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January 25th, 2013

100th ANNIVERSARY: Lincoln Highway hits centennial mark

January 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The first transcontinental highway in the U.S. turns 100 this year.

Columbia City will be part of a celebration ceremony spanning the entire state of Indiana in July.

Indiana’s Lincoln Highway Association is working to bring the highway’s history through Whitley County, complete with classic cars.

Lincoln Highway Association is working to gather 100 participants who will ship their historic vehicles (pre 1980) and spend four weeks crossing the American continent on the Lincoln Highway.

CIRCUIT COURT: Trial date set for Wheeler

January 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman arrested on drug charges in 2012 will have a trial date set for June in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Aretha Wheeler, 31, was arrested in November for allegedly dealing a schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class B felony.

Case reports say Wheeler allegedly sold eight pills on Sept. 23. She was accused of knowlingly delivering hyrocodone. The report said a buyer met Wheeler at a room at Budget Inn in Columbia City. The alleged incident was recorded by audio.

Wheeler’s pretrial conference will be March 25 at 9 a.m. Angela Hendrickson is Wheeler’s attorney.

SCHOOL LEGISLATION: Whitko weighs positive, negative bills

January 25, 2013

PIERCETON — Good news was mixed with some hesitation at Monday’s meeting of Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees.

Superintedent Steve Clason gave board members an update on specific legislation that would have an affect on WCSC.

A bill proposing to fully fund all day kindergarten is currently on the table. Clason said this would be a bonus for the school system. Preschool funding is another positive bill on the state’s desk.

One particular piece of legislation on Clason’s radar is one pertaining to school vouchers.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 25, 2013

Here are the front page stories in Friday's issue:

United Way inches closer to its goal

South Whitley challenges erosion of Eel River

Lincoln Highway hits centennial mark

Trial date set for Wheeler

Whitko weighs positive, negative bills

SLICK ROADS: Sheriff's Dept. says use caution

January 25, 2013

Whitley County Sheriff's Department reminds drivers to use caution while driving. Roads are slick with ice and drifting snow.

January 24th

EMERGENCY SURGERY: Gall bladder surgery for Ind. first lady interrupts Gov.'s plans

January 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After spending time in Columbia City Wednesday night, Ind. Gov. Pence cancelled a trip to southern Indiana and all appointments for Thursday.

The governor's office says Indiana first lady Karen Pence is having emergency gall bladder surgery Thursday after experiencing abdominal pain a day earlier.

Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks says Karen Pence is having the operation at an outpatient surgery center in Indianapolis. Brooks didn't immediately have other details about the surgery but expected to provide an update later Thursday.

REJECTION: Medical board turns down Dr. William Hedrick's settlement offer

January 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — A proposed settlement by Dr. William Hedrick was rejected by the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana in a hearing Thursday morning, according to area media.

Dr. Hedrick, of the Centers for Pain Relief in Northern Indiana, offered to give up his license to practice medicine for two years and voluntarily be on probation for four subsequent years.

Seven people died while under the care of Dr. Hedrick. He also reportedly billed Medicare $100 million between January 2010 and August 2012. Hedrick was paid out $7 million.

GOVERNOR VISITS: Pence touts region at round table

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was in Columbia City Wednesday and touted his Roadmap for Indiana and praised regional economic activity at a business roundtable at Iotron Industries.

The governor complimented the northeast corner of Indiana, stating the region was a great example for the state.

FROSTY SUNRISE: Temps below 10 degrees

January 24, 2013

A colorful sunrise illuminates footprints in the snow in Whitley County Thursday morning. Though the sunrise looked warm, temperatures were below 10 degrees at 9 a.m. on Thursday. After several days of sub-freezing temperatures this week, relief is in sight, as temperatures are expected to reach 55 degrees Tuesday.

BUS BUY: WCCS to purchase five

January 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School Board of School Trustees approved the purchase of five new buses for the district at Monday’s meeting.

Total cost for the five buses was $339,698. There were three Starcraft activity buses purchased for $132,108 and two 78-passenger buses purchased for $207,590. The 78-passenger buses replace two 72-passenger buses that were 13 years old, and the three activity buses that were replaced were either 14 or 12 years old. Buses are not allowed to be traded in until they are at least 12 years old.

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