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March 18th, 2011

Residents report scam attempts

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City resident said she received a phone call this week from someone who knew her name and address, but wanted her to give them her Social Security number and where to send her check.
Earlier in the week, a county resident called to report that she had gotten a phone call from someone claiming to be with Medicare and after asking some health-related questions, which the woman verified, asked for her Medicare and Social Security numbers.

After working hard, Walter ready to play hard

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the icons of the Whitley County Extension Office and the 4-H program is stepping down as of this afternoon.
Kay Walter has been the smiling face behind the counter, the secretary for the extension office, for “23 1/2 years and eight days” she said Wednesday, but she’s not counting.
Married to Steve Walter, Kay was a stay-at-home mom to their daughters Stephanie and Kathy before taking a job with L.M. Berry in Warsaw. When that business moved to Dayton, she applied for the extension office job.

EMS fund growing, used to fund services

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — In a time when funds are tight and belts are being cinched to the last eyelet, one Whitley County entity continues to be funded year in and year out thanks to a 15-year-old compromise.
On Monday, September McConnell, Executive Director of the Whitley County Community Foundation, will give a report to the county’s Board of Commissioners about just such a fund — the Whitley County/Whitley Memorial EMS Fund.

March 17th

United Way celebrates campaign, volunteers

March 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The United Way of Whitley County recognized its volunteers and shared 2010 fundraising campaign results at a breakfast Tuesday morning at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center.

County takes big step forward in education goals

March 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The road to a college education just got a little bit easier for some Whitley County students thanks to a partnership announced Wednesday between the Whitley County Community Foundation and the Questa Foundation for Education.
The Questa Foundation, based in Fort Wayne, announced that it is expanding its Questa Scholars Program into Whitley, DeKalb, Huntington and Kosciusko counties, and hopes to expand to the rest of northeast Indiana by 2013.

Tom Rethlake named Republican of the Year

March 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Area Republicans gathered Wednesday night to mingle, discuss successes and strategies and recognize their own at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, held at the Eagle’s Nest in Columbia City.
Party Chairman Sen. Jim Banks took the podium before the dinner, and prior to the arrival of Keynote Speaker Gov. Mitch Daniels and called on his fellow Republicans to find his replacement.
“We are looking for new leadership of the (county) party,” Banks said.

Daniels addresses county GOP

March 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Gov. Mitch Daniels’ flair for levity and sarcasm drew countless laughs as Indiana’s top elected official poked fun at boycotting House Democrats, the President and even himself Wednesday night as the keynote speaker for Whitley County’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
“Wherever I go, I get asked a lot of questions about Indiana,” said Daniels, adding that he fields numerous inquiries about the state’s budget surplus. He said he tells people there’s a reason why Indiana is different from some states whose financial ledgers are in the red.

March 16th

Police join forces with task force

March 16, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force has officially teamed up with local law enforcement.
According to Sherry Sausaman, task force organizer, early this month training was completed for the South Whitley and Churubusco police departments and the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, with the Columbia City police coming on board by the end of the month.
“We can’t do it alone,” Sausaman said, and the community collaboration now includes such organizations as the Whitley County Salvation Army, Beds and Britches Etc. (BABE), the Lighthouse and the YMCA.

Rachel’s Challenge: Kindness

March 16, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Imagine a young girl championing the cause of the bullied and harassed, advocating acts of kindness to uplift her classmates oppressed by their peers.
Now imagine that the very ones she stood for, in retaliation for the bullying, shot her in cold blood as she ate her lunch at school.

Steering committee close to completion

March 16, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — By the time the Whitley County Board of Commissioners convenes Monday afternoon, at least nine names should be presented to the three-man board for approval.
That list of names will be known as the steering committee for wind energy research.
The Whitley County Plan Commission discussed the formation of the committee at its regular meeting Tuesday night.
The need for the advisory board was born out of a hotly-debated issue on the need, or lack thereof, of wind energy in the county.

 

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