Archive - Apr 15, 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When contaminated soil was found under railroad tracks in Columbia City earlier this year, it brought to a grinding halt, progress on a sewer extension project planned by the city for some time.
The bureaucratic red tape involved with contacting the Indiana Department of Environmental Management was relatively painless, as government-involved procedures go.
Itâ€™s the delay and its effect on the contractor hired to do some of the work that may prove the most costly to local government entities.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Auditors offices around the area are being inundated with phone calls lately because of taxpayer confusion surrounding the word â€śHomestead.â€ť
â€śWe had 94 calls in two days,â€ť said Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire.
She said that number is low because itâ€™s just the number of callers who talked to one employee in her office.
â€śHe kept track,â€ť she said.
The confusion â€” the elimination of a three-year homestead credit on Indiana tax bills.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” After months of penny-pinching and budget-hacking, and following a heated debate where proposed state legislation drew the ire of Indiana teachers, Gov. Mitch Daniels and both branches of the state government are declaring some good news on the education front.
In what state lawmakers say is a rare joint announcement, House Speaker Brian Bosma R-Indianapolis along with Senate President Pro Tempore David Long R-Fort Wayne and Daniels announced their support for an additional $150 million investment in K-12 education, emphasizing early learning
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Heartbeats, Parkview Whitley Hospitalâ€™s spring health fair, will be 7 to 10 a.m. May 7 in the lower-level auditoriums of the hospital, located at 353 North Oak Street, Columbia City.
Screenings will include:
Blood Chemistry 17 ($20) â€“ Assesses the health of the major organs as well as cardiac risk. A 10- to 12-hour fast is recommended. Water is permitted.
TSH ($20) â€“ A blood test for the thyroid.
PSA ($20) â€“ A blood test for the prostate.
Hemogram ($8) â€“ A blood test for anemia/iron.
Other screenings and additional healthcare information will include:
Emcee R.D. Schrader, board president of The Center for Whitley County Youth, insisted that all team members competing at the Benefit Cook-off Thursday evening were amateurs.
But could amateurs prepare such delicacies as Coffee- and Coco-dusted Duck Breast or Crostina with Chocolate and Sea Salt?
Whitko Culinary Arts students under the direction of Theresa Daggett can and did, winning two of the three awards given out by Todd Blanton, program director and Jeff Wike, executive director at The Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Internet speed in the Whitley County Recorderâ€™s Office continues to be an issue, according to Jim Becher of SDS Communications, who handles information technology for the county.
Becher approached the joint meeting of the Whitley County Council and Board of Commissioners earlier this week to give the two panels an update on all things â€ścomputer.â€ť
â€śLast year we replaced a lot of computers,â€ť Becher said. â€śThings are in pretty good shape at this point.â€ť
One area that is still lacking, according to Becher, is the Internet speed at the countyâ€™s recorderâ€™s office.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees will have hard decisions to make Monday when the nine-person board meets in regular session.
Looming on the agenda, in the wake of the recently signed five-year teachers contract, reduction in force.
Corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf have read the writing on the wall and in recent weeks reported to the board about expected budget shortfalls.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Details are still sketchy, but Indiana Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City announced late this morning that recent belt-tightening at the Statehouse by Indiana legislators and Gov. Mitch Daniels has freed up an as-yet undisclosed amount of money that she says will be returned to Indiana schools.
According to Heuer, the windfall will be used to help schools fund full-day kindergarten. She said she doesn't know yet how much money has been freed up, but said she knows it's in the millions of dollars.