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April 30th, 2013
Purdue experts advising patience for corn farmers
(AP) â€” Purdue University agricultural experts are advising farmers to be patient as they wait for their fields to dry so they can begin planting.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports farmers in Indiana have planted just 1 percent of the corn crop, compared with the five-year average of 30 percent by the end of April. A year ago, farmers reported they had planted 67 percent of the state's corn crop by now.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City leaders are making plans for its annual trash day. The 2013 Columbia City trash pick up will be divided up into two weekends this year.
The city will be divided down Main Street. The west side of the city will be picked up Saturday, June 8 starting at 6 a.m. The east side of the city will be picked up Saturday, June 15 starting at 6 a.m. All trash will be picked up at curb side or alley.
The Whitley County Board of Commissioners will hold a
special meeting Wednesday at 9 a.m. to review a Township Assistance appeal request. The public is welcome to attend.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Debates regarding rules and regulations for legalizing fenced hunting have come to a standstill with Indiana legislators.
Indianaâ€™s House of Representatives voted 52 to 39 to approve a bill to legalize five fenced deer-hunting preserves in Indiana, however the measure was halted in the Senate within days.
Those legislators who voted in favor of the bill cite support for business, small farms and breeders as reason to OK the measure.
In 2005, Indiana Department of Natural Resources ruled fenced hunting illegal.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A potential need for a new high school in the Whitley County Consolidated School district (WCCS) does not necessarily mean that the academic performance of the current students is not to be overlooked.
U.S. News recently released its list of the best high schools in the nation and also gave honors state-by-state. While Columbia City High School was not one of the three schools in the state given a gold medal by the publication, it did perform well in some of the metrics used in the study.
Approximately 250 feeder calves went through 4-H weigh-in Saturday at the Whitley County Fairgrounds. 4-Hers also had the opportunity to put their animals through dehorning, castration and vaccinations â€” all necessary before the 4-H fair in July. Pictured above is Courtney Johnson, 10, a second year 4-H member, with her two feeder calves, Mike (left) and Spot. â€śTheyâ€™re going to be mad at me after today,â€ť Johnson said, after her animals were dehorned.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Medical records were ordered to be released in a pending sex abuse case in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Judge James Heuer said a guardian for an alleged victim in a sex abuse case can sign off the medical records. The girlâ€™s mother is out of state and could not be located.
The alleged victim, a 17-year-old girl, is alleged to have had two children with the defendant, Dean Pressler, age 39.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A turkey nearly went through the windshield of a semi truck on U.S. 30 Monday morning.
The tractor-trailer was headed westbound on U.S. 30 near the intersection of Ind. 205, when a turkey hit the windshield, shattering it.
The driver was uninjured in the crash.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel announced a new program which will provide additional accessibility to the mayor for city residents.
â€śWe will begin a Mayorâ€™s Night In program which will allow residents, who arenâ€™t available during regular business hours, to have the opportunity to meet and discuss their city issues with me,â€ť stated Daniel.
Ten-minute slots will be available during a two- hour period, once a month for meetings with citizens.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Indianaâ€™s General Assembly voted to give Indiana Governor Mike Pence a portion of what he wanted.
Pence was seeking a 10 percent income tax cut phased in over two years with 5 percent starting two months from now, and another 5 percent a year later. The full cut, under his proposal, would have been in place by mid-2014.
Instead, legislators saw that a 3 percent income tax cut would begin in 2015, and another 2 percent would start in 2017.