Archive - Dec 30, 2010 - News Article
The following are news highlights from 2010 as reported in the Post & Mail.
4 ‚ÄĒ Whitley County New Year baby, Haleigh Giselle Graves, daughter of Ryan and Aimee Graves of Columbia City, was born shortly after 4 a.m.
7 ‚ÄĒ Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patricia O‚ÄôConnor takes over as interim superintendent at Whitley County Consolidated Schools after the December resignation of Dr. Laura Huffman.
8 ‚ÄĒ Four inches of snow prompt officials to place Whitley County under a Level 3 Watch Snow Emergency.
GREENTOWN (AP) ‚ÄĒ A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has rattled portions of central Indiana, prompting a wave of calls to local authorities from rattled residents.
The U.S. Geological Survey says on its website that the quake occurred at 7:55 a.m. EST Thursday and was centered about five miles south of Greentown in Howard County. That‚Äôs about 50 miles north-northeast of Indianapolis.
No damage was immediately reported.
SOUTH WHITLEY - Tom Bernhard, representing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, explained loan and grant options to South Whitley Town Council members Tuesday for the upcoming wastewater treatment facility project.
‚ÄúWe have a loan and grant program for water and sewer projects,‚ÄĚ Bernhard said.
‚ÄúWe can do a project sewer extension ‚ÄĒ up to a 40-year loan with a 2.5 percent interest rate but that changes every quarter, so this rate is good until March.‚ÄĚ
Bernhard said the annual agricultural budget is $30 million a year for Indiana, once approved by Congress.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Columbia City Fire Department didn‚Äôt have far to travel Wednesday afternoon to respond to a fire at 113 East Market Street in Columbia City, just a block and a half east of the fire station.
There was minimal damage and it was contained rather quickly with just damage to an exterior wall and no one was hurt,‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue this morning.
LaRue said the fire‚Äôs origin was electrical and was extinguished by removing some siding and cellulose insulation on a porch of the house.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs wallet could be a bit thinner next year.
Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle brought before the city‚Äôs Common Council on Tuesday, an emergency resolution to reduce the city‚Äôs 2010 appropriations.
‚ÄúI was notified by the Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) that I would need to reduce our appropriations by $292,000,‚ÄĚ said Coyle.
The clerk told the board she was able to skim $199,700 from the 2010 budget, but that the remainder would have to come from the 2011 appropriation.