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March 24th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local emergency officials are teaming up with experts at the national level to raise awareness and preparedness in the event a disaster the likes of which rocked Japan should strike the Midwest.
The event, called the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut will be observed in April and will involve more than one million people, according to a press release issued by the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security.
The event is being organized by the Central United States Earthquake Consortium and will involve 11 states, including Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A company with its roots in northeast Indiana is planning to grow into Whitley County.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC, a manufacturer of premium metal alloys, announced today that it will locate a new operation in Columbia City, creating up to 68 new jobs by 2014.
Advanced Materials Development, LLC plans to invest $12.9 million to renovate the 115,000 square-foot former Fort Wayne Foundry building, and purchase production equipment that will enhance capabilities and increase capacity in support of current operations.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s auditor is taking steps to make sure residents donâ€™t commit homestead fraud â€” either intentionally or inadvertently.
County Auditor Jen McGuire said this week her office is sending out â€śsoft lettersâ€ť to residents who she said could be claiming the standard homestead deduction on residences in more than one county.
â€śWe want to make sure theyâ€™re not double-dipping,â€ť McGuire said.
Indiana state law reads that individuals and married couples are limited to one homestead standard deduction.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As consulting firm Ground Rules, Inc. begins the study process of wind energy in preparation for the eventual drafting of a new Whitley County Wind Ordinance, it will have a nine-member panel to provide input.
Dave Sewell, Whitley Countyâ€™s Executive Director of the Building and Planning Department presented a nine-member steering committee to the countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners Monday.
The committee has been called for from an outcry by residents who oppose the installation of 400-foot-plus windmills near their property.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents opposed to the installation of windmill facilities in Whitley County have been keeping their fingers on the pulse of local government in recent months â€” particularly the Whitley County Plan Commission and the countyâ€™s Board of Zoning Appeals.
There have been many common themes in the opposition to the possible arrival of wind farms.
One of those has been a call for a moratorium on wind farms until the proper zoning ordinance can be drafted.
The Whitley County Purdue Extension board members seem to come and go in pairs, as two new members were elected, two were re-elected and two did not run for another term.
The new members are Lucy Draper and Anne Waybright.
Draper has been a 4-H leader for 23 years, is president of the Whitley County 4-H leaders organization and serves on Fun Night, Parade and Spooktacular committees. She and her children have all been 10-year members of the Whitley County 4-H program.
Waybright, is also a 10-year 4-H member and her oldest child is starting as a mini 4-Her.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A dream which seemed unrealistic two years ago is now becoming a reality for South Whitley residents Katey Till and Colleen French.
The two mothers have been working vigorously to raise money in order to transform the communityâ€™s town park into a magical playland complete with a fire truck and colorful village houses.
â€śWe are really anxious and ready to put something down there,â€ť French said. â€śWith gas prices up, it would be nice to have something new and inviting in this town because people may not be able to afford to drive to another town for a park.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council is expected to announce the bidding process for new police radios at its regular meeting Tuesday.
In recent weeks, the board has heard presentations from the two front-runners to receive the city radio contract â€” J&K Communications, a local company, and Motorola.
Departments throughout the county of police, fire and emergency medical and dispatch personnel have been making a transition to 800 MHz technology since last year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees meets in regular session Monday and is not yet scheduled to act on proposed budget cuts aimed at bringing black ink back to the school systemâ€™s financial statement.
Over the past two board meetings, the panel has heard reports from corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf about revenue shortfalls and proposed solutions.