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September 22nd, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Child dead, possible drowning

September 22, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY (Sept. 21, 2013) - A two-year-old was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m. today, and Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the possibility that the cause of death was a possible drowning.

Investigators said around 1:40 p.m. the Whitley County Sheriff's Department was called to 8009 West 300 South on a possible drowning. When emergency crews arrived, they found family members performing CPR on a two-year-old boy.

September 20th

Pregnant woman receives 8-year sentence

September 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman received what a judge called “an unusual” sentence Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Rita Elswick, 19, was sentenced to eight years, with four to serve and four on suspended sentence, for dealing in methamphetamine.

What makes her sentence unusual is that Judge James Heuer will not decide where she serves it — at the county jail, at the state prison or on home detention — until March 17, 2014.

2013 CCHS Homecoming

September 21, 2013

Columbia City High School named its 2013 Homecoming King and Queen at Friday night’s football game against DeKalb. Standing in for King Sam Dailey, a football player who suffered a severe head injury at the Eagles’ first game, was quarterback Travis Herbst (left). The queen was Anna Atsinger (right).

Healthy Ind. Plan extension lauded, more work needed

September 21, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — The test run of an Indiana program aimed at providing affordable health care to otherwise uninsured adults will be extended by a year as officials continue negotiating with the federal government about using it to expand Medicaid.
As part of a deal with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Pence administration will lower the amount residents can earn before they qualify for the state-run Healthy Indiana Plan while pushing more residents into the federal health insurance exchange.

Schools react to ISTEP+ results

September 21, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — 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.

ONLINE POLL RESUTS

September 20, 2013

In my opinion, downtown Columbia City needs:

•More retail stores
•More apartments
•More dining options

Fairing good health for seniors

September 20, 2013

Dillard Sturgill receives an ear examination at the Whitley County Council on Aging’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 Center’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.

NEGLECTED PROPERTY: Hinen property complies with order

September 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 Monday’s meeting, Craig Wagner, chief building inspector for the county, gave an update on the Hinen property.

“It seems Mr. Hinen has complied with the order,” Wagner said. “Windows are boarded up and there has been some significant changes to the structure to enclose it.”

JUNK: Ordinance violator answers to commissioners

September 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 Ebetino’s property and the overgrown, neglected yard.

TRI-LAKES PARK: Failed water tests causes bathrooms to shut down

September 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“We’ve had the well tested and have done several things to try and solve the problem,” Wagner told County Commissioners Monday. “At this point, the only way to get water to the park is to drill a new well.”

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