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February 12th, 2015
Passages Profiles â€™15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Paula Kauffman has been with Passages for more than 10 years, with seven of those years spent as a community direct support professional.
In that time, she has seen incredible growth in both the program and in Passages as a whole.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl doesnâ€™t think the courtroom is always the best place to conduct family court, especially in divorce situations.
Thatâ€™s why Judge Fahl worked to create a family court program to create a more smooth process for discussing custody, parenting time and other important family law issues.
The program would allow for families to work with mediators, rather than hashing out those decisions in the courtroom.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City officials were forced to cut $314,000 from the 2015 budget after final numbers came back from the state this week.
Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle has been working to massage the budget without losing quality of the cityâ€™s services.
â€śIt was really a hit,â€ť Coyle said. â€śAlmost everyoneâ€™s budgets are less than last year.â€ť
The countyâ€™s budget was cut over $1 million dollars, officials announced last week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new candidate joined the municipal ballot in the final hours, creating a contested race in the Southeast Distrcit Columbia City Common Council seat.
The seat is currently held by two-term incumbent Nicole Penrod (R), who is running for reelection.
Billy Reffitt (R), filed for candidacy Friday morning â€” the deadline was at noon.
The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently selected the Whitley County Family YMCA as their February 2015 Chamber Business of the Month. Chamber and YMCA representatives gathered to celebrate the award on February 3. The award was given in recognition of the Yâ€™s commitment to children through the creation of the Armstrong Early Learning Center as well as its ongoing role to champion wellness in the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A teacher, businesswoman, gardener, mother and wife, Margaret Malcolm has been an active member of the Columbia City community since 1976.
Last week, Malcolm filed for candidacy for the Southwest District of Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council.
Malcolm was born and raised in Muskegon, Mich. and became a Columbia City resident in 1976.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A sentence has been passed down on Monday to Jennifer McGuire, Whitley Countyâ€™s former auditor, who admitted to stealing more than $100,000 in county funds.
McGuire was ordered to serve 5.5 years in the local correctional facility, with suggestion from the court that she be placed on work release.
As part of her sentence, McGuire also has to make full restitution of stolen funds, as well as investigation costs.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said he feels the sentence was appropriate.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School art teacher Mary Hilger took her teaching experience to the next level, traveling across the globe to study mosaics.
She brought her knowledge back to Whitley County to share with ISMS students, who then created a mosaic of their own.
Hilger visited the three Venices: Venice, Fla., Venice, Calif. and Venice, Italy.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Economic Development Corporationâ€™s Alan Tio, president, is among the best of his profession.
Tio was recently honored as part of Development Counsellors Internationalâ€™s (DCI) 40 Under 40 as a rising star in economic development.
Itâ€™s the only award of its kind that recognizes young talent in the economic development profession.
A five-member selection committee of nationally-recognized leaders in the economic development profession chose the winners from a pool of more than 157 candidates.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A group of potential future community leaders put their skills to the test by engineering their own ideas for future cities.
Several Indian Springs Middle School students participated in the National Future City competition.
The students created a virtual replica of a city 150 years into the future, created a scale model of a portion of their city and provided a written essay with information about their cities.