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December 23rd

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU ALERT: Email scams still hitting in-boxes routinely

December 23, 2011

Hundreds of calls are coming in to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) confirming the email scam using the Better Business Bureau’s name and logo continues to proliferate across North America, even to some overseas addresses.

Most of the emails carry the famous BBB torch logo and come with the subject line “Complaint from your customers.”

The emails have a link or an attachment containing malicious phishing malware that steals information, often with devastating results.

HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES ADVISORY: State officials remind Hoosiers to travel safely

December 23, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – As hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers hit the road for the holidays, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Indiana State Police (ISP) are reminding motorists to plan ahead and check on road conditions before heading out.
Before leaving home

December 22nd

EMS contract signed

December 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Following a year of debate, discussion and disagreement, the new Emergency Medical Services contract between Whitley County and Parkview Hospital has been signed.
Monday, Sigler presented the returned contract from Parkview to the commissioners at the board meeting.
“After being reviewed and re-reviewed, commented on and re-commented on… …I have the three documents that make up the EMS agreement, I’m happy to say,” Sigler said.
The first document is the Emergency Medical Services Program Agreement (EMSPA), which outlines the primary terms of the contract.

DESIGNING A RESTAURANT: ISMS math students engage in architecture project

December 22, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Math students at Indiana Springs Middle School planned, designed and presented an architectural project called Restaurant Possible this week. The program is loosely-based on the popular Food Channel show “Restaurant Impossible.”
Math teachers Jill Baker and Cathy Rowe wanted to teach math content that included dimensions and scale.
The project culminated with a scale floor plan including the kitchen, rest rooms, waiting areas and an eating area.

December 21st

WONDERLY SENTENCED: Man accused in death of baby girl gets 10 years

December 21, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who was arrested on drug charges and accused of neglecting a dependent will serve 10 years behind bars.
Travis A. Wonderly, who along with Janel M. Creech was blamed for the death of Creech’s 5-month-old daughter, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to manufacturing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
On Monday, Wonderly was sentenced by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to 10 years in prison, to be fully served.
A Jan. 3 incident occurred resulting in the death of five-month old Taylor Creech.

SMITH-GREEN SCHOOLS: CES touts collaboration

December 21, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Teachers at Churubusco Elementary School will combine talents with seven other schools for an evening of development to begin the new year in education.
CES Principal Shellie Miller announced the Indiana Department of Education will be in attendance on the Professional Resources learning event on Jan. 19 at CES.
“This is a proactive way for all of us to gain more insight on our ever-changing educational programs,” said Miller.
In other school news:
•Churubusco Junior Senior High School had a jeans drive that raised $500 for a local family.

BREAKING NEWS: City department heads announced

December 21, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City will have a new police chief beginning in 2012.
Det. Tim Longenbaugh, a former Columbia City Common Council member and 15-year veteran of the city’s police force, was named by Mayor-elect Ryan Daniel to replace current Chief Mike Petersen.
Longenbaugh represents the city’s only new department head.
“After a fairly lengthy application and interview process, I have chosen eight individuals who have the skill set and proactive foresight to lead these departments,” said Daniel.

December 20th

DEERSLAYERS: Indiana park deer hunts make inroads on Hoosier habitat recovery

December 20, 2011

Controlled deer hunts at state park properties are achieving the intended result of habitat recovery, but analysis of information collected this year indicates deer numbers remain above desired levels at many locations, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Volunteer hunters harvested 1,546 deer during four days of controlled hunts at 21 state parks in November.

That’s only the 10th highest total in 18 years of state park hunts, but resource biologists say harvest numbers alone have limited value in determining success.

EXCLUSIVE: Santa reveals last chances to see him in Columbia City before he makes his big road trip 'round the world

December 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – Hours to visit Santa Claus in his cottage on the Whitley County Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City have been established for coming days.
The Jolly Old Elf’s cottage is located on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square. Assistants will be on hand to snap photos and they will be available for purchase.
Hours this Friday are 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and Christmas Eve Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

POLY-WOOD IN SYRACUSE: Outdoor furniture manufacturer to grow in Kosciusko County

December 20, 2011

SYRACUSE - Poly-Wood, Inc., a manufacturer of outdoor furniture, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2015.

The company will invest $2.78 million to expand production operations and purchase a 25,000 square-foot facility and add a 35,000 square-foot addition on the company's current Kosciusko County campus. The new production operations, which include plastic lumber extrusions and furniture manufacturing, are slated to be operational later next year.

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