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COLUMBIA CITY — Are you for having chickens within the city limits or against it? This is a topic that was addressed years ago by the council with a high level of public interest. The issue was raised again this week during the Tuesday meeting of the Columbia City Common Council.

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SOUTH WHITLEY — The South Whitley Town Council held its regular meeting Tuesday evening with Bill Castrodale and Sam Messenger with Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA) in attendance providing board members information on new smart meters available for the town.

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FORT WAYNE– U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN, in conjunction with Purdue University Fort Wayne and WorkOne Northeast, will host a job fair from noon to 3 p.m. July 6 in the university’s Walb Student Union International Ballroom.

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Council considered several items at its latest meeting, including those from the sheriff’s department and the county commissioners.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has received reports of sick and dying songbirds from 15 counties statewide, according to a news release dated June 25. As the investigation continues, the DNR recommends all Hoosiers remove their birdfeeders statewide.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Construction will soon begin on U.S. 30 near Coesse, as announced in a recent press release from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Time management and GIS were two topics discussed this past week in both the Whitley County commissioner and council meetings.

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CHURUBUSCO — An ordinance calling for the increase of town sewer rates was approved Tuesday evening in a special meeting of the Churubusco Town Council.

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Write about the rare bird alert my younger daughter suggested at a family get together when I said I needed a subject for an article. “But the rare bird alert is no longer active,” I said.

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Commissioners have voiced their thoughts regarding a recent house bill presented in Indiana.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana’s legislators are halfway through session, and Whitley County’s representatives offered updates on some of what has been happening so far in a recent meeting with the community.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers age 50 and older now can receive vaccinations for COVID-19, the Indiana State Department of Health announced Wednesday.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — In their time of need, sometimes a young person needs a place that can offer help, a place they can turn to where they feel safe.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Unemployment in northeast Indiana continues to move back toward prepandemic levels, said the final report of estimates for 2020, said monthly data released Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

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INDIANAPOLIS — After previously stating he would sign a new executive order loosening gathering size restrictions in counties on Sunday, Gov. Eric Holcomb jumped his own deadline and issued that new order late Thursday.

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CHURUBUSCO — In a special meeting of the Churubusco Town Council last week, bids were opened for engineering work for the town.

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Board of Commissioners held a brief meeting on Monday, Jan. 4. to lay the groundwork for the new year. This included the recognition of county employees and the announcement of a coming COVID-19 vaccine.

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CHURUBUSCO — The Churubusco Town Council rang in the new year at the Boy Scout Building with its first meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Clerk-treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl announced that the Churubusco Public Library will receive a new mural.

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INDIANAPOLIS — In the 12th week of statewide flu surveillance, Indiana was still seeing minimal impact from flu, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

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CHURUBUSCO — Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness announced 241 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined $101 million in state matching funds for local road projects through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

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MUNCIE — Indiana’s restaurant industry has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic to such an extent that up to 41% of restaurants in the state could be forced to permanently close before the end of 2020.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb has signed Executive Order 20-48 to implement pandemic requirements for all Hoosiers and targeted restrictions for counties that have high levels of COVID-19.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County Plan Commission is seeking the public’s ideas for the future of the County. Starting on Oct. 26, Whitley County community members will have the opportunity to provide their insight for “Form Whitley County,” an update to the county’s comprehensive plan, vi…

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CHURUBUSCO—Smith-Green Community Schools students have been “unbelievably phenomenal” during the first week of classes, Superintendent Dan Hile said.

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Community Foundation of Whitley County has entered into an agreement that will allow the Columbia City Parks Department to advance its master plan and provide expanded office space for growing administration needs. The current Foundation building located at 400 N. Whitley…