August 15th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A pool of ideas for a new aquatics facility for Columbia City has funneled into three concepts, which were presented at a public forum Wednesday night.
Representatives from Counsilman-Hunsaker and MartinRiley have been working with a task force of community members to develop options to replace the aging Burnworth Memorial Pool, set to close in 2014.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A South Whitley employee was deducted $773 from his final paycheck unexpectedly, according to Trevor Webb who was represented by his wife, Toni, at the Town Council meeting Tuesday.
Toni told town leaders that the money was deducted for Trevorâ€™s portion of his health insurance.
However, the money should have been deducted from Trevorâ€™s pay in February.
â€śWhen he was hired, he wasnâ€™t charged right away,â€ť Toni said. â€śWe were covered, but Trevor was told it was a mistake that his check wasnâ€™t being deducted the payment each time.â€ť
Faculty and administrators gathered at Whitko High School for a staff day in preparation of Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s first day of school.
Students returned to the classroom this morning to begin the 2013-14 school year.
Pictured are Dawn Hinthorn (right) and Susie Trixler, both teachers at Whitko High School, chatting with a financial representative.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A new trail is soon to take shape in South Whitley, thanks to Whitley On The Move, a grassroots initiative to improve the town.
Overseeing the organization is Julia Robinson of South Whitley. However, numerous town citizens have joined forces to form several committees focused on targeting specific areas of improvement.
One of those areas is developing recreational opportunities.
When the trail is completed, it will cover more than two miles and will stretch as far east as Reed Street and Jefferson Street to the west of town.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Discussions have begun on the possibility of Whitley County titling two of its ambulances to Parkview Hospitals.
County Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf said this is an accounting practice for Parkview that will not affect the books for Whitley County at all.
A decision has not been formally made, however, as it was tabled at the Aug. 5 commissioner meeting.
Schrumpf said Parkview has bought two ambulances, and the county two, during the current phase of their agreement.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With Burnworth Memorial Pool closed for the season, the Aquatics Task Force, Columbia City officials and residents are working to make a plan for the future of swimming pools in the city.
After the city suffered many expenses due to the age and condition of the pool, which was constructed decades ago, officials decided the summer of 2014 will be the last year for Burnworth Pool.
Though official numbers werenâ€™t available at press time, Columbia City Parks Director Mark Green said the pool lost more money this year than 2012.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team fell to visiting Warsaw at in the teamâ€™s home-opener at Eagle Glen Monday.
The Lady Eagles shot 201 â€” 11 strokes behind the Lady Tigers.
Taylor Daniel paced Columbia City with a 43, two strokes behind Alexis Manwaring of Warsaw, who was the meet leader at 41.
Mackenzie Lane carded a 48 for the Lady Eagles, Allison Yoder and Cheyenne Johnson both shot 55 and Bethany Yoder rounded out the Columbia City varsity scoring at 56. For the season, the Lady Eagles are 0-3.
WINONA LAKE â€” Scott Moore is far from a new face to Grace Athletics. Starting this fall, however, he will be adding several new responsibilities to his title.
Moore, starting his second year assisting the menâ€™s basketball team, will become the next womenâ€™s tennis head coach and the schoolâ€™s first strength and conditioning coach.
Additionally, he will oversee scheduling of practices and events at the Gordon Recreation Center.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety, as well as the Common Council, are expected to discuss the possibility of a school resource officer at tonightâ€™s meetings.
Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor, Superintendent of Whitley County Consolidated Schools, said at the board meeting last week that the district is heading up the countyâ€™s School Safety Commission, which includes all three of Whitley Countyâ€™s districts.
Currently, Smith-Green Community Schools is working out a budget for their own school resource officer.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A woman involved in a suspicious death in Whitley County pleaded guilty in Superior Court last week.
Brooke Hill, 22, of Spenceville, accepted a plea deal last week which will give her a three-year sentence for altering the scene of a suspicious death, a Class D felony. She will be incarcerated for two of those years and will serve the third on suspended sentence.
Hill will serve a one-year sentence, all behind bars, for failure to report a dead body. That sentence will be concurrent with the first charge.