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January 23rd, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation recently announced its completion of the first cohort of the SBEI MarketMaker program and launch of the new SBEI TrailMaker program.
Both programs are extensions of the EDCâ€™s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Initiative, which is a services-based business incubation program that provides structured services and programs for pre-startup, startup and growing businesses in Whitley County.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools held its annual meeting of its Board of Finance Monday.
The purpose of the meeting was to comply with state statutes and update the board on the districtâ€™s investments.
SGCS Board President Nick Uecker and Secretary Luke Gross were elected to those same positions for the Board of Finance.
Business Manager Todd Fleetwood recommended the district remain with STAR Financial for its investments.
Fleetwood reported the district had funds in a Step CD with STAR. By the third year of the CD, SGCS had an interest rate of 2.65 percent.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While many Columbia City High School graduates are familiar with long-time teachers and administrators, one of the most veteran employees of Whitley County Consolidated Schools works behind the scenes.
When it comes to WCCS, Carol Heinold has been in charge of school lunches since the district began in 1990.
Heinold, food services director, is planning to retire in early April, and the WCCS school board and administrators said she will be missed.
â€śWe want to thank you for your dedication and hard work,â€ť said WCCS Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor.
NOBLE COUNTY â€” A Noble County crash ended the life of a 33-year-old Columbia City man Wednesday night.
Poor road conditions were a likely factor in the collision, that happened after a car slid sideways on Ind. 205 and into another vehicle.
Many slide-offs and minor collisions were reported in Whitley County Wednesday night and Thursday morning, as a cell brought 1 to 2 inches of snow to the area, creating slick roads.
PIERCETON â€” After winter weather caused school cancellations and delays, Whitko Community School Corporation has planned make up days for the district.
School will be in session for all students of WCSC Monday, Feb. 17 and Friday, March 21.
These are make up days for school being cancelled Jan. 8 and Jan. 21 because of inclement weather.
The March 21 make up day is an additional school day that followed an announcement earlier this week that school would be in session Feb. 17.
For more information, contact the administration office at 260-327-3677 or visit www.whitko.org.
Smith-Green Community Schools Superintendent Galen Mast was given a cake by the Board of Trustees Monday, to commemorate his first year with the district. Mast was hired Jan. 21, 2013, replacing interim superintendent Ralph Bailey.
Columbia City High School students unload from buses and head into class in 1961 â€” the same place school buses drop off children today. All three Whitley County school districts were on a two-hour delay today, after the area received 1 to 2 inches of snow Wednesday evening. More snow is expected Friday, possibly bringing another 2 to 4 inches to Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City woman who violated her probation had 90 days of her suspended sentence revoked Tuesday.
Heather R. Burns, 27, had 90 days of her suspended sentence revoked. She was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for that time, with an assignment to Whitley County Work Release.
Burns was originally on probation for multiple drug charges.
In late 2013, her probation officer, Ed Beber, petitioned that Burns had committed a probation violation. The petition stated Burns had tested positive for a controlled substance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Case loads for the courts of Whitley County remained consistent in 2013 compared to previous years.
In Whitley County Superior Court, which has Judge Doug Fahl on the bench, there were 2,297 total filings in 2013.
That number compares to 2,295 in 2012.
Of those, there were 821 criminal cases in 2013. There were 865 in 2012, but only 736 in 2011.
â€śWe are down a little bit from last year,â€ť he said. â€śWe had a big jump two years ago.â€ť
Canda Goldwood, from Goldwood Gardens, was the guest educator at Whole Health Wellness Centerâ€™s monthly workshop. Goldwood shared tips on organic gardening practices. The centerâ€™s workshops are held at the Whitley County YMCA and are free.