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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…

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COLUMBIA CITY — With the completion of the new Columbia City High School just more than a year away, city officials are making plans to uphold their end of a deal with Whitley County Consolidated Schools. WCCS is turning over the land at the current Columbia City High School to the city to b…

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The Whitley County Commissioners made a recommendation during their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, that most, if not all, county departments should transition into a mandatory clock-in/clock-out system. According to Jana Schinbeckler, Whitley County auditor, many departments have had difficult…

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center recently announced that State Senator Andy Zay, State Rep. Christopher Judy and State Rep. David Abbott will be in attendance for the 2019 Annual Chamber Legislative Update meeting. The meeting, which is open to the…

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WHITLEY COUNTY — Residents of Stable Acres came back for round two with the Whitley County Regional Water and Sewer District during the board’s meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, this time joined by people in opposition of the Southeast Jefferson Township project. The Southeast Jefferson Township …

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Commissioners had their first meeting of 2019 on Monday, Jan. 7, discussing road projects and requests from Sheriff Marc Gatton. Brandon Forrester, Whitley County engineer, informed the commissioners that he had received the agreements from INDOT for the th…

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Council had its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8, with its first order of business being the decision to allow council members to remain in their respective officer roles. Sheriff Marc Gatton, following the receipt of a “favorable pass” from the…

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Five neighbors have brought a lawsuit against the Whitley County Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Commissioners and Joe and Sarah Lopez, the owners of a confined feeding operation in Whitley County. The neighbors – Jeffery and Penny Braun, Jim and Muriel Pliett and Stephanie Craven – ow…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County is laying out the welcome mat for 45 families from Puerto Rico, local officials said today. The workers are transferring from a medical device facility in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, that was damaged by Hurricane Maria, to a facility in Warsaw. Due to a housing shor…

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WHITLEY COUNTY — Sheriff Marc Gatton is ready to kick up the campaign trail for his second term as Whitley County Sheriff. Gatton will officially file for candidacy this month, he said in a statement. Gatton has served with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department since December 1994, at whic…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Barbara “B.J.” Hohenstein announced last week that she will be seeking the Whitley County Commissioner position for District 2 in the Whitley County May 8 Republican primary election. Hohenstein is a 15-year resident of Whitley County. She is the successful business owner and…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — “A lot of the folks in county jails in Indiana have no business being in a jail cell.” Prosecutor D.J. Sigler didn’t make that statement in regards to jail inmates being innocent, rather, in need of mental health treatment that county jails cannot provide. When the state cl…

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COLUMBIA CITY —Whitley County government officials are facing a dire situation as they consider their next course of action for the Whitley County Jail, which has been deemed as “non-compliant” by the state. If the county does not become compliant, the jail could be shut down and inmates sen…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council passed its first ordinance of the new year at last week’s regular meeting. The council unanimously approved an ordinance for no parking on the north side of Van Buren Street, on the west side of the city, between Walnut and McDonald streets. T…

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  CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl thinks the town has a better chance at winning the Stellar Communities Grant this year and is gearing up for a second time. Sade-Bartl will be submitting a letter of interest for the grant this week, seeking grant money to make imp…

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COLUMBIA CITY — It’s time for spring cleaning. Columbia City residents will be able to take advantage of the city’s biannual citywide trash pick-up April 28 and May 5. Residents living on the west side of the city will have their “junk” picked up April 28, and the east side will be collected…

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  SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley Councilman Les Hoffman wants an explanation from the Whitley County Economic Development Corp. He made his frustrations known at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “It just seems like we’ve not been updated here in South Whitley, I just feel like things are behin…

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  COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Emergency Management Agency has compiled a hazardous response plan — something that is both required by the state and useful to local emergency responders. EMA Director Amy Biggs worked with her local emergency planning committee to identify all facilities …

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SOUTH WHITLEY — Parking and parks were two topics of discussion at Tuesday’s South Whitley Town Council meeting. At the March 14 meeting, Town Marshal Mikel VanDevender asked the council for guidance on how to enforce the two-hour parking time limit in downtown South Whitley. The council ans…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council passed a resolution Tuesday to clearly define the city’s boundaries. Community Development Director Jeff Walker said the boundary description has not been updated since 1971. Since that time, there’s been 15-17 annexations. “Not since 1971 have …

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COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to prepare ahead to protect themselves and their loved ones from dangerous storms. Historically, Indiana has experienced some of the state’s worst thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding during the spring months…

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INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Christopher Judy (R-Fort Wayne) this week at the Statehouse honored the Whitko High School Art Department with a House resolution. According to Judy, the art department competed in the 47th World Children’s Art Exhibition in Taipei in the Republic of China where the…

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Jim Banks met with President Donald Trump at the White House along with other members of the Republican Study Committee Friday. “It was an honor to meet with President Trump this morning in the Oval Office,” Banks said. “I appreciate the President making time to meet…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council held its regular meeting March 14 with nothing on the agenda, however, the city’s department heads provided reports to the council. • Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the fire department will host a graduation for its fire academy students from Columbi…

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center Ambassadors recently selected the City of Columbia City as the January 2017 Chamber Member of the Month. The honor was presented at a ceremony in January, recognizing the many ways the city serves the community. The City of Columb…

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SOUTH WHITLEY — Police in South Whitley may soon be more proactive about enforcing two-hour parking. In downtown South Whitley signs are posted that Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., cars can only be parked for two hours. Marshal Mikel VanDevender asked the counci…

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Jim Banks, Columbia City, announced that he is introducing a bill to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The Banks bill is the House version of identical legislation introduced by Senator Todd Young (IN) last week. …

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COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Health Department will be receiving 40 Naloxone kits from the Indiana Health Department. Scott Wagner, of the Whitley County Health Department, said the kits will be available for free to any resident who goes through the proper training. “Our nurses will be …

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COLUMBIA CITY — IGS Energy has reported that Whitley County has saved $7,400 in five months this winter by using its company versus the county’s natural gas provider, NIPSCO. IGS is one year into a three-year contract with the county to provide natural gas for the county’s facilities, and an…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Mental health of Whitley County Jail inmates was a topic of discussion at last week’s Whitley County Commissioners meeting. Commissioner George Schrumpf received a report from Recovery Works, an agency that works closely with the state’s Department of Mental Health and Addict…

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COLUMBIA CITY — Many good things are on the horizon for residents of Columbia City – new housing developments are under construction, the downtown is flourishing, businesses are making investments, the unemployment rate dropped below 4 percent and the city made improvements to its infrastruc…

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KPC News Service CHURUBUSCO — On U.S. 33, there’s little room to make mistakes when you’re behind the wheel. With hills that go up and down, curves both gentle and sharp, high embankments that often drop off sharply and limited shoulders in many areas, it’s not uncommon for drivers to get in…

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  CHURUBUSCO — Members of the Blue Lake Conservancy District said incidents are few and far between after implementing a fee to its freeholders. After consistent after-hours service calls and broken sewer pumps, officials issued a letter to all people within the district, stating they will h…

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  By Nicole Minier nminier@kpcmedia.com COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana Department of Transportation officials expect that traffic will more than double — from 30,000 to 80,000 vehicles per day — on U.S. 30 if changes are made to the highway. INDOT has been working with local officials to come up wi…