Archive - Mar 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gov. Mitch Danielsâ€™ flair for levity and sarcasm drew countless laughs as Indianaâ€™s top elected official poked fun at boycotting House Democrats, the President and even himself Wednesday night as the keynote speaker for Whitley Countyâ€™s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
â€śWherever I go, I get asked a lot of questions about Indiana,â€ť said Daniels, adding that he fields numerous inquiries about the stateâ€™s budget surplus. He said he tells people thereâ€™s a reason why Indiana is different from some states whose financial ledgers are in the red.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force has officially teamed up with local law enforcement.
According to Sherry Sausaman, task force organizer, early this month training was completed for the South Whitley and Churubusco police departments and the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, with the Columbia City police coming on board by the end of the month.
â€śWe canâ€™t do it alone,â€ť Sausaman said, and the community collaboration now includes such organizations as the Whitley County Salvation Army, Beds and Britches Etc. (BABE), the Lighthouse and the YMCA.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Imagine a young girl championing the cause of the bullied and harassed, advocating acts of kindness to uplift her classmates oppressed by their peers.
Now imagine that the very ones she stood for, in retaliation for the bullying, shot her in cold blood as she ate her lunch at school.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” By the time the Whitley County Board of Commissioners convenes Monday afternoon, at least nine names should be presented to the three-man board for approval.
That list of names will be known as the steering committee for wind energy research.
The Whitley County Plan Commission discussed the formation of the committee at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
The need for the advisory board was born out of a hotly-debated issue on the need, or lack thereof, of wind energy in the county.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Plan Commission ratified the countyâ€™s newest comprehensive plan at its meeting Tuesday night and will take the plan, with one alteration, to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners for approval on Monday.
â€śThis is a normal course of action for the comprehensive plan,â€ť said Dave Sewell, Executive Director of the countyâ€™s Building and Planning Department.
â€śWeâ€™ve had various input meetings, this is the fourth draft (Draft D) and we have not received any correspondence or written objections to the comprehensive plan.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three men with a broad range of knowledge regarding wind energy have been invited to speak at a information session March 23.
Chad Martin, a renewable energy extension specialist at Purdue University; Todd Samuelson, a CPA with H.J. Umbaugh and Associates and Travis Murphy, a business development manager for renewable energy will share their perspectives during a community discussion about wind energy.
The community discussion is planned for 6 p.m. March 23 at Indian Springs Middle School. It is free and open to the public.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a day like any other in the classroom. Students talking and laughing, studying and dreaming about the future.
But a darkness that had begun years earlier broke in on the scene and lives ended too soon, dreams never to be realized.
Columbine High School.
The first student killed that day, April 20, 1999, was Rachel Scott. The shooters were allegedly victims of bullying for years and had taken their revenge in a random shooting spree at their high school.
Close to home
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dining by candlelight has always been associated with romance, or maybe a power outage, but eating a meal in the total darkness, as a totally blind person would, is a different experience entirely.
And for a reporter, who relies on sight for taking notes, and for observing events, not to mention getting just the right picture, reporting with a blindfold on seemed a daunting task.
The program, a benefit for the Lakota Chapter American Council of the Blind of Indiana and the Tri-Lakes Lions Club, occurred Sunday evening at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Department of Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security is gearing up this week for a pair of weather-related events.
According to department director Cathy Broxon-Ball, this week is not only Severe Weather Awareness Week, but also Flood Safety Awareness week.
In conjunction with the five-day event, Broxon-Ball said her department would be testing the countyâ€™s emergency sirens on Wednesday in the morning and again at 7 p.m.