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January 24th, 2013

REJECTION: Medical board turns down Dr. William Hedrick's settlement offer

January 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — A proposed settlement by Dr. William Hedrick was rejected by the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana in a hearing Thursday morning, according to area media.

Dr. Hedrick, of the Centers for Pain Relief in Northern Indiana, offered to give up his license to practice medicine for two years and voluntarily be on probation for four subsequent years.

Seven people died while under the care of Dr. Hedrick. He also reportedly billed Medicare $100 million between January 2010 and August 2012. Hedrick was paid out $7 million.

GOVERNOR VISITS: Pence touts region at round table

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was in Columbia City Wednesday and touted his Roadmap for Indiana and praised regional economic activity at a business roundtable at Iotron Industries.

The governor complimented the northeast corner of Indiana, stating the region was a great example for the state.

FROSTY SUNRISE: Temps below 10 degrees

January 24, 2013

A colorful sunrise illuminates footprints in the snow in Whitley County Thursday morning. Though the sunrise looked warm, temperatures were below 10 degrees at 9 a.m. on Thursday. After several days of sub-freezing temperatures this week, relief is in sight, as temperatures are expected to reach 55 degrees Tuesday.

BUS BUY: WCCS to purchase five

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School Board of School Trustees approved the purchase of five new buses for the district at Monday’s meeting.

Total cost for the five buses was $339,698. There were three Starcraft activity buses purchased for $132,108 and two 78-passenger buses purchased for $207,590. The 78-passenger buses replace two 72-passenger buses that were 13 years old, and the three activity buses that were replaced were either 14 or 12 years old. Buses are not allowed to be traded in until they are at least 12 years old.

NEW OFFICER: CCPD hire in final steps

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Police Department is one step closer to hiring a new police officer.

Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh gave the update at Monday’s meeting of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety.

The board assisted the department in interviewing the final three candidates for the police officer position. The new officer will be the 18th member of the force and will fill the position of a departed officer.

Longenbaugh added that the police force would also like to add three reserve officers and is currently reviewing applications for those positions.

FINANCIAL STATUS: Treasurer updates commissioners

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s treasurer gave the county commissioners an update on finances at Tuesday’s meeting.

Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges came before the commissioners as they convened their annual Finance Committee meeting. Hodges gave financial information to the board on the county’s investments. The commissioners reviewed the county’s financial records and then unanimously voted to continue the current investment policies but to give Hodges latitude to work with the finances.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 24, 2013

Here are the headlines you will find in Thursday's issue:

Pence touts region at round table

WCCS to purchase five buses

CCPD hire in final steps

Treasurer updates commissioners on financial status

January 23rd

SADE SELECTED: ’Busco names head football coach

January 23, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — “The main goal will be business as usual,” said Paul Sade.

That’s the philosophy the Churubusco High School football team seems to be utilizing as it replaces former head coach Lee Etzler, who resigned Dec. 21, 2012.

Monday, it was announced Sade, the Eagles’ previous offensive line coach, will assume head coaching duties for the 2013 football season.

Sade was formally approved for hire as head football coach at the regular meeting of the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees.

CHAMBER CASE: Goff trial continuance granted

January 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Sara Goff’s trial in Whitley County Superior Court has been set for a different date.

Goff was set to appear in court for a jury trial today, Jan. 23 and tomorrow, Jan. 24. The defense council filed the motion to continue, and a new date for the trial has not been filed yet.

Goff was arrested in September 2011 for theft, a Class D felony.
At that time, she had been serving as Whitley County Chamber of Commerce president.

According to case reports, Goff was accused of cashing approximately $2,100 in “chamber bucks” between Dec. 1, 2010 and Sept. 13, 2011.

DUNHAM'S FINANCES: Council approves tax-break request

January 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the big announcement of the acquisition of the old Scott’s building Tuesday, the normally scheduled meeting of the Columbia City Common Council had an economic development flavor to it, as a real estate company was granted a requested tax abatement.

Money was raised for Leadership Whitley County through a sand volleyball tournament at DeVol Field...
Recent Churubusco graduate Katie Monk signed with the University of Indianapolis for track and...
COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Community Foundation is hosting a 5K run to benefit a local...

 

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