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October 6th

‘Aggressive’ time line underway for Eagle Tech

October 6, 2010

     Preliminary design plans for renovations to the Marshall Community Center for Eagle Tech Academy were approved this week.
     Work on the 25,000 square feet of area to be renovated is scheduled to start in January.
     Between now and then, bids for the project will be taken and further development plans will be reviewed.
     Nine classrooms are on the list of construction work, as well as a student commons area and the office space for the building.

WCCS looks to ease floodwaters at high school

October 6, 2010

     In the wake of nearly $450,000 of flood damage to Columbia City High School earlier this year, Whitley County Consolidated Schools may plan survey work at the high school to see if changes can be made to drain the water faster.
     Changes to stormwater drain size and configuration may help the problem, but surveys of the topography of the land would be first on the list before any excavation would begin.

Stolen car found torched in county cornfield

October 6, 2010

     A burned shell of a car stolen in Indianapolis was found this week in a local cornfield.
     On Monday evening, a farmer working in his field called the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department to report he’d found a burned car amid the corn in the field.
     According to police, the farmer said he was last in that area of the field about a week ago.

Whitko referendum goes to the taxpayers

October 6, 2010

Terry Eberly, president of Whitko Community Schools' board of school trustees speaks Tuesday evening at a forum about the referendum this fall to allow for a tax levy increase for up to the next seven years. Aside from a presentation from school officials, residents had a chance to air their opposition or support for the project.

Services center gets home in county annex

October 6, 2010

     It’s official, Whitley County’s annex building on South Line Street will house a one-stop center to help residents apply for nearly all the social services available.
     With billions of dollars in funding unused throughout the nation, millions of which is right here in Indiana, the Benefit Bank is a program of Purdue Extension Health and Human Sciences and aims to streamline applications for those who need one or more social services to survive.

October 5th

New hospital design all about the patients

October 5, 2010

The skeleton of the new Parkview Whitley Hospital is in place and the whole project, which is due to open next fall, is on schedule, according to Lucas Konger, architect for the project.
“Schedule-wise, it’s going very well. We’ve had some fantastic weather,” which will help crews get the facility enclosed before cold weather sets in, Konger said.
The $40 million project includes an adjoining medical office building, as well as the three-story hospital.

October 4th

Keeping tabs on missing water in cities

October 4, 2010

     When cities and towns deliver water as a utility, they expect to have a certain amount of “missing water,” which refers to the difference between how much water was pumped and how much was billed.
     Usually, the difference is about 12 to 13 percent, but in recent months, Columbia City has seen that number nearly double.
     “Our unaccounted for water in the last six months has really increased,” said Mike Dear, water department superintendent for Columbia City.

Schools bring home “do more with less” from state conference

October 4, 2010

     With budgets at the forefront of nearly everyone’s mind, how to keep school districts afloat during financial uncertainty was the dominant theme at this year’s Indiana School Board Association conference.
     For local superintendents, how to do the same or more with less funding was a common theme.
     “It’s all based on the revenue that the state generates,” said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools.

Whitko preps for referendum discussion

October 4, 2010

     Whether a full house, barely-occupied seats or somewhere in between, Whitko Community Schools administration and board members are ready for whatever comes their way Tuesday night for an in-depth look an upcoming referendum for a tax levy increase in the district.
     At 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Whitko High School, superintendent Steve Clason, financial operations director Tom McFarland and board of school trustees members will make their case for why voters need to approve the tax levy increase.

October 1st

Raising awareness

October 1, 2010

   An anonymous letter, signed only “A Post & Mail reader,” received earlier this year by Sherry Sausaman, Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF) director, commended Sausaman and the taskforce for their efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence in the county and the safeguards and helps available for the victims. But the letter also suggested they could go even further, addressing the issue of emotional abuse as well as physical.


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