November 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A night to tempt the senses was all in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Leadership Whitley County (LWC).
The nonprofit organization held its annual Sip & Savor at Eagles Nest Event Center, Columbia City Thursday night.
Working to develop community leaders and engage local residents, LWC is responsible for producing ideas and concepts, such as the Splash Pad in Morsches Park.
â€śWe want to give people the opportunity and the tools to better our county,â€ť said LWC leader Kelley Sheiss.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Polling locations require more than a simple ballot box and voting booth.
To comply with state regulations, the county will invest in upgrading several locations throughout the county to be ready for primary elections in May of 2014.
Debbie Beers is Whitley Countyâ€™s clerk of the courts and oversees the voting process. She approached County Council members Tuesday to ask for funds up front in the work needed to make locations meet state standards.
KENDALLVILLE â€” Whitley County Rapids took home first place among eight teams at the Spooktacular Invitational held at the Cole YMCA in Kendallville.
There were eight teams that competed in the swim meet.
Several Rapids team records were broken. Hadley Snell swam 18.75 in the 25 butterfly to break the girls 8-and-under record.
Mykaela Crowell set three new team records for girls 11-12. Those times and events included: a 32.49 in the 50 backstroke, a 35.50 in the 50 breaststroke and a 1:12.16 in the 100 individual medley.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Blue skies and mild temperatures are standing by for Saturday morningâ€™s Veterans Marathon in Columbia City.
In the fifth-annual event, athletes can expect temperatures in the upper 50s with partly sunny skies.
Online registration for the race closed at 11 a.m. today.
Defending champion Justin Gillette, who has won every Veterans Marathon since its inception five years ago, is looking to grab his fifth win this year.
NORTHEAST INDIANA â€” With two weeks of postseason football in the books, certain trends have emerged.
Some high school football conferences have several schools still in play for the ultimate goal.
Others have had many of their teams fall out of the race.
Northeast Hoosier Conference
With two weeks gone, four Northeast Hoosier Conference (NHC) schools remain.
Carroll defeated Warsaw for a Class 6A sectional title. Now, the Chargers will take on Carmel this week for a regional championship.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” To separate, or not to separate? That is the question Columbia City officials are facing when it comes to stormwater.
Currently, the cityâ€™s storm and wastewater are on a combined system â€” nearly all water is processed through the wastewater treatment plant, south of town on Ind. 205, before it is dumped into the river.
While the idea wasnâ€™t considered practical several years ago when the stormwaterâ€™s long-term control plan was made, officials are revisiting the idea of separating the cityâ€™s wastewater (sewage) from natural stormwater.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) opened a co-working facility in downtown Columbia City this week.
The EDC Outpost is intended to be a flexible space for EDC clients and service partners, located at 114 N. Chauncey St., Columbia City.
EDC CEO and President Alan Tio said the diversity for possibilities at the Outpost means it could be used by a broad spectrum of individuals.
â€śWe could add or change things from what we have now,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” School officials have been working hard to increase school safety for the last several months.
Officials have partnered with local law enforcement agencies to form a School Safety Commission, created safety plans for every building in their districts, and have opened up buildings for officers to conduct extra training.
Friday, the school systems received a boost in their safety efforts, as Indiana Governor Mike Pence awarded Whitley Countyâ€™s schools $120,411.60 of the stateâ€™s $9 million in grant money.
Elizabeth Linnette Martinez, 48, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly at her residence at 1:14 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
She was born in Fort Wayne Aug. 21, 1965.
She was the daughter of Willis DeWayne â€śBillâ€ť and Viola May (Wood) Bosserman.
Liz spent her lifetime in Columbia City graduating with the Class of 1983 from Columbia City High School. She attended cosmetology training and received a Nail Tech certificate.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Veterans Day will have a greater significance for Pat Gunter and her family.
Gunter works at Smith & Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City and lives in Fort Wayne with her husband John.
Together with their daughter Kayleigh, the family earned their U.S. citizenship recently.
â€śIt took years to get here,â€ť Gunter said. â€śWe wanted to complete the process before our daughterâ€™s wedding. We started working on our citizenship as a family and we wanted to finish it that way as well.â€ť