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February 19th, 2014

THE GREAT TAX DIVIDE: Joint caucus drives lawmakers to revise bill

February 19, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Discussion on whether counties should have a say on the elimination of the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT) was debated at the Statehouse Tuesday.

Indiana Senators were swayed for approval of a House plan, letting counties opt out of taxing new business personal property.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Whitley County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf are two area leaders who have worked together on a joint resolution opposing the tax ban.

FFA: Livestock judging team top in nation

February 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While Whitley County has produced some outstanding athletes, artists, doctors and more, not many can say they are the best in the United States — except for Columbia City High School FFA’s livestock judging team.

The squad participated in the national contest in Denver in January, taking home first place and No. 1 in the nation.
Team members Jared Lamle, Ryan Clingerman, Brook Pettigrew, Jake Pettigrew and Drew Lamle, are now qualified to compete in an international contest in Scotland.

IN COURT: Sex charge involves 15-yr-old victim

February 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who just finished serving a sentence at the Rockville Correctional Facility for sex crimes is now facing a charge in Whitley County for sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old boy.
Chelsee M. Allen, 21, of Albion, is charged with sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony.

Allen had been serving a nine-month sentence at Rockville for sexual battery, a Class D felony, and was listed as a sex offender.

Lawmakers may replace ISTEP test

February 19, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (HSPA) — Thousands of third- through eighth-graders will be tested next school year to make sure they’ve mastered math and language arts lessons, but right now no one knows what will be on that test.

This year could be the last time students take the ISTEP exam, which is what the state uses now to gauge students’ English and math skills.
Originally, the plan was for the state to start using a new kind of test, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College Careers, or PARCC exam, which matched planned changes in state standards called Common Core.

Snow blamed for roof collapse at Glenbrook

February 19, 2014

FORT WAYNE(AP) — Officials are blaming the weight of snow for causing a corridor roof to collapse at a Fort Wayne shopping mall.

The collapse that happened about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Glenbrook Square left debris and snow in a corridor near its Sears store and inside part of a restaurant.

Allen County building commissioner Dave Fuller tells area media it appears snow blew off the higher roof of the Sears store and accumulated on the lower roof over the corridor. Fuller says it could take significant time to make repairs.

February 18th

CHILD BREAKS 1,000: Library book club inducts a new reader

February 18, 2014

Jade and Charlie Wigent, pictured, are one of several groups that have joined the 1,000 Book Club at the Peabody Public Library. As part of the program, Charlie received a tote bag and a book of his choice.

HEY, BIG READER: Tot earns right to book club

February 18, 2014

Katie Myers and Callaghan Myers (right) celebrate Callaghan’s reading achievement. He read 1,000 books and is now part of Peabody Public Library’s reading club.

McClish presents favorite painter to Epsilon

February 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — At the February meeting of Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority Susan McClish presented on one of her favorite painters, Grant Wood.

He was born in 1891 in Iowa on a farm. Though he had some training in France and in Impressionism, he loved Iowa and the symmetry of Iowa fields. He developed his own style combining realism and symbolism.
His most famous painting is “American Gothic,” completed in 1930. Wood’s sister and a local dentist are portrayed in the painting, which became more popular as the Depression deepened.

SNOW TURNS TO WATER: Flooding concerns swell as another storm hits

February 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s not just snow that Whitley County residents need to be concerned with, but its liquid counterpart as well. While most would agree that winter has overstayed its welcome this season, with record-breaking snowfall amounts and frigid temperatures — warm-up and rain may not be as welcomed as some may have hoped.

Another winter storm dropped several inches of snow on the area Monday afternoon, sending students home early from school and cancelling many evening events.

ROBBERY RESOLVED: Man admits to stealing credit cards, other items from ’Busco home

February 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of stealing credit cards and other possessions pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Cruz T. Johannsen, 22, of Fort Wayne, pleaded guilty to theft, a Class D felony.

As part of a plea agreement, other charges against Johannsen, which include burglary and two counts of fraud on a financial institution, were dismissed. Johannsen will be sentenced in court today. He is represented by Brad Baber.

 

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