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New procedure in place to get firearm permits

March 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Residents hoping to get handgun permits or renew expired documents will have to go online from now on.
Gina Kessinger, administrative assistant at the Columbia City Police Department announced this week that the application process for gun permits is now required to be done via the Internet by state licensing officials.
“We were one of the last counties to go,” said Kessinger, who reported that the firearms licensing branch of the Indiana State Police was responsible for requiring the changeover to a paperless process.

Planners get funding for wind energy study

March 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Building and Planning Department can go ahead and hire a consultant for the design of its wind energy rules.
The Whitley County Council, with a nod from Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Rethlake, agreed to take $4,400 from the commissioners’ engineering and consulting budget to help pay for Ground Rules, Inc.’s fee for developing a wind energy ordinance.
The fee for the study is $9,400, with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation pitching in $5,000 of the fee.

More growth planned at biomedical company

March 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s ever-growing manufacturing facility that continues to enhance its biomedical-related fingerprint is planning even more growth.
Micropulse, Inc., which operates a large manufacturing facility in southeastern Whitley County on state Route 14, announced this week its plans to use a $6 million economic development bond to finance additional infrastructure.
According to county attorney Dan Sigler, the county would not be liable for the debt incurred by Micropulse.

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