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October 1st, 2010
An anonymous letter, signed only “A Post & Mail reader,” received earlier this year by Sherry Sausaman, Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF) director, commended Sausaman and the taskforce for their efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence in the county and the safeguards and helps available for the victims. But the letter also suggested they could go even further, addressing the issue of emotional abuse as well as physical.
SOUTH WHITLEY — Forty-two and one-half years ago when the average cost of a home was $14,950 and the average income per year was $7,850, South Whitley resident Jeanette Eberhart was just beginning her career as a teller at the former Mayer Branch Bank in South Whitley. Five ownership changes later, Eberhart closed the book on her banking career Thursday, officially retiring. An open house at the bank was held in her honor Friday. “I will miss the people and the girls here, we are like a family,” Eberhart said with tears in her eyes.
Brooklyn Dodgers hats dotted the room with a rogue Yankees jacket or Cubs jersey present—all to welcome baseball great, Carl Erskine, guest speaker and Advocacy Award recipient at this year’s annual Passages meeting.
The green van with “Work Crew” on the side of it has been a common sight in Whitley County for the last decade, but now it’s time for a change.
With help from the Whitley County Probation Department, Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office and Columbia City, a new van will be in the hands of the work crew supervisors.
With budgets getting ever tighter, the work crew has increasingly become a benefit to governments.
For 2007 and 2008, Whitley County had a total of 15 deaths from overdoses of prescription medication.
In just the first nine months of this year, the county was already passed that mark with 17 deaths from prescription medication overdoses.
“We’re in a public health epidemic,” Whitley County Coroner Scott Smith said.
Just a few decades ago, the income in Northeast Indiana was nearly even with the national average.
Now, workers in this 11-county area make only about 78 percent of the national average.
That’s a trend a new local campaign will focus on in hopes of getting it reversed, and it’s all about education.
The area outlined in red south of U.S. 30 shows the 32 acres of land now designated as a tax increment financing district in Columbia City. The city council designated the land as a TIF district for 25 years. As a TIF district, property tax revenue for new development will be diverted into the city's redevelopment fund for use only in the TIF district. The current level of property taxes will still be dispersed to taxing entities. Post & Mail image/Whitley County GIS
The installation of a fence at Overlook Villas severed a two-inch natural gas line Tuesday morning. The leak resulted in two of the buildings being evacuated until levels of natural gas in the air returned to normal.
This year’s household hazardous waste day was as busy as ever, with nearly 400 cars passing through the Whitley County Solid Waste Building’s property Saturday.
“We were non-stop from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. when the last car went through,” said Jorell Tucker, director of the solid waste district.
This year’s day was handled by in-house staff instead of staff from an outside company as with previous years.
As the emerald ash borer continues its steady march through Northeast Indiana, it could cost Columbia City thousands of dollars to remove its ash trees as they die and become hazards.
Whether it’s the cost of labor for the removal of the trees or overtime in cleanup when they fall during storms, the tab will not be small.
“In one way or the other, the city’s going to pay for them,” said Eddie Beagles, president of the Columbia City Tree Board.