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June 6th, 2013

HOMETOWN HEROES: McGregor inspired by television show

June 6, 2013

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — In the 1970s, many boys across the U.S. became fascinated with the new television series, Emergency! — a show about new techniques and technology in the growing field of fire and medical work.

Mike McGregor was no different.

“It was my favorite show on television,” McGregor said. “I’d play it with my friends in the backyard when I was growing up.”

NEW JOBS IN 'BUSCO: Health care company looking to relocate

June 6, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco could soon be the new location for a health care company’s home office.

Whitley County Council discussed an incentive package to entice Inwelligent Healthcare Inc. to the area, and at last night’s Churubusco Town Council meeting, President Frank Kessler asked fellow members if there was an additional incentive the town could make.

June 5th

Zoo reports rare birth of panda

June 5, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has a new addition.

The zoo’s three-year-old female red panda, Xiao, has given birth to a cub, and zoo officials are carefully monitoring its progress.

Zoo officials who announced the birth Tuesday said the next few weeks are critical to the cub’s survival. Xiao gave birth to two cubs in 2012, but neither survived.

About half of all red panda cubs born in captivity die within 30 days of their birth.

The zoo has closed the pathway in front of the red panda exhibit to guests to minimize stress on the animals.

June activities set for library

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Peabody Public Library’s staff is fortunate to have the opportunity to help people in the community pursue their dreams every day.

“Our dream is to make your library an even better place for you, your children and grandchildren,” said one staff person.

Visit the library’s website at http://ppl.lib.in.us and check out the new online Library WishList. There, people may choose an item they’d like to see at the library, make a contribution towards the purchase or sponsor an item in memory of a loved one.

Lifeline leaders

June 5, 2013

Coesse Elementary School presented awards for their Lifeline Leader program Wednesday.

The lifeline of flexibility was recognized this month.

Students awarded for flexibility include Jadyn Smith, Blair Hennessy, Monroe Hyde, Collin Ream, Evelyn Culp, Brant Pettigrew, Starr Maley, Michael Holtzman, Clay Ousley, Lyle Baron, Mitchell Pattee, Hannah Swoverland, Hailee Steele, Madison Hull, Annamarie Yager, Lauren Lee, Showlyn Patee, Alexis Pletcher and Maxwell Joseph.

Mayor Daniel to host ‘Night In’ Thurs. at City Hall

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel is hosting another Mayor’s Night In Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

This is a chance for residents to schedule a time to talk with the mayor, ask questions or learn more about what is going on in the city.

To sign up for a time slot, residents can contact Martha Acres at 248-5111. Mayor’s Night In is held at his office in City Hall.

IN COURT: Local man pleads guilty to meth charges

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man admitted to his role in a meth-dealing arrest in April.

Warren Goodman, Jr., 41, pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

Goodman will be sentenced next month.

His plea agreement stated that, regardless of the total sentence length, he would not serve more than eight years in jail or prison.

Three other charges against Goodman were dropped upon the acceptance of the plea agreement.

FUNDING FLATWARE: Helping Haiti one plate at a time

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s not enough, according to Joy Gilraine of Columbia City, to simply write a check to donate money to those in need.

She is set to see the need up close and in person — in Haiti.

“Haiti is one of the poorest countries,” Gilraine said. “They are still trying to deal with a massive amount of devastation. It seems like a hopeless situation to them, I am sure.”

TESTING TESTS: WCCS assesses ISTEP+ concerns

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Elementary students all around Indiana recently had to deal with problems related to the ISTEP+ testing.

It was no different for students at Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS). WCCS Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor updated the Board of School Trustees of the difficulties local students faced during the examinations.

Among the hurdles students had to overcome were slow web connections, as well as the network kicking children out of the test at random intervals.

Every time there was an interruption or distraction, it had to be documented.

VOTED DOWN: Council rejects wheel tax increase

June 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Council voted unanimously to not raise the wheel tax rate for the coming year.

Currently, plated vehicles are charged $10 as part of that surtax. The maximum allowed in Indiana is a $25 charge.

The council was examining making the change because additional state funding was going to be distributed based on the wheel tax rate.

However, that language was changed in the Senate bill.

Rejecting the tax increase was unanimous.

“At some point, we need to tighten our belts and not expand our waistline,” said Councilman Paula Reimers.

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