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January 25th, 2013

TURNING BACK TIME: Hoffman recounts building memories

January 26, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series highlighting the Whitley County Courthouse

COLUMBIA CITY — It was a position that came with no corner office, no prestige and no grand title, but when Meredith Hoffman, of Columbia City, agreed to give tours of the Whitley County Courthouse, she wasn’t concerned with what was in it for her.

“I would guess I gave tours for 10 years,” Hoffman said. “It was something I wanted to do. I think the history of the Courthouse is interesting and a part of our county’s history. I wanted to be able to pass that along.”

DOLLAR BILL: Heuer initiates bill for job training dollars

January 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana State Rep. Kathy Heuer manifested a bill which could provide funding to Indiana businesses looking to further train employees.

Training 2000 is a piece of legislation that has passed the Statehouse.
Funding already exists for companies wanting to move into Indiana and bring on new employees. But Heuer’s bill would expand those dollars to existing companies and their current employees.

The need for such funding came to light after Heuer met with several companies.

DEADLY FLU: Indiana deals with increasing amount of flu deaths

January 25, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana, like most states, is in the midst of one of its worst flu seasons in recent years, and health officials said Friday that it's too early to tell whether the season has peaked.

The season's 40 flu deaths make it Indiana's deadliest in five years, and with several months of cold weather still in store, that figure is almost certain to rise. Flu season typically runs from October through mid-May.

ONLINE POLL RESULTS

January 25, 2013

BISHOP RETURNS: Cancer-stricken D'Arcy returns to Indiana

January 25, 2013

FORT WAYNE (AP) — The retired bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Catholic Diocese has returned to Indiana to continue his battle with a rare form of cancer.

Bishop Emeritus John D'Arcy issued a statement Friday saying it was "it's good to be home" after undergoing radiation treatment in Massachusetts.

D'Arcy announced early this month that he had been diagnosed with cancer in his lungs and brain. The disease was discovered when he went to a Boston-area hospital after feeling ill while visiting relatives.

FUNDRAISING: United Way inches closer to its goal

January 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “We’re so close.” That is how United Way Executive Director Cindy Baker sums up the Live United 2012 fundraiser campaign.

With $170,000 of the $190,000 goal accounted for, United Way is waiting on the last few dollars to roll in.

United Way of Whitley County is a nonprofit organization that helps to fund other nonprofit groups in the area. In 2011, United Way specifically helped to fund B.A.B.E. of Whitley County, Churubusco Community Childcare Center, Whitley County Council on Aging, the American Red Cross and others.

DOLLARS WASH DOWNSTREAM: S.Whitley challenges erosion of Eel River

January 25, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Although the wastewater treatment plant is nearing its completion, South Whitley has another costly water issue.

The west bank of the Eel River is eroding and could possibly expose or damage new sewer piping being laid near the bank.

“In just a matter of days, we saw the bank erode several inches after the rain and wet weather,” said David Harvey with Fleis & Vandernbrink Engineering, Inc. the engineering firm overseeing the wastewater treatment plant project.

100th ANNIVERSARY: Lincoln Highway hits centennial mark

January 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The first transcontinental highway in the U.S. turns 100 this year.

Columbia City will be part of a celebration ceremony spanning the entire state of Indiana in July.

Indiana’s Lincoln Highway Association is working to bring the highway’s history through Whitley County, complete with classic cars.

Lincoln Highway Association is working to gather 100 participants who will ship their historic vehicles (pre 1980) and spend four weeks crossing the American continent on the Lincoln Highway.

CIRCUIT COURT: Trial date set for Wheeler

January 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman arrested on drug charges in 2012 will have a trial date set for June in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Aretha Wheeler, 31, was arrested in November for allegedly dealing a schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class B felony.

Case reports say Wheeler allegedly sold eight pills on Sept. 23. She was accused of knowlingly delivering hyrocodone. The report said a buyer met Wheeler at a room at Budget Inn in Columbia City. The alleged incident was recorded by audio.

Wheeler’s pretrial conference will be March 25 at 9 a.m. Angela Hendrickson is Wheeler’s attorney.

SCHOOL LEGISLATION: Whitko weighs positive, negative bills

January 25, 2013

PIERCETON — Good news was mixed with some hesitation at Monday’s meeting of Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees.

Superintedent Steve Clason gave board members an update on specific legislation that would have an affect on WCSC.

A bill proposing to fully fund all day kindergarten is currently on the table. Clason said this would be a bonus for the school system. Preschool funding is another positive bill on the state’s desk.

One particular piece of legislation on Clason’s radar is one pertaining to school vouchers.

 

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