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County jail cooler floor slated for face-lift

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The floor of the walk-in cooler at the county jail needs a sprucing up, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Marcus Gatton appeared before the Whitley County Commissioners last week to report on needed repairs to the cooler’s floor, which is part of the jail’s original 1986 construction.
“Back in January, the jail received a health warning,” said Gatton.
“We have three months to rectify it.”
According to Gatton, the floor of the walk-in cooler is rusty and uncleanable.

Police: It's time for a new K-9 vehicle

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Police Department is hoping to get a new K-9 vehicle.
Officer Tim Pittenger and Chief Mike Petersen addressed the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Friday afternoon about the need to replace the current Ford Expedition with a new model.
Pittenger presented the board with a list of pros and cons between replacing the existing vehicle with another sport utility vehicle and changing gears to a Dodge Charger.
“All the equipment that I have in my 2005 Expedition would be able to be put right into a 2011 Expedition,” Pittenger said.

Teachers provide science lesson to board

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees were treated to a comprehensive presentation on science as it’s taught to elementary school students corporation-wide.
At the board’s regular school board meeting March 21, a contingent of science teachers representing several elementary schools in the district, gave a slide show and presentation called Science in the WCCS Elementary Schools.
Nancy Bridegam started the presentation off by discussing textbooks and the curriculum.

FFA more than just being a future farmer

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — For several years now, the members of FFA have been trying to relay the idea that the organization is not just about being a farmer any more.
Last week’s presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees was no exception.
Following opening ceremonies conducted by the group’s parliamentary procedure team, members of the organization made a presentation called “Who Are We?”

County amends sewer regulations to match state

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County made changes to its sewer regulations to keep up with state law and health department officials briefed the county’s commissioners on the changes this week.
Scott Wagner with the Whitley County Health Department presented an update on the changes last week at the regular meeting of the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
“This state law regarding residential septic systems was changed and became effective on January first of this year,” Wagner said.
“Because the state law changed, I needed to update the county ordinance to reflect this change.”

Teen sentenced for rape, murder

March 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Emotions ran high from everyone involved prior to the expected century-long sentencing of an 18-year-old who admitted to killing a 14-year-old Whitley County girl in March of 2010.
“I still don’t know how this could happen in our community,” said Whitley Circuit Court Judge James Heuer after hearing testimony from both the prosecution and the defense in the sentencing hearing of Joshua M. Wright.
Wright pleaded guilty but mentally ill in court last month and agreed to a combined sentence for four crimes of 100 years.

Mary McLaughlin, 94

March 28, 2011

Mary Jane McLaughlin, 94, formerly of Union Township, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Kalamazoo, Mich.
She was born Sept. 7, 1916 in Fayette Township, Hillsdale County, Mich., a daughter of James Harvey and Mayme (Bird) Price. Her formative years were spent in the Jonesville area. She graduated from Jonesville High School.

Bradley Haugen, 36

March 28, 2011

Bradley Joseph Haugen, 36, of Fort Wayne, died at 4:03 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Parkview North Hospital.
He was born Feb. 4, 1975 in Greenfield, a son of James Allen and Darleen K. (Nahrwold) Haugen. From 1975 until 1981 he resided in New Haven and from 1981 until 1991 he resided in Portland, Ore.
In 1991 he moved to Columbia City until moving to the Bethesda Lutheran Ministry Home in Fort Wayne a year ago. He graduated from Huntington North High School.
He had been employed at Passages and later Anthony Wayne Services in Fort Wayne.

Rex Grable, 82

March 28, 2011

Rex E. Grable, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at his home.
He was born Jan. 23, 1929 in Churubusco, a son of Clarence T. and Bertha O. (Meyers) Grable. At the age of four, his family moved to Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947.
On Aug. 3, 1947 he was united in marriage to Eleanor J. Tanner. They made their home in Columbia City until 1988 when they moved to Troy Cedar Lake. Since October 2010 they have made their home east of Columbia City.

Katharine Lembright, 92

March 28, 2011

Katharine A. “Kay” Lembright, R.N., 92, of Columbia City, died Saturday, March 26, 2011 at The Oaks Nursing facility, where she had been a resident for two weeks. She was born Aug. 10, 1918 to Arthur and Eva Marie (Koons) Lembright, Sr., in Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio.

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