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February 18th, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â A proposal to give counties the option to cut the state's business equipment tax is set for review among a panel of Indiana lawmakers.
The Senate tax committee is scheduled hear testimony on the bill Tuesday.
The bill is a response to Gov. Mike Pence's proposal to phase out the business tax.
Pence and supporters say abolishing the tax could make Indiana more competitive and draw business to the state. However, an Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute report shows little evidence that the tax has a strong influence on where businesses settle.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 18, 2014) -- The area received at least three inches of snow overnight. Although the snow fall has ended, high winds continue to drift rural roads shut, closing Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitko Community School Corporation and Smith-Green Community Schools today.
The windy conditions will continue to impact roads and travel through tonight.
Winds of up to 25 mph will blow and drift snow across freshly plowed roads making them almost impassable at times. The winds will continue to gust through tonight and will begin to decrease late Wednesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â âI guess you could call it a ânail biter,ââ said Pam Thompson, one of Whitley Countyâs coordinators for the Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) program.
Hannah Schaefer, a senior from Columbia City High School, represented Whitley County in the state DYW program Saturday. When the field of 23 young women was cut down to the top 10, Schaeferâs name and number wasnât called until last.
Placing the top 10 meant Schaefer had a chance to vie for the Distinguished Young Woman of Indiana.
COLUMBIA CITY â A financial set back has only rallied the members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) at Lodge #1906, Columbia City.
In less than a year, the group who had no funds to pay for its building insurance and to maintain the lodgeâs operations, has sold the old property, reorganized its leadership and remodeled a former vehicle repair shop for its new location.
âItâs great what they have done. The turnaround is remarkable,â said Mike Cummings, an Aerie agent with the state Grand Aerie organization.
COLUMBIA CITY Â â Roxanne Thomas is a second-grade teacher at Coesse Elementary School and has taught for 40 years in Whitley County.
Administrators, students and faculty will miss the long-time educator when she retires in June.
But itâs not necessarily the longevity of Thomas in the classroom that makes her CESâs Difference Maker. Her dedication to her students puts Thomas in a class all her own.
Holly Burtonâs class, at Northern Heights Elementary School, recently celebrated 100 days in Kindergarten. The students made hats with 100 different âthingsâ on them to show they can count to 100. The day was filled with various math, reading and writing activities themed around 100. Pictured, from left, wearing their 100 Day hats are Amaya Hedrick, Rowan Tyree, Nevaeh Johnson, Kyle Hoag and Baylor Schoon.
WHITLEY COUNTY â An initiative to bring healthy options to Whitley County is now making inroads to teach children the power of good foods.
Whole Health Wellness Center, a nonprofit community garden and resource for healthy living, has partnered with several elementary schools to deliver fresh ideas and fruits to area children.
Recently, the center joined with Coesee Elementary School to bring gardening into the classroom.
The Columbia City High School Science Olympiad team recently completed its season by competing at regionals, held at Goshen College. The team competed in 23 events covering all branches of science. The team finished eighth overall. Sponsored by Hull Automotive, team members include, first row from left: Amanda Ewert, Brooke Werstler, Helen Cheng, Erin Knepple and Hannah Cotter. Second row, from left: Jacob Melvin, Madi Cochran, Meghan Fahl and Courtney Bacon. Third row, from left: Madalon Zumbrun, Becca Tourney, Ashley Ewert and Kristen Shively. Fourth row, from left: Mr.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man was released from his sentence to the Whitley County Jail two years early due to good conduct.
Kyle M. Barker, 27, was scheduled to be released Jan. of 2016. He had been serving at the work release facility.
Barker was initially sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for 10 years in March of 2011 for dealing in methamphetamine.
COLUMBIA CITY â Seventeen people were arrested Thursday evening after several police officers came together to serve arrest warrants.
The Whitley County Drug Task Force spearheaded a sweep of Whitley County Thursday afternoon, serving 14 warrants for methamphetamine-related crimes, and booking three more in the process.
According to a press release from the Whitley County Prosecutorâs Office, some investigations date back as far as May 2013.