PRIMARY POLLING: Locations merging for county benefit

COLUMBIA CITY — While many voters will be heading to familiar polling locations in May for the primary elections, some will be venturing toward unfamiliar scenery to do their voting.The Whitley County Election Office is making some changes this year to reduce the number of locations and workers available to the public. Several polling locations will be combined, including in South Whitley, Cleveland Township and Smith Township.“We’re very excited about this,” said Clerk of Courts Debbie Beers. “We’re going to save the county some money while making things better for the voters.”The following is a list of polling locations, along with the old location if applicable:• Cleveland Northeast and Northwest: United Methodist Church of South Whitley (formerly Cleveland Township Fire Station)• Cleveland South: UMCSW (Whitko High School)• Columbia Northeast and Northwest: First Church of God (Indiana Springs Middle School)• Columbia South: ISMS• Columbia 1 and 3: Marshall Community Center• Columbia 2 and 7: Whitley County Government Center• Columbia 4 and 8: Grace Lutheran Church• Columbia 5 and 6: Church of the Nazarene• Etna Troy: Etna Troy Community Center• Jefferson East and Jefferson West: Saturn Christian Church (Jefferson Township Fire Station)• Richland North and South: New Hope Wesleyan Church (Whitko High School)• Smith East, Northeast and South: Boy Scout Building (Churubusco Middle School; Churubusco Town Hall)• Smith Northwest and West: Blue Lake Community Building (Churubusco Middle School)• Thorncreek North and Northeast: Thorncreek Township Fire Station• Thorncreek Northwest: Big Lake Church of God (unconfirmed)• Thorkcreek South: Eagle Quest Church• Union Columbia City, Union East and West: Coesse Elementary School (Whitley County Government Center)• Washington North and South: Washington Township Community Building For more information contact the Election Office at 248-3164 or visit a more in depth look at this story, see the March 8 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.