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November 27th, 2013

Primary election around the corner

November 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It may be hard for some to believe, but election season is approaching for several local offices.

The primary election, held May 6, 2014, will narrow down the field for 13 county seats and eight school board positions, as well as federal and state offices.

One of those seats, Whitley County Sheriff, already has a candidate, Marcus Gatton.

Gatton, the current chief deputy at the Sheriff’s Department, has announced that he is running as a Republican candidate.

Potential resident upset: Public hearing set for possible water sale

November 27, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — An initiative to halt the sale of the South Whitley’s water utility had Town Council members discussing protocol for the upcoming public hearing.

Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer advised the members that the meeting, which is set for Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m., was necessary before adopting an ordinance to authorize the sale of the water utility to Indiana American Water, a company that currently services 30 states.

This ordinance does not mean the town will sell, it simply allows councilmen to further explore the value of the utility and entertain offers.

Col. City welcomes Blue M. Medical

November 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An entrepreneur is planning to renovate a vacant Columbia City building to create 25 new jobs by 2016.

Bill Smith is launching Blue M Medical, LLC, joining several other Whitley County companies who announced job creation and investment plans in 2013 — Micropulse, Inc., Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. and Sound Ideas.

Blue M Medical is a manufacturer of custom medical devices, which will locate its operations in Columbia City.

HOME IMPROVEMENT: Santa to arrive to remodeled house in Columbia City

November 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Santa is comin’ to town Friday.

With lights, floats and music, a parade will usher Santa into downtown Columbia City to his house, which is set up on the northwest corner of the Whitley County Courthouse lawn.

The little red house has been a staple holiday sight for decades, according to Jill Winebrenner, who has been a long-time coordinator of Santa’s House.

Beginning Friday night and on through Christmas Eve, children can visit Saint Nick at his home and have their photos taken with the holiday figure.

S. Whitley spellers compete in state event

November 27, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley Elementary School’s Spell Bowl teams recently competed in state-wide event in Wabash at the Honeywell Center.
According to coaches, the fifth grade team did not fare as well as hoped. The group competed in the small-school division for fifth graders, but were not able to field a full team.

WCCS approves salary increases

November 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After nearly five years with no raises, Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ employees are getting a small bump next year.

The WCCS Board of Trustees approved a two-percent raise for school bus drivers, classified staff and administrators, effective in 2014.

“It has been several years since our employees have had increases,” WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor said.

Thanksgiving event

November 27, 2013

Pierceton UM
A community Thanksgiving service will be held at Pierceton United Methodist Church Wednesday at 7 p.m.
A non-perishable food item will be the only donation taken. All will be given to the Washington Township Food Pantry.

West Point Trinity UM
West Point Trinity United Methodist Church will hold a Thanksgiving service at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The church is located at 4980 N. Etna Rd.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Columbia City Rotary Club will host a Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 4-H Center, Columbia City.

Winning participant

November 27, 2013

Rachel Brandenburg (right), was recently named the winner of the monthly drawing held at the November Parent-Teacher Organization meeting for Pierceton Elementary School. Rochelle Leininger (left), PTO co-president, awarded Brandenburge this month’s prize which was a Bob Evans gift card. The next PTO meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 20. All parents attending are eligible for the drawing.

Task force collects phones for Hopeline project

November 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County collected 138 used cell phones in connection with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Many local businesses, hospitals, restaurants, churches, schools, etc. had HopeLine collection boxes displayed at their locations.

The HopeLine project, which was sponsored by the Domestic Violence Task Force of Whitley County, is new this year, and the group is pleased with the results and grateful to all the locations that collected phones.

November 26th

City man sentenced for BMV crash

November 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who crashed a vehicle into the Columbia City branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will serve two years behind bars for his crimes.

Danny C. Rose, Jr., 20, was sentenced to three years, with two to serve at the Whitley County Jail, for auto theft, a Class D felony. He was also given a two-year concurrent sentence for resisting law enforcement.

Rose was sentenced to 60 days for battery resulting in bodily injury, which will be served consecutively to the previous two charges.

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