Archive - Aug 2013 - News Article
SOUTH WHITLEY â Intense rainfall has been a concern for residents across the county this summer, but when heavy rains create flooding at the newly constructed wastewater treatment plant in South Whitley, town leaders start to get heated.
After the $3 million project was completed, a storm that came through the town Aug. 2 came with such intensity that it blew off two manhole covers, spilling water overflow into the Eel River.
COLUMBIA CITY â Seven years ago today, Tammy Gross, a Whitley County native, heard the words, âyou have breast cancer.â
With cancer fought and beaten, Gross now celebrates her recovery as an advocate for the American Cancer Society and finding a cure for breast cancer.
âI never thought this would be the path I would find myself on,â Gross said. âI am not a public speaker â I am rather shy in front of crowds. However, I find myself in front of more people now more than ever. If it gives me a chance to encourage someone else fighting cancer, then so be it.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The process has begun to place a school resource officer (SRO) at Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
At Tuesdayâs Columbia City Board of Works meeting, Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said heâs been working with WCCSâs Superentindent, Dr. Pat OâConnor, to come up with a plan for an SRO.
COLUMBIA CITY â A pool of ideas for a new aquatics facility for Columbia City has funneled into three concepts, which were presented at a public forum Wednesday night.
Representatives from Counsilman-Hunsaker and MartinRiley have been working with a task force of community members to develop options to replace the aging Burnworth Memorial Pool, set to close in 2014.
SOUTH WHITLEY â A South Whitley employee was deducted $773 from his final paycheck unexpectedly, according to Trevor Webb who was represented by his wife, Toni, at the Town Council meeting Tuesday.
Toni told town leaders that the money was deducted for Trevorâs portion of his health insurance.
However, the money should have been deducted from Trevorâs pay in February.
âWhen he was hired, he wasnât charged right away,â Toni said. âWe were covered, but Trevor was told it was a mistake that his check wasnât being deducted the payment each time.â
Faculty and administrators gathered at Whitko High School for a staff day in preparation of Whitko Community School Corporationâs first day of school.
Students returned to the classroom this morning to begin the 2013-14 school year.
Pictured are Dawn Hinthorn (right) and Susie Trixler, both teachers at Whitko High School, chatting with a financial representative.
SOUTH WHITLEY â A new trail is soon to take shape in South Whitley, thanks to Whitley On The Move, a grassroots initiative to improve the town.
Overseeing the organization is Julia Robinson of South Whitley. However, numerous town citizens have joined forces to form several committees focused on targeting specific areas of improvement.
One of those areas is developing recreational opportunities.
When the trail is completed, it will cover more than two miles and will stretch as far east as Reed Street and Jefferson Street to the west of town.
COLUMBIA CITYâ Discussions have begun on the possibility of Whitley County titling two of its ambulances to Parkview Hospitals.
County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf said this is an accounting practice for Parkview that will not affect the books for Whitley County at all.
A decision has not been formally made, however, as it was tabled at the Aug. 5 commissioner meeting.
Schrumpf said Parkview has bought two ambulances, and the county two, during the current phase of their agreement.
COLUMBIA CITY â With Burnworth Memorial Pool closed for the season, the Aquatics Task Force, Columbia City officials and residents are working to make a plan for the future of swimming pools in the city.
After the city suffered many expenses due to the age and condition of the pool, which was constructed decades ago, officials decided the summer of 2014 will be the last year for Burnworth Pool.
Though official numbers werenât available at press time, Columbia City Parks Director Mark Green said the pool lost more money this year than 2012.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Board of Works and Safety, as well as the Common Council, are expected to discuss the possibility of a school resource officer at tonightâs meetings.
Dr. Pat OâConnor, Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, said at the board meeting last week that the district is heading up the countyâs School Safety Commission, which includes all three of Whitley Countyâs districts.
Currently, Smith-Green Community Schools is working out a budget for their own school resource officer.