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November 3rd, 2010
A Columbia City woman grabbed the Indiana House of Representatives spot vacated by former District 83 Representative Matt Bell.
Former Columbia City Common Council member Kathy Heuer routed her Democrat opponent and fellow county resident Wray McCalester with 77 percent of the vote (2,147-626) and will represent the county and the rest of the district beginning in January.
âI am honored to have the support of the voters of District 83 and will be privileged to serve everyone in the district, regardless of their political affiliation,â said Heuer.
How important is education?
Consider these facts:
âą According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 90 percent of high-growth, high-wage jobs will require at least some postsecondary education.
âą Indiana ranks 43rd in the state in percentage of adults with a bachelorâs degree or higher. In Whitley County, 18 percent of adults have a bachelorâs degree or higher. Slightly more than 19 percent of adults statewide have postsecondary degrees.
By early afternoon Tuesday, voter turnout was steady at the polls in Whitley County, according to Debbie Beers at the countyâs Voter Registration Office.
âI wouldnât call it heavy and I wouldnât call it light,â Beers said. âBut, there has been a wait at the polls so I would definitely call the turnout good at this point.â
Voters in the county are voting not only for local, county and school board candidates but also for state representative and those living in the Whitko School District have a proposed property tax referendum to decide.
New CCHS speech coach takes over
The loss of Bob Brittain last April left some very big shoes to fill.
As far as the speech and debate coaching job, Aaron Dicker of Fort Wayne has been hired to pick up the mantle.
A graduate of DePauw University, Dicker was a former competitor of the CCHS team when he attended South Side High School and remembered Brittain as a very âpersonable person.â
Dicker continued with speech and debate in his post-secondary career and saw Brittain at the national forensics meets, as well.
By RUTH STANLEY
Voters will be headed to the polls Tuesday to make their choices about their representation, and to make their opinion known on a couple of questions.
Voters statewide will decide whether to add tax caps to the stateâs Constitution, and voters in the Whitko Community School Corporation will decide whether to grant the district the ability to raise the tax levy to make up for shortfalls in funding from the state.
Several roads in downtown Columbia City will be blocked off Nov. 13 while runners from all over the country pound the pavement here for the second annual Veteranâs Day Marathon.
City parks director Mark Green submitted a request Friday to the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety for road closings during the event.
âItâs similar to last year, but weâre having more people this year,â said Green, reporting that there were 580 runners signed up for the marathon.
Mayor Jim Fleck suggested the addition of signs that would let motorists know of the marathon while itâs happening.
The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety discussed the transition to 800 megahertz (MHz) communications by public safety personnel at its weekly meeting Friday.
According to Terry Wherry, Columbia City Director of Communications, the county police, dispatchers and emergency personnel are converting to 800 MHz systems Monday.
For Columbia City personnel, the transition will begin with the purchase of a base unit and a cross-band box located in the communications office costing $71,444.
Seventy people waited to hear their names called with the familiar phrase, âCome on down!â Thursday at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City, but only six lucky contestants made it on stage for âThe Price is Right.â
âBobbyâ Barker, aka Kristy Maloney from Sycamore Village, hosted the pared down version of the popular game show, with the lovely Ann Louise Baas, a senior center volunteer, as her assistant. Calling the contestants to the stage was Tim Leonard, another volunteer.
Three young teens on the construction crew for the Alexander More familyâs new barn in the late 1800s, were kept on the property during construction as travel of the time was difficult at best. This was the tradition of the day and the site, on the De la Balme Road in Whitley County was near a property that was touted to be haunted.
Showing off their bravery over their dinner, the young men from nearby South Whitley discussed taking a trip over to the haunted Hazel Cot Castle.