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May 17, 2019

Scholarships available to students who stay on track

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With the rising cost of tuition, the 21st Century Scholarship is a great opportunity for young Hoosiers to afford college and achieve their career goals.
The scholarship provides up to four years of undergraduate tuition at public colleges or universities in Indiana. Students in seventh or eighth grades must apply before June 30.
Families must meet certain income eligibility guidelines and requirements to qualify for the scholarship. Scholars must also maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average, graduate with a high school diploma, and pledge to not use illegal drugs or alcohol, or commit any crimes.
Hoosier parents should not let this opportunity pass by. All applications must be received by June 30 of a student's eighth grade year, but there are certain exceptions for those in foster care.

To get started, click here.

May 14, 2019

Chamber to host 'Taste of India' luncheon Thursday

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is hosting a Taste of India lunch this Thursday, May 16 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Chamber featuring locally made Indian cuisine by Bomy Singh.

Singh, owner of Bomy's Authentic Indian Food, will be present to talk about his food and provide visitors with an opportunity to try a variety of items, including some newly created menu items. Singh's food is currently available at the Kwik Mart on South Whitley Street in Columbia City. 

Lunch is $10 per person. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 by calling the Chamber at 248-8131 or emailing office@whitleychamber.com

The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is located at 128 West Van Buren Street in downtown Columbia City. 

Old Settlers Days to feature one and four mile races

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This year's Old Settlers' Days Parade will have two new options available for people of all ages to come out and be part of the festivities.
There will be an Elementary School 1-mile Parade race and a 4-mile Parade race. Both races will line up and run the parade route and get to feel all the excitement of being a part of Columbia City's very popular parade. The Elementary race will start at 5:30pm and is sure to create some serious enjoyment for spectators and participants alike. The race will take participants along the parade route down Main St. through downtown Columbia City and return them where they started. It will give participants an opportunity to experience the fun of a healthy activity and excitement of a parade environment. The 4-mile race will start at 6:00pm and will be the official kickoff to the to the parade. Participants will be taken down the entire parade route, allowing them to enjoy the excitement of the parade, and send runners through some beautiful Columbia City scenery, running on the Blue River trail and through Morsches Park. Awards will be given in age group categories, and a t-
shirt is included with the price of the registration. Both races are fundraisers for the CCHS Cross Country program. Don't miss your opportunity to be part of the fun, and festivities! Come out early to participate or watch the races and stay for all the parade fun!
A link to register for the races will be available at oldsettlers.net or runrace.com. Opportunities to be an individual or corporate race sponsor are available. All sponsors names will be included on the back of all race t-shirts.
To register manually or to sponsor the races please contact Jason Matteson at jasonmatteson90@gmail.com

Attorney General Hill warns Hoosiers about travel scams

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Attorney General Curtis Hill today warned Hoosiers and visitors in Indiana to be on the lookout for scams targeting house rentals this Memorial Day Weekend and during the week of the Indianapolis 500 race.

The Consumer Protection Division is encouraging vigilance by renters, homeowners and those purchasing tickets to the Indy 500 race.  

Attorney General Hill urged those attending the Indy 500 to be on alert for fraudulent tickets and other scams related to race weekend. High-profile sporting events are prime targets for scammers.

Here are some tips on avoiding ticket scams:

  • Buy tickets from a trusted vendor or the official website.
  • Only use a credit card to purchase tickets; never use cash or wire money for tickets you've found online.
  • Be wary of advertisements with extremely discounted prices. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

In addition to ticket scams, those traveling in Indiana should be aware of fake rental listings and always consult Google maps and images to confirm that the rental property you are booking really looks like the photos posted online.

Anyone looking to rent their properties on Memorial Day Weekend should also be on the lookout for scams. The counterfeit check scam is among the most common reported to the CPD. Scammers might contact the homeowner acting as a prospective renter and offer to pay above the listing price, asking the homeowner to transfer any excess amount to a third party. These scammers will provide a counterfeit check, defrauding the homeowner if they agree to forward the excess funds.

The Consumer Protection Division encourages homeowners and prospective renters to follow these steps to avoid rental scams:

  • Pay by credit card for all online transactions. If the listing is fake, you can file a dispute with your credit card provider and receive a refund within 90 days.
  • Do not open links taking you outside websites you know to be legitimate. Scammers will often email links with payment instructions that take you outside of the payment services of legitimate websites with which you are familiar. This is a phishing attempt to steal credit card information.
  • Never pay with gift cards or wire transfers.
  • Search the images of posted rentals on http://images.google.com by clicking the camera icon in the search bar and then pasting the URL of the posted rental image into the search box. Results showing a listing for the same property with a different address may indicate a scam.

Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of the Attorney General about any suspected scams or scam attempts. You can file a complaint by visiting indianaconsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.

Old Type Writer

Congratulations to columnist Susie Duncan Sexton who celebrates ten years as a columnist with Talk of the Town. We also wish her a very happy birthday today as well!

To read her latest column, click here.

Remember to clean, drain and dry this boating season

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As the weather warms and more people get out on the boats this spring, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning, draining and drying their watercraft when they are finished on the water.

  • Clean when leaving the water, clean all equipment that touched the water. This includes watercraft hulls, trailers, shoes, waders, life vests, engines and other gear. Remove all visible plants, algae, animals and mud.
  • Drain accumulated water from watercraft or gear, including live wells and transom wells, before leaving the ramp or public access point.
  • Dry once home, let all gear dry for at least five days before using it in a different water body.