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$500 MILLION: Locals dream of winnings

November 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The $500 million dollar jackpot is Powerball’s largest prize in its history.

No doubt, winning such a substantial amount of money would be life-changing. What would a person do with that amount of money?

The Post & Mail asked Facebook followers that question. Of course the plan would include suddenly becoming debt free, but Krista Eber said she would invest in the community.

“I would have Burnsworth Pool upgraded and enclosed for the school system to use. I’d by new band uniforms,” said Eber. “I would donate to getting a community theater started.”

COMMUNITY TRADITION: Courthouse to play stage

November 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY – As the holiday approaches, the Whitley County Courthouse continues to transform into a Christmas wonderland.

The Community Christmas Celebration is a tradition spanning 28 years and will promote the holiday theme both outside and inside the Courthouse.

On Dec. 7-8 from 6 to 8 p.m., seven stations will take visitors on the Christmas story journey. Area churches volunteer to make up live nativity scenes. Narrators complete the picture as they tell the traditional Christmas story.

ADA TRANSITION: City adopts plan to meet access needs

November 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — To avoid discrimination against its citizens who have disabilities, and to comply with federal law, Columbia City adopted an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan.

Through this plan, the city will identify barriers to streets, sidewalks or buildings, addressing complaints and meeting access needs to transform the city into a more ADA friendly community.

The resolution was passed Tuesday at the City of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety meeting.

PROMISES, PROMISES: Park Board offered help but no money for the moment

November 28, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — Katie Till, park board member, and several other board representatives attended the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday looking for answers to their funding questions.

The board originally thought its park account had some $14,000 available for spending yet this year. However, at the last council meeting, the board was told that was not the case. Overspending in some categories due to a $160,000 error meant the board was forced to give up its appropriations.

CLEAR AS MUD: S.W. Council receives some answers, left with more questions

November 28, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY – After last meeting’s tense conversation over budget numbers, South Whitley’s Town Council convened once again to sort through town funds and appropriations.

Lending her expertise to the topic was Retha Hicks from HR Unlimited. Hicks was contracted to help Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould reconcile bank statements and budget line items.

Hicks confirmed that the budget reflected an additional $160,000 for 2012 that was not actually given to the town to spend.

That error was made known at the last council meeting, but how the mistake happened has not been determined.

 

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