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November 7th, 2013

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.

November 5th

Operation Christmas Child collection site opens in Columbia City

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In Columbia City, a nearby location is being transformed into a drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child — the world’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.

Elementary students elected to school council

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Northern Heights Elementary School has elected a Student Council for the 2013-14 school year.

The Student Council will share students’ views on issues involving the school, participate in community service activities, provide student leadership and role modeling, and represent the student population at Northern Heights.

Students in 5th grade participated in elections for Cabinet offices and classroom representatives, while the 4th grade participated in elections for classroom representatives.

Principal Jake Hoag has announced the following offices:

END ABUSE TODAY: Task force ‘grateful’ for support

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An initiative to create a heightened awareness of domestic violence in Whitley County saw an increased amount of support during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

“We had out greatest community participation to date,” said the task force’s founder Sherry Sausaman. “The task force is so grateful for all the restaurants who hosted a fundraising event as well as the patrons who came to eat.”

EAGLES LODGE: City moves funds to purchase lodge

November 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For the last several months, Columbia City has been working to purchase the former Eagles Lodge in downtown Columbia City.

Columbia City’s Common Council agreed last week to move some additional money from the city’s TIF (Tax Increment Finance) account into the TIF budget for the purchase of the building.

Initially, the city had approximately $88,000 allocated for the purchase, but needed to move an additional $62,000 into the TIF budget.

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