Archive - Mar 2011 - News Article
SOUTH WHITLEY â A dream which seemed unrealistic two years ago is now becoming a reality for South Whitley residents Katey Till and Colleen French.
The two mothers have been working vigorously to raise money in order to transform the communityâs town park into a magical playland complete with a fire truck and colorful village houses.
âWe are really anxious and ready to put something down there,â French said. âWith gas prices up, it would be nice to have something new and inviting in this town because people may not be able to afford to drive to another town for a park.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council is expected to announce the bidding process for new police radios at its regular meeting Tuesday.
In recent weeks, the board has heard presentations from the two front-runners to receive the city radio contract â J&K Communications, a local company, and Motorola.
Departments throughout the county of police, fire and emergency medical and dispatch personnel have been making a transition to 800 MHz technology since last year.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâs Board of School Trustees meets in regular session Monday and is not yet scheduled to act on proposed budget cuts aimed at bringing black ink back to the school systemâs financial statement.
Over the past two board meetings, the panel has heard reports from corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia OâConnor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf about revenue shortfalls and proposed solutions.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Board of Works and Safety signed an agreement with the railroad that will allow the city to run utilities under the tracks at one of its newest industrial parks.
CSX Transportation, Inc., a Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad company, requires âFacility Encroachment Agreementsâ all along its tracks for any work that would require crossing over or under the companyâs infrastructure.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City resident said she received a phone call this week from someone who knew her name and address, but wanted her to give them her Social Security number and where to send her check.
Earlier in the week, a county resident called to report that she had gotten a phone call from someone claiming to be with Medicare and after asking some health-related questions, which the woman verified, asked for her Medicare and Social Security numbers.
COLUMBIA CITY â One of the icons of the Whitley County Extension Office and the 4-H program is stepping down as of this afternoon.
Kay Walter has been the smiling face behind the counter, the secretary for the extension office, for â23 1/2 years and eight daysâ she said Wednesday, but sheâs not counting.
Married to Steve Walter, Kay was a stay-at-home mom to their daughters Stephanie and Kathy before taking a job with L.M. Berry in Warsaw. When that business moved to Dayton, she applied for the extension office job.
COLUMBIA CITY â In a time when funds are tight and belts are being cinched to the last eyelet, one Whitley County entity continues to be funded year in and year out thanks to a 15-year-old compromise.
On Monday, September McConnell, Executive Director of the Whitley County Community Foundation, will give a report to the countyâs Board of Commissioners about just such a fund â the Whitley County/Whitley Memorial EMS Fund.
COLUMBIA CITY â The United Way of Whitley County recognized its volunteers and shared 2010 fundraising campaign results at a breakfast Tuesday morning at the Eagleâs Nest Event Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â The road to a college education just got a little bit easier for some Whitley County students thanks to a partnership announced Wednesday between the Whitley County Community Foundation and the Questa Foundation for Education.
The Questa Foundation, based in Fort Wayne, announced that it is expanding its Questa Scholars Program into Whitley, DeKalb, Huntington and Kosciusko counties, and hopes to expand to the rest of northeast Indiana by 2013.
COLUMBIA CITY â Area Republicans gathered Wednesday night to mingle, discuss successes and strategies and recognize their own at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, held at the Eagleâs Nest in Columbia City.
Party Chairman Sen. Jim Banks took the podium before the dinner, and prior to the arrival of Keynote Speaker Gov. Mitch Daniels and called on his fellow Republicans to find his replacement.
âWe are looking for new leadership of the (county) party,â Banks said.