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April 16th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s been a cold and blustery winter, but according to Whitley Countyâ€™s Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner, that is no excuse for a house to be left in disrepair.
Thomas Ebetino owns property on County Road 400 South, and after several conversations and official written notices, he has still not complied with Wagnerâ€™s request to make the house safe.
â€śAt the Dec. 16, 2013 meeting, the Commissioners granted Ebetino two months to weatherize the home,â€ť Wagner said. â€śThat has not been done.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who broke into a family memberâ€™s home in December of 2013 was given an eight-year sentence Monday.
Nicholas A. Coslet, 20, will serve six of the eight years at the Whitley County Jail, with the remainder of the burglary sentence to be spent on probation.
Burglary is a Class B felony.
Cosletâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, hoped his client could serve some of his sentence on work release.
â€śHeâ€™s a 20-year-old that got caught up in a bad crowd, and did things heâ€™s not proud of,â€ť Voelz said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A recently completed troop project benefited an area Boy Scout and Whitko Community School Corporation.
Lucas Schmittler, a freshman at Whitko High School, was in search of a project to complete his requirements as an Eagle Scout with Troop 85.
When he realized that the Eel River Environmental Center was left unattended near his high school, he thought it would be the perfect way to earn his Eagle Scout designation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Courthouse is getting a bit of a makeover. Some of the work has been planned and other repairs have been added to the list.
When county officials approved the two-year CEDIT (County Economic Development Income Tax) plan, a new roof for the Courthouse was factored into the figures.
A roofing company has been on the roof for the past week, when weather permits.
The cost for the new roof is $67,000 and should be completed within the next few weeks.
SOUTH WHITELY â€” Whitko High School has named its two top students for the Class of 2014.
Valedictorian is Christina Marie Baughman.
Salutatorian is Michael Dakota Thompson.
See an upcoming issue of the Post & Mail for more on these top students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” County leaders were dealt the hard reality of just what the estimated costs are to restore the County Government Centerâ€™s basement after a flood.
When sump pumps failed to keep up with winter weather in February, water backed up into the basement, resulting in hefty expenses for clean up and repairs.
At last weekâ€™s County Council meeting, estimates were presented, and discussion was held to determine how to cover the costs.
Total flood clean up will cost the county $31,205.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Officials with H.J.Umbaugh & Associates, an accounting firm in Mishawaka, recently advised South Whitley Town Council members to raise electric and water rates.
At the April 8 meeting, town leaders were advised that a tracking fee, assessed by electrical provider Indiana Municipal Power Agency, was not being passed on to consumers.
â€śThe town has been absorbing this cost,â€ť said Councilman Tony Starkey. â€śWe arenâ€™t making any extra money on this, we are just covering the charge IMPA is charging us.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After months of being in limbo, Testworth Laboratories is expected to finally come down this month.
According to Whitley County Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner, the owner of the building has scheduled demolition to restart in the next week.
Demolition on the building began last fall, and was stopped for undisclosed reasons. After a long winter, the building remains half-demolished, and what many city officials have deemed as an â€śeyesoreâ€ť in recent City Council meetings.
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Department of Education has released the final draft of the new academic standards for Indiana schools.
The new standards for Math and English/Language Arts will be replacing the national Common Core standards that Indiana dropped earlier this year.
According to WTHR, the new standards took more than 150 educators and thousands of hours to determine what should comprise the new standards. The authors say that the new standards exceed the common core standards in areas like math, where they will now have standards for trigonometry and calculus.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mary Hartman, director of The Peabody Public Library, updated Whitley County Commissioners on the programming at the Columbia City facility.
â€śWe have some exciting things going on at the library,â€ť Hartman said. â€śI wanted to bring you up to date.â€ť
According to the libraryâ€™s annual report, more than $155,000 people visited the library in the last year.