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November 10th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As a nation takes time this weekend to remember those veterans who have shaped our country‚Äôs legacy, there is a new generation of soldiers rising through the ranks to walk a path that is all too familiar for so many soldiers before them.
‚ÄúScared but proud.‚ÄĚ That would be the feeling for most parents with children in the military.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs downtown is expected to be a little more crowded today than previous years for the Veterans Marathon.
The marathon, half-marathon and 5K, which are set to begin at 8 a.m., have nearly 800 runners signed up between the three races.
Last year‚Äôs marathon netted 218 runners, while 2012‚Äôs race has approximately 325 signed up for today‚Äôs race, according to event coordinator Gary Bird.
Bird said there are twice as many people signed up for the 5K.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While politicians recently held debates in front of millions of viewers, Eagle Tech Academy was also conducting debates with high school students across the country.
The debates, held online with more than 2,000 students in 30 different schools, were part of a national New Tech Network election project called ‚Äú#MyParty12.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis year for 2012 we wanted kids to create their own public policies,‚ÄĚ said ETA English teacher Joe Urschel. ‚ÄúThey looked at cause and effect, problems and solutions. They had to propose real, viable solutions.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Many harriers who were signed up for the New York City Marathon, which was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, are running to other venues.
According to JoAnn Bird, wife of Gary Bird, the event coordinator for Columbia City‚Äôs Veterans Marathon, the local race is expected to add 30-40 runners from the NYC contest.
The Associated Press reported this is happening across the country, as many runners have spent months, even years, training for the event.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Due to cooler temperatures, energy assistance programs are working with county citizens to help them pay their heating bills.
Whitley Co. Energy Assistance Fund
‚ÄúWe only help each household once every 12 months,‚ÄĚ said Steve Weaver with the Whitley County Energy Assistance Fund. ‚ÄúThe maximum we pay is $150, and if someone comes to us with an electrical bill, we ask them to come up with a budget of how they can continue to manage their own bills the next month. We do not help pay if they cannot plan to pay their next bill.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Whitley County Community Foundation held its 17th Annual Heart of Gold awards ceremony last night to recognize county residents who have given back to the community.
The foundation‚Äôs Executive Director September McConnell said, ‚ÄúThis has been a very good year. This night is a chance for us to say ‚Äėthank you‚Äô to all of you who help make Whitley County a better place to live.‚ÄĚ
Thirteen Heart of Gold recipients received gold medallions, a certificate and $100 to be awarded to the charity of their choosing.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ During the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees meeting Monday, Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff notified the board that the district school calendar would be presented at the next regular board meeting.
‚ÄúI met with the calendar committee Sept. 26,‚ÄĚ said Reiff. ‚ÄúWe looked at two options. One option was to start school Aug. 19 and end June 4. The second option starts school Aug. 12 and ends May 28.‚ÄĚ
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Rate hikes were debated at Churubusco‚Äôs Town Council meeting Wednesday night.
Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl suggested increasing the rental fees for the park‚Äôs Scout Building to increase revenue and offset upcoming renovation and upgrading costs. The proposed increase would raise the price from $95 to $115, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
She explained that most other facilities charge more money. The proposed rate increase would make Churubusco‚Äôs Scout Building rental fee more comparable.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Veterans Marathon is not just another running event. It is a morning that puts Columbia City on the map in running circles.
After flood waters forced the New York City Marathon to be cancelled, Columbia City is anticipating an influx of additional runners, increasing exposure to the city as well as the Whitley County area.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said the event will be an economic boost to the area.