October 9th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Austin Fergusson, a Whitley County vineyard owner, doesn‚Äôt 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‚Äôs been told by various wineries that they‚Äôll take all the grapes he can produce. The venture was supposed to make him a lot of money. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre still waiting,‚ÄĚ Fergusson said.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúWe all have a stake in creating a healthy community,‚ÄĚ said Cindy Baker, executive director of the United Way of Whitley County (UWWC). Considering the focus for UWWC is to ‚Äúlive united,‚ÄĚ 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.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department Coordinator Dan Weigold is looking to update the county‚Äôs 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‚Äôs landscape.
ROCHESTER ‚ÄĒ Five weeks of Three Rivers Conference football have passed and, for five weeks, Whitko and Rochester are without a loss. Both teams can‚Äôt come out the victor this Friday night, however, when the Wildcats travel to Rochester, seeking the conference title.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ 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.
WASHINGTON (AP) ‚ÄĒ 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.
DALLAS (AP) ‚ÄĒ 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.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ 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.