Archive - Sep 20, 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City woman received what a judge called â€śan unusualâ€ť sentence Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Rita Elswick, 19, was sentenced to eight years, with four to serve and four on suspended sentence, for dealing in methamphetamine.
What makes her sentence unusual is that Judge James Heuer will not decide where she serves it â€” at the county jail, at the state prison or on home detention â€” until March 17, 2014.
Columbia City High School named its 2013 Homecoming King and Queen at Friday nightâ€™s football game against DeKalb. Standing in for King Sam Dailey, a football player who suffered a severe head injury at the Eaglesâ€™ first game, was quarterback Travis Herbst (left). The queen was Anna Atsinger (right).
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The test run of an Indiana program aimed at providing affordable health care to otherwise uninsured adults will be extended by a year as officials continue negotiating with the federal government about using it to expand Medicaid.
As part of a deal with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Pence administration will lower the amount residents can earn before they qualify for the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan while pushing more residents into the federal health insurance exchange.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” ISTEP+ test results were released statewide this past week, and administrators are assessing how meaningful the results are for their districts.
Students had trouble around Indiana during the spring testing when online connection problems caused many to be kicked out of the testing website.
Tests ended up being completed after some delays. The results were also released later than normal.
In my opinion, downtown Columbia City needs:
â€˘More retail stores
â€˘More dining options
Dillard Sturgill receives an ear examination at the Whitley County Council on Agingâ€™s Senior Health Fair Thursday. Conducting the test is Sondra Wise, of Summit Hearing Solutions.
More than 30 vendors set up booths in the newly completed Woodlands Senior Centerâ€™s bus barn.
Other health screenings were offered inside the main building.
In its third year, the fair offers information and support for healthy living to seniors.
See more photos on Page A10 of Saturday's issue of The Post and Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An unsafe building notice was sent to William Hinen who owns a property in Laud that is vacant and has served as a dwelling place for animals and large swarms of bees. Neighbors spoke to the commissioners in August and paper work was filed to notify the property owner of his due diligence.
At Mondayâ€™s meeting, Craig Wagner, chief building inspector for the county, gave an update on the Hinen property.
â€śIt seems Mr. Hinen has complied with the order,â€ť Wagner said. â€śWindows are boarded up and there has been some significant changes to the structure to enclose it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In recent weeks, Whitley County officials have made several requests to commissioners in regards to neglected properties.
Scott Wagner, environmental health specialist for the county, updated the Whitley County Commissioners on the status of the property located on CR 400 South in Columbia City, owned by Thomas Ebetino.
Earlier this month, Bob Sutton, a homeowner on CR 400 South, came before the commissioners to complain about the excessive junk piling up at Ebetinoâ€™s property and the overgrown, neglected yard.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An ongoing water issue at Tri-Lakes Park has kept Whitley County Health Department officials searching for answers.
Water in the park bathrooms was deemed contaminated after a failed water test. Scott Wagner, environmental health specialist for the county, said the issue may have been caused by a deteriorated well casing.
â€śWeâ€™ve had the well tested and have done several things to try and solve the problem,â€ť Wagner told County Commissioners Monday. â€śAt this point, the only way to get water to the park is to drill a new well.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An announcement was made at Mondayâ€™s Whitley County Commissioners meeting that The Oaks and The Pointe have been sold and will no longer be managed by Parkview Whitley Hospital.
In February, a press release was issued by the hospital stating its intentions to search for a buyer.
Pete Mallers, a legal representative of the hospital, told commissioners that BVM Whitley County LLC, is purchasing the business and real estate attached to The Oaks and The Pointe.