Archive - Jan 24, 2014 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man convicted of dealing methamphetamine in 2013 received a sentence modification Monday and will now be serving the remainder of his time locally.
Benjamin L. Greer, 31, of Churubusco, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for 10 years in April of 2013. He was ordered to serve eight of those years.
At the time of his sentencing, Greer expressed a desire to take advantage of DOC programs. After a year, he desired to return to Whitley County to be on work release.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of Trustees discussed the districtâ€™s financial decisions at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
The WCCS Board of Trustees also serves as the Board of Finance, and the group made financial decisions similar to last year.
After some research, WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf suggested the district keep its funds with STAR Financial.
â€śFor the last several years we have invested with STAR Financial,â€ť Zickgraf said. â€śWe are constantly monitoring other financial institutions and weigh what they have to offer.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY - Winter weather has interrupted area high school athletics once again.
Columbia City's high school girls basketball game against DeKalb, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, will now start at 6 p.m. It will be the first part of a girls/boys doubleheader, with the boys game against DeKalb scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The boys game against DeKalb was originally scheduled for Saturday at DeKalb.
All of Columbia City's Saturday athletic events have been postponed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County residents pay a variety of taxes, but as the dollars are deducted from paychecks and as taxes are charged to properties, where does the money go?
Auditor Jennifer McGuire keeps track of tax dollars for Whitley County, and tries to make sense of state statutes, County Commissioner and Council mandates, as well as budget need for various departments.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When a large preschool program gave notice of its sudden plans to close, Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA stepped in to fill the need.
After almost two years of offering an early learning program, the YMCA has a growing need for space and accommodations.
A $2.25 million expansion to the YMCA is set for completion in December that will house the department and relocate the preschool program from New Hope Wesleyan Church, west of Columbia City.
Our local, county and state police officers continue to routinely visit Northern Heights Elementary School and other Whitley County Consolidated Schools. On one of Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Scott Schmittâ€™s recent visits to NHES, he stayed to have lunch with the students. Officer Schmitt was lucky enough to arrive at his son Lukusâ€™s lunchtime.
Columbia Cityâ€™s wrestling squad wrapped up its final home match Thursday night against East Noble. Whitley County grapplers are preparing for conference matches Saturday morning, weather permitting, and sectional action next Saturday at Carroll. See Page A12 for coverage of Thursdayâ€™s match.
â€˘ Amateur radio - 9 a.m.
The next Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test Session will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.
The group will meet in Community Room A & B of the Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. Ind. 205, Columbia City.
For additional information contact Roger McEntarfer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 503-9008.
â€˘ Blood drive - 8 a.m.
Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, First Church of God, Columbia City, two organizations are joining together to help save lives.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) is continuing to take appointments for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.
Applicants may only receive Energy Assistance once per heating period (Nov. 4, 2013 through May 15, 2014).
Individuals or families who have already received assistance during the current season should not apply again, but may be eligible again in future seasons.
Any eligible individuals or families who have not yet received Energy Assistance this season are encouraged to apply.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) is seeking applicants for its Child Care Assistance program.
The Child Care Assistance program provides subsidized child care vouchers for eligible low-income households.
To qualify for the program, parents must be working and/or going to school and live in Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, or Whitley counties. Parents must apply in the county where they reside.