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September 1, 2015

Team Portside Pizza victorious at Brandanza Kickball tournament


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A team comprised of owners, employees and friends of Tri Lakes' Portside Pizza were successful in winning the top prize in the third annual Brandanza Kickball Tournament held last Saturday, August 29, in Morsches Park. Team members, from left, Tonya Weeks, Andrew Zartman, Matt Bunyan, Greg Rostochak, Carson Bunyan, Michaela McIntosh, Tessa Rostochak, Allison Weeks, Mike Mast and Angi Walter.
Brandanza is planned for Saturday, September 12, 2015, beginning at 3 p.m. at Portside Pizza, Tri Lakes. The event will feature an auction, face painting, children's activities and an ongoing concert throughout the evening. Featured musical acts include I Wombat, The Shutters, Jess Thrower, Auld Mongrels, URB, The Be Colony, Fighting Words, August Anonymous and others. Admission is $10 per person or $20 per family, with children under 12 attending for free. Admission includes entertainment, food and beverages, excluding alcohol.
A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will support efforts to build a bigger, better skateboarding and BMX bike park within the Columbia City Parks.

Nationally acclaimed activist Rus Funk to speak at Whitley County Domestic Violence Conference in October

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

Plans are underway for the Whitley County Domestic Violence 2015 Conference, an event aimed at raising awareness and providing training for a variety of professionals. The event will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Whitley County Government Center in downtown Columbia City.
The keynote speaker for this year's event is Rus Funk, a nationally and internationally acclaimed activist in the area of domestic violence and sexual violence advocacy. For more than 25 years, Funk's work has focused on combatting violence and providing solutions.
Funk is the founding executive director of Menswork: Eliminating Violence Against Women, Inc., a consultant in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault and an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work.
Funk is also the author of "Reaching Men:  Strategies for Preventing Sexist Attitudes, Behaviors and Violence."
Other speakers will include Judge Judith Reichard speaking on intimate partner violence and technology and representatives from the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault & Treatment Center. Whitley County prosecutor Matthew Rentschler will discuss overcoming challenges relating to domestic violence and protective order prosecutions. Dr. Colleen Quinn will talk about short term pet rescue options for victims of domestic violence who may be fearful of leaving their pet behind.
Registration for the event is $30 per person and includes a light breakfast, lunch and snacks. Participants are eligible to receive five CEU credits for attending the conference, with certificate provided.
To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whitley-county-domestic-violence-2015-conference-tickets-18388560680?ref=enivtefor001&invite=ODM0OTI2OC9yb2JpbnN0cnVwQGdtYWlsLmNvbS8w&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&ref=enivtefor001&utm_term=attend

Local attorney hosting meeting to help answer area farmers' questions about corn lawsuit

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A local attorney is hosting an informational meeting September 4, 2015, to answer questions about how a lawsuit against Syngenta could affect local farmers.
The 9:30 a.m. meeting will be hosted at the West Room of the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbia City, Indiana. Attorney Matthew R. Shipman has agreed to share important news with anyone who grew corn, or had corn grown on their land, in the past two years.
Syngenta, a Swiss company, marketed and sold genetically modified seed in the U.S. before it was officially approved for consumption in China. Syngenta promised the seed would be accepted in all major markets. China later rejected all U.S. corn for a while because of possible contamination with the unapproved seed. Since the largest consumer of American corn rejected all U.S. shipments during that time period, prices plummeted in 2013 and 2014. The National Grain and Feed Association projected losses at $1 to $2.9 billion dollars.
Farmers may be able to recover 6 ½ to 70 cents for each bushel of corn the land produced in 2013 and 2014 from a seed company whose actions drove down prices -- even if the Syngenta seed was not planted. Examples of how damages would be calculated will be discussed at the meeting. Mr. Shipman is working with an Indianapolis law firm, Wagner Reese, LLP, and a Texas firm, Watts Guerra, LLP, seeking damages for farmers from Syngenta.
Shipman said his job is to get the word out to farmers and landowners in this area. Participants will have a chance to ask any questions necessary. Persons may call Shipman's office at 248-8900 if interested in attending. It is encouraged to share the information with other area farmers.

