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September 12th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Activities and entertainment are scheduled for the Whitley County Fall Festival at Morsches Park Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m.
â€śThis is event is full of family fun,â€ť Mark Green, Columbia City Parks Department director. â€śNo matter what your age, there is something for everyone this year.â€ť
Launching the festival will be a 5K Pumpkin Run at 1 p.m., hosted by Parkview Whitley Hospital and a cornhole tournament at the Whitley County YMCA.
Green said last yearâ€™s event, in its inaugural year, was a starting point for what is now an annual event.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Six months after Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council approved changes to the downtown areaâ€™s parking, the council reviewed the outcome of the adjustments at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting.
â€śIâ€™ve only heard good responses,â€ť Councilman Dan Weigold said. â€śI havenâ€™t heard anyone complain about parking.â€ť
The city opened up its lot on North Chauncey Street to the public, allowing for more parking downtown. The lot, which added 30 more parking spaces, is located south of the U.S. Post Office, between Van Buren and Jackson Streets.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Columbia City has a vacant seat on the Whitley County Building Authority, the Common Council decided to wait to fill the position, which was formerly held by Ray Whiting who passed away.
â€śThis authority has been inactive. It hasnâ€™t been used for a long time,â€ť Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” By now Whitley County children have broken in their school shoes, eaten approximately 20 school lunches and turned in numerous homework assignments.
As the excitement of the new school year begins to wane, staff at Northern Heights Elementary School have come up with innovative ideas to keep children engaged in learning.
Marla Rubin is the elementary schoolâ€™s counselor. She has worked with Jacob Hoag, NHES principal, and other faculty to implement motivational tools for students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to burglary in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Gabriel D. Auer, 35, was arrested in July and charged with burglary and theft.
As part of a plea agreement, Auer will have the theft charge dismissed by the court. Prosecutor Matt Rentschler also agreed to not pursue the habitual felon sentence enhancement option â€” which would have increased the sentence for Auer.
Burglary is a Class C felony and carries a sentencing range of two to eight years.
There was no stipulation in the plea agreement as to length of sentence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Columbia City residents north of U.S. 30 were yet again afflicted by low pressure and no water last week, officials are working toward a permanent solution to the problem.
The main issue is not a man-made problem, but instead a problem with the soil, according to Columbia City Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear.
â€śThe soil conditions are very acidic right there. Itâ€™s eating into the pipe,â€ť Dear said.
In remembrance of September 11, 2001, the terrorist attacks on the U.S., public safety officials across the country are being honored today, Patriot Day.
The Post & Mailâ€™s special publication, â€śEmergency Personnel Saluteâ€ť, is inserted in todayâ€™s newspaper.
Pictured, a group of Whitley County firemen raise a ladder at a local house fire.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Tri-Lakes womanâ€™s foray into Native American research has led to her joining up with a professional author for a book series.
Liz Martinez began her research approximately 20 years ago. She studied remedies used by Native cultures that would cure a variety of maladies.
Through this research, she became connected online with Karen D. Musson. Musson lives in southern Missouri and began writing a book series 10 years ago about 19th-century Native American life, particularly the Lakota Tribe.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Funding school safety has been an ongoing topic of conversation among municipalities in Whitley County.
Whitko Middle School Principal Parrish Kruger spoke on behalf of the district and petitioned the South Whitley Town Council to consider a $10,000 contribution in order for the district to hire a school resource officer (SRO).
â€śWe have the opportunity to get a grant with matching funds,â€ť Kruger said. â€śThe district can show a $30,000 investment. However, if South Whitley can put in $10,000 and Pierceton can do the same, we can get $50,000 in matching funds.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” This Labor Day, questions were raised at a Columbia City Board of Works meeting regarding the use of consumer, or personal, fireworks.
According to Columbia Cityâ€™s ordinance, fireworks are only allowed to be used on Labor Day and the Sunday before, but not the rest of the holiday weekend.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel received a call from a resident who requested that citizens be allowed to shoot off fireworks all weekend, sparking a temporary exception to the ordinance by the Board of Works for the 2013 Labor Day weekend.