â€śIf we are really interested in saving money, we should look into this,â€ť said Commissioner Tom Rethlake.
Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf noted several surrounding counties â€” including Kosciusko, Huntington and Allen have done it.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair came to an end with the annual auction on Thursday.
Fair officials have estimated an auction total of $368,668, but anticipate that number will increase as final numbers are tallied.
The auction featured animals from 4-Hers with bidders who not only look to take home quality animals, but also view the auction as a chance to support the 4-H program.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Locally, the economic situation has been improving in terms of jobs and new industry moving to Whitley County.
But some of the biggest local strides have been in the housing market.
The county had a nearly 10-percent improvement in closed sales on homes from June 2012 to June 2013 and had a 40 percent improvement from May of 2012 to May of 2013.
For the year, the county has an increase in home closings by 32 percent from this time last year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The second annual 4-H Has Talent event had a large turnout.
Half the crowd was forced to stand through the performances due to a packed venue.
An area radio station emceed the event and collected pledges to aid St. Jude's Children's Hospital.