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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.
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.
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.
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
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of Trustees was informed of the planned calendar for the 2014-15 school year Monday.
Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff told the board high school graduation would be set for June 5, 2015. She said though the date is nearly two years away, people have already begun asking her and Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor when the event will be held.
Graduation comes 14 days after the planned last day of school, which is May 22, 2015.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As part of new legislation, utility companies have to notify their customers of the right to a hearing before being disconnected.
The City of Columbia City worked toward compliance with that legislation at last weekâ€™s meeting, as City Attorney Marcia McNagny presented the Board of Works with the verbiage that will now be included in disconnect notices.
â€śPeople have always had the opportunity for a hearing,â€ť McNagny said.
â€śThe courtâ€™s ruling was that we now have to notify them â€” thatâ€™s why weâ€™re doing this. They just have to be notified of their right to a hearing.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A Columbia City man received a 10-year prison sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine.
David A. Greer, 23, was ordered Monday to serve the entirety of his 10-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer.
In his statement, Greerâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client should be commended for accepting responsibility for his actions early in the process.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In Columbia City, a nearby location is being transformed into a drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child â€” the worldâ€™s largest Christmas project of its kind.
Local volunteers will be on hand to receive an expected 2,000 gift-filled shoeboxes, packed by Columbia City residents with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
At this local collection site in the Columbia City area, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas.