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December 6th

City’s e-mail filter worth the cost

December 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Director of Communications, Terry Wherry, had some impressive statistics to present to the Common Council last week.

Ten years ago, the city invested in an e-mail filter company, Preferred IT Group, to protect the city.

The overall cost for the program is $1,800 per year, and officials said the service is well worth the money. “The cost is benefiting us,” Wherry said. “It’s taken care of a lot of spam.”

Phenomenal fundraiser

December 6, 2013

Pierceton Elementary School recently awarded Riley VanCleave (right) with a gift card for being the top seller for the Parent-Teacher Organization fundraiser this year. VanCleave is a fourth-grade student, but has been awarded this prize every year since he was in kindergarten. The PTO would like to thank VanCleave and his mother for all their hard work in supporting the school. Awarding VanCleave with the gift card is Kathy Wright who is co-president of the PTO.

Ag Museum meeting

December 6, 2013

The Ag Museum Board would like to extend an invitation to all persons who have an interest in Whitley County history to attend the Annual Meeting Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at the museum. The program will be cover the history and making of maple syrup. Those interested do not need to be a member to attend the meeting. Bring a covered dish and table service to take part in the food and fellowship. The meat and drinks will be furnished. Pictured is one area of the museum that portrays pioneer life.

December 5th

Shining Stars

December 5, 2013

Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrate its November Shining Stars.  The following students were recognized this month for using their life skills, treating people right and doing the right thing: Kindergarteners — Ethan Huerta, Lillen Johnson, Tatianna Saavedra, Meya Gonzalez, Wesley Fowler and Haylee Harpel. First graders — Aleighya Loe, Brandelyn Maggard, Isabelle Landis, Iziah Rinehold, Kassidy Welch and Mikayla Cochran. Second graders — Brodie Baughman, Xander Ogden, Sam Bechtold and Kelan Ferguson.

Upcoming events

December 5, 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Friday
• Walk of Trees - 5 p.m.
In its fourth year, The Walk of Trees will open for tours Friday at 5 p.m. and will continue Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 14. at The Clugston, Chauncey Street, Columbia City.
More than 20 trees are expected to be a part of this year’s walk.

S. Whitley library expands to offer new youth center

December 5, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A new space for teens will officially open Saturday for the South Whitley Community Public Library.

The Foundation, 207 E. Front St., will be available to the public to tour during an open house Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at its location next to the library.

Shannon Langmaid is in charge of youth services and children’s programming at the library. She said the newly-renovated building will serve as a youth center.

City makes bid selection on Westgate project

December 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Several years ago, when Columbia City annexed the Westgate area, located west of the city, officials identified some drainage issues.

At that time, the city collaborated with Whitley County officials to make some repairs to the east side of the annexation.

In 2005, Westgate had severe flooding, and in 2006 there was a study and proposed improvement project — to the tune of $300,000.

Progress comes after court rules against junk

December 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After several meetings with the Whitley County Commissioners and county health department officials, it was Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl that made the final decision on a neglected property in rural Columbia City.

Thomas Ebetino, owner of the property located on County Road 400 South, took his continuing case to court.

After receiving complaints from residents that own property near Ebetino, County Health Specialist Scott Wagner filed the necessary paperwork to have official action taken against Ebetino in September.

New fire truck sparks funding talks

December 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For the last several months, Columbia City’s fire department has been in the process of purchasing a new truck.

A committee was formed, specs were sent out, and several bids were awarded at last week’s Columbia City Board of Works meeting.

The fire truck committee met Nov. 2 to review several bids before choosing 911 Fleet and Fire Equipment’s bid for $499,529.

With the new truck comes the need for new equipment. The Board of Works also approved $109,824.89 in equipment from multiple vendors.

December 4th

Skating skills

December 4, 2013

Todd Franks (left), of Larwill, and Isaac Gust avoid Black Friday shopping while at Headwaters Park ice skating rink Friday. Franks, 13, attends Indian Springs Middle School, and Gust, a Columbia City native, attends Lake Stevens Middle School in Lake Stevens Washington.

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