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BREAKING NEWS: Whitko to hold community meetings on school construction

January 14, 2014

PIERCETON (Jan. 14, 2014) -- Whitko Community School Corporation Superintendent Steve Clason announced that two meetings will be held regarding the district's construction projects.

South Whitley Elementary School will undergo a remodeling project in June. A meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m. to hear updates on the project and specifics on the construction plans. The community will be able to ask questions and give feedback on the proposed plan.

SWINE FLU BACK; officials don’t expect 2009 return

January 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The predominant strain of influenza sweeping through Indiana this year is the same one that caused a nationwide pandemic that resulted in about 40 Indiana deaths in 2009.

But state respiratory epidemiologist Shawn Richards said Monday that this season is different than that outbreak for one chief reason.

"What is different than in 2009 was that this was a novel strain that had not infected humans," Richards said. "Now, we've had a few years around the virus ... Now, it's just considered a typical strain."

Local SROs begin a week late

January 14, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s school resource officers (SRO) were expected to officially take their stations in the schools last week.

With most of Whitley County’s school districts closed due to Winter Storm Ion, the official start date was put on hold.

Smith-Green Community Sch-ools, Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Whitko Community Schools all received state grants to help fund school safety equipment and school resource officers.

That money went into effect Jan. 1, and SROs were expected to take their posts after students returned from Christmas Break, Jan. 6.

Artistic discovery

January 14, 2014

Dating violence survivor to share story

January 14, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Domestic Violence Task Force is preparing for a February event aimed at teens.

Johanna Orozco, a victim of teen dating violence, will be speaking at two area high schools as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.

Local task force members have planned a series of events targeted at high school students during the month of February, one being Orozco’s appearance at both Columbia City High School and Whitko High School Feb. 5

Residents applaud street crews

January 14, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — One week after Winter Storm Ion hit Whitley County — dumping more than 16 inches of snow on streets and roadways and closing schools across Northeast Indiana — the work and school week returned to normal Monday.

Columbia City’s Street Department put the finishing touches on downtown snow removal Friday, using dump trucks to haul away excess snow to fully reopen parking in the city. County highway trucks continued to open the more than 600 miles of country roads, and state highway crews worked to remove ice from U.S. 30 and state highways.

BMV offices to close statewide for King holiday

January 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices throughout the state will be closed two days in observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

BMV Commissioner Don Snemis announced Monday that the BMV offices will be closed Saturday and Monday in observance of the holiday for the slain civil rights leader. Most license branches will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, except for those that operate on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule.

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission says this will be the 23rd year the state has commemorated the King holiday.

Pence looks to sell lawmakers on 2014 agenda

January 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is heading into his second State of the State address with a broad agenda and friendly Republican majorities in the audience of lawmakers he'll be addressing.

The governor is set to pitch legislators on a second-year agenda centered around a business tax cut and a series of education measures.

House panel considers personal property tax cut

January 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Members of the House Ways and Means Committee are pondering a locally controlled cut in the business personal property tax.

The House's budget and tax panel planned to meet Tuesday to consider a House Republican plan that would allow counties to decide whether to eliminate the state's tax on business equipment. Senate Republicans have crafted a different measure that would eliminate the tax for most small businesses and cut the state's corporate income tax.

Ind. House panel delays vote on gay marriage ban

January 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An effort to write a gay marriage ban into the Indiana Constitution hit a road bump Monday as a House chairman delayed a key vote on an issue that sailed through the General Assembly three years earlier.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee were scheduled to vote on the proposed ban and a companion measure, but Chairman Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, delayed the vote after nearly four hours of testimony on the issue.

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