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January 21st, 2013

HOMESTEAD VERIFICATION: Auditor still waits on more than 300

January 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Homestead verification work has been keeping the Whitley County Auditor’s Office busy.

The deadline to file for homestead tax credits has come and gone. Now, those homeowners who did not file a verification will have to answer to the auditor’s office or pay a higher tax bill.

Jenny McGuire, Whitley County auditor, said she has been working with individuals who filed past the Dec. 31 deadline.

“We were keeping them on up to Jan. 15,” she said.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 21, 2013

Here are the headlines in Monday's Post & Mail:

Whitko athletics loses a devotee

Farmers market preps for 2013

SGCS bids farewell to Bailey

Homestead verification update

Indiana to reward teachers with grants

President Obama swears in for second term

January 18th

NEW CORONER: Dellinger settling in his position

January 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s new coroner will get to spend his retirement doing what he loves. Randy Dellinger, who was elected in November as county coroner, has been interested in crime scene investigation for many years.

The passion was born from 28 years as a law enforcement officer, it was nurtured during his eight years as deputy coroner under Scott Smith and grew while taking a crime scene investigation class at the Indiana State Police Academy.

“It was meaningful work and I liked it,” Dellinger said.

TECH SAFETY: WCCS monitors tech usage

January 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — One challenge associated with changes in technology is using it responsibly. Whitley County Consolidated School District (WCCS) has approached this issue from both sides of the coin. The first wrinkle involved is related to students using the technology in compliance with school rules. The second consideration is ensuring that teachers, while they are using technology, do not interact with students in an inappropriate fashion.

GROWING CASE COUNT: Courts see more criminal cases in 2012

January 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — By most measures, 2012 was a heavy year for the court systems in Whitley County. Whitley County Circuit Court had more criminal cases last year than in 2011. The court heard 314 total cases in 2012, up from 250 the year before that. In one respect, though, 2012 was lighter than 2011. Last year, there were no jury trials, as opposed to the two in 2011.

GLITTER, GLAMOUR AND GLEE: City Heat, Lights, prepare for 2013

January 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s show choirs presented their competition shows for parents and choral supporters Thursday night.

City Lights, an all female choir, is accompanied by City Soul, an instrumental back-up band. City Heat is a mixed choir of boys and girls and is also supported by City Soul. Both groups are assisted by City Crew, a stage crew.

The choirs are under the direction of Rosalie Geller and choreographed by Jason Johnson. City Soul is directed by Carolyn Hindbaugh. Saturday, the groups will compete at Eastside High School in Butler.

ECONOMY IMPROVES: Whitley Co. defies trend, sees growth in 2012

January 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While some people in the country might feel they are still digging out of the Great Recession, some economic indicators show Whitley County might be back to normal.

The Community Research Institute (CRI) at IPFW released its 2012 document of business dynamics in Whitley County. Most of the findings showed growth in the county, with expansion in job numbers and dollars invested locally.

TECH SAVVY: WCCS may have technology changes on horizon

January 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Changes in technology have affected almost every sphere of life, with education being no exception.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) has looked at changes in how it purchases curriculum. The district, as it examines textbooks, also examines the software present. This has led to conversations regarding the future of technology for WCCS.

“You can look at things and say this is fabulous, and think you can do great things, but applied to larger scale it does not work with our hardware,” said Dr. Pat O’Connor, WCCS superintendent.

PLAY BALL: DeVol Field revives baseball past

January 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Something old in Columbia City will have a new feel to it and could recharge memory banks for some in the community.

DeVol Field is having a baseball/softball diamond reconstructed with an estimated target for completion in the summer.

This is not the first time the field has been used for these sports in the town’s history.

When Morsches Park was constructed, the fields down at DeVol fell out of use. There will only be one field there in 2013, as opposed to the multiple fields that were there in the past. The timing will be impeccable for the city.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 18, 2013

Here are the headlines in Friday's Post & Mail:

Whitley County defies trend, sees growth in 2012

City Heat and Lights prepare for 2013

WCCS may have technology changes on horizon

Devol Field revives baseball past

 

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