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November 16th

Author to speak at YFC rally

November 16, 2010

Author of “Mistaken Identity,” Newell Cerak, will be the headliner for the Whitley County Youth For Christ (YFC) “2010 Piece Rally” at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with coffee and dessert available.
Cerak is the father of Whitney Cerak, a Taylor University student who survived a tragic automobile accident in 2006, but was mistakenly identified as another student.

November 12th

‘Patriotism is little hands holding little flags’

November 13, 2010

Coesse Elementary School students have been taught well about the importance our veterans have played in the American freedoms we enjoy.
Thursday, they presented a Veterans Day program under the direction of Becky Walter, choir director, honoring veterans from their community, many with direct descendants in the school.
Called “America, the land of Heroes” the program guide stated “Patriotism is little hands holding little flags.” Throughout the various patriotic songs, that is just what the students did, making the bleachers a sea of waving red, white and blue.

Larwill denies property owner 2nd reprieve

November 13, 2010

LARWILL — The property located at 202 N. Center Street was evacuated last spring due to several violations of the Larwill’s unsafe building ordinance per Chief Inspector Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department.
Owner of the unsafe structure is Ralph Fitch, who was represented by Katrina Osterman last spring.
At that time, Osterman agreed with the council to make repairs to the property by Nov. 1, with updates reported every two months to council members.

The ‘Blight Fighters’

November 13, 2010

Columbia City’s Brownfields Committee was formed earlier this year with the express purpose of assessing what can be done to make good use of city business properties that have potential benefit to the town.
And the seven-person panel hopes to get some help from the community in doing so.
Lori Shipman serves as a consultant for the committee. She said a public forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.
A Brownfield is described as real estate that is either abandoned or inactive and which might not be serving its potential.

Marathon parking addressed

November 12, 2010

Officials in charge of Columbia City’s ever-growing Veteran’s Marathon aren’t worried about parking issues for the race’s second annual event Saturday.
Tuesday, during the regular meeting of the Columbia City Common Council, Mayor Jim Fleck questioned whether or not there should be parking set up at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds with shuttle service for participants in any of the three races.
Aside from the 26.2 mile marathon, there will also be a half marathon and five kilometer race.

Phone company reintroduces its Columbia City storefront

November 12, 2010

Who knew paying your phone bill was a monthly social event when United Telephone had its offices on Chauncey Street?
The post office was right across the street, so folks would pick up their mail, walk across the street, and line up around the block to pay their phone bill.
The post office is still right across the street but the telephone company’s storefront hasn’t existed for a long time.

Education expert addresses 21st century learning

November 12, 2010

This is the first of a series of articles on the Community Conversaton meeting held Thursday at the Peabody Library.
How many of you have your high school diploma? I do. Walked across the stage and received it back in 1989. That was a proud day for my parents and me. I went on to get my B.A. and proudly received that diploma.

November 11th

TIF Districts provide benefits, development

November 11, 2010

The average American might reflect daily on the household budget, the rising cost of essentials like fuel, food, clothing or how to pay for the children’s higher education.
Not much thought is probably given to the benefits associated with increased economic development.
Following that logic, the “man or woman on the street” may not have much understanding at all of what a TIF, or Tax Increment Financing district is or what role it plays in a community’s growth.

November 10th

Stave off holiday stress with the 4-H Holiday Celebration

November 10, 2010

Does your blood pressure go up as soon as the stores begin piping Christmas melodies over the sound system?
Are you dreading the tradition of baking trays of cookies and preparing another family meal?
Does the thought of decorating give you hives?
Or are you looking forward to the baking, but have found your family and friends are all dieting or diabetic and don’t appreciate your sweet efforts?
The solution to all these pressing issues can be found at the 4-H Holiday Celebration, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the 4-H Center.

Costly projects loom for 4-H fair board

November 10, 2010

The 4-H Inc. board met Tuesday evening at the 4-H Center and discussed some big-ticket items for improving the 4-H grounds.
The addition of restrooms to the north end of the commercial building, a new sound system and revamping the bleachers were discussed.
“I give more priority (to the bleachers) even than the restrooms,” said Jon Kissinger, as this is a safety issue.
Aaron McDevitt had one company looking at the bleacher situation and reported when asked for their recommendation they said, “Never let anyone on those bleachers ever.”

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