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HOUSE FIRE, CRASH: Columbia City firemen rush to Line Street home

December 18, 2014

Firefighters attempt to make entry into a burning home at 504 N. Line St. in Columbia City about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Line Street was closed from North Street to Park Avenue while firefighters extinguish the blaze. The home was believed to be empty at the time of the fire.

There was also a property damage crash in front of the home, before Line Street was closed.

Details in Friday's Post & Mail.

RECKLESSNESS: Parking lot crash

December 18, 2014

According to eyewitnesses, young drivers “doing donuts” in the Towne & Country Center parking lot, directly in front of Dunham’s Sports in Columbia City, got out of hand Monday and the recklessness resulted in a trip down the embankment separating the parking lot from U.S. 30. There were believed to be no injuries. Details were not available from police.

$607 REQUEST: County balks at Chamber fee

December 18, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — A routine organizational renewal between the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Whitley County Government faced opposition Monday during a meeting of the county’s commissioners.
The disagreement came about from remarks made by Commissioners Tom Rethlake and Don Amber regarding Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Director Doug Brown’s $607 request for the Whitley County’s chamber membership renewal.

City planning for its future parks

December 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A key component in the planning process for any agency that serves the public is input from those being served.
Mark Green, Columbia City Parks and Recreation superintendent, along with Aimee Shimasaki, a representative of Martin Riley Architects and Engineers, hosted a meeting Monday afternoon at City Hall to provide the public with an opportunity for input on the 5-year Comprehensive Plan being developed for the Columbia City Parks.
“We are meeting to get input,”said Green, “Not to present finished plans.”

• VIDEO ALERT • ROBIN WILLIAMS: Was most popular Google search term of past year

December 17, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014
According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

DR. PATRICIA O'CONNOR: Superintendent contract renewed thru ’17

December 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – The Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees met Monday evening at the Marshall Community Center. By a unanimous vote, the Board voted to extend the contract of WCCS Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor for a year. O’Connor has two years remaining on her current contract.
Board President Don Armstrong said, “Giving her a one-year extension will give her essentially a three-year contract.”

STUDY RELEASED: Whitley County Jail needs additional beds and maintenance cited

December 17, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Representatives from DLZ, an Indianapolis-based architectural firm, gave a preliminary presentation to the Whitley County Commissioners Monday.
The presentation’s topic — the aging and over crowded Whitley County Jail and Corrections facility. Due to the county’s correctional issues, as well as recent changes in Indiana’s legislature, the commissioners found it necessary to have a report commissioned by DLZ in October.

SWORN IN TO STATE SENATE: Amanda Banks takes oath to temporarily replace husband

December 16, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – State Senator-elect Amanda Banks took the oath of office Tuesday morning to temporarily fill the Indiana State Senate seat held by her husband, Jim, while he’s deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy. The Bankses reside in Columbia City.

Amanda Banks was elected on December 4 by a caucus of precinct committeemen to represent District 17.

NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK: Whitko elementary school students take part

December 16, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Whitko School Corporation Transportation Department used the week of October 20-24, National School Bus Safety Week, to instruct the students on bus evacuation drills in case a school bus caught on fire.
The program consisted of a short video on how to complete an organized evacuation. The students also participated in hands-on training in the bus.

DEADLINE: Local small biz EDC applications due Friday

December 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced Monday the EDC’s Small Business and Enrepreneuership Initiative (SBEI) is preparing for the second part of the Growth Ventures business accelerator program, which will begin Jan. 12, 2015.
The EDC will accept applications through Friday, Dec. 19 to this program. To receive an application, or for more information, contact Steve Franks at sfranks@whitleyedc.com or call 260 244-5506.

HOLIDAY CONCERT: ‘The First Noel’

December 16, 2014

Columbia City’s High School’s all-girl show choir, City Lights, performs during the school’s annual Holiday Concert in the Newell Rice Auditorium Monday night. The event featured the school’s various bands and choirs for a festive ensemble.

SEEKING FUNDS: Museum wishes to build annex

December 16, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — In an effort to save space and preserve the historical records of the county, the Whitley County historical society is looking to build an additional annex, adjacent to the museum’s main building.
“In the area of the second floor of the Riley home, (the location of the museum) as well as the basement, are beginning to fill up with boxes,” said Whitley County Historical Museum Director Dani Tippmann.

VIDEO-ALERT • BEARS vs. SAINTS: Monday night football preview

December 15, 2014

VIDEO: Monday Night Preview: Saints vs. Bears
Sports Illustrated's Aaron Nagler and Andrew Perloff preview the Monday Night match-up between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears.

VIDEO-ALERT • BEARS vs. SAINTS: Monday night football preview

December 15, 2014

VIDEO: Monday Night Preview: Saints vs. Bears
Sports Illustrated's Aaron Nagler and Andrew Perloff preview the Monday Night match-up between the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears.

IND. 109 CRASH FATALITY: Octogenerian succumbs to injuries

December 15, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – A man who was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash north of Columbia City Saturday afternoon has died from his injuries.
According to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Frank Boggs, 85, of rural Columbia City, succumbed to crash injuries.

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