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September 28th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” According to the Election Supervisor Jessica Hockemeyer, absentee voting hours will soon be available to registered voters at the courthouse.
â€śThere is in office voting, voting by mail and a traveling board,â€ť said Hockemeyer.
The hours for absentee voting at the clerkâ€™s office, located in the courthouse at Room 18 on the second floor, are Oct. 9-12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 15 to Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Dazzlers is a special needs cheerleading team in its second season.
Coach Vanessa Bills decided to offer cheerleading to special needs students so they can â€śexperience the uniform.â€ť
The cheerleaders have various disabilities and varying degrees of speech and movement capabilities. Bills said that there are some challenges when working a cheer routine around those handicaps, but the participants grow in confidence and become more vocal and more mobile.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Columbia City/South Whitley utility agreement close to finalization, Columbia City officials said they are looking forward to providing contracted electrical support to the town.
â€śEverything is worked out and everybody seems happy,â€ť said Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone at Tuesdayâ€™s Columbia City Common Council meeting.
â€śSo we are responsible for South Whitleyâ€™s maintenance assuming they agree. All indications are they want to get this completed.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Autumn Art Festival was held earlier in September around the courthouse square with vendors and patrons commenting on the success of the event.
Trudy Miller-Longhenry has been the eventâ€™s coordinator for seven years. After this yearâ€™s festival, Miller-Longhenry â€śpassed the paintbrushâ€ť to the Whitley County Humane Society.
â€śI will still be involved next year. Iâ€™ll be behind the scenes,â€ť said Miller-Longhenry. â€śI want to see the festival succeed, so I am willing to help them out.â€ť
GROVERTOWN â€” A former Whitko High School athlete and Pierceton resident was killed Wednesday on his way to see a PGA golf event.
Steve Mort, 50, died at 9:59 a.m. at South Bend Memorial Hospital following a collision with a semi hauling a wind turbine propeller. Mortâ€™s brother, Tim, was also involved in the crash.
The vehicle Mort was in failed to stop and lodged underneath the trailer of the semi and both brothers were trapped inside their vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency crews.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After holding two public forums and opening up an online survey concerning the Burnworth Memorial Pool, Mayor Ryan Daniel said the preliminary responses are leaning toward a new aquatics facility.
â€śWe have 249 responses, which I think is a pretty good response rate up to this point,â€ť said Daniel. â€śWe have until Oct. 6, thatâ€™s the last day that we are accepting those responses so Iâ€™ll close it at that point.â€ť
An assessment on the pool estimated over $1.1 million dollars in repairs to the pool facility.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Youth Council President Kiersten Thomas, a junior at Columbia City High School, was the second Youth Council member, out of the nine member board, to represent the youth this month at city meetings and update the city on the youthâ€™s projects and progress. Youth Council member Stacey Quinn attended last monthâ€™s meetings.
One of the main projects the Youth Council has been working on is their Facebook page called Columbia City Youth Council.
â€śWe have our Facebook page up and running,â€ť said Thomas. â€śSo thatâ€™s kind of exciting.â€ť
HAMILTON â€” In the 1970s, a Christian rock band was being formed around the Fort Wayne and northwest Ohio areas. Little did these holy rock-n-rollers know, their music would strike a resounding chord for future Christian musicians. Having performed in iconic Fort Wayne venues such as Adamâ€™s Apple, the group recorded in the Fort Wayne area during its early years.
Today, after decades of hits, the 1980s classic group, Petra, will have a homecoming of sorts, performing Sunday at Hamilton High School, 903 S. Wayne St., Hamilton.
Laurie Cox, with Parkview Home Health Care, administers a flu shot to Dorothy Reynolds at the Senior Fair Wednesday. Forty-six vendors transformed the Woodlands Senior Center into the free fair. Event organizers anticipated an estimated 200 people to visit the fair.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ The South Whitley Town Council met Tuesday night with a full agenda waiting its attention. Part of the nightâ€™s meeting was devoted to a presentation made by Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) in relation to a new energy plan for the town.