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April 10th, 2014
Columbia City Fireman Lance Beers takes advantage of this weekâs nice weather to wash one of the cityâs fire trucks Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach 70 degrees today, pleasant conditions after a long, cold winter.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Commissioners were given two requests to vacate property near county lakes.
Although the requests were similar â they were made to allow property owners to posses parcels that were otherwise right-of-ways or common ground â the outcome was entirely different.
WHITLEY COUNTY â As winter weather ends, repair work begins.
Several of the countyâs roads, as well as bridges and culverts, are receiving maintenance and repair work.
With the scheduled work, road closures are happening throughout the county. The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that Ind. 9 will be closed beginning Friday to rehabilitate the deck for the bridge over Catfish Creek.
The closure will be six miles north of Columbia City, and is expected to continue through early August.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Each year, dozens of area residents come together for the National Day of Prayer, held on the first day of May annually.
However, events are slated leading up to the nationwide day of observance. A 5K Walk, Run for Jesus will take off April 26 at 9 a.m. from The Center for Whitley County Youth in Columbia City.
âThe race is being held to raise awareness and promote the National Day of Prayer in our community,â said organizer Sue Langohr.
Proceeds from the event will benefit The Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â Volunteers and child advocates gathered at the Whitley County Courthouse in observation of National Child Abuse Prevention Month Tuesday.
Steve Weaver, director for Whitley Countyâs Department of Child Services, passed out pinwheels, which were placed around the Courthouse gazebo as a symbol of prevention awareness.
âThis is about unity and solidarity in making children a priority,â said Weaver. âChild abuse prevention is a cause that should mobilize our communities to blend our resources, talents and efforts in order to protect vulnerable children.â
WHITLEY COUNTY â Members of the Solid Waste District Board approved raising the recycling user fee for Whitley County residents from $42 to $53 a year.
A public hearing was held Nov. 18, 2013, and the increase was passed. Residential owners will see the change on the property tax bills due in May.
County Councilman Glen LaRue is the representative from the council that was appointed to the board.
He said the charge for recycling, although it appears as a line item on the bills, is not a tax, but a fee.
PIERCETON â It isnât just students being graded in schools across Indiana. Teachers were recently evaluated and ranked on a 0 to 4 scale.
The Indiana Department of Education released the results earlier this week and reported one district in Whitley County that fell into the mandated evaluation criteria.
Whitko Community School Corporation evaluated 109 educators. Of those teachers, 22 were deemed âhighly effective,â 85 were given a status of âeffectiveâ and 2 were designated as âimprovement necessary.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Two weeks ago, Park Director Mark Green informed Columbia Cityâs Common Council that part of the bank of Blue River collapsed into the water, creating a hazard for those on the greenway trail.
As Green worked toward a solution for the first collapse, another portion of the eroded bank fell into the river this weekend.
What is expected to be a pricey fix is also an emergency one, as the erosion has created safety concerns for those using the trail.
Linda Scott, a member of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force, places her pinwheel in the ground next to the Whitley County Courthouse gazebo Friday to generate awareness for child abuse prevention in the area. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
COLUMBIA CITY â Seven Whitley County voters cast ballots on the first day of absentee primary voting Tuesday. Absentee ballots may be cast at the Voter Registration Office at the Whitley County Courthouse, 101 W. Van Buren St, Room 18, Columbia City, during business hours, until May 5 at noon. The primary election day is May 6.
A photo identification is required. A person does not need a reason to vote early. Office hours for early voting are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Two Saturdays will also have voting hours: April 26 and May 3. The hours for those dates are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.