March 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” More now than ever, mental health is a focus in society.
When crimes are committed, some people wonder if the person who perpetrated the crime is actually mentally ill. If so, is a jail or prison the best place for them?
Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said he is seeing more inmates with mental health problems than ever before.
â€śWe are finding, at least from our standpoint, what appears to be more and more mental health issues,â€ť he said, referring to the inmate population at the Whitley County Jail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Amendments to Columbia Cityâ€™s sign ordinance continue to be a topic of discussion for the Columbia City Plan Commission.
Part of the sign ordinance being examined is related to electronic messaging centers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ Board of School Trustees heard reports about textbook adoption at Mondayâ€™s work session.
For the elementary level, reading/language arts were the subject of the new book.
The book chosen was Journeys, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Advantages for this textbook include its excellence in a 90-minute reading block and the high portion of non-fiction reading.
The committee was chaired by Laura McDermott, principal at Coesse Elementary School.
The student rental price for this book will be $33.51.
An early morning blaze left a house on Hartman Road charred. Firemen from multiple departments responded to the fire at approximately 2 a.m Friday. Firefighters say the home was not occupied at the time of the fire.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The Fort Wayne District of the Indiana State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Whitley County during the late evening hours Friday and continuing into the early morning hours of Saturday.
In an effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related automobile crashes, the sobriety checkpoint will target the impaired driver and will be utilized in an area identified as having a high number of alcohol related crashes.
Justin Edward Hinen, 21, of Columbia City, died early Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013, as a result of a snowmobiling accident north of Columbia City.
He was born Jan. 29, 1992, in Columbia City, a son of Jeffery L. and Cynthia A. (Schenkel) Hinen. He graduated from Columbia City High School and just recently completed his associateâ€™s degree in business and marketing at Baker College.
He was employed at the family business, Hinen Printing.
Joseph â€śBobâ€ť Lazoff, 87, of Tri Lakes, died at 2:24 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he had been admitted Sunday.
He was born July 10, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Blagoy Lazoff.
During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Margie; four children and one brother.
A private funeral service will be held at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Preferred memorials are to donorâ€™s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2012-13 wrestling season wrapped up with one Whitley County wrestler advancing to the IHSAA State Individual Tournament finals at Bankerâ€™s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, and for the three Whitley County Schools the past season is one where each saw certain measures of success.
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.