January 8th, 2014
Editorâs note: The following is the second installment of a four-part series on the impact of the BPPT elimination.
COLUMBIA CITY â Lawmakers began the 2014 legislative session Tuesday afternoon after extreme weather delayed its start. One of the key issues on the agenda is Gov. Mike Penceâs plan to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT).
Whitley County residents used the extreme winter weather to try their hand at photographing the snowâs effects. Jolene Kessieâs nephew Jerod Stanton, from Geneva, enjoys the abundance of snow that made for ideal sledding conditions on the hill at DeVol Field.
Whitley County Council members were unable to meet Tuesday at 8 a.m.
The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday Jan. 14 at 8 a.m.
Whitley County Board of Commissioners was unable to meet Monday at 1 p.m.
County officials have rescheduled the meeting for Monday Jan.13 at 1 p.m.
Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees rescheduled its executive session that was previously set for Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Post & Mail successfully published its Monday and Tuesday editions, but due to the government-imposed travel restrictions from the winter storm and blizzard, delivery of the newspaper was substantially curtailed.
An all-out effort to deliver Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday editions to Post & Mail subscribers resumes today.However, because of the continuing treacherous roadways, subscribers can expect delay in delivery.
James Michael Higgins, 62, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
Born in Bluffton, Jim graduated from Ball State with a teaching degree.
He was in car sales and finance for many years and was currently working at Bob Thomas. Jim had also worked at Kruse Auctions.
He was a member of the Masonic Antique Power Club and enjoyed tractors, horses and his âstuff.â
Marie Treesh, 72, of Auburn died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Treesh was a homemaker. She also worked for J.J. Newberry 5-10-25 Cent Store in Auburn and also various temporary jobs in the local area.
She was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
She was a member of the St. Markâs Lutheran Church in Auburn.
She was born Nov. 25, 1941, in Hicksville, Ohio, to Edward and Jeannette (Smith) Woodring.
She married Melvin A. Treesh on June 26, 1963, in Auburn, and he survives.
Joellen L. Fitch, 63, of rural Larwill, died at 3:37 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at Vibra Hospital, Fort Wayne. She had been battling cancer.
She was born Nov. 8, 1950 in Wolf Lake. She was raised in Larwill and attended Larwill High School. She earned a GED and was a Certified Nursing Assistant. She also held a realtor license.
On Nov. 25, 1967, she was united in marriage to Ralph Fitch. They made their home in the Larwill area.
WHITLEY COUNTY -- All three of Whitley County's school districts will be closed Wednesday.
For a third day, Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitko Community Schools and Smith-Green Community Schools will be closed.
WHITLEY COUNTY -- Due to the extreme weather conditions, the schedule for Week A for recycling has been adjusted to the following:
No collection for Wednesday
Wednesday's recycling will be picked up Thursday
Thursday's recycling will be picked up Friday
Friday's recycling will be picked up Saturday
Those who would've had recycling picked up Monday and Tuesday, the weather prevented crews for getting out. Recycling will take place as scheduled, which means customers who did not have recycling picked up will not be serviced until the next scheduled pick up date.
COLUMBIA CITY -- Trash pickup is delayed due to the extreme weather. Here is the revised schedule according to city officials:
Monday's normal pickup will be Wednesday
Tuesday's normal pickup will be Thursday
Wednesday's normal pickup will be Friday
Friday's normal pickup will be Saturday