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BUDGET BLOWOUT: First quarter expenses run over $150K

April 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Winter’s brutal impact was felt not only by Whitley County residents, but also in the budget of Whitley County departments.
Michael Barton, the county’s highway director, gave an update to County Commissioners last week.

He reported the total dollars it cost for the work exerted by his crews during the winter storms.

In fuel alone, the county had $111,700 for the first quarter, in comparision to $56,000 in 2013. Overtime hours ran more than double compared to 2013 — $28,670 versus $14,000.

PLEA AGREEMENT: Allen to be sentenced for sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old

April 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — An Albion woman admitted Monday to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old in the summer of 2013.
Chelsee M. Allen, 21, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony.

Allen’s plea came as a result of an agreement with the state. In exchange for Allen’s admission of guilt, the state agreed it would not file any additional charges or seek any sentence enhancements.

GERMAN ORTHOPEDICS COMPANY OPENS OPERATIONS IN WHITLEY COUNTY

April 17, 2014

BERLIN (April 17, 2014) – Governor Mike Pence joined executives from DOT GmbH, a medical coating technology provider, to announce the company’s plans to establish DOT America, Inc. (DOT) in Columbia City, Ind., creating up to 20 new high-wage jobs by 2016.

The Rostock, Germany-based orthopedics company is investing approximately $4.5 million to lease, renovate and equip a 17,520 square-foot facility in Columbia City’s Blue River Industrial Park. The facility, the company’s first location outside of Germany, is enabling DOT to fill a gap in the supply chain to its North American clients.

COURTROOM COACHING: Judge Heuer gives ETA students a judicial experience

April 17, 2014

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer (right) talks with Eagle Tech Academy students Monday. Students from ETA had the opportunity to observe criminal circuit court proceedings, which occur regularly on Monday mornings. At the conclusion of the hearings, Heuer spoke with students and answered questions.

COMMON CORE NO MORE: Ind. legislators propose new education standards

April 17, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series on the proposed education standards for Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS — Common Core is no more. Lawmakers have removed the national education standards from the state and are working to replace it with a proposed measure specific to Indiana schools.
Earlier this week, the Indiana State Board of Education released the proposed standards, which will be presented to the Education Roundtable for recommendation Monday.

Afterward, the proposal will go to the State Board of Education for final approval Monday, April 28.

Modular manufacturer receives awards at annual conference

April 17, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc. of South Whitley, Indiana was recently presented with two Awards of Distinction at the Modular Building Institute’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.
Whitley Manufacturing along with its Modular Builders and Whitley Evergreen facilities have won in excess of 60 awards for construction excellence in the modular industry.

The Modular Building Institute is the official trade organization for the commercial modular industry. The conference concludes with the Awards of Distinction program.

CONSTRUCTION HIGH: Renovations continue at STAR

April 17, 2014

Corey Millea, with Roseman Construction, performs roofwork Tuesday at the STAR Bank in Columbia City. The bank, which is located downtown on the corner of Van Buren and Main streets, has been undergoing renovations for several months, with completion expected yet this spring.

ANGLERS GET READY: DNR to offer family trout fishing opportunities

April 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Hoosier families can experience trout fishing at two locations in northeast Indiana Saturday in conjunction with a Free Fishing Day.

The locations are a pond at Morsches Park in Columbia City and 6-acre Wyland Lake in Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area in Kosciusko County.
The events are free and open to the public. No fishing license or trout stamp is required.

About 400 rainbow trout averaging 12 inches long will be stocked in Morsches Pond Friday. No fishing will be allowed until Saturday morning.

RATES REVEALED: County graduation statistics are announced

April 17, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (April 17, 2014) - The Indiana Department of Education has released the graduation rates of the state's high schools in 2013. How did Whitley County rank? See today's issue of The Post & Mail.

Homeowner chooses not to comply

April 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s been a cold and blustery winter, but according to Whitley County’s Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner, that is no excuse for a house to be left in disrepair.

Thomas Ebetino owns property on County Road 400 South, and after several conversations and official written notices, he has still not complied with Wagner’s request to make the house safe.

“At the Dec. 16, 2013 meeting, the Commissioners granted Ebetino two months to weatherize the home,” Wagner said. “That has not been done.”

Burglary results in 8-year sentence

April 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who broke into a family member’s home in December of 2013 was given an eight-year sentence Monday.

Nicholas A. Coslet, 20, will serve six of the eight years at the Whitley County Jail, with the remainder of the burglary sentence to be spent on probation.

Burglary is a Class B felony.

Coslet’s attorney, Brad Voelz, hoped his client could serve some of his sentence on work release.

“He’s a 20-year-old that got caught up in a bad crowd, and did things he’s not proud of,” Voelz said.

Troop takeover results in center’s makeover

April 16, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — A recently completed troop project benefited an area Boy Scout and Whitko Community School Corporation.

Lucas Schmittler, a freshman at Whitko High School, was in search of a project to complete his requirements as an Eagle Scout with Troop 85.

When he realized that the Eel River Environmental Center was left unattended near his high school, he thought it would be the perfect way to earn his Eagle Scout designation.

Old heat pump leaves Courthouse cold

April 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Courthouse is getting a bit of a makeover. Some of the work has been planned and other repairs have been added to the list.

When county officials approved the two-year CEDIT (County Economic Development Income Tax) plan, a new roof for the Courthouse was factored into the figures.

A roofing company has been on the roof for the past week, when weather permits.

The cost for the new roof is $67,000 and should be completed within the next few weeks.

HEAD OF THE CLASS: WHS announces its two top students for 2014

April 16, 2014

SOUTH WHITELY — Whitko High School has named its two top students for the Class of 2014.
Valedictorian is Christina Marie Baughman.
Salutatorian is Michael Dakota Thompson.

See an upcoming issue of the Post & Mail for more on these top students.

Flood repairs cost county $60K

April 15, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — County leaders were dealt the hard reality of just what the estimated costs are to restore the County Government Center’s basement after a flood.

When sump pumps failed to keep up with winter weather in February, water backed up into the basement, resulting in hefty expenses for clean up and repairs.

At last week’s County Council meeting, estimates were presented, and discussion was held to determine how to cover the costs.

Total flood clean up will cost the county $31,205.

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