Venture Accelerator graduates gain skills, insight into growing their businesses and non-profit


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Above, from left, are EDC Venture Accelerator program participants Brett Facer, Leanne Facer, Miranda Ringel, Corey Jeffries, Laura Richcreek and program manager Steve Franks. Not shown is participant Bill Simpson. 

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The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation celebrated entrepreneurs at the EDC Venture Accelerator Program graduation last week.   The Venture Accelerator program is a 10-week program of business coaching and mentorship to help clients build their business models, plans and business pitches. The program focused specifically on agribusiness and specialty foods businesses, medical technology and "small town downtown businesses" which would support and grow the downtown community in Whitley County. 
Last night the EDC wrapped up the third cohort of the program which included: Bill Simpson of Bart's BBQ, Miranda Ringel and Brett and Leanne Facer with Taste of the Town, Corey Jeffries of New Hope Vertical Farm, and Laura Richcreek with Laura's Voice. Each of the graduates shared presentations summarizing their business models and business plans to move forward. 
"I'm so thankful to Steve and the EDC for helping me through the next steps to continue growing my business," said graduate Laura Richcreek. 
Ringel, Leanne and Brett are working toward gaining a nonprofit status for Taste of the Town, a food and music event, and increasing awareness throughout the community with specific marketing strategies.
Richcreek shared insight on how much her voice over talent business has grown over the past year, where it's headed, and plans for expanding the business. Jeffries shared his plans for a vertical farming product, and how he hopes to provide jobs in the future for veterans.   Bart's BBQ was able to "speak" for itself since the event was catered with a lineup of pulled pork sliders, homemade barbecue sauce and blueberry thumbprint cookies.   "Working with Steve at the EDC accelerator program really helped me focus on how to expand my BBQ business," said program graduate and owner of Bart's BBQ, Bill Simpson. "I would recommend it to anyone starting a small business." 
"We've graduated four more ventures from the Whitley County EDC Venture Accelerator, bringing the total to 12," said Venture Accelerator program manager Steve Franks. "This cohort includes women-owned ventures, an entrepreneur who has already recorded numerous audio books and videos, a venture originally conceived by a local high school student, ventures that want to focus on improving our quality of life downtown and a disabled veteran who has reinvented vertical farming. I am proud of each and every one of them!"
The next Whitley County EDC Venture Accelerator cohort will begin this winter. The EDC is currently accepting applications for the program.
For more information on the program or to apply, contact Steve Franks at sfranks@whitleyedc.com or 244-5506. Learn more at www.whitleyedc.com.

August 31, 2015

Water main break reported in Lincoln Pointe

From reports A water main break has been reported in the Lincoln Pointe subdivision on the east side of Columbia City. The break is reportedly in the vicinity of Early Court. City crews are on the scene addressing the issues.

Natalia Johnson is named Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County

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The 51st annual Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County scholarship program was held in Newell Rice Auditorium, bringing together seven contestants, their friends and families and scores of community supporters.
In the end, Natalia Johnson was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County. Johnson is the daughter of Benjamin and Chable Johnson. Johnson is shown with her parents, at right.DistYoungWoman815b.jpg
Top winners included first runner up Taylor Duncan and second runner up Mikayla Findley. Avery Hile was selected as the Spirit of Distinguished Young Woman award winner.
Other scholarship awards were presented to Natalia Johnson (panel); Veronica Palmer (scholastics) and Taylor Duncan (self expression, fitness and talent.)
Contestants in this year's pageant included, above from left, Mikayla Findley, Alexis Fortman, Taylor Duncan, Natalia Johnson, Avery Hile, Emily Temple and Veronica Palmer.

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Opening of Every Kids Dreamland playground faces another delay

Friday's opening celebration canceled; new date will be announced

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

The anticipation will continue just a little while longer for children wanting to experience the new Every Kids Dreamland on Columbia City's west side.
A delay in the arrival of the playground's "flooring" has caused officials to cancel the park's grand opening that had been planned for this Friday.
"Unfortunately we learned late last week that our tile surfacing that goes under the new playground will not be here for at least another two weeks. With that news, it will be impossible to open the new playground this Friday," said Columbia City parks director Mark Green.
"The tiles were ordered almost two months ago and our playground installer still has not received them," Green said. We are very disappointed with this news, but the playground cannot be opened until the tiles are in place, for obvious safety reasons."
Signage and safety tape remain at the park, letting visitors know it is not yet safe for little visitors to use.
"There has been a lot of work done around the new playground and we are excited to see this project opened for the community," Green adds.
He said an official opening date for the park has not been set, but a grand opening event will be schedule when the tiles arrive.
Talk of the Town will publish that information as soon as it is available.

