July 26th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After the violent shooting that took place in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. July 20, killing 12 people and injuring 58, local government officials met to discuss procedures in the event of similar scenario in Whitley County.
As a precaution, Mayor Ryan Daniel said he met with Fire Chief Thomas LaRue, Police Chief Timothy Longenbaugh and Director of Communications Terry Wherry Monday morning.
At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, Daniel explained their discussion.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Several Churubusco business owners attended a town meeting regarding the Main Street Churubusco (MSC) project Wednesday at Smith-Green Community Schools administrative offices.
Dave Pearson, chairman of MSC, welcomed a majority of downtown Churubusco business owners.
Pearson explained how the project was started when Frank Kessler, town council president, approached him to become a part of Indianaâ€™s Main Street Project in late fall of 2010.
Then, a sub-committee was formed and the 12-step process required to be a part of IMSP began.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The severe storm on June 29 left quite a mess in the town of South Whitley which prompted resident Les Hoffman to attend the town council meeting Tuesday evening regarding limb pick-up.
â€śI donâ€™t know if there is a rhyme or reason how they pick up sticks,â€ť Hoffman said. â€śThe last town gentleman that picked those up was very timely. Right now, they donâ€™t seem to be on a timely basis at all and there should be a system for stick pick-up by finishing one neighborhood at a time.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, to the Housing Authority was passed on second reading. This ordinance establishes a Housing Authority in line with the Indiana Code.
â€śAs I talked about last time, this is changing our Housing Authority ordinance to reflect state statute changes,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
According to the ordinance, the Housing Authorityâ€™s public purpose is for the clearing, planning and reconstruction of areas in which unsanitary or unsafe housing conditions in the city exist.
Patricia Ann Dean, 65, of Columbia City, died at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne,.
Born on July 16, 1947, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Jefferson Davis and Mary Jane (Kneller) Caudill.
Raised in Columbia City, she spent her lifetime in the Whitley County and Fort Wayne areas, living in Columbia City for the past 17 years. She graduated from Columbia City School with the class of 1965.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Since its doors opened in 2005, The Center for Whitley County Youth has had a mission to promote positive youth developement.
The two men leading the charge are Program Director Todd Blanton along with Exectuive Director Jeff Wike.
Blanton said, â€śWe want to come along side of the students, stand with them and mentor them. All our programs are based on that.â€ť
Although programming and activities is what brings students in the door, Blanton said that the overall goal is to bridge the gap and allow for volunteers and staff to create a safe environment for the students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With days of continuous rain, the county and city both lifted burn bans Tuesday, which were set in place as a result of the drought.
County Commissioner Don Amber said the countyâ€™s decision came from the Whitley County Fire Chiefâ€™s Association due to the improving conditions. Amber cautions people to be considerate of their neighbors who may have respiratory issues, as many people will be burning trash or leftovers from storm damage.
PIERCETON â€” In May, 3-year-old Blaire Deeter was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, which is a rare cancerous tumor in the eyeâ€™s retina.
Retinoblastoma is rapidly-developing cancer that develops in the cells of retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye.
Blaire is the daughter of Whitko High School graduate Katie Deeter and granddaughter of Debbie (Deeter) Reed, who also graduated from WHS.
To offset medical expenses for Blaireâ€™s treatments in Cincinnati, â€śBlaireâ€™s Rideâ€ť will take place Saturday with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at The Post in Pierceton.
CHURUBUSCO â€” In a special meeting, the Smith-Green Community Schools board of directors unanimously voted Jim Folland new principal of Churubusco Junior Senior High School Tuesday night.
Folland is a former chemistry teacher for CJSHS and has been employed at SGCS for nine years.
Ralph Bailey, interim superintendent, announced the appointment.
â€śI have to give thanks to this board. It took four days to get this appointment and that is something special to get it moving this quickly,â€ť said Bailey.
A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the opening of a new business in downtown Columbia City. Mayor Ryan Daniel cut the ribbon to officially open Bugsyâ€™s Downtown Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor. The restaurant specializes in handmade pizza, breadsticks, deep dish pizza, Bugsy Bombs and hand-dipped hard ice cream and is located at 207 West Van Buren in Columbia City across from Ball Furniture. The grand opening will continue throughout the week.