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Whitley County citizens called to defend Union 150 years ago

April 11, 2011

One hundred and fifty years ago, rumblings of war were heard across the United States, and no more or less than in Whitley County.
In “History of Whitley County” by Weston A. Goodspeed and Charles Blanchard, 1882, a synopsis of the day that Whitley County called for its men to stand for the Union is given by Goodspeed.
On Saturday, almost 150 years to the day, a commemoration of the events will take place on the courthouse lawn at 2 p.m. presented by the Whitley County Historical Society.

City sidewalk program announced

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City residents will have an opportunity to spruce up the walkways in front of their homes, thanks to a program being launched by the city.
Mayor Jim Fleck announced the Columbia City Sidewalk Enhancement Partnership Program for 2011.
Fleck said the city will partner with residents for a 50/50 match on public sidewalks.
“It really, actually works out to be more like 60/40,” Fleck said, adding that the city assumes the cost of eliminating debris, “which is an expense.”

Earthquake drill to prepare residents for 'what if'

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Local government agencies and schools, as well as some businesses, will be joining organizations throughout the Midwest in a coordinated drill for earthquake preparedness.
“It’s just preparing for the ‘what if,’” said Cathy Broxon-Ball of the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security.
Broxon-Ball said the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, which will be observed in Indiana April 19 due to conflicts with ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) testing, will involve all three school corporations in Whitley County.

Former Congressman: Americans need Constitution education

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A former U.S. Congressman is taking it upon himself to educate his countrymen on the document that helps keep the country democratic.
And, he says, most Americans have a lot to learn.
“We must become educated,” said John Hostettler, who served the 8th U.S. Congressional District from 1995 to 2007 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hostettler spoke at a recent meeting of the Whitley County Patriots.
The former legislator formed a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching citizens about the U.S. Constitution.

Updated aerial photos one goal for G.I.S. department

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The head of Whitley County’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Department is constantly trying to stay one step ahead of advancing technology in order to make his office a vital tool for the entire county.
GIS Coordinator Dan Weigold briefed the Whitley County Board of Commissioners last week about the variety of roles his department plays throughout the county.
“The state is looking at doing another flyover,” said Weigold, who explained that GIS departments use aerial photography on a daily basis.

WCCS teacher contract up for vote by board

April 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A special meeting has been scheduled for the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees in order to possibly ratify an agreement with the local teachers union.
“We’ve been working on contract negotiations and we reached settlement, we hope,” said Corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor today.
“We set (the meeting) up in order for the board to ratify the agreement.”
O’Connor said the teachers are expected to approve the agreement today, leaving only the school board signatures remaining.

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