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April 15th, 2011

Hospital plans spring health festival

April 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Heartbeats, Parkview Whitley Hospital’s spring health fair, will be 7 to 10 a.m. May 7 in the lower-level auditoriums of the hospital, located at 353 North Oak Street, Columbia City.
Screenings will include:
Blood Chemistry 17 ($20) – Assesses the health of the major organs as well as cardiac risk. A 10- to 12-hour fast is recommended. Water is permitted.
TSH ($20) – A blood test for the thyroid.
PSA ($20) – A blood test for the prostate.
Hemogram ($8) – A blood test for anemia/iron.
Other screenings and additional healthcare information will include:
Balance checks

Whitko chefs win 2 of 3 awards at benefit cook-off

April 15, 2011

Emcee R.D. Schrader, board president of The Center for Whitley County Youth, insisted that all team members competing at the Benefit Cook-off Thursday evening were amateurs.
But could amateurs prepare such delicacies as Coffee- and Coco-dusted Duck Breast or Crostina with Chocolate and Sea Salt?
Whitko Culinary Arts students under the direction of Theresa Daggett can and did, winning two of the three awards given out by Todd Blanton, program director and Jeff Wike, executive director at The Center.

Despite change, Internet speed still slow in office

April 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Internet speed in the Whitley County Recorder’s Office continues to be an issue, according to Jim Becher of SDS Communications, who handles information technology for the county.
Becher approached the joint meeting of the Whitley County Council and Board of Commissioners earlier this week to give the two panels an update on all things “computer.”
“Last year we replaced a lot of computers,” Becher said. “Things are in pretty good shape at this point.”
One area that is still lacking, according to Becher, is the Internet speed at the county’s recorder’s office.
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Board to act on reducing 27 WCCS jobs

April 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees will have hard decisions to make Monday when the nine-person board meets in regular session.
Looming on the agenda, in the wake of the recently signed five-year teachers contract, reduction in force.
Corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf have read the writing on the wall and in recent weeks reported to the board about expected budget shortfalls.

Heuer announces good news for Indiana schools

April 15, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Details are still sketchy, but Indiana Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City announced late this morning that recent belt-tightening at the Statehouse by Indiana legislators and Gov. Mitch Daniels has freed up an as-yet undisclosed amount of money that she says will be returned to Indiana schools.
According to Heuer, the windfall will be used to help schools fund full-day kindergarten. She said she doesn't know yet how much money has been freed up, but said she knows it's in the millions of dollars.

April 14th

Fairgrounds wall to come tumbling down

April 14, 2011

Looking ahead to the 4-H Fair, the Whitley County Fairboard met Tuesday for the monthly meeting ready to make decisions.
The first work day earlier this month was deemed a success as board president Bill Leeuw said the section of unsafe bleachers came down in just two and a half hours thanks in part to Joe and Lee Bowser from National Wreck Systems who came ready with torches. They will return on the next work day to help put up the new bleachers.

Works board to get early start

April 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — An Indianapolis meeting regarding the upcoming state Route 205 Project was going to make it necessary for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety to meet earlier this week.
The meeting didn’t materialize, however, the board will still meet at 7 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. Friday to afford Mayor Jim Fleck the ability to make another meeting at the state capital.
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WCCS teachers take one for team in new deal

April 14, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees took less than five minutes for a special meeting Tuesday to ratify a new deal with the local teachers union.
The board met in special session Tuesday, less than one week before what may be a pivotal meeting pertaining to the budget.
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Tax filing deadline is Monday

April 14, 2011

According to the IRS website, taxpayers will have until Monday, April 18, to file their 2010 tax returns and pay any tax due because Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls this year on Friday, April 15. By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines in the same way that federal holidays do; therefore, all taxpayers will have three extra days to file this year.

April 13th

South Whitley man pleads guilty to meth-making

April 13, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A former South Whitley man arrested Feb. 28 on drug charges has pleaded guilty to several of the charges in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Isaiah A. Neer, 28, appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court before Judge James Heuer on Monday.
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