March 11th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Scott Graham, son of a local couple Tim and Carol Graham, has had a difficult past few months.
A Nevada resident, Graham is married and has two children. He is described by his loved ones as â€śthe joker of the family.â€ť
Last November, Graham began losing time became unsure how he got to or from a place, was unable to remember and was not able to produce any work at his job.
He began stuttering and having headaches. His wife worried he may have had a stroke. He was rushed to the hospital where testing began, but the tests revealed Graham had not had a stroke.
For the second time in two weeks, Indiana lawmakers are looking at employment discrimination issues.
Sen. Jim Banks has authored several bills in the past to support veterans, and now, he is offering his support of legislation to protect employment rights.
A new bill, which has seen versions passed by the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate, is waiting a decision from a conference committee.
House Bill 1242 would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against applicants because of their status as a military veteran or a member of the reserves of National Guard.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Mother Nature teased Northeast Indiana with a taste of spring weather to start the week â€” sunny, 50-degree weather.
Residents will soon be reminded that winter isnâ€™t over until March 20, as another snow system is making its way toward the region this week.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service predict 3 to 6 inches of snow to begin late tonight into Wednesday, and some other area forecasters predict as much as 6 to 8 inches.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Funding is in jeopardy for one of Whitley Countyâ€™s nonprofit organizations. Interfaith Mission, Inc., also known as The Lighthouse, provides transitional housing to those in need in Whitley County.
In 2013, the housing program served 63 individuals and provided housing, food, supplies, transportation and other supportive services. For the annual budget, 54 percent of The Lighthouseâ€™s funds come from grants â€” in addition to 16 percent which comes from local grants.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While several grocery stores across the U.S. are working to pull ground beef patties off the shelves after a USDA recall, Columbia Cityâ€™s Kroger was not affected.
More than 8.7 million pounds of beef have been recalled in 35 states, including Indiana, according to the USDA website. According to the USDA, the beef products were processed from Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 7, 2014.
However, the local Kroger store was affected by an earlier recall, that included El Monterey burritos and Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets.
The recall went into effect in January and February.
WHITLEY COUNTY (March 11, 2014) Whitley County Emergency Management Agency is warning residents to beware of winter weather moving into the area tonight.
The county is under a Winter Storm Watch through Wednesday afternoon.
Rain is expected to fall later this afternoon and early evening. That will change to snow during the early morning hours Wednesday. Snow is expected to continue throughout the day, but should taper off by the afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Looking back at the milestones for Whitley Countyâ€™s growth, numbers and dollars arenâ€™t what economic development leaders are using to measure success.
Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president and CEO, said he views the yearâ€™s successes based on relationships.
â€śI am proud to say that we worked with 50 different companies last year,â€ť said Tio. â€śTo me, thatâ€™s what makes what we do rewarding.â€ť
A variety of incentives and assistance were offered to companies working to expand or relocate.
The Whitley County Dazzlers, a special needs cheerleading squad, performed Saturday at the Abilities Abound seminar in Fort Wayne, featuring Lauren Potter, an actress from the television show, â€śGlee.â€ť Potter portrays a down syndrome cheerleader. The girls were able to meet with Potter before the dinner and banquet, where she discussed bullying and the impact of â€śmeanâ€ť words used to describe those with disabilities.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of pretending to be his brother appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Shaun T. Kruse, 33, of Rochester, was arrested in February and charged with forgery, a Class C felony.
In addition to the forgery charge, the state filed an additional charge.
Prosecution is now charging Kruse with being a habitual felony offender, based on two previous, unrelated felony convictions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eight years into Indiana joining the rest of the U.S. in Daylight Savings Time (DST), some Whitley County residents still disagree with the decision, and were feeling the effects of losing an hour of sleep this weekend.
â€śI hate this time change,â€ť Cindy Myers posted on The Post & Mailâ€™s Facebook page. â€śI wish they could leave it the other way. I am an early to bed, early to rise person and on the farm I always loved getting up with the sun up.â€ť