Keiser, Worrick garner Lifetime Supporter Awards


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Long-time volunteers and community advocates June Keiser and Jacie Worrick, above, were recognized by the Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County board of directors with Lifetime Supporter Awards for their ongoing support of the organization. The awards were presented during the 51st annual event held Saturday evening in the Newell Rice Auditorium at Columbia City High School.

Jefferson Center volunteer firefighters raise funds for MDA


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Volunteers with the Jefferson Center Volunteer Fire Department were present with boots in hand at SR 14 and SR 9 in southern Whitley County recently, collecting donations to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The donations are earmarked to help youths with muscular dystrophy attend summer camp. The firefighters were able to raise an impressive $2,975.23.
2015 marks the end of an annual tradition -- the MDA telethon. With the end of the telethon, the need to raise funds to support research for muscular dystrophy, ALS and other life-threatening neuromuscular diseases is even more critical.
For more information about how you can help support the work of the MDA, visit www.mda.org

Bruno's BBQ dedicates September 8 to raise funds for Honor Flight of Northern Indiana

From reports

On September 8, 2015, Bruno's BBQ will be supporting veterans with a fundraiser for Honor Flight of Northern Indiana. From 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day, 25% of the day's sales will be given to Honor Flight of Northern Indiana. Live entertainment is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. in addition to food specials. Cash donations will also be accepted.
Honor flight is a nonprofit organization created to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices by flying them to Washington, DC, to visit the memorials located there. Top priority is given to WWII survivors along with other veterans who are terminally ill.  All flights are offered to the veterans free of charge.
For more information on Honor Flight of Northern Indiana, visit www.hfnei.org.

TNT Floral and Gift Shop helps citizens share how much they care with 'Good Neighbor Day'

From reports

TNT Floral and Gift Shop is celebrating Good Neighbor Day on Wednesday, September 2 beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until supplies are gone.

Visitors are welcome to stop by and receive a dozen roses for free -- provided that they are willing to keep one flower for themselves and give the other 11 to others...friends, neighbors or loved ones.
TNT Floral and Gift Shop is located at 550 West Old Trail Road in Columbia City, near Miller's Merry Manor.

August 29, 2015

DeFreeuw to emcee tonight's 51st Distinguished Young Woman program

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Eric DeFreeuw will join the local Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County program volunteers as an emcee of the 51st program tonight, Saturday evening, August 29 at 7 p.m. in the Newell Rice Auditorium at Columbia City High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and students K-12 $5.
Defreeuw replaces Greg Hockemeyer who emceed to program for 16 years.
"We thank Greg for his many years with our program," said Pamela Thompson, a co-coordinator of the program. "Greg brought to our program a certain amount of professionalism and by having Eric join us that level will be continued."
DeFreeuw is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Homestead High School. He received his bachelors degree in Communications from DePauw University in 2009 where he spent a great deal of time working with the television and radio programs. He served in both managerial as well as on-air roles at the two stations.
DeFreeuw anchors weekday newscasts on NBC33 News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. alongside co-anchor Krista Miller. He began working for the station in October 2012 as a news reporter covering everyday community events as well as breaking news. He says he is honored to be able to live out his dream job in his hometown. He and his wife Jessie live in Fort Wayne .
Michelle Bowyer Duggan is Eric's co-emcee for the evening. Michelle was the 1997 Columbia City Junior Miss and returns to the emcee duties after a year's absence.

Churubusco hosting community block party tonight

From reports

Churubusco will host their second community block party tonight, Saturday, August 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the PNC Bank parking lot. The event will feature a concert with Big Daddy Dupree and the Broke & Hungry Blues Band. Admission is free. Please bring a lawn chair. The block party will be held rain or shine.

Larwill's a busy place with Squawbuck Days this weekend

From reports

Larwill's annual Squawbuck Days kick off this weekend, running from Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30. A variety of events are planned throughout the weekend in Larwill, including a car show on Saturday with registration from 9 a.m. to noon at the Richland Township Fire Department. For details about the car show, contact Hal Trump at 244-5451.

