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FORT WAYNE — Allen County health officials don’t expect the COVID crisis to get much better before it gets worse.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 11.2% for June, just above the national rate of 11.1%, Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported July 17.

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FORT WAYNE — Just a week after asking County Council for nearly $3.6 million to recoup losses from canceled events, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum asked the Allen County Board of Commissioners for an additional $151,000 to replace lights in its parking lot.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Since taking the reins of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation this spring, Dale Buuck has spent a large portion of his time tracking down Columbia City business owners to get them to fill out the necessary paperwork to continue with their city tax abatements.

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COLUMBIA CITY — With all the turmoil surrounding law enforcement officers on a national level, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel took the time to see the city’s officers in action.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council unanimously approved the first reading of two rezoning requests that were presented by Planning Director Nathan Bilger in a council meeting earlier this month.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County’s fourth coronavirus death was tallied on the Indiana Department of Health’s website on June 17 as cases continue to rise in the county.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — On March 18, Governor Holcomb signed into law Public Law 53. In short, it states that the county agricultural extension educator must be a resident of the county to serve as a voting member of the county plan commission. If the extension educator is not a resident, the law d…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Earlier this year, Columbia City made the decision to decrease its bi-annual junk pick-up from twice a year to once, after the cost became too high.

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INDIANAPOLIS — With statewide COVID-19 metrics holding in good ranges, Indiana took the next step in its reopening plan two days early.

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Board of Directors for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority approved more than $13 million in financing through its 2019-2020 HOME Investment Partnerships round for the new construction or preservation of affordable housing across nine rural Indiana counties.

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FORT WAYNE — Fort Wayne city employees will have to wait until at least May 26 to find out if they qualify for hazard pay while working through the COVID-19 pandemic. City Council members voted unanimously May 12 to table a resolution that, if passed, could grant some city employees an addit…

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COLUMBIA CITY – Earlier this month, Peabody Public Library released plans to reopen over the coming weeks. The reopening strategy moves through five phases over the course of 11 weeks, with each phase gradually granting more access to the library.

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COLUMBIA CITY — After Governor Eric Holcomb announced Indiana’s re-opening plans last week, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel changed the city’s plans, specifically for the parks.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, offered to help however he could in a teleconference Wednesday with approximately 50 first responders from his district.

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COLUMBIA CITY — With the retirement of current president Jon Myers coming in May, the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation board of directors announced his successor in a news release April 22.

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WHITLEY COUNTY — With many unknown factors that could affect the county’s budget, the Whitley County Council made the decision to more closely monitor spending at its April meeting.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Whitley County received more than $2.5 million in grants last week after the state announced the recipients of the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.

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Don’t expect a coronavirus check from the federal government right away, Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, said in a Facebook Live town hall-styled teleconference with constituents March 20.

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WASHINGTON — Despite widespread bipartisan support for a coronavirus relief package passed by lawmakers after midnight Saturday morning, northeast Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, was one of 40 lawmakers to cast a “no vote.”

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ANGOLA — Metropolitan School District of Steuben County Superintendent Brent Wilson is suing the school board for an alleged breach of contract.

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COLUMBIA CITY — After months of protesting, arguing and public comment, the Whitley County Regional Sewer District board decided to remove Stable Acres from the current list of projects. The decision was not met with the raucous applause that had become commonplace among the regular meeting …

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, this week introduced, House Resolution 99, the Five Ocean Navy Strategy, which aims to rebuild the U.S. Navy. Banks said for years, the total number of Navy ships has been reduced as an aging fleet of warships gradually retires. He said his resolution…

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department has received permission from the Whitley County Council to hire a new deputy. During the council’s business meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, Sheriff Marc Gatton talked more about the benefits of adding a deputy to the department staff. Gatto…

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COLUMBIA CITY – After the safe transfer of an infant from its mother to the Columbia City Fire Department on Tuesday morning under the Safe Haven law, city officials are considering installing a Baby Box in the city. “We absolutely need to begin looking into this,” Columbia City Councilwoman…