Archive - Jan 2011 - News Article
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Students doing well academically and showing their progress across the board â€” that is what Whitko School Corporation officials are saying resulted in one of their elementary programs being lauded by the state.
A contingent from South Whitley Elementary School traveled to Indianapolis Tuesday to collect the schoolâ€™s â€śTop Gainerâ€ť Award at the seventh annual Indiana Conference on Learning.
Principal Bruce Hansen, along with kindergarten teacher and literacy coach Diane Williams and fifth-grade teacher Gina Borton traveled to the state capital to receive the award.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County and the local economic development company began a process months ago to take grant money from Greatbatch Medical and funnel it elsewhere in anticipation of Thursdayâ€™s announcement the Columbia City plant will shut down and move jobs to Allen County.
â€śWe asked that the money be transferred to another company,â€ť said Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake. I know Alan Tio (Executive Director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation) was down in Indianapolis twice trying to get that done in the last couple of months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new slate of officers was installed for the new year at Mondayâ€™s Columbia City Parks Board meeting. Officers include: Kelley Sheiss, president; Mark Ellis, vice-president; Mauri Bordner, recorder; and Dennis Warnick, member. Tammy Nickolson will serve as an intern from Leadership Whitley County.
With the resignation of member Michael Malcolm, effective Dec. 31, the board continues to seek a replacement.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s a little later than usual, but local health officials say they are starting to see an upswing in local flu cases.
Heather Reid, public health nurse at the Whitley County Health Department, said local doctors are just starting to see cases of the flu and expect it to rise in the coming days and weeks.
â€śItâ€™s a later onset than usual,â€ť Reid said, noting that influenza cases usually start rising after Christmas.
Superintendents at Smith-Green and Whitko school corporations said schools in their districts have not yet noticed increased absenteeism due to sickness.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gov. Mitch Daniels will be the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Day dinner, according to a news release from the Whitley County Republican party.
The dinner is planned for March 16 at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center. Tickets are $40 per person for the dinner and $100 for a private reception and dinner.
To reserve a seat or table, call vice chairman Laurel Hodges at 723-4495.
Two file for vacant council seat
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local law enforcement has mixed emotions regarding proposed legislation at the statehouse about texting and driving.
The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to ban texting while driving for all Hoosiers, sending the bill to the state senate.
â€śGenerally speaking, I think law enforcement would be in favor of some kind of legislation, but weâ€™re going to be held to the usual standard of actually seeing it happening,â€ť said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges today.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck told the townâ€™s Common Council Tuesday night that state lawmakers have their hands full with legislation during the 2011 legislative session â€” and that much of the items being discussed involve local government.
â€śThereâ€™s an awful lot of legislation being discussed that involves cities and towns and local government,â€ť said Fleck during the councilâ€™s regular bi-monthly meeting.
â€śTheyâ€™re discussing relationships, nepotism, consolidating local government ... there are a whole lot of pieces of legislation that are being introduced,â€ť Fleck said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City hasnâ€™t decided yet what to do about money thatâ€™s available for television equipment.
Columbia City Common Councilman Dan Weigold told the panel Tuesday night he was part of a three-person committee formed to discuss the possibility of a city-run cable television channel.
The council heard a report Jan. 11 from Whitley County resident Erik Mollberg, who serves as the assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne with the Allen County Public Library.