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September 20th, 2013
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.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl reported to Churubusco Town Council members that 36 residents have signed up for the town-wide garage sale, slated for Sept. 27 and 28.
This is the second year for the sale, and Sade-Bartl said the turnout so far is â€śoutstanding.â€ť
â€śWe always have a lot of people sign up at the last minute,â€ť she said. â€śThat number is going to grow considerably.â€ť
Last year, more than 70 garage sales occurred throughout Churubusco. The event brings countless shoppers to the town, supporting Churubusco merchants.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Members of Churubuscoâ€™s Town Council have been anxiously waiting to make an official announcement about a new business relocating to the town.
In June, town leaders discussed an incentive to ensure that Inwelligent Healthcare Inc. would move itâ€™s medical operations from Boston to Churubusco, bringing with it the opportunity for new jobs.
However, after months of waiting, a state incentive is still in the process of being awarded to the company.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” When a business considered moving into South Whitley, town leaders worked with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation to come up with a solution to acquire the former Dwyer building on First Street.
A zero-interest loan was applied for that would allow the town to lease the facility to the incoming business.
However, when the business backed out, the town was faced with a decision â€” to go forward with the loan process to purchase the building or not.