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November 8th

GOOD FOOD, GOOD SPIRITS: LWC hosts event to treat the palate

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“We want to give people the opportunity and the tools to better our county,” said LWC leader Kelley Sheiss.

ELECTION LOCATION REGULATIONS: Voting comes at an up-front cost

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 County’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.

VETERANS RACE: Favorable weather on tap for marathon

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Blue skies and mild temperatures are standing by for Saturday morning’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.

November 7th

SEPARATION: Col. City considers stormwater options

November 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — To separate, or not to separate? That is the question Columbia City officials are facing when it comes to stormwater.

Currently, the city’s storm and wastewater are on a combined system — 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 wasn’t considered practical several years ago when the stormwater’s long-term control plan was made, officials are revisiting the idea of separating the city’s wastewater (sewage) from natural stormwater.

CO-WORKING FACILITY: EDC launches outpost downtown

November 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Whitley County’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.

“We could add or change things from what we have now,” he said.

SAFETY GRANTS: County schools receive $120,411.60

November 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 County’s schools $120,411.60 of the state’s $9 million in grant money.

November 6th

PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN: U.S. citizenship earned, not birthed

November 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“It took years to get here,” Gunter said. “We wanted to complete the process before our daughter’s wedding. We started working on our citizenship as a family and we wanted to finish it that way as well.”

NEW YEAR: Board advised on WCCS 2014-15 calendar

November 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ 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 O’Connor when the event will be held.

Graduation comes 14 days after the planned last day of school, which is May 22, 2015.

UTILITIES: Col. City to notify residents of right to hearing

November 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 week’s meeting, as City Attorney Marcia McNagny presented the Board of Works with the verbiage that will now be included in disconnect notices.

“People have always had the opportunity for a hearing,” McNagny said.

“The court’s ruling was that we now have to notify them — that’s why we’re doing this. They just have to be notified of their right to a hearing.”

'I HAVE A DRUG PROBLEM': Greer sentenced 10 years for meth

November 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY— 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, Greer’s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client should be commended for accepting responsibility for his actions early in the process.

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