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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Connecticut massacre has touched the lives of people across the nation â€” even in Whitley County â€” 750 miles from the tragedy.
Before Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s boys basketball game Friday night, officials held a moment of silence in honor of the 26 lives lost after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school â€” killing 20 children.
The rampage is the nationâ€™s second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech shooting that claimed 33 lives in 2007.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) â€” A man opened fire Friday inside the Sandy Hook Elementary where his mother taught. Twenty-six people were killed, including 20 children. Area media report youngsters huddled in corners and closets frightened at the sound of shots ringing through the building.
The 20-year-old killer, killed his mother at home, carried two handguns to the school where he committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said.
More in depth coverage can be found in Saturday's Post & Mail with local comments from area residents and school administration.
FORT WAYNE â€” A high-speed chase that began in Fort Wayne ended at the Whitley-Allen County Line Tuesday.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriff deputies were called to assist Fort Wayneâ€™s Police Department after the pursuit headed toward Columbia City on U.S. 30.
The deputies set up stop sticks near CR 300 E., but the suspects, Pedro Garza and Luis Juarez-Cabrera, turned north on County Line Road before being apprehended by Fort Wayne police.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” High utility bills? Some residents of South Whitley believe the rates appearing on their monthly utility statements are higher than average. In fact, one resident appeared at the town council meeting Tuesday night to voice her concern over an increasing utility bill.
Town council members wanted to know just where utility rates stood in relation to covering costs and preparing for future upgrades.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The wind blew hard, but Columbia City pushed back.
On June 29 of this year, a violent wind storm powered its way through Columbia City. The tempest left a trail of damage in its wake, including downed trees. For many towns, the clean-up effort could have been a marathon. However, Columbia City Tree Board President Ken Lundquist said that the work has been â€śexcellent,â€ť and thanked the City Electric Department for its input in the project.
Those participating in the most recent www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll said "No" to legalizing marijuana in Indiana because they deem it "a gateway drug."
Forty-five percent of respondents voted "no" on the legalization question.
However, 38 percent voted in favor of legalization because "it will increase revenue for the state."
Meanwhile, 13 percent said marijuana "should be decriminalized, not legalized."
Additionally, 4 percent voted "I don't care what the state does."
More than 100 votes were recorded in the poll.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety moved Tuesday to begin work on storm sewers before Phase II of the Line Street Project begins next year.
Wigent Excavation was awarded the bid for $41,045, and should begin work immediately, according to Jeff Walker, Community Development Director for Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council met Tuesday and among other agenda items, discussed some changes to personnel policy for city employees. Among the most talked about changes were a policy require employees to wear identification badges while they are on duty and rules regarding smoking locations at city buildings.
The identification policy is in place, according to Mayor Ryan Daniel, so that residents can have confidence that the people working with them are city employees. Council member Bill Simpson said that the policy would not be necessary for officers in uniform.
FORT WAYNE â€” Jessica Harrison, a Columbia City High School graduate, works as a disc jockey for 106.3 clickhop.com â€” but she didnâ€™t interview for the job in a traditional way.
A contest was held earlier this year to find a co-host for the radio morning show, â€śNugget in the morning.â€ť Harrison turned in a video which was voted on by friends, family and the stationâ€™s listeners.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Center for Whitley County Youth recently received a grant of $45,000 from the Dekko Foundation. The grant will be used to further The Centerâ€™s Building Hope project.
Jeff Wike, The Centerâ€™s executive director, said the project is just over the half-way mark to its goal of raising $210,00.
In December of 2011, The Center was able to purchase its building debt free. Owning the building free and clear means the organization eliminated $10,000 a year in rent payments.