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November 6th, 2012
While absentee voting ended Monday, with a large increase in numbers compared to the 2008 general election, the polls continued to remain busy this afternoon as voters exercised their right to vote.
Several voters at the Church of the Nazarene, located at 506 N. Main Street in Columbia City, said they came out and voted today as opposed to voting early mainly because they are used to waiting for Election Day.
Some voters shared their responses:
âI wanted to listen more before I voted because I wanted to make a final decision,â said Ruby Perez.
According to the Whitley County Democrats Facebook page, the political party will not convene in Columbia City, but rather in Fort Wayne.
To join the Democratic party, supporters should visit the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Hall at 2930 Ludwig, Fort Wayne.
According to Clerk of Circuit Court Debbie Beers, final absentee numbers will be released and available tonight at 6 p.m. on the countyâs website at whitleygov.com.
As of last week, absentee voter numbers for this yearâs 2012 general election have already surpassed that of the 2008 general election by an increase of 25 percent.
According to Clerk of Circuit Court, Debbie Beers, some of the poll workers in Whitley County have called her office to let her know they've had long lines.
"Thatâs a good thing, that means people are coming out to cast their votes," said Beers.
Beers said there have been no major problems, as everything has been running smoothly today.
"Weâre doing good so far," said Beers. "We've had a lot of voters calling to see where they need to go vote."
WHITLEY COUNTY â Polling stations have opened across Whitley County and most of Indiana as Election Day begins following months of candidate debates and barrages of campaign advertisements.
Polling sites opened to voters at 6 a.m. EST Tuesday in 80 of Indiana's 92 counties. Voting sites open an hour later in 12 counties in northwestern and southwestern Indiana that are on Central Standard Time. All of Indiana's polling sites will close at 6 p.m. local time.
COLUMBIA CITY â The payment deadline for the fall installment of property taxes is Nov. 13.
In addition to tax bills being paid, Whitley County Auditor Jennifer McGuire also encourages county residents to turn in Homestead Verification sheets to receive homestead deductions on property taxes.
McGuire said this is the third year the auditorâs office has asked property owners to verify their homestead, and approximately 1,724 homesteads have yet to be verified in Whitley County.
Benefits of homestead verification
COLUMBIA CITY â âItâs personal.â That is the recurring thought between numerous cast members of Columbia City High Schoolâs fall production of âOnce Upon a Town.â
The playâs plot centers around a small town initiative to feed, encourage and applaud World War II soldiers passing through North Platte, Neb.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Street Departmentâs goal is for leaf pick up trucks to service the city each week.
According to Columbia City Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh, even with the rain earlier this week, the street department is getting the job done.
âIn the past, there have been weeks where itâs all we can do to get through the city in a week. We then go back through it the next week,â said Cearbaugh. âWe have two machines, one for each side of the city, and if one side gets done before the end of the week, they try to help the other side.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The streets of Columbia City will once again play host to the Veterans Marathon, set to take place Saturday, Nov. 10.
This year the race will focus particularly on the U.S. Air Force. Four to five vintage military aircraft will start off the marathon events. The aircraft will meet at the Huntington airport Friday in preparation for the annual event.
The vintage aircraft club has members flying from Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Huntington.
NEW YORK (AP) â New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City Marathon has been canceled.
His statement Friday came after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race.
With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than 40, many New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect a marathon on Sunday.