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September 13th, 2013

PRIESTLY: Sigler has smooth first year at St. Paul

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church is everything Father Gary expected it to be.

Sigler, who has been with the church for more than a year, said he always thought St. Paul would be a wonderful place to be.

"I used to tell people if I could have any parish in the diocese, it would be St. Paul of the Cross in Columbia City," Sigler said. "So when the Bishop offered it to me, I was just amazed because it was the parish I've always wanted."

Sigler said St. Paul was his church of choice because of the community and size of the parish.

HOMETOWN EVENT: Plow Day entertains, benefits community

September 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A hometown event that began in 2006 with 800 people will return for its seventh year.

The 7th Annual Plow Day and Benefit will be held Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., south of South Whitley on Ind. 5 at 9621 S. 350 W.

Hosted by Roy and Mary Rubrake, Dan and Deb Michel and Stoner and Marta Harshbarger, the event will center around plowing fields.

RELEVANT EQUATIONS: Eberly gives purpose to math problems

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For the students who say they’ll never use superior mathematical equations after they graduate from school — teacher Brett Eberly concurs.

Eberly, a math teacher at Eagle Tech Adademy, Columbia City, has taken a new approach to teaching his students — giving them skills to last a lifetime.

“It’s not realistic to think they’ll use this math for the rest of their lives,” Eberly said. “My goal is to help them build problem-solving skills so when they’re presented with a problem in the working world, they’ll have the experience and can work their way through that problem.”

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Tio proposes blanket ERA in city

September 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s council is taking a blanket Economic Revitalization Area (ERA) under consideration.

ERA is a specific designation required for business owners to request a tax abatement for economic development.

Currently, economic development and revitalization areas within the city limits are patchy and numerous — there are 25-30 different designated areas.

Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio said putting a blanket ERA designation throughout the city limits would help simplify the tax abatement process.

September 12th

Fall festival slated for Saturday entertainment

September 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Activities and entertainment are scheduled for the Whitley County Fall Festival at Morsches Park Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m.

“This is event is full of family fun,” Mark Green, Columbia City Parks Department director. “No matter what your age, there is something for everyone this year.”

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 year’s event, in its inaugural year, was a starting point for what is now an annual event.

'GOOD RESPONSES': Council reviews downtown parking

September 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Six months after Columbia City’s Common Council approved changes to the downtown area’s parking, the council reviewed the outcome of the adjustments at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I’ve only heard good responses,” Councilman Dan Weigold said. “I haven’t heard anyone complain about parking.”

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.

VACANT SEAT: City holds off on building authority appointment

September 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“This authority has been inactive. It hasn’t been used for a long time,” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel told the council Tuesday.

PROPELLING EXCITEMENT IN CLASS: NHES staff creates energy for students

September 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 school’s counselor. She has worked with Jacob Hoag, NHES principal, and other faculty to implement motivational tools for students.

IN COURT: Auer pleads guilty to burglary

September 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 — 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.

MAIN BREAKS: Water woes expected to dissolve

September 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“The soil conditions are very acidic right there. It’s eating into the pipe,” Dear said.

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