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Archive - Sep 10, 2013

City Fire Dept. enforces code

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Strip malls in Columbia City are now required to post addresses on rear-entry doors.

According to Indiana Fire Code, buildings with more than three lessees must have an address posted on all doors in the back of the building.

Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the addresses are beneficial to many agencies, but especially emergency crews who may need to make rear entry on a building.

GOVERNMENT: City, mayor to host open house

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel is opening the doors of the city for residents to explore the works of their government.

“The open house will give citizens an opportunity to see and physically touch their tax dollars at work,” Daniel said. “We see this as a great way to showcase how we are trying to keep up with our citizen growth, while stretching the dollar a little farther.”

The open house will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at all facilities, which are located throughout the city.

ARTSY PUPS: County art festival goes to the dogs

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Shelter dogs were the guests of honor at the Whitley County Autumn Arts Festival Saturday.

The event was coordinated by Whitley County Humane Society board members and helped to raise funds and awareness for the county’s animal shelter.

Several of the shelter’s four-legged residents attended the festival donned with an “adopt me” vest.

The featured canines were greeted by festival-goers who lavished the dogs with affection.

NEGLECT OF A DEPENDENT: Mother of abuse victim pleads not guilty

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman involved in a local sex abuse case appeared in court Monday.

Joy Hughes, 37, of Kendallville, pleaded not guilty in August to felony neglect of a dependent.

She was accused of abandoning her daughter to the care of Dean Pressler in 2008. Pressler was subsequently arrested in January of this year for multiple sex crime charges with this child.

Pressler was given a 60-year prison sentence in August.

Hughes’ attorney is Brad Baber. He requested a continuance and will be back in court with his client Oct. 7 for pretrial proceedings.

 

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