March 7th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Colors can convey the story.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools Business Manager Tony Zickgraf updated the board of trustees on what the budget numbers would like for the 2013-14 school year. His handout was on yellow paper, and he said it reflected the mood of the money.
â€śWe are in a very cautionary mode,â€ť he said. â€śIf we spend our entire allocation we could end up spending some of our cash balance.â€ť
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a two-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Going green seems to be a growing trend.
The need to reduce, reuse and recycle has become a common practice for many areas and Whitley County has fallen in line.
In 2009, the countyâ€™s once dual-stream recycle program morphed into a one-container system for all recyclables that now services almost 14,000 homes.
For six-and-a-half years, Jorell Tucker has overseen the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man wishing to represent himself in court has had his trial continued until March 18.
Terrance Ward, 31, was arrested in July of 2012 on six charges. His counts were: Dealing in methamphetamine; possession of methamphetamine; possession of two or more precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine; maintaining a common nuisance; possession of synthetic cannabinoids and possession of paraphernalia.
In January, Ward expressed a desire to represent himself in his trial. He was granted this request, and attorney Scott Lennox was appointed as his stand-by counsel.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A parcel of land in Columbia City was recommended for rezoning by the Columbia City Plan Commission Monday.
Engineering Management, working on behalf of Wayne Waste Oil Site Potentially Responsible Parties Group (PRP) and the city of Columbia City requested 19.827 acres of land on the east end of Ellsworth Street, in section 11 of Columbia Township, be zoned to I-1, light industrial. Currently the area is zoned A-1, Agricultural district.
Although National Serv-All has postponed trash collection by one day, recycling in Whitley County will remain on schedule.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Almost a foot of snow blanketed Whitley County Tuesday night.
Official reports from the National Weather Service in North Webster recorded 8.5 inches of snow accumulation for Columbia City and 11 inches for Larwill. The snow fall was described as â€śfastâ€ť and â€śheavy,â€ť by NWS reports, with the bulk of accumulation occurring within two to three hours.
Whitley County Emergency Management Agency reported more than 11 inches of accumulation for the area.
Neighboring counties reported snow fall from 6 inches to 11 inches.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to Tuesdayâ€™s snowstorm and unsafe road conditions, Republic Services/National Serv-All has suspended all trash and recycling collections for today.
Collections for the rest of the week will be performed one day later than usual.
Wednesdayâ€™s work will be performed Thursday, Thursdayâ€™s pick up will be Friday and Fridayâ€™s collection will be Saturday.
For more information call 260-747-4117.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to charges of dealing methamphetamine and will be sentenced at a later date.
Michael Raber, 27, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to two counts of dealing methamphetamine. Both are Class B felonies.
Raber was arrested in January for dealing meth at the Budget Inn. Raber and his girlfriend sold hypodermic needles and a white powdery substance to an undercover officer.
Four other counts against Raber were dismissed. He will be sentenced on April 15.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” WJHS, Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s radio station, is presenting new programming starting Thursday that focuses on the Columbia City community.
CC Connections will begin by featuring Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, with a monthly segment entitled, â€śCoffee with the Mayor.â€ť Marchâ€™s topic will center around the storm water utility.
Mayor Daniel will broadcast live with WJHS from at Richardâ€™s Restaurant, Columbia City, at 11 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A first in nearly 30 years could occur.
The Whitley County Council approved a motion Tuesday to raise the rate on the Cumulative Capital Fund (CCF), pending a public hearing on the increase.
The fund is used for a variety of county expenses, including bridge repairs and replacement.
The proposed rate is .03. Currently it is at .0162. This will be the first increase in 28 years. The measure unanimously passed.