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October 9th, 2014

CAREER COUNSELING: WhitleyForward to sponsor free career exploration testing

October 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY ­— For Whitley County residents who might be curious about a new career, feel stuck in a job, or are searching for opportunities to advance, WhitleyForward, in conjunction with Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast and Huntington University, will offer free career-path testing and counseling services Monday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday, Nov. 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

GRAPE GROWING: Rotarians learn of county vineyard

October 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Austin Fergusson, a Whitley County vineyard owner, doesn’t make wine, but he grows the grapes and sells them to people who do.
Fergusson was the guest speaker at a Columbia City Rotary Club recent meeting. He’s been told by various wineries that they’ll take all the grapes he can produce. The venture was supposed to make him a lot of money. “We’re still waiting,” Fergusson said.

WARNER SETS SCHOOL RECORD: Lady Wildcats start strong; fall to T. Valley

October 9, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — The Lady Wildcats fought a hard match against conference rivals Tippecanoe Valley High School Wednesday, falling 3-1. Whitko started the first set strong showing off the gains in communication and fundamentals that it has been developing over the season.

LIVE UNITED: Investing in children, county’s future

October 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “We all have a stake in creating a healthy community,” said Cindy Baker, executive director of the United Way of Whitley County (UWWC). Considering the focus for UWWC is to “live united,” partnering with a local nonprofit that supports healthy families is a perfect fit. B.A.B.E of Whitley County, located at 533 N. Line St. in Columbia City, provides incentives for pregnant women and families to consistently participate in programs and services that benefit the health and well-being of infants and young children.

GIS AERIAL MAP UPDATE: Weigold seeks project approval

October 9, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department Coordinator Dan Weigold is looking to update the county’s GIS aerial maps.
Weigold went before the Whitley County Commissioners Monday to seek approval for the $101,388 project. The project includes hiring a company to fly over Whitley County to capture orthogonal and oblique images of the county’s landscape.

’CATS SEEK TITLE: Rochester, Whitko both undefeated in the TRC

October 9, 2014

ROCHESTER — Five weeks of Three Rivers Conference football have passed and, for five weeks, Whitko and Rochester are without a loss. Both teams can’t come out the victor this Friday night, however, when the Wildcats travel to Rochester, seeking the conference title.

MAN JAILED IN STANDOFF: 3-hour incident puts Whitko schools on lockdown

October 9, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — A police standoff near the schools in South Whitley ended in an arrest Wednesday afternoon. Justin Tingle, 34, of South Whitley, was taken into custody for resisting law enforcement after a traffic stop went wrong.

October 8th

FEVER SCREENING: U.S. steps up response at 5 airports

October 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government plans to begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic.

At the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest said an additional layer of screening would begin at New York's JFK International and the international airports in Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago and Atlanta. He said the new steps would include taking temperatures and would begin Saturday at JFK.

PATIENT DIES: 1st Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has died

October 8, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States died in a Dallas hospital Wednesday, a little more than a week after his illness exposed gaps in the nation's defenses against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him.

Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, was pronounced dead at 7:51 a.m. at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where he had been kept in isolation since Sept. 28.

"Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease," hospital spokesman Wendell Watson said in a statement.

LOCKDOWN: Whitko schools locked down for police standoff

October 8, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko High and Elementary Schools have been placed on lockdown as a precaution due to a man who has barricaded himself in his home on State Street.

According to police scanner traffic, officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a man, who fled to his home and locked himself in. There are no weapons believed to be involved at this time.

An emergency response team is en route to the scene, according to police scanner traffic, and an ambulance has been staged in the area.


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