Archive - News Article
January 10th, 2014
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the final installment of a series on the impact of the BPPT elimination.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Discussions of eliminating a particular tax is causing school administrators concern over the large amount of income districts could lose.
Indiana legislators began their session earlier this week with an initiative put in motion by Gov. Mike Pence to end the taxation of business personal property.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” While Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Smith-Green Community Schools remained closed for the entire week after Sundayâ€™s snow storm, Whitko Community Schools operated under its regular schedule Friday, and a two-hour delay Thursday.
Whitkoâ€™s decision has some parents up in arms, and even keeping their children home despite schools being open.
â€śWe are keeping our kids home today,â€ť said Whitko parent Amy Lochner. â€śI feel this is extremely irresponsible of the school system. Why couldnâ€™t they at least delay school so it is light out for bus drivers to see.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Since Sundayâ€™s storm dumped 16.2 inches of snow in Whitley County, crews have been working all week to clear roadways and clean up streets.
Thursday evening, another weather cell brought an additional inch of snow to the area. Starting today, forecasters predict that high-temperatures will stay above freezing for the next four days â€” along with more than an inch of rain.
While the warmer temperatures are expected to melt snow and possibly improve road conditions, officials are soon to be facing another issue â€” flooding.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Forecasters have predicted above-freezing temperatures today, and schools are expected to be back in session after a nearly three-week long break.
The meltdown of Whitley County's 16.2 inches of snow has begun, as temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for the next four days.
The melting process is expected to bring rain and fog to the area, and officials are preparing for potential flooding.
Whitko Community Schools were back in service Thursday, while Smith-Green and Whitley County Consolidated Schools remained closed.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Sherriff and Whitley County Highway Departments have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.
â€śAdvisory Travel Levelâ€ť has been issued as of 5pm until further notice.
Roadways are snow covered and slick throughout the county at this time. Caution should be taken when traveling throughout the county. Citizens should be aware of the impending weather conditions and take the necessary precautions when traveling on county roads.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schoolsâ€™ Business Manager Todd Fleetwood was recently awarded a trip to a conference in Boston.
Fleetwood traveled to Boston for the International ASBO (Association of School Business Officers) Conference, which was held in October 2013.
He was awarded a Bridges to the Future Scholarship to attend the conference by MetLife, which gave 20 such scholarships nationwide.
Fleetwood said the experience was beneficial.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A woman accused of felony neglect of a dependent in connection with a local sex abuse case pleaded guilty this week in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Joy D. Hughes, 38, of Kendallville, was to stand trial next week, but pleaded guilty to child neglect by abandonment, a Class C felony.
Hughes will be sentenced Feb. 3. Her attorney is Brad Baber.
According to a representative from the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office, Hughes agreed to a plea arrangement which gives her a fixed period of incarceration of five years.
â€˘ War veterans - 10 a.m.
The Korean War Veterans Association IN Chapter One will meet Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Eagles #248, 4940 Bluffton Rd. in Fort Wayne.
Lunch will be served after the meeting. Friends and spouses are always welcome and urged to come.
â€˘ Patriots meeting - 7 p.m.
An informative meeting is planned to help the community sort out health care options.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Area elected officials are anxiously waiting to hear how legislators at the Indiana Statehouse will respond to Gov. Mike Penceâ€™s plan to eliminate a certain tax.
Extinguishing Indianaâ€™s Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT) is one item on the agenda for lawmakers this session. The tax is placed on business equipment and machinery, and generates more than $3 million each year across the county and more than $1 billion annually for the state.
From the county
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Columbia City High School has flooded several times in the past five years due to rain, the school flooded again Wednesday, but this time for a different reason.
A six-inch water main broke, partially flooding the basement of CCHS Wednesday morning.
Though school was closed due to poor road conditions from Sundayâ€™s snow storm, custodial staff were still at the school, and Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor said personnel caught the problem.