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January 21st, 2013

DONNA ROSE: Whitko athletics loses a devotee

January 21, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko basketball lost a long-time, avid supporter Saturday.

The Wildcats’ gymnasium seemed oddly quiet to many Whitko fans without the presence of Donna Rose, who died in a single-vehicle crash, just hours before the boys basketball game against West Noble.

Rose, 73, was in the crowd the night before, Friday, as she has been for nearly every Whitko home game for decades.

According to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Rose was killed after her vehicle struck a tree near County Roads 500 South and 800 West at approximately 2:44 p.m. Saturday.

'BUSCO BYE-BYE: SGCS bids farewell to Bailey

January 21, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools started classes Monday morning with a new superintendent, Galen Mast. Before the transition, SGCS took the time to honor its departing district leader and long-time servant of public education, Ralph Bailey.

Bailey had been with SGCS since July 2012, serving as interim superintendent.

Administrators, Bailey’s family and other well-wishers were on hand for the reception. Among Bailey’s visitors were two Indiana State Representatives, Rep. David Ober and Rep. Kathy Heuer.

HOMEGROWN NUTRITION: Farmers market preps for 2013

January 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s the middle of winter, but vendors are already preparing for Whitley County’s Farmers Market that will open in the spring.

With fresh produce, baked good and crafts, the market is preparing for some possible new features to draw in larger crowds.

Chris Lilly, the market master, will be attending a conference in February centered on preparing markets to accept SNAP Benefits.

The government food assistance program would allow market shoppers to purchase foods from vendors using their SNAP Benefits.

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.

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