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October 13th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Absentee voters are coming out in full swing to cast their ballots for this yearâs general election.
According to the Clerk of Circuit Court, Debbie Beers, absentee voters in this yearâs primary totaled only 487 voters, but with absentee voting open as of this week, the general election number is already close as it continues to climb daily.
âSo far this week, we have had 300 voters in the first three days,â said Beers. âWhen the voters come out to vote, all the preparation and hard work put into running the election is truly worth it.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Saturday will mark the end for sidewalk vegetable sales. The Whitley County Farmerâs Market will hold its last sale day Saturday.
Market Master Chris Lilly said, â2012 has been an outstanding season. I would like to personally thank everyone who came down to the Whitley County Farmerâs Market. We are already planning for 2013.â
Just because the frost has met up with the pumpkin does not mean all produce sales are over. In fact, pumpkins are among the many items still for sale at the market, including squash, fall decorations and homemade products.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Columbia City High Schoolâs brightly-lit vending machines no longer dispense colas, but flavored waters and juice drinks.
That was a change made by school officials to promote a healthier choice for students some five years ago. But now, healthier options are being served at lunch.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) conformed to a healthy initiative put in place by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Police Department provided vital information to seniors during a presentation called âScamsâ on Wednesday.
The presentation, held at Woodlands Senior Center on Opportunity Drive, covered ways to protect personal identification, personal finances as well as how to spot various methods used to lure people into giving away that vital information. Food and drinks were provided as well as musical entertainment from Keyboard Artist Floyd âJoeâ Thomas.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council moved the Parking Ordinance to second reading at its meeting Tuesday.
Councilman Bill Simpson outlined the changes made to the ordinance.
âThe first change establishes the parking places in front of the sheriffâs department for police vehicles, even though thatâs always been in existence,â said Simpson. âIt also establishes all of the ones we have out front of the building of City Hall.â
According to Simpson, the other big change is taking the parking fine from $5 to $10.
âąCHS Still Soaring Game â 7 p.m.
Churubusco High School Football will host a Still Soaring CHS Game for years 1963 to 2013 Friday at 7 p.m.
At halftime there will be a 1963 team picture and former coaches will be introduced. After the game there will be coaches pictures, multiple generation pictures, former players, cheerleaders and band members picture. For more information contact Cathy Petrie at 438-3809.
âąPumpkin Run/Walk â 8 a.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â Going against the odds, overcoming struggles and pushing through challenges were the themes conveyed at Passages, Inc.âs annual meeting Wednesday.
Not like the average board meeting, the evening was designed to celebrate victories of all kinds. Alice Anderson, is the vice president of programs and services for Passages and started the program with a list of accomplishments the organization has seen over the year.
Passages, Inc. works to serve individuals with disabilities, but to those in attendance at the meeting it seemed to be more about abilities.
SOUTH WHITLEY â The South Whitley Town Council met Tuesday night minus Council President Tony Starkey who was on vacation. Even in Starkeyâs absence, the council had a full agenda. Dave Wilkinson, the townâs chief of police, was offered the position of town manager. The council made an offer to Wilkinson to take on the job of town manager in addition to his role as chief of police. The anticipated start date for Wilkinson is Monday. Council member Bill Boggs said, âI think Dave will do a fine job. He already does a fine job as the chief of police and I think heâll be good for the town.â
COLUMBIA CITY â For most women, visiting the salon means they leave the chair looking better than before. Wednesday, women not only looked good, but felt good as their haircuts went for a good cause.
Candi Martinez is a stylist at Fabulous Hair and Nails in Columbia City. The salon joined forces with hair care manufacturer Sexy Hair in a haircut marathon. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, Sexy Hair enlisted more than 875 salons across the U.S. to participate in the marathon.
COLUMBIA CITY â Thirty-one-year-old Matthew S. Shepherd, of Mentone, appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Tuesday for an initial hearing on a charge of check deception, following his arrest from the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department Saturday.
According to a press release from the Kosciusko County Sheriffâs Department, Sergeant Chad Hill said Shepherd was arrested by Warsaw police on 15 active warrants for check deception. These warrants date back to 2001, from bad checks totaling $3,805.