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October 15th, 2012

TRAIL: Construction starts this week

October 15, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — After meeting with the engineer and the trail general contractor for the Blue River Trail’s extension project last week, Columbia City Community Development Director Jeff Walker said slight modifications have been made to the exact routing and elevations of the trail.
“You would never know because it’s just a matter of inches,” said Walker. “It does allow us better drainage of the field, and also to save some additional trees.”

October 13th

EARLY VOTING: 300 ballots cast in first three days

October 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Absentee voters are coming out in full swing to cast their ballots for this year’s general election.
According to the Clerk of Circuit Court, Debbie Beers, absentee voters in this year’s primary totaled only 487 voters, but with absentee voting open as of this week, the general election number is already close as it continues to climb daily.
“So far this week, we have had 300 voters in the first three days,” said Beers. “When the voters come out to vote, all the preparation and hard work put into running the election is truly worth it.”

October 12th

FARMER'S MARKET: Season comes to close

October 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Saturday will mark the end for sidewalk vegetable sales. The Whitley County Farmer’s Market will hold its last sale day Saturday.
Market Master Chris Lilly said, “2012 has been an outstanding season. I would like to personally thank everyone who came down to the Whitley County Farmer’s Market. We are already planning for 2013.”
Just because the frost has met up with the pumpkin does not mean all produce sales are over. In fact, pumpkins are among the many items still for sale at the market, including squash, fall decorations and homemade products.

LEGISLATING THE LUNCH LADY: First Lady spearheading initiative on healthy eating choices

October 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY ­— Columbia City High School’s brightly-lit vending machines no longer dispense colas, but flavored waters and juice drinks.
That was a change made by school officials to promote a healthier choice for students some five years ago. But now, healthier options are being served at lunch.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) conformed to a healthy initiative put in place by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

SCAMS: City police offer advice to seniors

October 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Police Department provided vital information to seniors during a presentation called “Scams” on Wednesday.
The presentation, held at Woodlands Senior Center on Opportunity Drive, covered ways to protect personal identification, personal finances as well as how to spot various methods used to lure people into giving away that vital information. Food and drinks were provided as well as musical entertainment from Keyboard Artist Floyd “Joe” Thomas.

PARKING ORDIANCE: Moved to 2nd reading

October 12, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council moved the Parking Ordinance to second reading at its meeting Tuesday.
Councilman Bill Simpson outlined the changes made to the ordinance.
“The first change establishes the parking places in front of the sheriff’s department for police vehicles, even though that’s always been in existence,” said Simpson. “It also establishes all of the ones we have out front of the building of City Hall.”
According to Simpson, the other big change is taking the parking fine from $5 to $10.

October 11th

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

October 11, 2012

Friday

•CHS Still Soaring Game — 7 p.m.
Churubusco High School Football will host a Still Soaring CHS Game for years 1963 to 2013 Friday at 7 p.m.
At halftime there will be a 1963 team picture and former coaches will be introduced. After the game there will be coaches pictures, multiple generation pictures, former players, cheerleaders and band members picture. For more information contact Cathy Petrie at 438-3809.

Saturday

•Pumpkin Run/Walk — 8 a.m.

PERSONAL TRIUMPHS: Passages celebrates a banner year

October 11, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Going against the odds, overcoming struggles and pushing through challenges were the themes conveyed at Passages, Inc.’s annual meeting Wednesday.

Not like the average board meeting, the evening was designed to celebrate victories of all kinds. Alice Anderson, is the vice president of programs and services for Passages and started the program with a list of accomplishments the organization has seen over the year.
Passages, Inc. works to serve individuals with disabilities, but to those in attendance at the meeting it seemed to be more about abilities.

S. WHITLEY: Tabs Wilkinson as town manager

October 11, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — The South Whitley Town Council met Tuesday night minus Council President Tony Starkey who was on vacation. Even in Starkey’s absence, the council had a full agenda. Dave Wilkinson, the town’s chief of police, was offered the position of town manager. The council made an offer to Wilkinson to take on the job of town manager in addition to his role as chief of police. The anticipated start date for Wilkinson is Monday. Council member Bill Boggs said, “I think Dave will do a fine job. He already does a fine job as the chief of police and I think he’ll be good for the town.”

CUTTIN' FOR A CAUSE: Local salon holds haircut marathon for breast cancer awareness

October 11, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — For most women, visiting the salon means they leave the chair looking better than before. Wednesday, women not only looked good, but felt good as their haircuts went for a good cause.
Candi Martinez is a stylist at Fabulous Hair and Nails in Columbia City. The salon joined forces with hair care manufacturer Sexy Hair in a haircut marathon. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, Sexy Hair enlisted more than 875 salons across the U.S. to participate in the marathon.

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