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September 16th, 2010
The Whitley County 4-H Inc. board met Tuesday night and heard some good news and some bad.
The 4-H Fair brought in about $21,000 less than last year according to Chad Nix, treasurer, but the expenses have not been completely tallied to give the whole picture.
Bill Leeuw, board president reported Whitley County’s reputation is exemplary when it comes to the 4-H Fair and especially the auction.
A plan to create 32 acres of a new tax increment financing district in Columbia City will have to wait until the next city council meeting.
The council was poised to approve the new TIF district Tuesday until council members discovered they did not have the resolution they needed to confirm.
A formal agreement between Parkview Health System Inc. and Columbia City for a financial contribution to the local match for the state Route 205 project is now in place.
The city council voted 4-1 Tuesday to accept up to $356,903 from Parkview for half of the local match for the planned multi-million project on state Route 205 in coming years.
Cassandra Petrie of Churubusco won the honor of last Whitley County Junior Miss — winning the talent, fitness and Spirit of Junior Miss awards as well — at Saturday evening’s program at Columbia City High School.
Katie Stetzel of Columbia City received first runner-up and Olivia Western of Columbia City received second runner-up.
The scholarship program will continue, but under a new name — the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program.
Shawn Ellis has been there, done that, and if she has her way about it, she hopes to be able to keep others from experiencing the start in life like she had.
Ellis, who is the executive director for Beds and Britches, Etc., better known as B.A.B.E., grew up as a child of poverty.
“I remember seeing my parents constantly struggle. There were many times when they had to choose between going to the doctor or putting food on the table,” Ellis said.
Mark your calendar and make plans to spend all day Saturday in South Whitley, as three fun-filled events are planned that offer something for the entire family to enjoy.
The South Whitley Fall Festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the annual bed race scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, beginning at the stoplight on the corner of State and Columbia streets and continuing north on State Street.
Other events include a parade, talent show, corn hole tourney, car show, greased watermelon race, bingo, amusement rides, a 5-K run and music concerts.
A complaint a local resident said he filed in August at the state level about a county council meeting that may have been in violation of Indiana’s open door law apparently never made it to right place.
South Whitley resident Terry Goodrich said he mailed the complaint form to the Indiana Public Access Counselor in August, but a representative from the office said Monday the complaint was never received.
Once again, Whitley County has mosquitoes in it that tested positive for West Nile Virus during the state’s latest round of tests.
The Indiana State Department of Health took samples in the county Aug. 31 and found two pools of mosquitoes with the West Nile virus, according to Scott Wagner, environmental health specialist for the Whitley County Health Department.
West Nile has been found in the county for several years and has been in the same location during the last several tests.
“Reserve your right to ride,” the slogan reads for the first annual Whitley County Sheriff’s Reserves fundraising ATV and motorcycle ride.
Just as they do every year, the reserve deputy program hosts two fundraisers to help with equipment and supplies for the job they do for the sheriff’s department for no pay.
A breakfast at the Whitley County 4-H grounds is one annual fundraiser done for years, but this year, the program will test new waters with the ATV ride.
Tax increment financing districts
offer no new taxes for schools, others
Offering incentives for attracting businesses to an area is nothing new, and one way of attracting a prospective employer is through a tax increment financing district, which takes any taxes paid on improvements for a property and diverts them back to that same property.