Archive - Oct 2010 - News Article
SOUTH WHITLEY — Forty-two and one-half years ago when the average cost of a home was $14,950 and the average income per year was $7,850, South Whitley resident Jeanette Eberhart was just beginning her career as a teller at the former Mayer Branch Bank in South Whitley. Five ownership changes later, Eberhart closed the book on her banking career Thursday, officially retiring. An open house at the bank was held in her honor Friday. “I will miss the people and the girls here, we are like a family,” Eberhart said with tears in her eyes.
Brooklyn Dodgers hats dotted the room with a rogue Yankees jacket or Cubs jersey present—all to welcome baseball great, Carl Erskine, guest speaker and Advocacy Award recipient at this year’s annual Passages meeting.
The green van with “Work Crew” on the side of it has been a common sight in Whitley County for the last decade, but now it’s time for a change.
With help from the Whitley County Probation Department, Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office and Columbia City, a new van will be in the hands of the work crew supervisors.
With budgets getting ever tighter, the work crew has increasingly become a benefit to governments.
For 2007 and 2008, Whitley County had a total of 15 deaths from overdoses of prescription medication.
In just the first nine months of this year, the county was already passed that mark with 17 deaths from prescription medication overdoses.
“We’re in a public health epidemic,” Whitley County Coroner Scott Smith said.
Just a few decades ago, the income in Northeast Indiana was nearly even with the national average.
Now, workers in this 11-county area make only about 78 percent of the national average.
That’s a trend a new local campaign will focus on in hopes of getting it reversed, and it’s all about education.