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February 13th, 2014

Unique perspective to be given on county historical figures

February 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY ­— A special guest speaker will be hosted by the Whitley County Historical Museum Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m.

George Ironstrack, Myaamia tribal educator and historian will to share historical accounts of Chief Little Turtle and William Wells from the Whitley County area.

Admission to this program is free. This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation.
The Whitley County Historical Museum, housed in the home of Thomas Riley Marshall, is dedicated to preserving the history of Whitley County.

NO VOTE: Marriage amendment will not be on ballot

February 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of an effort to place Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution won a surprising victory Thursday as the Senate effectively pushed off a statewide vote on the issue for at least two years, and possibly longer.

WALKING GETS EASIER: Town receives $262K boost for improvements

February 13, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Good news was shared by South Whitley’s Town Manager Dave Wilkinson at Tuesday’s meeting.

More than $262,000 was awarded to the town for its sidewalk improvement project.

The money was made possible by a grant through the Federal Highway Fund, and will allow South Whitley to make its sidewalks ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.

IN COURT: Man admits to dealing prescription drugs

February 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to dealing a prescription drug.

Frank O. Hibbs, 60, of Liberty Mills, pleaded guilty to one of the two charges against him for dealing in a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.

According to the terms of a plea agreement Hibbs signed, his executed term of incarceration is not to exceed eight years.

SNOW IS GOOD: Frigid weather put crime rates on ice

February 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Since early January, many people have barely managed to make it to work, go to the grocery store and perform daily tasks due to the cumbersome weather.

The area has received more than 50 inches of snow this winter, making it hard for everyone to maneuver the roads and walkways — criminals included.
While crime still exists, illegal activity in Whitley County has been down since early January, and some officials believe the weather could be to thank for that.

Mayor interacts with teens

February 13, 2014

With a large group of students gathered to take a stand against teen dating violence, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel took time to greet some of his “fans” after the reading of his proclamation. Pictured is Daniel (left) and Ross Elkins, a junior at Columbia City High School.

NEW CHARGE:Salvation Army names community specialist

February 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Salvation Army of Whitley County recently declared Major Flora O’Dell as the new community ministries specialist.
Major O’Dell previously served with The Salvation Army Central Territory in Chicago as the secretary for Women’s Auxiliary.

A few years ago she also served as the director of The Salvation Army Women and Children’s Shelter and Women’s Domestic violence shelter in Indianapolis.

February 12th

S. Whitley signs joint resolution on BPPT

February 12, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Town leaders signed a joint resolution adding the Town of South Whitley to a list of other Whitley County municipalities opposing the elimination of the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT).
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence indicated Tuesday he is “open” to the state replacing revenue to local governments if the General Assembly adopts a plan to exempt small businesses from a tax.

“I’m not sure what all will be done at the state level, but we have to consider the impact this has on our town,” said Council President Bill Boggs.

S. Whitley works toward wellness initiative

February 12, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s Town Council members agreed to revisit the acquisition of a vacant manufacturing facility.

The building that once housed Dwyer Instruments, Inc., located on First Street in South Whitley, has been vacant for almost 10 years.

In July of 2013, the council made plans to purchase the building to house a new company that would bring jobs and opportunity to the town. When the company backed out of the move, the town stopped its efforts to buy the facility.

One down, two to go

February 12, 2014

Columbia City’s and Whitko’s girls basketball teams picked up wins in their sectional openers Tuesday night. Columbia City took a 49-43 victory over Eastbrook at Bellmont, and the Lady Wildcats topped West Noble 49-46 in overtime at NorthWood. Pictured above, Columbia City’s substitutes and crowd goes wild after Macie Hinen sunk a shot at the third-quarter buzzer. Both teams advance to the semi-final rounds Friday night, hoping to advance to the title game Saturday.

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