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January 24th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County residents pay a variety of taxes, but as the dollars are deducted from paychecks and as taxes are charged to properties, where does the money go?
Auditor Jennifer McGuire keeps track of tax dollars for Whitley County, and tries to make sense of state statutes, County Commissioner and Council mandates, as well as budget need for various departments.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When a large preschool program gave notice of its sudden plans to close, Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA stepped in to fill the need.
After almost two years of offering an early learning program, the YMCA has a growing need for space and accommodations.
A $2.25 million expansion to the YMCA is set for completion in December that will house the department and relocate the preschool program from New Hope Wesleyan Church, west of Columbia City.
Our local, county and state police officers continue to routinely visit Northern Heights Elementary School and other Whitley County Consolidated Schools. On one of Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Scott Schmittâ€™s recent visits to NHES, he stayed to have lunch with the students. Officer Schmitt was lucky enough to arrive at his son Lukusâ€™s lunchtime.
Columbia Cityâ€™s wrestling squad wrapped up its final home match Thursday night against East Noble. Whitley County grapplers are preparing for conference matches Saturday morning, weather permitting, and sectional action next Saturday at Carroll. See Page A12 for coverage of Thursdayâ€™s match.
â€˘ Amateur radio - 9 a.m.
The next Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test Session will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.
The group will meet in Community Room A & B of the Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. Ind. 205, Columbia City.
For additional information contact Roger McEntarfer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 503-9008.
â€˘ Blood drive - 8 a.m.
Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, First Church of God, Columbia City, two organizations are joining together to help save lives.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) is continuing to take appointments for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties.
Applicants may only receive Energy Assistance once per heating period (Nov. 4, 2013 through May 15, 2014).
Individuals or families who have already received assistance during the current season should not apply again, but may be eligible again in future seasons.
Any eligible individuals or families who have not yet received Energy Assistance this season are encouraged to apply.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) is seeking applicants for its Child Care Assistance program.
The Child Care Assistance program provides subsidized child care vouchers for eligible low-income households.
To qualify for the program, parents must be working and/or going to school and live in Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, or Whitley counties. Parents must apply in the county where they reside.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After many snow delays, Indian Springs Middle School was finally able to hold its annual spelling bee Thursday, Jan. 16 in the Carver Center.
Twenty-seven sixth, seventh and eighth grade students participated, spelling 86 words in 7 rounds. The winner was seventh grader, Cris Robinson, and the runner-up was eighth grader, Eric Burkholder.
Robinson is the son of Mark Ash and Myla Timms. His winning word was â€śimperil.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Christie Workman, community editor for The Post & Mail newspaper, told Rotarians about her impassioned involvement with Relay for Life of Whitley County â€“ a civic passion that germinated after covering the annual event for her newspaper readers.
Relay for Life, a division of the American Cancer Society, is a major fundraising and community awareness event in the fight for cancer prevention and in finding a cure.
This yearâ€™s event will be June 7-8 at Indiana Springs Middle School, but the Kick-Off Party will be Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
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.