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COLUMBIA CITY — There was plenty of discussion Monday evening but the idea seemed to be shared by all — the teaching of Critical Race Theory is “not appropriate” for K-12 education.

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INDIANAPOLIS — With Indiana now near 50% of its population 12 and over fully vaccinated against COVID-19, state health officials provided an update about the progress and the continuing challenges in fighting the virus.

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KENDALLVILLE — After a pandemic-affected 2020 which saw 4-H activities continue in a modified fashion but without all of the other usual county fair trappings, this year’s week long festivities should look a lot more normal to attendees.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s first graduation ceremony in the new building was both emotional and historic as members of the community celebrated the Class of 2021 last week.

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COLUMBIA CITY — A plea for change. This was the main message behind the community members who spoke out during the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees meeting last week.

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COLUMBIA CITY — An explosion at a warehouse that could be felt by residents all over Columbia City killed one person and injured two others Saturday morning, the Indiana State Police report.

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Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola and Parkview Health will continue to require visitors to its facilities to wear face coverings when the state’s mask mandate downgrades to a mask advisory on Tuesday.

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INDIANAPOLIS — On March 23, 2020, the lives of many Hoosiers came to a standstill as Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his stay-at home order to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor said he wanted Hoosiers to “Hunker Down” for two weeks.

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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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COLUMBIA CITY — Passages Inc. and the City of Columbia City received a boost to expand services — a grant worth $146,523.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — The annual Whitley County Expo will return this year, but won’t look like the annual event of the past.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Recent snowstorms caused some disruptions in vaccine distribution across the state, with tens of thousands of vaccine appointments needing to be rescheduled.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — For the first time in months, Whitley County has made its way out of the red designation from the Indiana State Department of Health.

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COLUMBIA CITY — This may be your last chance to say goodbye to the 1958 Columbia City High School, school officials reported during last week’s meeting of the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County remains on the wrong side of the state’s coronavirus statistics, as the county recorded the highest positivity rate of the 92 counties.

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COLUMBIA CITY — “The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation strives to be the single point of contact for those businesses we want to attract and retain,” EDC President Dale Buuck said.

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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 — Faculty and staff at Smith-Green Community Schools can rest assured that their paychecks will not suffer due to school-related COVID-19 quarantining requirements — at least through June.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — While a majority of Indiana’s counties have returned to the less-restive “orange” designation for COVID-19 activity and restrictions, Whitley County was one of the lone in northeast Indiana to stay in the “red.”

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COLUMBIA CITY — The coronavirus pandemic remains a topic of discussion in many aspects of Whitley County life, and was part of discussions during the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees meeting last week.

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HUNTINGTON — If you came to see Carter Miller wrestle Saturday, hopefully you didn’t let your attention stray.