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November 26th, 2012

NIXLE: EMA eager to use alert system for winter information

November 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With ice-covered roads and snowy conditions expected to come along with winter’s chill, Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball said she is pleased to know weather information can be received by local residents in an instant — through the Nixle Community Information Service.

RATE INCREASE: Insurance rates for town employees go up

November 26, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — At a short meeting Wednesday, town council members learned of an inevitable rate increase for insurance.

Council member Mark Conrad explained the Physicians Health Plan (PHP) rate increase and discussed what the change would mean for town employees.

Physicians Health Plan is an insurance group provider that provides town employees with health care coverage.

The proposed PHP increase would be 17 percent. Council President Frank Kessler said in light of the increase, the town would most likely keep the current insurance plan.

REVITILIZATION: Communites pose questions seeking improvement

November 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — As the economy continues to struggle, Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Executive Director David Sewell said revitalization and economic development concerns are growing.

Sewell’s department provides planning, zoning and building services to the county.

HUMANE SHELTER: Looks toward county funding

November 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While private donors and fundraising efforts have managed to keep the Human Society of Whitley County running, Lindsey Pease, director of operations, said the financial costs continue to climb — forcing the shelter to request $25,000 from county funding for 2013.

“I don’t know how we’re going to operate without additional funding because I don’t really feel like we can eliminate the intake from the county,” said Pease. “It’s hard to say where we’ll end up without their support.”

HOMESTEAD VERIFICATION: Final letter of notification mailed out

November 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While the fall installment deadline for property taxes sent an influx of people into the Whitley County Auditor’s office last week, approximately 1,700 Homestead Verification sheets have yet to be turned into the office. The deadline is Dec. 31.

Whitley County Auditor Jennifer McGuire recently sent out the final letter of notification Wednesday to those who still need to return the pink sheet.

According to McGuire, the sheet has been mailed out to citizens every year for the past three years.

November 23rd

SANTA'S HERE

November 23, 2012

Santa arrived in Columbia City with a parade of lights Friday night. See more photos of the Columbia City Christmas Parade on The Post & Mail's Facebook page.

BUDGET SOLUTION: SGCS approves cutting three teachers

November 23, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community School’s board meeting was well attended Monday, as Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey presented his solution to the near-half a million dollars’ worth of budget cuts.

“No one loves the person who has to make the budget,” Bailey said. “I am the one responsible for it and I take that very seriously.”

Bailey told of the months working with Business Manager Todd Fleetwood.
“This is nothing I’m happy about, but small schools are losing funding – thanks to the government,” Bailey said.

$2.2 million project: Whitley, Allen County to meet regarding its county line intersection

November 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — In the near future, Whitley County’s Commissioners will be meeting with Allen County Commissioners to hear what they have to say about a possible road project — coinciding with the county line.

The estimated $2.2 million project would move part of East CR 900 S., in Whitley County, to connect with Liberty Mills in Allen County.

“Those who want it will tell you the benefit is it’s a dangerous intersection, and we need to cure that,” said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber.

BLACK THURSDAY?: Retailers offer Thanksgiving Day bargains, sales

November 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Early morning shoppers morphed into turkey day shoppers as many retailers offered holiday deals on Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday was instituted to boost a stumbling economy in 1939 by Franklin Roosevelt. But this year, the sales started a day early.

Locally, Wal-Mart started its holiday shopping season at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. That led shoppers on a mission to find the best Black Friday deals to ask a difficult question: Deal with the crowds now or later?

'EXTENSION OF THE CLASSROOM': WCCS transportation director applauds bus drivers

November 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Speaking on behalf of all the bus drivers in Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Transportation Director Keith Kohut said the more than 750,000 miles traveled each year plays a major role in student success.

“As an extension of the classroom, our drivers set an example for students,” said Kohut. “In most cases, our drivers are the first school representative to greet the students and parents of students who ride the bus in the morning. A simple ‘hello’ goes a long way to helping our students start the day on a positive note.

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