March 18th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees meets in regular session Monday and is not yet scheduled to act on proposed budget cuts aimed at bringing black ink back to the school systemâ€™s financial statement.
Over the past two board meetings, the panel has heard reports from corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf about revenue shortfalls and proposed solutions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety signed an agreement with the railroad that will allow the city to run utilities under the tracks at one of its newest industrial parks.
CSX Transportation, Inc., a Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad company, requires â€śFacility Encroachment Agreementsâ€ť all along its tracks for any work that would require crossing over or under the companyâ€™s infrastructure.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 â€ś23 1/2 years and eight daysâ€ť she said Wednesday, but sheâ€™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.
Nearly two years ago at this time, Columbia City boys’ basketball was without a head coach as the offseason began.
The Eagles program stood at a crossroads with back-to-back losing seasons not what fans had grown accustomed to.
Meanwhile, over in Valparaiso, Drew Benedict, an eighth grader at the time, received a text from longtime friend Derek Hinen.
“Hey, the job is open again. Just have your dad come back.”
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners about just such a fund â€” the Whitley County/Whitley Memorial EMS Fund.
The unique golf course well-known around the area for its night golf has new ownership running things.
Roughly a month ago, former owner Kent Miller sold the golf course — on the corner of state Route 9 and county road 500 north — to Russel Fahl.
According to son-in-law Ryan Cook, who will be running the course with his wife, the course was something that interested Fahl as a former resident of the area.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The United Way of Whitley County recognized its volunteers and shared 2010 fundraising campaign results at a breakfast Tuesday morning at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Area Republicans gathered Wednesday night to mingle, discuss successes and strategies and recognize their own at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, held at the Eagleâ€™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.
â€śWe are looking for new leadership of the (county) party,â€ť Banks said.