COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the past five years, Columbia City resident and Marathon store manager Dee Ellenberger has been putting her personable skills to good use, considering many of her customers to be like her family.
â€śMy customers are like family,â€ť said Ellenberger. â€śIâ€™ve laughed a lot with them, and Iâ€™ve cried a lot with them.â€ť
Ellenberger, 58, works at the Marathon located at Connexion Way and Armstrong Drive in Columbia City, clocking in early in the morning to prepare the store for business and working until the afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Since TROY Center became accredited in August, the school staff has continued to secure partnerships and work with studentsâ€™ goals, making the atmosphere a warm, caring environment.
â€śWeâ€™re just trying to do a lot more future thinking,â€ť said TROY Administrator Nicole Trier.
Trier said TROYâ€™s first intention is to partner with schools in the area before having students apply for vouchers.
â€śIf a student comes to us and they want to enroll, weâ€™re going to first see if the schools are willing to refer them,â€ť said Trier.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Haunted houses and ghost stories are a common place this time of year. Halloween can evoke spooky tales, but some stories hit close to home. There are a few urban legends that originate in Whitley County. Some are told in whispers and shared around campfires.
The circumstances surrounding these tales are not confirmed to be factual. That doesnâ€™t mean the encounters themselves are not true. Those who have faced fear down and stood toe-to-toe with Whitley Countyâ€™s paranormal would agree â€” truth lies within perception.