State recognizes Columbia City-based Impact CNC with Companies to Watch Spotlight Award

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Columbia City's Impact CNC was one of five Indiana companies recognized Thursday wiht a Companies to Watch Spotlight Award.
The ninth annual awards ceremony was held in Indianapolis. The accolade, presented by the State of Indiana and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes past Companies to Watch honorees that have demonstrated continued growth, success and commitment to Indiana since receiving their Companies to Watch award.
Impact CNC is expected to add 40 new jobs by the end of 2015. The acquisition of new customers and equipment has this 2014 Winner poised to see a revenue increase of 54 percent this year.
Other honorees included 360 Services, Bluebridge Digital, CloudOne and Haiku Learning.
360 Services has grown to more than 200 employees since winning the award in 2010. Additionally, the company has been voted one of Indiana's "Best Place to Work" the last three consecutive years.
Since being named a Company to Watch last year, Bluebridge Digital has continued to grow their staff, is actively hiring and moved into a larger office space in Fishers. CEO Santiago Jaramillo was recently featured in Forbes.
CloudOne has continued solid growth over the past year; just this month the company was ranked #784 on Inc. 5000's Annual list of America's Fastest Growing Companies.
Recognized last year, Haiku Learning has grown to 2.5 million global users of their online learning tools and boasts a 98 percent retention rate.
The annual Spotlight Award winners were honored along with this year's 20 Companies to Watch recipients during a ceremony at The Indiana Roof Ballroom yesterday. Recognized Companies to Watch are privately held businesses incorporated in Indiana, employ six to 150 full-time employees and have between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.

Handcrafted vendors sought for harvest event in Churubusco

From reports

A harvest party is planned behind Sandy's Hidden Treasures in Churubusco on October 10, 2015. Organizers of the event are seeking vendors with handcrafted items to participate. For more information, contact Kim at (260) 687-9500  or Sandy at (260) 750-7823.

Council approves plan to address parking issues within Morsches Park

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On Tuesday evening, Columbia City Council members heard a request from the Columbia City Parks Department asking for funding to improve parking in Morsches Park. The request came after several months of investigation by park staff and volunteers attempting to address ongoing parking issues within the park -- an issue that has piqued during the sports seasons, revealing a lack of parking during peak times during sporting events.
Parks director Mark Green presented a proposal that would have provided 75 additional spots and would have cost between $112,000 to $144,000.
In reviewing the proposal, city council members felt that the project could be broken down into more financially manageable phases.
The council unanimously agreed to use CEDIT funds to tackle approximately half of the project this fall, not to exceed $51,000. This will provide about 37 new parking spaces in the vicinity of the large ball diamonds and also near the campground and enclosed pavilion area. The project will included expanded asphalt in some areas as well as new, angled parking which Green said would alone add about 7 additional spaces. The new plan calls for one way travel which is expected to create a better flow of traffic in the park.
As a cost saving measure, much of the labor for the parking project is anticipated to be completed by the city's water, electrical and parks departments. Some of the work my also be completed by a contractor, Niblock.
Above, at center, parks director Mark Green discusses the parking proposal. Seated far left is electric department director Shawn Lickey and police chief Tim Longenbaugh, far right.

August 27, 2015

Drew Farms, Anderson Partnership honored with River-Friendly Farmer Awards for spirit of environmental responsibility


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Out of 61,000 farms in the state of Indiana, two farms in Whitley County stood out from the crowd at the Indiana State Fair for the work they do to protect Indiana's natural resources.
Brent Drew and Dane Drew represented Drew Farms and Scott Anderson represented Anderson Partnership was among 48 farms who received the River-Friendly Farmer Award from the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) last Wednesday, August 19 at the Indiana State Fair. 
The award ceremony took place at the 4-H Exhibition Hall Auditorium at the Indiana State Fair.
The Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District nominated Drew Farms and Anderson Partnership for the award based upon their farm management practices that protect Indiana's rivers, lakes and streams. They each received free tickets to the State Fair and a River Friendly Farmer shirt and hat in appreciation for the work they have done on their farms.
At the ceremony to congratulate the farmers were Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director Ted McKinney, Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock, state conservationist Jane Hardisty and IASWCD President Mike Starkey, among other leaders from the Indiana Conservation Partnership.
The River-Friendly Farmer Award has been presented by the IASWCD and sponsored by the ninety-two local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. since 2000. This year's group of award winners brings the total number of River-Friendly Farmers in Indiana since the award's beginning to 809.
Above, from left, is Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock, award recipients Dane Drew and Brent Drew and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.
Below, from left, is Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock, award recipient Scott Anderson and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.


