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February 11th, 2015

IN THE FINAL HOURS: Council candidate added

February 11, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 — the deadline was at noon.

February 10th

YMCA: Business of the month

February 10, 2015

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 Y’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.

TEACHER, BUSINESSWOMAN: Looking to fill Col. City council seat

February 10, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 City’s Common Council.
Malcolm was born and raised in Muskegon, Mich. and became a Columbia City resident in 1976.

5.5 YEARS: Former auditor sentenced for theft

February 10, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — A sentence has been passed down on Monday to Jennifer McGuire, Whitley County’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.

TRAVELING THE WORLD FOR LESSONS: ISMS students work together to create mosaic of school logo

February 10, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

February 9th

40 UNDER 40: Tio earns international recognition

February 9, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Economic Development Corporation’s Alan Tio, president, is among the best of his profession.
Tio was recently honored as part of Development Counsellors International’s (DCI) 40 Under 40 as a rising star in economic development.

It’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.

JUNIOR ENGINEERS: ISMS seventh graders participate in national contest

February 9, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

February 6th

ALL-AMERICAN: Maggard nominated as All-American

February 6, 2015

FORT WAYNE — Canturbury High School senior guard and Whitley County resident Darby Maggard was recently honored with a nomination as a McDonalds’ High School All-American.

Players were nominated by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All-American Games Selection Committee.

The nominees from across the country became eligible to make the final team of 24 boys and 24 girls that will play in the 2015 Games.

NOT AGAIN: County ensures auditor accountability

February 6, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Less than a year after allegations came out regarding former Whitley County Auditor Jennifer McGuire, county officials are working to ensure that taxpayers don’t have to worry about a repeat situation.

An audit by the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA) found that the county lacked proper checks and balance procedures for the county’s money.

ORDINANCE: ’Busco to begin enforcing snow removal

February 6, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — The town of Churubusco will begin enforcing its snow removal ordinance next week, officials say.

Madelyn Sade-Bartl, Churubusco clerk-treasurer, said starting Monday, Feb. 9, the town will begin enforcing the ordinance, after officials have received numerous complaints regarding sidewalks not being shoveled or cleared off.

Sade-Bartl said many of the complaints are from parents whose children walk to school, and postal workers who must walk through the snow to deliver mail, come rain, sleet or snow.


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