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August 25, 2010

'Go Cats Go' was a success

Thank you so much for publishing the GoCatsGo - HSWC - Advance Auto article on Friday!  A number of people came in and made reservations to have their cats "fixed", so over time, we hope this will help to ease the cat overpopulation problem in both our county and our shelter.
Thanks again for your help!
Dessie Arnold
Humane Society of Whitley County Cat Volunteer

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August 22, 2010

Resident thankful for additional stop signs

Thank you to Kelly Cearbaugh, Columbia City Street Department Superintendent, for listening to public concern and taking action. Thanks to his work, East Jefferson St. is now much safer for all of the neighborhood children and the students of Mary Raber Elementary School. 4-way stop signs and 3-way stop signs were installed at two additional intersections.
The neighborhood is full of children skateboarding and biking all year, traveling to and from the pool in the summer, and walking to and from Mary Raber during the school year. These additional stop signs are an important and much needed safeguard for them.
The work of Columbia City ’s police officers to remind motorists of the stops signs is also noticed and greatly appreciated.
Thank you, Columbia City , for making our kids a priority and keeping them safe!

Meghan Lawrence
Columbia City

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August 20, 2010

Parkview Grand Boulevard? or Fleck's Fiasco?

Dear Editor:

Mr. Donald Sexton, member of the Columbia City City Council, addressed Whitley County Patriots at its August meeting regarding what Roger Metzger refers to as Parkview Grand Boulevard. This is the strip of SR 205 (Van Buren Street) between Hwy 30 and the entrance to Morsches Park.

Sexton reported that all of the design and financing arrangements have been accomplished by Mayor Fleck without input from the City Council or the public. He also said that the price tag for this project is in the 4 million dollar range. Mayor Fleck intends to spring this project on the public at the Council meeting in January with minimal notice to the public.

Whitley County Patriots invite all of the public to drive this stretch of roadway and determine for themselves the necessity of spending $4M for Parkview Grand Boulevard. And remember, the $4M will come from your wallets and the wallets of taxpayers who may never drive on Parkview Gand Blvd. to attend a meeting at the Fleck Community Center which he also intends to build at taxpayer expense. So if you think Mayor Fleck should not spend $4M on a highway that does not need improvement, write him a letter or attend a city council meeting and tell him to cancel this project.

Maybe we should call it "Fleck's Fiasco."

Terry L. Smith
Columbia City

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August 13, 2010

Junior Achievement thankful for community support of 9th annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

Thank you to all who helped make Junior Achievement’s 9th Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle show a success.  Nearly 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles lined the streets of downtown Columbia City last Saturday morning.  Awards were given to the top 15 in four categories based on the vehicle year.  The Participant’s Choice Award went to Greg Miller, Warsaw, with his 1964 Pontiac GTO and the People’s Choice Award was awarded to Gary Pfeiffer, Columbia City, with his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible.  Top 10 awards were given in the motorcycles category with the number one motorcycle selected by the judges was Don Dion, Churubusco, for his 2008 Custom Chopper.
Thanks to our sponsors, donations and the show participants over $4000 was raised for Junior Achievement serving Whitley County. The funds raised in our community  are used solely Whitley County so Junior Achievement serving Whitley County can continue to bring life lesson classes to over 2100 students at Smith-Green Community Schools, Whitko Schools and Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
We look forward to our 10th Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle show on August 6, 2011.

Junior Achievement serving Whitley County Board of Directors and
Linda Hyndman, Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show Chairperson

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