Successful 5K race connects love of running with fundraiser to support Jagger family

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On Saturday, August 22, 187 people gathered to run a 5K in the name of Team Jagger. The idea came to Jamie Bloom when she heard of the accident the Chad and Amy Jagger family had endured on their way to vacation recently. Alissa Jagger, loves to run, and Bloom loves to support people's passions. She recruited Blue River Digital to prints t-shirts and the Whitley County Family YMCA to create the race. Through local sponsors the t-shirts were paid for, so every race entry went directly to the Jagger family.
Organizers say the event was a huge success -- raising more than $4000 for the Jagger family. Volunteers from Impact Whitley managed the registration table and gave water away at the half way point. Prayers for the Jagger family and a team picture kicked off the race, followed by fellowship and snacks.

Tri Lakes Baptist Church gears up for 'Sunday Evening Kids Club'

From reports

Beginning Sunday, September 13, from 5:45 to 7 p.m., Tri Lakes Baptist Church will be starting a new program just for kids, ages pre-K to fifth grade. This will be called Sunday Evening Kids Club where they will be hearing Bible stories, learning Bible verses and related games.
Tri Lakes Baptist Church is located at 5679 North Center Street in the Tri Lakes area. 
For more information, call Tri Lakes Baptist Church at 691-2553.

Trier to perform with August Anonymous at Taste of the Arts in downtown Fort Wayne

From reports

Alayna Trier of Columbia City will be among the featured performers at Taste of the Arts this Saturday, August 29, in downtown Fort Wayne.
Trier, a member of the group August Anonymous, will perform with fellow musicians Maria Teel and Sophie Slates at 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Atrium.

August 26, 2015

$1100 reward offered for community's help in finding missing helmet

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Family members of the late Cameron Amber are devastated at the recent discovery that his football helmet is missing. The helmet had been part of a memorial and was discovered missing on Monday. Within hours, friends in the community pooled their resources and are now offering a $1100 cash award to the individual or individuals who return the helmet.
Amber was killed in a vehicle accident along US 33 in 2010. He wore the helmet in high school when we was player #27 on the Churubusco Eagles team. The memorial was created at the site of his fatal accident. The helmet is gold with a black emblem on the side.
The helmet may no longer be in the possession of whomever removed it from the memorial, but could be anywhere -- in a garbage can, lying in field, etc., so everyone is asked to keep their eyes open and help return this family's treasure to them safely as soon as possible.
If you find the helmet, please contact Don Amber at 609-2833 or buscobuff@frontier.com

City unveils new logo, tag line and website expected to launch Wednesday


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A new logo for the City of Columbia City and tag line "Building A Future Together," above, was unveiled during Tuesday's Columbia City Council meeting. While an overall plan for the use of the logo was not shared, an artist's rendering showed the logo used on a water tower -- an anticipated use for the new logo. Additionally, city communication's director Terry Wherry took meeting attendees on a visual tour of the city's new website which will be launched sometime today, Wednesday, August 26. Wherry said the new website is meant to provide ease of access to information for city residents and others wanting to learn about the community. Wherry will oversee the management of the site. The website and logo were created by the Columbia City-based marketing and design company Sound Ideas.

