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November 28th, 2012

CLEAR AS MUD: S.W. Council receives some answers, left with more questions

November 28, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY – After last meeting’s tense conversation over budget numbers, South Whitley’s Town Council convened once again to sort through town funds and appropriations.

Lending her expertise to the topic was Retha Hicks from HR Unlimited. Hicks was contracted to help Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould reconcile bank statements and budget line items.

Hicks confirmed that the budget reflected an additional $160,000 for 2012 that was not actually given to the town to spend.

That error was made known at the last council meeting, but how the mistake happened has not been determined.

November 27th

AN INCHING INCREASE: 2013 overall food prices likely to stay at four percent rise

November 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While consumers saw an increase in their average Thanksgiving food bill this year, the common grocery bag may not continue to be packed as full of certain foods — as shoppers attempt to cut down on expenses.

SILVER SCREEN DREAMS: ’Busco’s Ranney actualizes producer, director role

November 27, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Roger Ranney, a Churubusco native, is “living the dream” in Los Angeles as a film producer, director and actor.

Coming from humble ‘Busco beginnings, Roger did not set his sights for the silver screen. Now he has a hand in what is played on that screen.
“This is a herculean effort by my wife, Laura, and I,” said Roger.

The effort he spoke of is an adaptation of a short story into a short film. “Poker Donkey” is a story of a psychiatrist with a gambling problem who is then forced to face his vice while treating a poker champion.

WHITKO PEP BAND: Embraces alumni

November 27, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko High School’s Pep Band sounded louder than usual at Saturday night’s home basketball game.

The additional sound came from the alumni band members who doubled the band’s numbers for alumni night.

Popular songs by Lady Gaga, Maroon Five and The Black Eyed Peas were new to the repertoire, and many alumni remarked at the improvements to the band program since their time at WHS.

Joey Shepherd is a WHS alumnus and in his first year as the band director at Whitko.

DOWNTOWN LIGHTS UP: 'Busco community members gather for holiday event

November 27, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — The town of Churubusco gathered together at the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 205 to watch the town’s Christmas tree light up.

Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl organized the affair to promote holiday togetherness for the town.

“We are hoping to make this an annual event,” said Sade-Bartl. “We needed something here to kick off the holiday season. I think this works out just fine.”

Santa made his entrance on a fire truck complete with flashing lights.
Zane Sade, a Churubusco High School graduate, serenaded the crowd with a Christmas carol.

TEAR GAS ENDING: Five-hour stand-off with police from alleged suicide attempt

November 27, 2012

LARWILL – A 41-year-old Larwill-area man was taken into custody Monday evening following a five-hour stand-off with police involving an alleged suicide attempt.
Jeremy Todd Gutherie was charged with pointing a loaded firearm and incarcerated at Whitley County Jail on $100,000 bond. His initial court appearance is set Dec. 3 in Whitley Superior Court.

A detailed report of this incident is on page A3 of today's print edition of The Post & Mail, Whitley County's daily newspaper.

November 26th

COL. CITY MAN DIES: Police investigating Indy hit-and-run

November 26, 2012


INDIANAPOLIS — A 2007 Columbia City High School graduate was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Indianapolis early Saturday morning.

Alex Trabert, 23, died after he was struck by a Toyota Camry on North Shadeland Avenue near 74th Street.

According to Indianapolis media, a 23-year-old woman was arrested on the preliminary charge of failure to stop after an accident causing death.

According to police, the suspect, Morgan Mannix, Kansas City, Miss., fled the area after hitting Trabert, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

PARADING HOLIDAY CHEER

November 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County‘s Lighted Christmas Parade featured floats, reindeer, dogs, music and Santa Friday.

At the end of the parade route, Santa initiated the lighting ceremony at the Courthouse before taking up residence in his house on the Courthouse Square.

Columbia City High School’s Marching Eagles played Christmas carols while children waited in line to see Santa.

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.

 

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