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November 26th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With ice-covered roads and snowy conditions expected to come along with winter‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ through the Nixle Community Information Service.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs department provides planning, zoning and building services to the county.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ forcing the shelter to request $25,000 from county funding for 2013.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know how we‚Äôre going to operate without additional funding because I don‚Äôt really feel like we can eliminate the intake from the county,‚ÄĚ said Pease. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs hard to say where we‚Äôll end up without their support.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While the fall installment deadline for property taxes sent an influx of people into the Whitley County Auditor‚Äôs 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.
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.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Smith-Green Community School‚Äôs board meeting was well attended Monday, as Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey presented his solution to the near-half a million dollars‚Äô worth of budget cuts.
‚ÄúNo one loves the person who has to make the budget,‚ÄĚ Bailey said. ‚ÄúI am the one responsible for it and I take that very seriously.‚ÄĚ
Bailey told of the months working with Business Manager Todd Fleetwood.
‚ÄúThis is nothing I‚Äôm happy about, but small schools are losing funding ‚Äď thanks to the government,‚ÄĚ Bailey said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the near future, Whitley County‚Äôs Commissioners will be meeting with Allen County Commissioners to hear what they have to say about a possible road project ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúThose who want it will tell you the benefit is it‚Äôs a dangerous intersection, and we need to cure that,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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?
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúAs an extension of the classroom, our drivers set an example for students,‚ÄĚ said Kohut. ‚ÄúIn 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 ‚Äėhello‚Äô goes a long way to helping our students start the day on a positive note.