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November 8th, 2013

Students honor veterans

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Coesse Elementary School took time during the school day Friday to honor veterans.

The annual assembly was complete with a children’s choir and flowers given in appreciation to the veterans present.

Elementary students invited friends and family members who have served in the military. Each veteran was called by name and greeted by their student.

County back-bills for incorrect property taxes

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Property tax bills are due Tuesday for Whitley County residents.

However, according to County Auditor Jennifer McGuire, 72 properties received a tax bill for back taxes accrued during the last three years.

The difference in taxed amount comes from homestead exemptions filed incorrectly.

“The Indiana State code only allows an individual one homestead credit,” McGuire said. “That is allowed for the primary residence only. It is not allowed for a secondary property such as a lake home or rental property.”

ONLINE POLL RESULTS

November 8, 2013

Concerning Christmas shopping:

•I'm more than half done.
•Yes, I've started.
•Haven't even thought about it.

Pumpkin playtime

November 8, 2013

Kindergarten students at Little Turtle Elementary School participated in Pumpkin Day activities.

Students enjoyed learning pumpkin finger plays, poems and songs.

They also weighed, measured, and explored pumpkins they received from their study trip to Fashion Farm Pumpkin Fantasyland.

GOOD FOOD, GOOD SPIRITS: LWC hosts event to treat the palate

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A night to tempt the senses was all in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Leadership Whitley County (LWC).

The nonprofit organization held its annual Sip & Savor at Eagles Nest Event Center, Columbia City Thursday night.

Working to develop community leaders and engage local residents, LWC is responsible for producing ideas and concepts, such as the Splash Pad in Morsches Park.

“We want to give people the opportunity and the tools to better our county,” said LWC leader Kelley Sheiss.

ELECTION LOCATION REGULATIONS: Voting comes at an up-front cost

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Polling locations require more than a simple ballot box and voting booth.

To comply with state regulations, the county will invest in upgrading several locations throughout the county to be ready for primary elections in May of 2014.

Debbie Beers is Whitley County’s clerk of the courts and oversees the voting process. She approached County Council members Tuesday to ask for funds up front in the work needed to make locations meet state standards.

VETERANS RACE: Favorable weather on tap for marathon

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Blue skies and mild temperatures are standing by for Saturday morning’s Veterans Marathon in Columbia City.

In the fifth-annual event, athletes can expect temperatures in the upper 50s with partly sunny skies.

Online registration for the race closed at 11 a.m. today.

Defending champion Justin Gillette, who has won every Veterans Marathon since its inception five years ago, is looking to grab his fifth win this year.

November 7th

SEPARATION: Col. City considers stormwater options

November 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — To separate, or not to separate? That is the question Columbia City officials are facing when it comes to stormwater.

Currently, the city’s storm and wastewater are on a combined system — nearly all water is processed through the wastewater treatment plant, south of town on Ind. 205, before it is dumped into the river.

While the idea wasn’t considered practical several years ago when the stormwater’s long-term control plan was made, officials are revisiting the idea of separating the city’s wastewater (sewage) from natural stormwater.

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.

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