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April 22nd, 2014
Indianapolis - Governor Mike Pence received word today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted his appeal for federal assistance for the severe winter storms that impacted much of the state from January 5-9 this year.
The major disaster declaration from FEMA will allow grants to 19 counties. The state can now request assistance for additional counties.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Commissioners are in search of a new emergency management director, as current EMA Director Cathy Broxon-Ball announced her resignation Monday.
Broxon-Ball is stepping down after 13 years in the position, and her final day will be June 6.
In a letter to the commissioners, Broxon-Ball discussed the accomplishments of Whitley Countyâs Emergency Management Agency.
âIn my time here we have made great strides in our programs to prepare for, mitigate against and recover from disasters,â Broxon-Ball said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Giving Gardens, a nonprofit organization, is preparing for its annual seedling giveaway.
âWe are soliciting for Whitley and Allen County residents to sign up to receive a couple free seedlings,â said nonprofit leaders.
âAll we ask is that the recipient of the free seedlings share a portion of produce with someone in need. This may include a neighbor, coworker, church, food pantry, etc.â
More than 500 seedlings will be included in this event.
The public may access the seedling giveaway list on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GivingGardensOfIndiana.
Dick Conklin (right), Fort Wayne Rotarian, invited the Rotary Clubâs two outbound exchange students Hannah Bredikhin and Mackinzie Riley (left) to a recent Columbia City meeting. Bredikhin is going to Denmark, and Riley is going to Germany. Conklin gave a presentation on the EXPO 2014 program he was promoting to increase the numbers of students choosing to participate in the exchange program.
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COLUMBIA CITY â Healthcare reform is not something to be taken lightly. At least not by people whose job is to try to understand what all the various twists and turns that the new legislation called âObamacareâ really means.
Scott Gabriel, executive director of Parkview Whitley Hospital spoke to his fellow Columbia City Rotarians recently and tried to present a non-biased point of view on the legislation and what it means to the average person.
And âthatâs not easy,â he said. Mainly because the legislation is still evolving.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â A panel of Indiana business and education leaders were met with boos and jeers from attendees after they voted overwhelmingly Monday to support new math and English standards set to replace the Common Core in classrooms this fall.
Indiana was one of the first of 45 states to adopt the national benchmarks in the Common Core in 2010 in an effort to create consistently high standards across state lines. The adoption sped through under former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, and it wasn't until later that opponents criticized the lack of local input.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitko High School students will bring an air of fairytale magic to the stage Friday and Saturday.
âCinderella,â WHSâs spring musical, features a prince charming, fairy god mother and a homely girl turned princess. Rodgers and Hammersteinâs âCinderellaâ will be performed at 7 p.m. at the high school. Tickets will be available at the door for $6 for adults and $5 for students.
Within the showâs plot, Prince Christopher, played by Michael Thompson, declares that every eligible girl in the kingdom is to be fitted with a glass slipper.
COLUMBIA CITY â Families took advantage of the sunny day and free fishing derby at the pond in Morsches Park Saturday.
Approximately 400 rainbow trout averaging 12 inches long were stocked in Morsches Pond Friday to prepare for the derby, which was sponsored by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Jed Pearson, the district fisheries biologist for the DNR, said the event was organized to provide more families with fishing opportunities.
âThis was the first year weâve done something like this,â said Pearson. âWe plan to do the event again next year.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A prestigious designation has been given to a Columbia City resident from the Indiana University Academy of Law.
Patricia A. McNagny, a former Whitley County Superior Court judge, is the first to receive the award in the county. Her story and photograph now hang in the Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.
Pat was honored in Bloomington as an Academy of Law Alumni Fellow April 11.
The Academy of Law Alumni Fellows is the highest honor that the Maurer School of Law can bestow upon a graduate.