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WCCS looking for ways to live within its means

February 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees is inching closer to making tough decisions in order to tighten its belt.
At its regular meeting Feb. 7, Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor supplied the board with a large number of potential “budget-saving” measures in order to combat a steady decline in the school system’s general fund.
“We’re just trying to keep as many programs as we can and live within our means,” O’Connor said Thursday.

County saving money on inmate healthcare

February 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Commissioners heard earlier this month that deciding to put the health of county jail inmates in the hands of an outside company instead of providing inmate health care in-house has been money well spent.
County Attorney Dan Sigler and Sheriff Mark Hodges gave a report to the three-man board Feb. 7 about the current health plan for prisoners of the county jail.
According to Whitley County Auditor Jennifer McGuire, the county hired healthcare firm Health Professionals LTD of Greenwood Village, Colo. in 2009.

Three Republicans to square off in May for mayor

February 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Voters in Columbia City will choose between three mayoral candidates in the Republican primary this May.
Banker and current city council member Don Sexton, police officer and restaurant owner Gary Parrett and Ryan Daniel, who previously worked as the Northeast Community Liaison for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), are all seeking the Republican nomination from voters this spring.

Passages' use for building still in planning process

February 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — While the sale is still not final, preliminary plans are under way for use of the Lehmberg Building in Columbia City by Passages, Inc.
The non-profit was named as buyer of the former hospital property at last week’s meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
Attorney Peter Mallers of Beers, Mallers, Backs and Salin of Fort Wayne appeared before the three-man board Feb. 7 and announced that the building, located at 333 North Oak Street and owned by Whitley Memorial Hospital, Inc., will be sold to Passages, Inc.

Crash claims one life, injures four

February 18, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — A two-car collision in Whitley County Thursday afternoon claimed the life of a Mississippi woman and critically injured a Churubusco woman, according to police.
The crash occurred just before 5 p.m. on U.S. 33 west of Churubusco near County Road 700 North, police said.
According to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, a vehicle driven by Ryan Harter, 33, of Fort Wayne, crossed the center stripe and struck a Jeep driven by Teresa Trainer, 49, of Waterford, Miss.
Trainer was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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