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County seeks to enforce homestead compliance

March 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s auditor is taking steps to make sure residents don’t commit homestead fraud — either intentionally or inadvertently.
County Auditor Jen McGuire said this week her office is sending out “soft letters” to residents who she said could be claiming the standard homestead deduction on residences in more than one county.
“We want to make sure they’re not double-dipping,” McGuire said.
Indiana state law reads that individuals and married couples are limited to one homestead standard deduction.

Wind study committee formed

March 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — As consulting firm Ground Rules, Inc. begins the study process of wind energy in preparation for the eventual drafting of a new Whitley County Wind Ordinance, it will have a nine-member panel to provide input.
Dave Sewell, Whitley County’s Executive Director of the Building and Planning Department presented a nine-member steering committee to the county’s Board of Commissioners Monday.
The committee has been called for from an outcry by residents who oppose the installation of 400-foot-plus windmills near their property.

No moratorium on wind farms

March 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Residents opposed to the installation of windmill facilities in Whitley County have been keeping their fingers on the pulse of local government in recent months — particularly the Whitley County Plan Commission and the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
There have been many common themes in the opposition to the possible arrival of wind farms.
One of those has been a call for a moratorium on wind farms until the proper zoning ordinance can be drafted.

Two new members join county extension board

March 23, 2011

The Whitley County Purdue Extension board members seem to come and go in pairs, as two new members were elected, two were re-elected and two did not run for another term.
The new members are Lucy Draper and Anne Waybright.
Draper has been a 4-H leader for 23 years, is president of the Whitley County 4-H leaders organization and serves on Fun Night, Parade and Spooktacular committees. She and her children have all been 10-year members of the Whitley County 4-H program.
Waybright, is also a 10-year 4-H member and her oldest child is starting as a mini 4-Her.

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