The city's web address is: http://www.columbiacity.net/

Meeks, Metzger and Fearnow sworn to serve Columbia City Police Department Tuesday evening

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A standing room only crowd filled City Hall's Council Chambers Tuesday evening -- a crowd representing the loved ones of three new Columbia City police officers waiting to be sworn in. Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle, far left, conducted the ceremony for patrolmen, from left, Nick Metzger, Alan Meeks and Heath Fearnow
Anticipated openings remain on the department. Applications are being accepted until September 14 at 3 p.m. The application and other information can be found at http://www.columbiacitypolice.us

Kessie to retire October 31, SWCPL trustees now seeking new director

From reports

The South Whitley Community Public Library Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that they will be seeking a new director, sharing the upcoming retirement of current director Darci Kessie. Kessie plans to retire on October 31.
According to information provided by the trustees, they are "seeking an enthusiastic and engaged leader to build on the library's long tradition of exceptional service. Applicants for the Director position must have excellent written and oral communications skills, be able to interact well with the staff and public, build upon and advance library programs and services, and be a flexible, responsive and customer service oriented leader."
Additional information, application and job description may be found at www.swcplib.com

City police chief urges vehicle owners to keep them locked

From reports

Columbia City residents are urged to secure their vehicles and keep them locked in the wake of several break-ins reported in the past several days. According to Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh several vehicles were reportedly broken into in the past several days on the city's north side. The break-ins happened sometime Monday evening or Tuesday morning and a few items were stolen, including a cell phone, knife and flashlight.
Longenbaugh said the best way residents can protect themselves from becoming victims is to keep their vehicles locked.

If you have information pertaining to these recent vehicle thefts, contact the Columbia City Police Department's confidential tip line at 248-5129.

August 25, 2015

We see you


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Deer meander along a treeline near Eagle Glen Golf Course, seemingly curious about the golf carts moving past.

Whitley County Patriots will host candidate 'Meet & Greet' next Tuesday evening

From reports

Though the national media is abuzz with news and commentary about 2016's presidential election, it is equally, if not more important, that we pay close attention to our upcoming municipal elections. 
In order for citizens to have the opportunity to meet some of the candidates running for local offices, the Whitley County Patriots will hold a "Candidate Meet & Greet" on Tuesday, September 1 at 7 p.m. at The Church of The Nazarene located at 506 N. Main Street in Columbia City.  We encourage everyone to come and meet numerous candidates running for local office.
Those who plan to attend include mayoral candidates Ryan Daniel-Rep. and Dick Buchanan-Dem; Columbia City Common Council candidates Teresa Dowell-Dem NW,  Jennifer Romano-Rep SW, Nicole Penrod-Rep SE, Walt Crowder-Rep NE, and Steve Schmitt-Dem NE;  South Whitley Town Council candidate Judy Earnhart-Rep; Larwill Town Council candidate Jessica Whitfield, Libertarian; Churubusco Town Council candidates Michael Shanabarger-Dem, and Bruce Johnson-Rep; and Churubusco Town Clerk-Treasurer candidate Gerri Johnson-Rep.  Rosie Coyle will be attending as well. She is running unopposed for Columbia City Clerk Treasurer.

Passages, Inc. hosting open interviews Wednesday for direct support professionals

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Passages, Inc. is holding open interviews for direct support professionals on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Passages' Creative Learning Center located at 333 North Oak Street, Columbia City. 
Passages, Inc. is looking for people who are extremely dependable, have an outstanding work ethic, and a passion for serving others.  Direct support professionals work directly in the homes of the individuals we serve with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  You have the opportunity to do fun activities with individuals served by Passages as well as make a difference in people's lives every day.  Full and part time positons are available with a variety of schedule options. 
Qualified applicants must have reliable transportation with valid proof of auto insurance, valid Indiana driver's license, high school diploma or equivalent, ability to lift 50 pounds occasionally and availability to work a flexible schedule which could include Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Interested candidates can also apply at www.passagesinc.org or in person at 301 W. Van Buren Street (second floor) in downtown Columbia City Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Passages, Inc. is an equal opportunity, smoke-free and drug-free employer.

Stutzman: Asking for conservativism in Washington


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The Whitley County Republican Party hosted their annual Lincoln Day Dinner last Tuesday evening in Columbia City, welcoming a record crowd filled with scores of local and statewide candidates, at right. StutzmanLD815b.jpg

Congressman Marlin Stutzman, above, who recently announced plans to run for the US Senate, was the evening's keynote speaker. Stutzman talked about Regan's principles of leadership and the need for conservative leadership in Washington.

Old Type Writer

Columnist Susie Duncan Sexton is back with her latest installment of Old Type Writer, considering her motivation to write and urging us all to sing...and live out loud! To read it, click here.